Teespring Tshirt Review of their Product End of 2020

print on demand teespring review by the messy art teacher 2020 to see the quality of their black tshirts.

I have used Teespring with my students to create their tshirt designs in graphic design class. I did not have access to screenprinting in my classroom. With virtual learning for many teachers this might be an option to include so students can purchase their designs and have it shipped to them. I find that as a graphic designer it is a good idea to vet the vendors you use.

Some things to consider with POD (Print on demand).


I never had time in the past to order a tshirt from Teespring before. I wanted to check their quality. The shirt was a black tshirt. I have a link for the Youtube video. There were stray marks of the white ink on the sleeve. I was concerned initially in my review. Once I washed it the white ink washed away. It was a bummer when I first took it out of the bag. I ordered the premium black shirt unisex. The ink on my logo design held up from the first and a second wash.


How long did it take to get my order? 3 weeks. If you are ok with that then that is fine. If it is for your students that will be ok. If you have a student that wants to start it as a side business they should be aware of this. Then they understand if they get a customer complaint about the turn around time.

Teespring print on demand review 2020 and and a look at their website for creating products.


The interface of Teespring is pretty simple to use. They have an option to buy for yourself or make products for sale. I was attracted by the ease of set up and that is why I used it with my students. I would make sure if you have them set up accounts during class space them out. I’m guessing their site wondered why are all these new users coming from 1 IP address. Are they bots?

In the end some of students did order tshirts and they told me they were pretty happy with the results. They do more then shirts I had a student order a phone case with their design.

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My Creative Life Podcast

Over the past several years I’ve been doing interviews of creatives about their art journey. It’s been a great learning experience and I’ve found out some great tips and resources. Season 5 is starting this Jan. 3, 2021 with Jamie Zollars, children’s book writher and illustrator.

Listen to the past interviews at My Creative Life Podcast. I have over 50 interviews.

Speedball Calligraphy Pen Nib and Handle Basics Tutorial

I created this video because when I went to the art supply store I got so overwhelmed at the different types of handles and nibs that are offered for dip pens. This covers the basics of which nib fits with which handle. How to care for the nibs. I store my nibs and handle in an old plastic battery case from Radio Shack. It fits perfectly and it was free. Then I did a speed inking of a drawing of some characters. I purchased mine from Dick Blick.

My students even in elementary school loved using dip pens. I used to teach them calligraphy starting in 3rd grade after cursive was removed the curriculum. I told them you should be able to make your name distinctive like John Hancock. It leaves an impression. We talked briefly about how it was used in the past and tie it into social studies.

To purchase your own nibs and handles. This is the basic set I purchased in college. https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-c-style-calligraphy-set/
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Here is the other handle Crow Quill for fine lines: https://www.dickblick.com/products/speedball-crow-quill-dip-pen-nibs/
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Yupo and Acrylic Ink Test

Took some time to play around with Yupo paper and acrylic inks. Yupo is a plastic paper that was originally created to use for shampoo bottles. It’s a great product to get some amazing textures using acrylic ink and some different agents with it. I tried using some of the different types and created a swatch sheet that shows the results. If you want to download a JPG you can get it from my blog.

To purchase the paper they sell it on Dick Blick: https://www.dickblick.com/products/legion-yupo-watercolor-paper/

Also in pads that is more cost-effective, but smaller sizes https://www.dickblick.com/products/legion-yupo-watercolor-paper-pads/

I’ve also purchased it from your local big box craft or office supply store if you venture out of your home. Amazon Yupo paper: https://amzn.to/36jTs8O

Pop-up Cards Graphic Design Lesson

I’m on wordpress and noticed they updated somethings here. Hmm. Ok so I made a pop-up card and this was fun! I used to do pop-up cards with my elementary art students. I wished I had done this with my graphic students. This could be a great lesson for illustration, elementary art. With elementary grades you have to do templates. It’s really easy, and I made them from cardstock. If you have volume of kids that is the way I would do it. I had a limit to the copies I could print in elementary. It just depends on your situation. It’s challenging and you get to cut stuff up. Here’s a video on the process I came up with after doing research on pop-up book artists.

Here’s videos from Matthew Reinharts Youtube Channel. Can I say he is amazing at pop-ups. So complex and fun! He’s channel has really easily used templates and shorter videos for the young ones. If you are an art teacher or you have kids at home these are great to do.

