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Artwork in the Family

Updated on April 28, 2015

The Owl Watercolor Painting


Not So Famous Artist

Zazzle is a fantastic print-on-demand shop for anyone to upload their photos and artwork to it. Many people have uploaded their "not so famous" artwork on Zazzle. Seeing your child's artwork on these products gives your child a boost of self confidence and makes some fine looking Zazzle products too. To name a few products that these look good on are: kids t-shirts, kitchen magnets and tote bags.

What about your own drawings or paintings that only your friends and family have had the privilege of seeing?

Zazzle is the place to share to the world. And who knows, maybe you won't be "not so famous" after all.

Brittany Mertens

Talented Artist

In Preschool when the other children were drawing stick figures of people, our daughter, Brittany was much more advance. We knew then that she had talent. In second grade she designed and painted a picture of an owl with a mouse in its mouth. She was upset that the watercolors bled. Even so, the school board chose to add it to their gallery. This is a privilege that only few children get. The owl artwork shown in the introduction picture was returned right before our daughter graduated from High School.

Brittany loved art and talked about becoming an artist. We encouraged her to further her talent. She even uploaded some drawings online. We lost the site that they were on. Then in Middle School, there was a conflict with her art teacher. From then on, she refused to continue with art. It was such a disappointment, because of her raw talent.

In College, Brittany needed an art credit. So she took an art class. Only two people (including her) were not Art Majors. This class involved drawing with pencil and charcoal. The final was to draw something with conflict that others can debate on. She drew a gigantic smiling teddy bear with holocaust victims lying below to the sides of the bear. (She is a bit warped like me). Even before this final project, most of her drawings were about happy characters with something morbid. She assured us that she was keeping within a theme and did not to need a therapist.

At the end of the class, the art professor gave her a compliment that her art was better than half the class. Now she regrets that she didn’t continue with art in school. If she hadn’t stopped drawing when she did, where would her artwork be today?

Some Fetch Boy Gifts on Zazzle

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Fetch Boy Line Art

Brittany is One of a Kind and a Bit Strange, Weird, Off Beat...Not Sure Where She Gets That

This is a charcoal pencil drawing done by Brittany. She likes to combine cute with a little bit of disturbing. Colored background can be added and shirt types and sizes can be changed from baby to adult. This design is on several different products.

Go to Sandyspider Gift: Not So Famous Artist product line to see more.

Sweet and Cute Line Art Dog

Fetch Boy to Sweet Dog

Click on the link above to make a purchase.

Upon request, this dog drawing was modified without the hand. Now you can have it either way. This other way is cute for children's t-shirts and other gift products.

Mystery Girl Charcoal Artwork Gifts

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Link is shown above | Source

Mystery Girl by Brittany Mertens

See this entire product line on Sandyspider Gift: Not So Famous Artist with the link shown above.

One of the assignments in Brittany's art class was to make a self portrait charcoal drawing.

William Gelvin art lesson, the basics of drawing

Soul Comes In All Colors Mask - Plaster and Paper Mache Mask by Brittany Mertens


Artwork and Photography

on 3DRose gifts by Sandy

3DRose Gifts by Sandy

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Sandy Mertens: Wannabe Artist

Known as Sandyspider on Zazzle and CafePress. Also known as Sandyspider and ReviewsfromSandy in other HubPages accounts.

I have some cousins who are professional artists. My Aunt Alice was an art teacher in High School and ran a basement art studio. Not only was she a professional artist, she was creative in many crafts.

I love art and have always had the desire, to be one. I am as talented as my daughter or Aunt, but I am creative. I have drawn several showcase homes and can create my own sewing designs. My Halloween space outfit shown on In Case of Fire What Would We Save was my own creation. When it comes to crafts, I'm not too bad at that either.

Am I an artist? No way! But I did receive a $10 prize for drawing "Winky the Dog" for a home study art school. Along with the $10, they offered enrollment. But my parents said, "No!"

