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Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with fmcinvitations

September 6, 2012

Felicia, from the Zazzle store fmcinvitations, discusses how Zazzle gives her the freedom to work more creatively, yet keep organized. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store fmcinvitations!

Zazzle: To start, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Felicia: My name is Felicia and I graduated college in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. I currently run my own freelance business. When I am not designing I enjoy photography, hiking, crafts, cooking, and baking.

Zazzle: When did you been come interested in designing?

Felicia: I get the artistic gene from my mom and grandmom who are always making crafts and painting. I have been designing websites and graphics for 10 years now.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Felicia: I would say my style is clean and modern. I like to keep things simple, but fun.

Zazzle: Where is your favorite place to create?

 Felicia: My fiancé and I just moved two weekends ago to a new house and are currently in the process of setting up our office. I can’t wait to fill it with some of my Zazzle prints :) As for now, I am working at the dining table!

Zazzle: Your products are very occasion oriented. What occasion is your favorite to design for and why?

Felicia: I really enjoy designing “Save The Dates” for weddings. They don’t have to be as formal as the actual invitations so it gives me a chance to use more bright and funky colors, shapes, and graphics.

Zazzle: How did you become interested in selling your designs on Zazzle?

Felicia: I joined Zazzle in January of 2008 after stumbling across it. I saw it as a great opportunity to design and then sell products I knew I couldn’t do on my own. Zazzle gives me an outlet to use my design skills and create fun things and gives me a break from the day to day corporate designs.

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Felicia: I really like that Zazzle now allows you to have multiple stores under one account. I can now separate my products into stores where they won’t be mixed in with products that aren’t relevant. I can keep my invitations and announcements in one store and I have my t-shirts and bumper stickers in another.

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Felicia: The first product I ever sold on Zazzle was a set of thank you stamps from my original store. It was actually one of the first designs I put up for sale.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Felicia: My advice to anyone just starting out is don’t get discouraged! I know it can take a while before you finally get your first sale and even after that you may not sell another item for several months, but continue to design and post and remember quality over quantity!

Zazzle: Can you give us any sneak peeks of future designs? We’d love to see!

Felicia: I am currently working on a new line of Save The Date announcements and some holiday cards! I figure it’s better to start now and be ready for the holiday rush.

Zazzle: Great idea! Thanks for sharing Felicia!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with WhimsyWhimsical

August 30, 2012

Yee Von, from the Zazzle store WhimsyWhimsical, discusses her gravitation towards paper products despite living in a digital world. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store WhimsyWhimsical.

Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Yee Von: Hi, I’m Yee Von from Malaysia and currently working as a freelance illustrator / designer. My artworks are mostly inspired by whimsical forest animals which are drawn on paper with ink pen, color digitally.

Zazzle: When did you become interested in design?

Yee Von: I took a science class when I was in high school and after graduated I was looking for something different, something more expressive. Hence I took the leap and enrolled myself in Graphic Design degree course. And that’s how my interest in design started :)

Zazzle: What sorts of things inspire you?

Yee Von: Color inspirations, packaging & labeling, hand lettering typography, patterns, cute animals… and the list goes on. Here are some of my favourites from Pinterest.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Yee Von: Whether it’s a cafe, library or even a couch, as long as it’s a quiet and cozy place I’m happily doodling away, sometimes for hours! Yet, my favourite ‘space’ to create is in my sketchbook. Collecting sketchbooks (though some of them are left unfinished) feels like I’m collecting inspirations and ideas!

Zazzle: Your store is full of charming paper products. Why do you think you’ve gravitated towards them?

Yee Von: I always love the look & feel of paper products, whether it is a card, notebook or a tag. They have the personal touch (and texture too) which you can’t feel and connect with in virtual world, though I couldn’t agree more that communicating in emails is convenient. Even so, a simple handwritten ‘thank you’ is more charming than a typed out ‘thank you’.

Zazzle: All of you products complement each other very well; do you keep this in mind when you are coming up with new ideas?

