Over the years I’ve drawn three greeting cards for St. Patrick’s Day – two are funny, one is a sweet Irish scene, with a traditional Irish blessing inside. All are available at my Zazzle shop, and with Zazzle you can even personalize the message inside, if you’d like, to send your customized wishes.
If you want to send merry Irish wishes to friends, please take a look at my Zazzle products by clicking on any of the pictures below. (When you are on the Zazzle page, be sure to click on the little squares along the left hand side of the image, so you can see the inside message of each card; and if you want to add your own personal message, click on the blue “Customize” button to the right of the card image.)
I offer some items imprinted with my original art & designs for sale here on my Zazzle Store. I created a “Proud Nerd” t-shirt design for the daughter of a good friend recently, and it’s available in many fun shirt colors. The shirt is specially designed for any girl who stands tall, confident in the knowledge that she devours every molecule of info about her favorite topics, whether it’s Harry Potter books, science projects, music, basketball, theater or math problems. It’s a comfy soft girls tee made by Hanes, in Youth sizes XS to XL.
I originally painted the third card for my mother, who was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, and lived there till she came to the US at the age of eight. Her few memories of childhood on their farm included playing ‘teacher’ – she would line up little stones on a fence and pretend they were pupils, and with a little stick she would call on them to recite lessons, or reprimand them if they were misbehaving. I drew this into my little scene of bucolic Ireland, and along with the traditional Irish prayer that I quote inside, I want it to express the charm of Ireland and benevolence of Ireland’s patron saint. To see this card larger, and the Irish blessing inside, just click on the link below it.
I’ve posted three of my St. Patrick’s Day cards in my Zazzle store Achillesportfolio – two of them humorous, which I’ll post below, and one a scene inspired by my mom.
My mother was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, and lived there till she came to the US at the age of eight. Her few memories of childhood on their farm included playing ‘teacher’ – she would line up little stones on a fence and pretend they were pupils, and with a little stick she would call on them to recite lessons, or reprimand them if they were misbehaving. I drew this into my little scene of bucolic Ireland, and along with the traditional Irish prayer that I quote inside, I hope it expresses the charm of Ireland and benevolence of Ireland’s patron saint.
A word about shipping charges from Zazzle. The postage & handing fee you will see if you order, which I feel is rather high, can be done away with by accepting a free 30-day trial of their Zazzle Black program. You’ll see the offer for it when you go to checkout – you will have no shipping charges if you click on the trial offer. It will be good for 30 days on Zazzle products (all products are eligible for Zazzle Black unless designated otherwise and they are marked clearly at checkout). After the 30 day free program, if you think you’ll buy any more Zazzle products, you can subscribe to Zazzle Black for $9.95 annually, but you do not have to. Subscribing will give you free standard shipping on all Zazzle purchases to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. You can opt out at any time during the free trial by visiting the Zazzle Black program management page once you make a free Zazzle account.
I just opened a Zazzle online store, AchillesPortfolio, where I’ll offer items imprinted with my original art & designs for sale. So far I have only put in a few tee shirt and sweatshirt designs but I’d be very happy to hear suggestions from readers here, if there is something in my work you think would work well on Zazzle items. They offer quite a few product lines, from apparel to paper products and home decor. You can click on the link below the photo to go to Zazzle and read details about the shirt.
I painted the design above in brush and ink, in a quick sketch style to show the vitality of live music. I’m a music lover, I have many friends who are terrific musicians, and the instruments I included – saxophone, violin, guitar, drums, clarinet, horn and keyboard – are so beautifully crafted, they really are an inspiration to draw. For now I have it printed in either black or pink ink on shirts. If you don’t see it on an item you would like, please let me know and I’ll put it on that product too asap. I’ll be adding more items and writing about them here on the blog soon.
All artwork on my products is (c) Pat Achilles and may not be used without my permission.)