When I was 12, I sat in a class of my Aunt's. She was teaching a group of 5 to 7 year old children. The project was to create a design for our own greeting cards. I managed to make a half-way decent looking puppy with big eyes on the front of the card. My Aunt said to the group, "Look everyone isn't that a nice picture that Sandy made?" You can imagine how I felt, looking around at these gifted children with their creative designs and my pathetic puppy card in comparison.

When I was around 15, I took some lessons during the summer from a lady in our church. I didn't really learn too much other than how to draw basic shapes. Her class also included constant lecturing on how to be a good girl. I'm not sure why she felt that she needed to teach me that.

In this class, I created a comic strip. I was proud that the same characters looked liked themselves each time. The comic strip (at least I thought) was funny too.

Then I designed and painted a frog on a t-shirt. I wore this t-shirt for years until it became holey. My daughter found it when we were going through rummage sale items. She told me it was good. So I decided to put my "not so famous" frog on Zazzle.

Simply Titled "My Frog"

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My Frog By Sandyspider Gifts on Zazzle

See this entire product line on Sandyspider Gift: Not So Famous Artist shown near the top of this page with the link.

Because this came from artwork that I made on a yellow tee shirt, I kept part of the shirt outline within the frog design.

To get my frog on products I needed a camera to take the photo of the shirt and then upload the photo to the computer. If you have a photo of something that you have taken a scanner is a good electronic item to own.

Canon LiDE100 Color Image Scanner

Canon 2923B002 LiDE100 Color Image Scanner
Canon 2923B002 LiDE100 Color Image Scanner
Scan in your artwork to add to Zazzle.

Sony W800/B 20 MP Digital Camera

Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Quality camera to take photos of your favorite things to upload later on Zazzle. The print on demand shopping site.

My Frog T-shirt


Nikon Coolpix L330 - 20.2 MP Digital Camera

Alice Moon
Alice Moon

Artist Alice Moon

Specializes in Portraits and Nature

My aunt Alice Moon is the eldest of my father's two other siblings, with my father being the middle child. Their paternal grandmother raised them from the early ages of six years old, three years old and six months old. According to the records, it seemed my father's mother died from complications of appendicitis. They only saw their father a few months out of the year, when he returned from his job on the road.

To help make ends meet, the children were sent off to family farms where they worked long hours in the summer. Aunt Alice said it was a hard childhood. Yet they were together as much as a family could be and loved each other.

Their childhood may not have been the best, but they all grew up, had careers and family.

Aunt Alice was an art teacher until she retired. She also ran art classes in her home. Moreover, she sold many of her paintings. Alice's talent includes the use of all types of media, though mainly oil paintings. Her house was full of paintings of her family and nature scenes. I am fortunate to have some of her paintings in my home.

Born in 1923, Alice stayed mentally sharp, though no longer able to paint or work on one of her many crafts because of arthritis in her hands, and diminishing eyesight.

She was very talented and a special woman, who had inspired both my daughter and me to enjoy art. Alice Moon died just short of her 90th birthday on March 21, 2012. She spent her life in service of others and volunteered to help raise funding for the American Cancer Society.

More on Alice at Long Distance Mother's Day.

Oil Paintings by Alice Moon

Cabin By the Lake Oil Painting on Wrapped Canvas

by Alice Moon
by Alice Moon | Source

Cabin by the Stream Oil Painting Poster

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See links above and below on this page | Source

Sailboat on Rough Waters Oil Painting Canvas

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See links above and below on this page | Source

Artwork on Gift Products

Go to Sandyspider Gift: Not So Famous Artist gift line to see more.

My Own Artwork through Photography

Frog Bridge


Orange Daylilies


Photos of our Botanical Garden

Sandy Mertens Botanical Garden mouse pads

During the late spring, my husband and I went through our local botanical garden. Not all the flowers were in bloom. It was mainly tulips and a few other types of flowers had blossomed and showed their beauty.