Yee Von: Yes. As most of them are inspired by forest theme, they can be easily mix and match with each other; an oak leaves pattern envelope might even goes well with a baby skunk address label. That gives my customers options to pick and choose.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Yee Von: I was attracted to the pattern envelopes, address labels, and postage stamps on Zazzle. I find it is very convenient as they are customizable; you can even pick the paper style and color for the envelopes!

Zazzle: How do you promote your store?

Yee Von: I always promote them in my blog and share them on my Facebook whenever there are new :).

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Yee Von: Be true to yourself and always passionate in what you’re doing. When you put love into something you do, people can feel your effort! And always understand your strength and find your niche market.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peek of feature designs?

Yee Von: Here are some of the sketches for my coming envelope liner in progress :).

Zazzle: Awesome! Thanks for sharing Yee Von!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with tanyabond

August 23, 2012

Tanya, from the Zazzle store tanyabond, talks about the quirks of being an artist and how other Zazzlers have helped inspire her. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tanyabond.

Zazzle: Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself! Where are you from and what got you interested in creating art?

Tanya: I live in Ireland. I’m a mom of four, I work from home and I do find it quite challenging! I have been painting for as long as I remember as well as doing all sorts of other creative things like crafts, dancing, singing – anything that involves imagination!

Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?

Tanya: Most of my designs are in fact paintings that I incessantly keep listing on a vast range of Zazzle goodies. I do admire a lot of artists who work in the same surreal pop/fantasy style, there’s so much talent out there I would be afraid to name some in case I miss others. :)

Zazzle: What types of things inspire you?

Tanya: I am constantly inspired by anything I see in my life – sometimes I’m inspired by faces of people around me; artists like me tend to see shapes and lines, and I am guilty of staring at people while studying how their nose or mouth looks like! Other times, it’s animals and their huge soulful eyes! I’m also inspired by nature and amazing geometry behind everything – flowers, trees, even fruit and veggies!

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Tanya: My only space to create is a tiny corner of my kitchen (below), which is way too small for all the things that I’m doing. I do hope that one day I will have a studio where I will be able to keep everything in a creative mess behind closed doors guilt free!

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Tanya: I love oil pastels – neopastels by Caran d’Ache. They are incredibly easy to use, a pleasure to blend and very pliable, not to mention luscious colours almost good enough to eat :) !

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Tanya: Looking back at all the paintings I’ve done, I realized that most of them would look great on cards, t-shirts, and other printed goodies, but I knew that it would be a great hustle as well as a big expense if I were to order them from local printers and sell them myself. And after doing a bit of research on the internet I realized that there’s a way to go around it with no financial outlay and without products piling up at home – that’s when I discovered the beauty of selling my art on print-on-demand sites! I was a novice to them and I decided to give a go at all of those sites that were recommended by various internet reviews, and Zazzle ended up being the most successful internet venue for me!

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Tanya: My very first sale was a sheet of stamps with my painting of a cute tuxedo kitten.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Tanya: Selling on Zazzle is definitely fun! I’ve made my first sale in less than a month after listing my first products which was very encouraging. My products were often picked for Today’s Best Awards which never stopped being a pleasant surprise for me even now after 4 years of being on Zazzle.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Tanya: I feel that it’s important to remember that Zazzle is not a get rich quick scheme and it’s best to look at it as an investment. You mightn’t get immediate results for the work that you do, but the more effort you put in building a great shop the more return you will get in the future.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of any future designs?

Tanya: Yes, I’m currently working on a painting called “Siren of Titan” (below) and as soon as it’s finished I will be listing this image on cards, pillows, cases, bags – pretty much everything!

Zazzle: That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing Tanya!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with daisyO

August 16, 2012

Monika, from the Zazzle store daisyO, discusses how as a children’s book illustrator she uses Zazzle as an outlet to play around with different design styles. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store daisyO.

Zazzle: Firstly, tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and when did you start designing?

Monika: Actually behind “my” Zazzle stores (so far there are 4 but I have ideas for many more :)) stands my dream team – my husband Tytus and me. I work as a children’s book illustrator and between commissions I do all the fun parts of being Zazzler which is creating designs and Tytus bravely takes care of all hard work – adding new products, promoting, etc. We’re both from Warsaw, Poland but currently living in Barcelona, Spain.