How to Shoot Photos of Artwork

I’ve shot photos of all my students work or even my own art pieces. I’m not a photographer by trade, but I’ve had to teach the topic. Finding good video tutorials are really helpful. I recently invested in a DSLR camera for shooting images of my work. I’m posting this video tutorial that I found to be really helpful for tips for shooting the work. THIS IS NOT SPECIFIC TO A CAMERA BRAND. To learn how to use the specific Canon or Nikon etc you can find video tutorials separately from that. I used presets on my Nikon to try different White Balance settings. This video is pretty through and they have the challenge of shooting resin art pieces, so lots of glare. I think this tutorial gives you some wonderful tips for how to avoid glare. I was getting glare on some of the acrylic based pieces I was shooting. Happy photographing!

Chicago Style Formating

If you have ever taken an art history course or taught one then you should be aware of Chicago Style formatting. I have not taught or taken an AP art history course, but I gather that students would need to be introduced to this formatting. I only was introduced to this style when I started art school. When pursuing an MFA in art this comes up a lot. This video was super helpful from the beginning to end of how to format your paper in Word. I’m posting this so I can go back and remember if I need it again. This is also probably good for anyone that needs to writer history papers in general they use the same style.

4.11 and 4.12 John and Linda Jensen, Artists and Educators


John Jensen in his studio working on a piece inspired by Japanese mythology.

I had the opportunity to visit the studio of John and Linda Jensen. They are two generous art professors and fine artists. I have to say the put the “FINE” in fine arts. Truly fine people. Both are highly prolific creators in their own discipline. John Jensen is a ceramic artist. During my art education classes at Armstrong Atlantic State University I was required to take ceramics. Armstrong is now know as Georgia Southern University (GSU). I am so glad I did. He not only taught me a great deal about ceramics, but as teacher creating a great classroom culture. When you walk into his class you see a diversity in the age and abilities of the students and he encourage and teaches in a way that connects with each person. That’s really hard to do as a teacher. His classroom had a zen like quality to it, and it made you want to spend as much time as possible in the studio learning. Mr. Jensen ceramic pieces vary from thrown pieces that are delicately carved to full-size sculptures memorializing his friends and family members. He is constantly experimenting and even motorizing movement in some of his pieces.

Ceramic pieces by John Jensen.


Linda Jensen in her studio and one of her pieces in progress.

Mrs. Linda Jensen is a photographer and retired art professor. She has taught art education and photography classes at GSU. I can only describe her work as beautiful ethereal photographic mixed media pieces. She has a collection of beads in every imaginable color. She has carefully experimented and perfected her materials and techniques to create these icons of her former students, family, and friends. My photographs do not do justice to the colors in the original pieces.

Mrs. Jensen’s piece Theone Karatassos a portrait of a student,
and photos of inside her studio space.

I decided to release both their interviews, because I couldn’t decide who to go with first. They are both such facinating artists in their own right. Their journey to becoming artists and teachers was amazing to listen to. Looking at their work gives the viewer a glimpse into their minds and hearts, and this is something I feel like I would want to explore more in my own work.


Here is his webpage on the Savannah Clay Community to see more of his art.
Savannah Clay Community John Jensen
New Georgia Encyclopedia

To see more of Linda Jensen’s work visit
Lens Culture

Article about both their work.

Listen to their inteviews on My Creative Life.

Thanks you for listening!

4.10 Bunyan Morris, Artist

I decided I need to speak with the art teacher that inspired two of my previous guests to pursue the arts for a career. I interviewed Bunyan Morris retired art teacher and artist based out of Statesboro. Here is a bit about Bunyan.
Bunyan Morris has over thirty years of experience as a visual artist and public school art educator. The majority of his teaching career was spent as a high school visual art teacher. In this position, he taught studio classes in painting, drawing, multi-media, ceramics, and Advanced Placement studio art. Throughout his career, he has created and studied art. “Recently, I have been experimenting with color to create nature-inspired non-objective paintings and wearable art. The images are automatic and come from my psyche. I work with the compositions so that the paintings can be viewed equally from all four directions. The wearable art objects evolved from the paintings.”
To see more of his work visit:
Listen to the podcast interview My Creative Life.
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Experimenting with Winsor and Newton Watercolor Granulation Medium

I decided to try some Winsor and Newton Watercolor Granulation Medium so I could learn how to make some amazing textures. I saw the work of Naomi Tideman I wanted to learn how she created her amazing textures in her watercolors. Did some research and I found this video.


Then I made my own video showing what I tried.


I bought some other mediums and I hope to get some time to try some more things with them as well.