Everybody loves stickers. Throw ’em on your board, stick ’em on your local street signs, or use ’em to get your own message out. Shepard Fairey started out with a very simple “Andre The Giant Has A Posse” sticker, and you too could turn a simple drawing or design into a global multimedia empire. There are many ways to create stickers, but here are three different, but easy, ways to go about it.
Sketch out a drawing on a piece of paper. Take it to a photocopier and copy it using full-page sticker paper (available at almost any office supply store). After you copy your design, stick them onto any surface that is within arm’s reach. Message sent.
2. SCAN AND PRINT
With a bit more computer and technical skill, you can add color and make a sticker that lasts longer. Make a design on your computer (usually Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the best programs to use) or scan in your drawing. Buy some ink jet- or laser printer-compatible paper (at the same office supply store you got the sticker paper from). Print your design on the paper. Cut. Stick.
With a bit more money, you can get your sticker printed on vinyl and get a higher-quality product. A number of Web sites are out there to cater to you (stickerguy.com is a useful one). Prepare your art as a computer file and download the template provided by your Web site of choice. Put your design in the template, and upload or send it to the company on a disk. Pay the money (sometimes it’s as cheap as twenty dollars for 250 black-and-white stickers). You can even usually pay by money order if you don’t have a credit card or a PayPal account. Wait for your stickers to arrive. Wait. Wait. Here they are. Stick ’em up.