Today we had a chat with an amazing 8-year-old, Dina, who just created her first Zazzle store: DinasDesigns. We talked to Dina about her artwork, her allowance, and her love of animals.
Zazzle: How did you get started designing with Zazzle?
Dina: I saw SPCA ads on TV and they were talking about how, if you gave them some money, they could save the lives of cats and dogs. At first, I wanted to give my allowance money, but it wasn’t enough. Then, one time at dinner, my Dad was talking about how, when he was a kid, he made greeting cards with his sister to sell. It gave me the idea to do that. My mom suggested to put my artwork on Zazzle. My goal was to raise $50 and give it to an animal shelter, and I just got to $50!
Zazzle: Pandas, giraffes, frogs, cats, dolphins – your store is like a zoo! What inspires you? How do you get ideas for your art?
Dina: It’s usually how I’m feeling at the time. Sometimes I’m feeling like something really bright and yellow. Sometimes I’m sad and tired and I paint in blue shades. My feelings really inspire me. Most of the drawings have a happy feeling to them; a couple, excited. I usually have a lot of crazy ideas. I try not to get too crazy, but sometimes I can’t help it! My favorite thing to draw is something that moves, like an animal.
Zazzle: Which piece of art is your favorite?
Dina: Oooo. Hard one. I think my alien is my favorite. My teacher let me put a lot of imagination into that one with eyelashes and a belly button, changing colors, painting her toenails … it was just really fun to make and turned out super-cool at the end.
Zazzle: What else do you like to do besides art?
Dina: I love to read. My favorite book so far might be “A Wrinkle in Time”, and I also like the Pandora series. My very, very, very favorite is the Narnia series. It has a lot of imagination, and I always like happy endings. Reading is my favorite thing because I can go into other peoples’ imaginations.
Zazzle: What is your favorite class at school?
Dina: I like STEM Lab because I get to experiment. It’s fun to experiment and guess what’s going to happen, just like I do with books. I like to work with partners. Science is really fun.
Zazzle: What are your favorite animals? Do you have any pets?
Dina: My favorite animals are sea turtles because they’re so nice. Some people kill them to make jewelry or to eat, and I want to help save them.
I have a pet kitty named Nala. She’s named after a character from The Lion King. She LOVES to pounce. She’s a tuxedo cat, half Maine Coon and half American Short Hair. She’s really playful, especially in the morning when I’m sleepy and tired. She’s a great pet!