Need help from those of you that sell art and/or merch using fulfillment services. (𝘒.𝘬.𝘒. The return of A-Maze Mugs & more?)


So, Ci3 closed up shop… and with it went A-Maze Mugs. Not sure that any were actually sold anyway? I know I have 2 prototypes and we did work up art for the box. I posted about them a few times. I also did a (very) poorly recorded jingle.

I feel like I just sit on all my maze art, while others are able to monetize their art projects. This is me reaching out for advice from my creative peeps.

I know there are no-money-up-front printing/fulfillment services. Does anyone have good (or really bad) experiences with any of those? I clicked a link on one, and 30 are showing up in my FB ad feeds. Are any more reputable/profitable/flexible than the others?

Even better, does anyone local do printing & fulfillment services, like Commonwealth Press?

Would it be worth it to save & invest some money into it?

I would like to put my mazes on all kinds of stuff. I get likes on my mazes on Instagram. Occasionally someone sends me a solution. Maybe T-shirts would be useless… unless you had one on the back and wanted someone to complete it as a sort of massage? Ha ha.

Tiles may be interesting. The socks that Mike worked up were super cool! Mugs seem to be out but those new stainless steel tumblers are in. Maybe a beer stein? Maybe just a book of mazes? My thing though, is most of my stuff has no theme. They’re just mazes. I have a TON drawn. They just need scanned & maybe cleaned up a bit.

I’m not looking to get rich, but creativity funding more creativity never hurts. Right?

These look like a fun product IMHO, anyway. Finding someone to ship a mug and a dry erase marker AND do the printing may be tough?

The 4 initial maze mugs maze ideas.

I’m open to any and all suggestions and solutions. I feel like I’m just sitting on these, have been for years, and should be doing something with them.

Get an A-Maze Mug! c[_]


Hey, we talked about it before… No one, not two, but three times.

It’s finally here! Get an A-Maze Mug from Ci3! How cool is that? Each mug comes with a dry-erase marker so you can solve the maze, both in a nifty box covered in mazes!

A-MAZE MUG by Ci3 & AiXeLsyD13
A-MAZE MUG by Ci3 & AiXeLsyD13

More cool maze-related merch coming soon. What else would you like to see? Socks? Masks? T-shirts? Books? Puzzles? Mirrors? Tiles?

I haven’t ever done anything to make my mazes available for any kind of sale, so this is exciting to me. What do you think?

I am eternally grateful to Mike Copen for the nudge and the opportunity. It’s so cool for artists, designers, entrepreneurs, & creative types to support each other.

Of course, I think they’d make great gifts for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, or even anyone that may be hard to buy for. Who doesn’t like a nice warm beverage? Solving the maze with the dry erase marker is a good opportunity to kind of zone out in a zen-like state, to help you regain focus to start the day or even decompress at the end of a long day! I know that’s the drive behind drawing them.

These would be great for coffee, tea, hot cocoa, warm apple cider, ramen, or one of my soup recipes.

Please, share the link if you’re so inclined. I’d like to see how far these can go. Thanks in advance if you plan on making a purchase!

Do a little #maze?


Print it. Solve it. Snap a photo. Post it. Tag me.

Yinz like mazes?


Can you dig it?Β  Complete one.Β  Post it in the comments or on the social media platform of your choice, and tag me.Β  @AiXeLsyD13 is usually it.

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Another #maze.

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Take me to your leader. πŸ‘½πŸ›ΈβœοΈ


Drew a maze in color with some Sharpies.Β  Don’t normally do that.Β  Enjoy if you’re so inclined.Β  Print & solve or solve on your screen with an art or notes app.Β  Share a solution here in the comments or on social media, & tag me: @AiXeLsyD13 (on Twitter & Instagram)

 

 

Alien Maze (Color) Alien Maze (Black & White)

 

I shared a photo on Instagram & Twitter earlier, this scan is only slightly better.

 

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I won’t get preachy here other than to say stay informed, follow the best practices, and wash your damn hands.Β  I have posted plenty of that on Facebook.

Social Distancing Maze

Print, solve, & re-post!

Print it & complete with a pen, pencil, crayon, marker, or whatever.Β  Then take a photo & post it on your favorite social media site, and tag me; @AiXeLsyD13 (Twitter & Instagram)

You can even download it & use a note app or one like PicsArt on your phone to complete the maze, then share it too.Β  Share it on Pinterest.Β  Lots of people are looking for stuff to do right now.Β  I’d love to see how far this (or any of my mazes) can go.

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Here’s some stuff I posted on Instagram but not really here;Β 

 

 

 

 

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Another #maze, inspired by Molly's art.

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Maze Mugs? A-Maze Mugs? a-MAZE-ing Socks?


Did you see the first post and the last post about the maze mugs?Β  Mike has been doing some fun stuff, and I have (very slowly) been working on mazes for the box.Β  Also, Mike posted some fun stuff:

Check out this packaging!

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Test mockup for the maze mugs.

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More than one maze per mug so you don’t get bored!

 

Click through on the socks to see the second photo!

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A-maze Mug dress socks? Mug-sock giftbox?

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So, what do you think? Want to see mazes on anything else? Want them solvable? Like that packaging or love it? Check out Mike’s other stuff on Instagram!Β  He has been making some killer skateboard decks and a topical T-shirt.

I won’t get into the COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus outbreak here, but if you’re bored in quarantine… remember you can do all of my mazes.Β  It’d be cool if you finished one, posted on the social media platform of your choice & tagged me.

I need to put a maze on a guitar. I need to update photos of my collection. I want to catalog them here since the sites I have found to do it don’t really suit my needs. Add that to the endless list of unnecessary projects to be completed “someday.”

MazeMugs? A-Maze Mug? Something else? Ci3 & I need your feedback.


Mike Copen of Ci3 Sublimation had the idea to put one of my mazes on to a mug, and I agreed that it would indeed be fun. We need your feedback to help make this something that people may be interested in buying?

Here are some images that Mike worked up;

Do you like the names? Feel free to comment your own.

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I would also appreciate comments here on this blog post, or on my social media posts;

You can comment below without needing to login to WordPress. I believe it will let you comment via Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail logins among others.

We have gotten some great feedback so far, and I dig it!

I really appreciate Mike helping take my mazes to something other than doodles on paper piling up here at the house, or floating out there in the cyberspace ether unnoticed.Β  Ha ha.Β  I am unable to determine the correct path on how to go about making a book and if there would even be an audience for just mazes.Β  I’m really not into making a theme other than “here are some mazes” outside the occasional inspiration for something else that’s goofy.Β  (Or on something that’s goofy.)

Maze Mugs (or A-Maze Mugs?) Possibly Coming Soon!


My friend Mike is helping make my mazes a bit more interesting!Β  This is a prototype.Β  Please, let us know what you think!

Check out Ci3 Sublimation on Big Cartel and Etsy for all kinds of cool products from Mike.

I think you know you can find my mazes here.

Would you like a maze mug?Β  Would you like a maze on anything else?Β  I think the dry-erase thing is super cool.

Can you get the quarter to the cart & avoid the aisle of shame? (My Aldi maze.) πŸ›’


I know most online Aldi groups call it the Aisle of Shame. Can you get through the maze without going there?

There are some crazy Aldi fans in Facebook groups out there. There are some people who like mazes out there. Is there much of an overlap?

  1. Print this.
  2. Solve it.
  3. Snap a photo.
  4. Post it on social media.
  5. Tag me. (@AiXeLsyD13)

It’s really that simple. You can even skip the printing and solve it on your phone or tablet usong a note app or photo editor if so inclined.