The designer of holiday-themed Zazzle store xmasmall, Maria G, talks with us about her favorite styles and the origins of her love for art, and offers some inspiring advice for other Zazzle designers
Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself?
Maria: I am a stay at home mommy of 4. I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, and workaholic!
Zazzle: What is your background in art and design? When did you first start creating?
Maria: I am a self-taught artist. My dad drew really well, and I learned from him. I’ve been creating since the day could hold a pencil! When I was younger, my favorite cartoon to draw was “The Lion King”. I loved making huge watercolor posters of the characters. I started learning and teaching myself digital art in 2008, when I decided to join Zazzle.
Zazzle: Where do you find inspiration for your designs? How would you describe your style?
Maria: Inspiration is everywhere! I am also an avid crafter, so I love embroidery, crochet, yarn colors, and paper craft. From people walking around, the colors and patterns they wear, to nature, children and their toys – everything is an inspiration!
My style varies with my moods. I have phases! I have transitioned from an elegant style to a more vintage aesthetic. Lately I have been working mostly with vintage chalkboard and mod styles.
Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle product to design on?
Maria: Overall, I love invitations and cards. Of the new products Zazzle has been offering, my favorites are the watches and lamps!
Zazzle: How did you hear about Zazzle/what got you started with your store? How long have you had your store with us?
Maria: I was looking for websites that offer work from home opportunities in 2008 when I stumbled upon Zazzle in an article. I joined right away and now I have tons of stores on Zazzle!
Zazzle: Do you have any advice for designers who are just starting out on Zazzle? Any tips for getting the word out about your Zazzle store and products?
Maria: Keep creating! Don’t get discouraged – there are highs and lows in every ride.There are times when I don’t feel like creating, so at those times I promote! You can promote your Zazzle products via Pinterest, Wanelo, Facebook, Twitter, or your own blog. The more you get the word out, the more easily people can find your products. I wish everyone tons of success!