As for my beginnings in design, my mum says that I started very early, and as an artist herself, she pushed me a bit in this direction. But as I recall it as a kid I had more interest in sports than drawing. Now I can’t imagine life without making art – it’s my job and passion.

Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?

Monika: People! My friends, family and random strangers. This is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Monika: I can create nearly everywhere. This is my super power! But working outdoors (in the park, on the beach, or on balcony) is what I love the most.

Zazzle: What designs of yours do you like the most?

Monika: The newest one – male sirens with mustaches.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Monika: I like to hanging out with my friends (if you could call it a hobby). With Tytus we share love for old Jamaican music. We collect vinyl records of ska, rock-steady and early reggae music. If some legendary Jamaican band or singer is performing somewhere in Europe we just have to be there to see it!
Other than that I read a lot about food from around the world and its history. From time to time I enjoy cooking and baking (and of course eating, so I jog on regular basis). Oh, and I’m a big Star Trek fan!

Zazzle: Who is your favorite Zazzle seller (besides yourself, of course)?

Monika: There’s load of great artist and shops on Zazzle but I want to give special credits for amazing Sandygrafik. I might not have become a Zazzler if it wasn’t for her!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Monika: One day I was visiting a great illustrator’s, Sandygrafik, blog and saw her Zazzle products. I decided that I must have a store right away! Seeing my illustrations not only on paper but also on other products always trilled me. The thought that there’s someone thousands miles away drinking coffee from a mug with my drawing is so exciting. Zazzle gives opportunity to make this dream come true in an easy way. Also, being a picture book illustrator I have to stick to and develop one style, but with Zazzle I can get away from daily artistic routine and try different style and subjects.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Monika: This depends on what your goal is. For earning money with your art, I’d advise:

1) Work hard – it’s just amazing to live your life doing what you love the most so it’s worth some special effort, isn’t it? Developing your unique style, SEO skills, working on new designs takes time, but it totally pays back.

2) Listen to what people say about your design – I’m not saying that you have to create only super commercial things you’re sure people will buy, you shouldn’t change your style, but sometimes small changes of composition or colour will do the trick. For instance, I love to paint very detailed illustrations, but most of my products that sell are very simple designs.

3) Be humble (but believe in yourself J) and never think about yourself as a complete artist – if you create on regular basis (advisable) for few years, your skills will improve and you will laugh at old works even if you’re satisfy with them now.

4) And the tip I always hated to hear but it’s so true: be patient!

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of feature designs?

Monika: Sure! Here are little pieces of a few different things I working on right now.

Zazzle: Very cool! Thanks for sharing Monika!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with origamiprints

August 9, 2012

Shelby, from the Zazzle store origamiprints, talks with us about the joy she feels knowing her designs have contributed to someone’s special day. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store origamiprints!

Zazzle: To start, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Shelby: My name is Shelby and I’m 24 years old. I studied graphic design in high school and in college and currently have an associate’s degree in graphic design.

Zazzle: When did you become interested in design?

Shelby: My love for design started when I was a kid, some time in elementary school when I discovered that silly little program called “Paint” on our family’s computer. You couldn’t do much in that program at the time, just paint with a paint brush or add text, but I still had so much fun with it! As I grew older I became drawn to many other types of design like interior design, fashion design, and typography. It wasn’t until my wedding last year that I realized I had a real passion for invitation and stationery design. I had always known that I’d want to design my own wedding invitations and when the time came, I created so many styles that I had a hard time picking one! I loved the process of designing invitations so much that I didn’t want to stop….and I’ve kept designing invitations ever since!

Zazzle: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Shelby: I love to create and tend to be drawn more clean, simple designs with a strong attention to detail in typography.

Zazzle: What inspires you to create?

Shelby: Weddings, parties, interior design, patterns and fashion are some of my favorite things that give me inspiration for my designs!

Zazzle: Your products are very occasion oriented, what is your favorite occasion to design for?