I had taken many photos. Above are two of these photographs that are featured in 3DRose and Amazon on various products.

The first one is the FrogBridge. This is a little wooden bridge with metal lily pads and frogs on the railing. The second one is of the orange daylilies.

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    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      naturegirl7s Thanks.

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      Yvonne L B 

      5 years ago from Covington, LA

      You have a talented family. I enjoyed reading your story.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      CherylsArt Wow five years ago. Where does the time go.

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      5 years ago

      It was nice to read some background about your daughter's artwork. Wow, I see I was here 5 years ago.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Jodah, I am sure that some of your sketches could be put to good use on Zazzle. You can join off my link here. Interesting to learn about drawing using the right side of your brain. I will have to look for it.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Sandy, Zazzle seems like a great place to highlight your artwork, I'll have to check it out. I always wanted to be an artist and have a lot of sketches and drawings in my stash. I haven't done many recently as I am now more concentrated on being a writer. Your hub did a wonderful job of spotlighting your daughter Brittany's wonderful work as well as your own and other family members. What a talented family. I have written a hub called "How to Draw Using the Right Side of Your Brain" and hopefully can publish a few more. I enjoyed this, voted up..interesting, useful.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Ruth Cox The Sailboat painting is my favorite of hers.

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      Ruth Cox 

      5 years ago

      You certainly come from a talented bloodline and it continues on in your own family. I love the frogs! Your aunt's artwork is stunning. 'Sailboat on Rough Waters' is a beauty!

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens. Very creative.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I could never draw either. I think we are all born with our own unique and special talents...mine is the written word, for others it is photography, creativity, mathematical abilities etc. We all just have to use what we do have to make our place in the world. You definitely have done well with your talents and are looked up to by many of your fellow lensmasters. Myself included. Best of wishes.

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      8 years ago

      Very beautiful lens.Great family of talented artists!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      8 years ago

      She must have been a very special lady.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      High five! I enjoyed hearing about all the talented artists in your family. I like to doodle but most of my pieces are little cartoons.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      8 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Sometimes the work of the not so famous strikes a chord with ordinary people

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      Coreena Jolene 

      8 years ago

      Very nice lens. We also have had many painters in our family. My great grandmother, my father and my daughter. My daughter had some issues with art teachers too. She went to art college in Oakland for a year. Then she left and studied for the medical field. She is now enjoying creating art for others in her spare time. Hopefully your daughter will do that some day too. My daughter has found it very rewarding.

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      Tonie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      Excellent artists tribute.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      8 years ago

      Great to see these! My daughter's are artists too, but I can't seem to get them on Zazzle.

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      Margaret Schaut 

      8 years ago from Detroit

      Wow, I don't know how I missed this page! Its a TERRIFIC service to lesser known, but wonderful artists!

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      8 years ago

      That is a nice family of artists you got there. Really love your aunt's paintings

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      8 years ago

      Your daughter reminds me of mine, who is also an artist. I loved your work as well as your daughter's. Great lens on your family of artists. Blessed.

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      9 years ago

      Thumbs up! The world needs more artists. :)

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      10 years ago

      Sandy - just dropped by to check out the Zazzle. As a newbie here on Squidoo, there is so much to learn and you have incorporated so many elements to your lens! My mind is boggled, but I hope to learn more from people like you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Artwork of the Not So Famous on Zazzle is an amazing lens and I enjoyed not only the artwork but also the read. I hope your daughter will eventually get back to her art as she seems very talented. I love your frog and just have to bless this lens.

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      Alfiesgirl LM 

      11 years ago

      Another great lens of yours which i have enjoyed reading....though never seem to have enough time to visit all the links which your lenses lead i love reading your work given the time!..thanks x Tina

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      11 years ago

      Great lens, I really enjoyed it :)

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Hey Sandy Spider. Congratulation on that shiny new 100 badge!

