How I design a graphic tee while being a stay-at-home mom.

I did it. I’ve designed a graphic tee while staying at home with my two and half years old boy. It took a while, it was not easy, but I could not be more excited.

This was my design process.

  1. Leave my work out. I learned this from painting. If you want to paint more, you needed to setup a space where you could leave your paints out at all time. This way the time it takes to start painting is minimum. Minimizing startup time is crucial for me, when I only have one hour or so in the morning and two hours during his day nap to work.
  2. Learn to say no. Stay focus. I’ve many interest, many ideas, and many things that I want to do. I keep reminding me to say no and ignore my FOMO or fear of doing the wrong thing.
  3. It’s OK. There were days when I was unable to do any work and I had to learn to accept that I wouldn’t be able to work as much as I wanted. And make sure my focus was on the things that I can control and not of things that I cannot.
  4. Don’t be afraid to start over. I spent many hours designing a tee but I was unable to get it quite right. I kept trying and trying because I didn’t want my work to go to waste. Finally, I opened a blank page, started over and finished my tee.
  5. Ask for feedback. I always find it a bit scary to ask for feedback but at the final stages of a design I find it hard to critic my own work plus I do want my design appeal to more than me. So, I SMS my friends my work and got feedback which helped me make the design even better.
  6. Good artists copy; great artists steal. I love this quote from Pablo Picasso. I draw inspiration from other great designers. I study them and I figure out what works and what does not. Then I steal.

What things help you get your work done? How do you balance work + life?

You can check the tee at crowdwell.co, 25% of sales is donate to Planned Parenthood.