Shelby: I love designing invitations for specific parties and events, like housewarming parties and baby showers, but wedding invitations are by far my favorite because I remember so well how much I loved planning my big day. Wedding invitations have really changed a lot over the years. Brides are becoming slightly less traditional and are looking for more unique and modern designs to suit their own personality and style.  I just love exploring and creating new styles and color schemes. There’s so much that goes into planning your wedding, like choosing colors, flowers and decorations. When I sell a set of invitations I get so excited because it’s great knowing that one of my designs is being incorporated into someone’s wedding day!

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Shelby: I contribute art and designs on a couple of stock image websites where I have the opportunity to make royalties on my designs each time I make a sale. I was doing some more research on the subject when I found a blog somewhere about a graphic designer talking about making money on Zazzle and the fact that you are able to set your own royalty rate. I decided to give it a shot, and once I discovered that you can create invitations, that’s when my real passion for stationery took off. And that’s when I decided to open up a shop called Origami Prints, specializing in invitation design and other paper goodies!

Zazzle: Other than yourself, who’s your favorite seller on Zazzle?

Shelby: After looking at some recent Today’s Best Award Winners I’ve come across a seller which I LOVE! Her store is called Liza Phoenix and she creates the most adorable little characters!!!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Shelby: To anyone who is just starting out on Zazzle, try to find your niche- what makes you special and unique. Only put up for sale designs that you think will do well or that you, yourself would buy. Stick to your passion and design what you love….and others will love it too!

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Shelby: At the moment, I have no sneak peeks to show, but I can definitely say that my plans for my future designs include fresh new color schemes and bold typography!

Zazzle: Thanks for sharing Shelby!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with tammysmithdesign

August 2, 2012

Tammy, from the Zazzle store tammysmithdesign, discusses how she became a surface pattern artist and where she finds inspiration. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store tammysmithdesign!

Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself! When did you become interested in design? What inspires you?

Tammy: I’m a self-taught artist who became interested in design around the age of 27 when I realized that there were actually people who did surface design for a living. I took some night classes in surface pattern illustration and was hooked!

Tammy: As far as what inspires me, I honestly believe that good ideas can come from SO many places: a rusted piece of metal lying in the street or visiting blogs of artists that I love–I also keep a notebook with me to sketch down ideas for later.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Tammy: My favorite space to create is my home studio. I also make mixed media work so my studio is sometimes a bit messy with clay or wire bits lying around, but I like not having to drive somewhere each day to create.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite product to create?

Tammy: Well I have to say I’m really liking doing t-shirt design–so far on Zazzle, I’ve opened 3 stores because it’s so easy to do and now I have a tshirt store, a color themed store for products that are black, white and ultrabright, and a store that sells products based on different styles like traditional, hand lettered, graphic, floral, etc.

Zazzle: What was the first product you’ve sold on Zazzle?

Tammy: It was a t-shirt; maybe that’s why I like them so much!

Zazzle: How would you describe your design style?

Tammy: I would describe it as eclectic, textural and graphic. I like to make things that give the look of felt, linen or some other texture–I think it looks really interesting when you see it on an iPad cover, for example.

Zazzle: Do you look up to any artists or designers? If so, who?

Tammy: Oh definitely! I look up to many artists, one that I have loved forever is Tammis O’Keefe. She was a brilliant illustrator who had a wonderful style that has become classic. I also love some of the illustrators on the Artsprojekt on Zazzle–completely inspiring.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Tammy: I read so many good reviews when I did my research on where to sell POD designs. Zazzle kept getting the highest ratings so I went with them!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Tammy: Read the forums and also read the HELP section before you begin. It will save you lots of time in the long run and they have terrific advice there.

Zazzle: Can we get a sneak peak of any future designs?

Tammy: Sure! Here are some more that I plan on putting in my shop within the next week or so:

Zazzle: Awesome stuff! Thanks for sharing Tammy!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with mzobcn

July 26, 2012

Marcel, from the Zazzle store mzobcn, talks with us about his hopes of fame and his dream world of color. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store mzobcn!