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      11 years ago

      Zazzle is there to bring out the artist inside us. Hats off to Zazzle and also to you Sandy for your beautiful lens.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      11 years ago from Idaho

      There are so many artists in the world, and one only has to visit zazzle to find proof of that! Great lens Sandy!

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      David Schroeter 

      11 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Interesting lens, Sandy. I looked at Zazzle but didn't do much with it. You have inspired me to take another look at it. 5 *s

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      11 years ago

      Great lens and excellent artwork

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      Salvatore LM 

      11 years ago

      Great lens indeed! I love the frog design too!


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      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      nice lens sandy, i love that frog design. wondeerful 5* and fav

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      11 years ago

      That's really a great fun lens!!!! Bravo!!!!

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      11 years ago

      Sandy, I enjoyed this lens. It is so much fun to do Zazzle and my customers have told me that the products are wonderful. Oh and 5* for the lens, I love the way you promote other people.

      I hope you are promoting on StumbleUpon, but if you want to know the right way to do it, you might want to take this free course StumbleRush

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      oztoo lm 

      11 years ago

      Great lens. I really like the personal stories and presentation. Good promo for Zazzle too. 5***** and favorited.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I've always admired artists. I personally have a hard time drawing a straight line with a ruler.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens Sandy! Very cool frog deisgn!!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Creativity can be expressed in many ways and I think it will find some kind of outlet. I'm not good at drawing (wish I was!) but I am a good floral designer. I love the colors, the balance and the 3D aspect.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Ah yes, don't believe I said that I've blessed your page! I loved the art and the personal stories. I feel personal stories make a great lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      Sandy, I absolutely LOVE your frog shirt! Thank goodness you rescued it.

      I enjoyed reading about the artists on this page and wish them luck in whatever they pursue in the future, with a little art thrown in for good measure!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      11 years ago from New Zealand

      So sad about your daughters art teacher. Harry Chapin wrote a wonderful song about this (a long time ago). I think it was called "flowers are red." By the way - I think you are an artist, and as soon as you sold your first Zazzle, by definition, you were a professional artist!

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      11 years ago

      Love this lens, Sandy - brilliant! :))

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      11 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I found this really interesting. I haven't had anything to do with Zazzle at all and your lens inspires me to find out more. Thank you also for featuring my lens in your rocketmoms module. I was just about to feature yours on mine and now I have another reason.

    • SandyMertens profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Thanks for the nice comments. Brittany looks just like me. LOL

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      11 years ago from United States

      Glad you featured one of my favorite zazzle artists. I love her frogs:)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Brittany is such a beautiful girl! But I think she can be every bit an artist, whether she studied it in school or not. If she has the desire, then that's all that matters. I know many successful artists who never took a single art class. Besides, there are always workshops people can take if they want to learn new techniques.

      Oh, and I'd love to see that face that Rebecca drew on your wall.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      11 years ago from California

      Interesting, and enjoyed reading about your own Art Experiences....i also like the name of "not so famous artists" catchy :)

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      11 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wonderful Art Lens! You are all so talented! :)

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      11 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I love Zazzle. Of all of the print on demand sites that I use, it is one of the easiest to use. 5*s

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      Heather Burns 

      11 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love the art and the lens!5*

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      11 years ago from Chicago area

      Loved seeing the faces (and stories) behind the products. Excellent lens!

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      11 years ago

      Love your beautiful frog design. It's great that you're fostering artistic talents. Blessings.

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      Yvonne L B 

      11 years ago from Covington, LA

      Sandy, lovely lens. I enjoyed your stories and your and your daughter's art.

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      Trina Sonenberg 

      11 years ago from Nucla, Colorado

      Great lens, Sandy!

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      capriliz lm 

      11 years ago

      Very creative, Sandy! That must be exciting to have an in-house artist!

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      11 years ago

      Sandy, your daughter is lovely and has some awesome talent! Great lens.

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      11 years ago

      I hate to break it to you but you are an artist! Great job on your Zazzle gallery.


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