I'm Betsy Morrow also known as AuntBetsy on Zazzle.com. I have been working with computer graphics of some kind since I bought my first computer, a Commodore 64, in 1985. When it comes to computer graphics, I am mostly self taught. I had some art training in high school, but that was in the early 1970’s and computer graphics didn’t really exist yet. From the very beginning I was captivated with the idea of computer graphics. I purchased several programs for my Commodore that allowed me to make greeting cards and banners. As computers advanced I also advanced in hardware and software.
I now use a variety of different software programs to produce my graphics. My main work horse for producing my designs is CorelDraw X3 graphics suite. I use CorelDraw for Vector graphics and design layout. I use Corel Photo Paint to produce 3D looking metallic designs. One of my favorite programs is ArtRage3 Studio Pro. With the use of a Wacom drawing tablet, ArtRage can feel very much like using real paints, pencils, and other art mediums. I have many other programs that I use on occasion like Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9, but not as often as CorelDraw and ArtRage. I often combine the different software programs to give results of rich dimensions. I will create a vector graphic in CorelDraw and then export it as a .png graphic and edit it in ArtRage. My Christmas Photo Card displayed below is an example of combining the two programs.
You might wonder why I call my artwork “Aunt Betsy’s Art”. Well the first “graphic” project I did on my Commodore 64 was a birthday banner that I made for my oldest nephew. I didn’t have any software at the time so I made it using print statements with letters to create large vertical letters. He now has children older than he was when I made him the banner. I got into selling my graphics because of a trip to California with my youngest niece. While we were there I looked up a friend that I had made online with an email group for the software program called Print Artist. I showed my friend some of the things that I was doing with the program and she said I needed to make up a CD of my artwork to sell at a Computer Crafters convention I was planning to attend. My association with Zazzle came about when my youngest niece entered The US Naval Academy and a parent’s group wanted t-shirts for parent’s weekend and I helped out with the graphics and found Zazzle to print them. From the very beginning my nephews and nieces have been a driving force in developing my graphic abilities and to honor that I called my main store on Zazzle, AuntBetsy.
I have another store on Zazzle that is called Flag_Maker. It's a play on my name of being Betsy like in Betsy Ross the USA first Flag Maker. This store is mostly Vintage graphics and fine art paintings that I have purchased.
Now I am sure you are wondering what Zazzle is, Zazzle.com is a “Print on Demand” site where you can get individual one of a kind customized printed products. Zazzle has a variety of products like t-shirts, mugs, postcards, posters, magnets, stickers, and customized US Postage stamps and much more. You can buy one of the many designs made by contributing artists like me, many of which you can customize, or you can make your own design. Zazzle products are a wonderful way to get something unique for you or as a gift for someone. I personally have given many Zazzle gifts to my family and friends. My personalized Zazzle gifts have always been a big hit.
Find me at: Aunt Betsy's Celebration Art on Zazzle, Flag_Maker on Zazzle, Aunt Betsy’s Art on Squidoo, Aunt Betsy’s Blog, Aunt Betsy’s Card Store at Greeting Card Universe, Friend me on Facebook, and Follow me on Twitter.