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Gallery Zoo Art: Making Art Mugs With Shutterfly

Today's photo market has a plethora of options for turning your own photography and art into home decor and useful household items.  For me, this is where being an artist comes in handy, as I have plenty of my own designs to choose from.
Perhaps I should start with a simple truth:  I like mugs.  This is fact.  I collect mugs like some collect shoes.  I have mugs I prefer for coffee, big oversize mugs for tea, seasonal mugs for Halloween, Christmas, winter...well, you get the idea.  Plus, you can use a pretty mug for a short-stemmed flower vase.  When I discovered I could use my art prints and photography to make my own mugs on Shutterfly?  I was giddy.  Here are the mugs I have created so far:
Shutterfly allows you to choose from two sizes of ceramic mugs; all of mine are 8 oz. mugs.  They can remain white like the leaf mug on the end, or they can have different colored backgrounds and/or handles.  
For the butterfly mug, I used the same image twice to wrap around the mug, choosing black to off-set the butterfly and provide a more striking (and elegant) presentation.
For the leaf mug I used the same image three times as a wrap, using Shutterfly's image editor to rotate the leaf image--making it seem to tumble around the mug.  I kept the background white to highlight the minimalist design.
In my Halloween mug, I used the image only once, but added a yellow handle and interior to echo the feel of the giant harvest moon.  The yellow of the mug doesn't quite match the yellow of the moon, but it was a difference I could live with.
Here is perhaps the best part about these mugs:  two of them were FREE.  Yeah, that's right:  FREE.  If you sign-up to receive e-mails from Shutterfly, they send promos for sales AND free gifts--no extra purchase required (though you do have to pay shipping charges.)  But, if you combine the free gift with a purchase (and often you can use an additional percentage discount on another item) you can still get a significant deal.  For example, I bought two of the mugs together:  one was free, and the other was 40% off.  Including shipping, I paid only $21.00.  You simply can't beat that for a one of a kind gift.  And if you want to go beyond your child's photograph on a mug, you can scan one of their drawings to use--a perfect gift for grandma and grandpa.  Whatever images you use, make sure they are yours or you have permission to use them--don't violate anyone's copyright.  Have fun!
The images used are my original artwork.  You may find these prints in my online gallery using the following links:
All artwork © 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.