Natasa, from the Zazzle store tashatzazzle, talks about her dreamy imagination and her love for Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tashatzazzle.
Zazzle: Give us a brief bio. Where are you from and when did you start making art?
Natasa: I’m from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. Pencils and colored pencils have always been my favorite toys.
Zazzle: Your style is very much your own. What’s your inspiration?
Natasa: My inspiration is everything that makes me smile and laugh, which are mostly expressions and behavior of cute and funny animals and people. I also get a lot of ideas from that almost sleeping state of mind, before I fall asleep. And as those ideas are almost like dreams and as such can be forgotten very easily, I always have a sketchbook and a pencil within a hand’s reach to sketch those ideas the second they pop up.
Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?
Natasa: My favorite media are pencils, pens and a digital graphic pen. And I just love color blending that can be created with watercolors.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created and why?
Natasa: My favorite design is usually the one I created last. But at this point my favorite design is my bookworm bookmark profile card design. I have ordered packs of them for myself and I have just received them recently and I am super happy with them, because this bookworm is one of those characters that make me smile. He has this superior attitude expression, like he’s saying: “It’s so good for you to have me, you wouldn’t know anything without me.” And he is designed in such a way that his eyes peek out of a book when he’s used as a bookmark. I use these bookmarks for my sketch books, because I always have a hard time finding sketches, and now my little peeking-out bookworms show me where the sketches I am working on are. As I always have one of my sketchbooks with me, I now always have my peeking-out bookmark profile cards with me which makes it handy in case there comes a chance to give one to someone.
Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?
Natasa: Everything in life has its own biorhythm. So there is a time to create and there comes a time when creativity is set to low. During this period, I usually spend more time on my bicycle in nature. And after a day or two (or three or four) without creating, ideas usually start popping up in my head again. But it’s ok even if they don’t, because then it’s time to go through my sketch books. I’m always surprised by how many unfinished ideas are waiting there for me to complete.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Natasa: I created a design that I wanted to print on a black t-shirt so I was looking for all possible print shops. I came across Zazzle and its great and easy-to-use platform for putting your designs on products. I remember I ended up creating products on Zazzle the whole next day, putting all my designs I could find on products and I was amazed by how cool it is to see your design on a product. Not to mention my happiness when I started to notice that there are people appreciating my art enough to buy my products. So it was love at first sight with Zazzle. And it still lasts and is even growing stronger every day.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Natasa: It’s a good idea to learn how to set proper titles, descriptions and keywords right from the beginning. It won’t take you much time to learn this but it can save you tons of it, because you won’t need to return to fix this after you have a whole lot of products. Titles, descriptions and keywords are the link to potential customers and if they are set right, people can find your products. On the other hand, if they are set poorly, no matter how great your design is, there is no way people can find it among millions and millions of other products not only on Zazzle but on the whole net as well.
The other thing is about creating. I know it’s inspiring to see all of the amazing products other people are creating but if you spend too much time admiring other’s people work, you can get into a state of: “Wow, they create such awesome things, I could never create something as awesome as this!” And you can then start creating things similar to those you’ve seen and admired without even being aware of it. So it’s better to minimize the time you spend admiring all the amazing products and rather spend more time creating your own. Because everyone has something to show in a unique way that’s special and only theirs. And the more time you put into creating, the more of your authentic you will start showing through your creations.
And yes, building up a shop at Zazzle will take at least a year or two. And that’s only the beginning. So don’t try to rush it. It takes time and a lot of work. So spend this time in creating with joy and take a lot of time for yourself in between… and follow forums, people there are really very kind and helpful and share really valuable information. And somewhere along the way of doing what you really love on Zazzle, you’ll find out how very rewarding this relationship with Zazzle is.
Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?
Natasa: Of course! Here’s one.
Clever! Thanks for sharing Natasa!