Michael, Mozaix, was kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions about his paintings, and the fun he has on Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store Mozaix!
Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Michael: My name is Michael Emmett Creese. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pennsylvania, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I paint in the oil impasto style, a technique used in art where paint is laid thickly on canvas, leaving visible brush (or palette knife) strokes. When dry, impasto provides a great deal of texture to the finished painting. I also work with several other mediums in addition to oils, most notably watercolors. I offer poster prints, cards, and calendars on Zazzle, in addition to a variety of other products.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Michael: My designs are based on my oil paintings. I try to paint subjects that will look nice on Zazzle products, then I design text and image placement in a way to add interest and appeal.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Michael: My favorite design would have to be my koi fish paintings calendar. I love the variety of fonts that Zazzle provides. There is always a font that looks good with a particular design. I have never seen this variety and quality of fonts anywhere else but Zazzle. I especially love the “Fun Fonts”. The calendar templates at Zazzle make is so much fun to create and share.
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Michael: I think the fun and excitement in Zazzle is the community of Sellers. They are so generous with comments and praise for other Sellers’ creations. I get a lot of good feedback and direction from other Sellers on Zazzle, and I have returned the favor by taking every opportunity to provide encouragement and feedback to others.
Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Michael: I love the Zazzle Customize feature. It is what sets Zazzle apart from the pack. It allows you so much freedom in design, and works intuitively every step of the way.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Michael: I have looked through many of the community forums, and found some good advice. One good piece of advice explained that to increase sales on Zazzle, you should strive to get as many good designs and products as possible. So I set my sites on over one-thousand Zazzle products, and sure enough, my sales have increased dramatically. So I would say to anyone wanting to sell on Zazzle that quality is the number one goal, followed by quantity and variety of selection.