Zazzle: Firstly, when and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Marcel: I grew up next to a tattoo studio and traced the designs as a child. At age 12, I began to design my own designs. Get ready for me.  Ed Hardy’s was yesterday’s news! I was born to paint and 2012 is the year of chance! MZO-BCN stands for MAZO from Barcelona.

Zazzle: How would you describe your style?

Marcel: Graffiti, tattoo , old school, and not conventional.

Zazzle: When you’re not designing, what do you do for fun?

Marcel: Family, friends, good food, long sleep, and parties.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Marcel: Zazzle is one of the best sites on the net with a lot of products that work with street art designs very well. People from all over the world can design their own products. Unfortunately, they only print in the US, which unfortunately creates high delivery costs in Switzerland. I hope that Zazzle prints in Europe soon!

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Marcel: Stay true to your style and try to create recognizable features in all your designs. Have patience. Take time each day to develop your own style.

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Marcel: No, not yet. Lots of people have visited my shop, but only 2 people have purchased a product. But all beginnings are hard, so thanks to everyone for visiting my shop!

Zazzle: And lastly, on a very serious note, if you could be a superhero, what would be your super power?

Marcel: The whole world is painted by telepathy. I could live paint with my mind. I could make every day a new, positive world of color. I’d create MAZO planet!

Zazzle: How creative! Thanks for sharing Marcel!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with red_dress

July 19, 2012

Rosa, from the Zazzle store red_dress, talks with us about her appreciation for customization and her work ethic as a designer. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store red_dress!

Zazzle: Give us a brief bio. What made you interested in art and when did you start designing?

Rosa: Hello! My name is Rosa and I’m Portuguese. Having a degree in Portuguese Studies, I’m interested in the historical side of art. As a hobby, I started creating graphics, a few years ago, when I discovered the world of blogs and webpages. Creating new templates were so much fun.

Zazzle: What inspires you?

Rosa: I get inspired by looking at pretty things. The Zazzle marketplace is a good source of inspiration. From ARTSPROJEKT iPhone cases to cute paper goods, there’s always something that inspires me to be creative.

Zazzle: How do you begin your creative process?

Rosa: I often begin with a cup of coffee, a subject in mind, and nice sample photos. I try my best to always include a customizable element to designs.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to design?

Rosa: My office, where I have a big desk and sunlight. There’s usually a cat peeking behind my laptop screen or playing with my yarn stash.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Rosa: Probably this simple Love square key chain, with custom photo and cut out text. I like the message “Love is all you need” and the black and white picture really makes the blue design pop.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Rosa: After checking Zazzle was an established and honest company, I really was impressed by the wide range of quality custom products offered and how easily a Father’s Day greeting card turns into a fun birthday card.

Zazzle: How many hours do you typically spend working on your Zazzle store?

Rosa: I live at my Zazzle store; when life calls, I go out.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Rosa: Read the forums, learn about templates and then follow these steps:

  1. Design with a theme in mind (a transparent grid will help you to align your text);
  2. Pay attention to titles, descriptions and tags;
  3. Repeat #1 and #2.

When you are feeling “meh”, promote products and read reviews. There’s usually something to learn from what our wonderful costumers have to say.

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Rosa: I’ll be adding more colorful and fun designs to my store soon.

Thanks for sharing Rosa!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with northamericanriot

July 12, 2012

Molly, from the Zazzle store northamericanriot, speaks with us about her appreciation of nature and how she illuminates the organic with bright detail. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store northamericanriot!

Zazzle: Hey Molly, tell us a little about yourself. When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Molly: To be honest Molly is just a nickname, but it might as well be the true one, I’ve gone by that almost my whole life. What really got me into art must have been the cartoons and the comic books I grew up with, Sailor Moon and Spider-man being my favorites. I’ve been drawing (and loving it) since I was a toddler, but only got serious about it around the age of twelve. So it’s been a long and rewarding seven years of practice.

Zazzle: How would you describe your personal art style?

Molly: I would say my style is a combination of youth concentrated, stylized characters (usually female) and bright energetic colors, preferably in organic patterns.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Molly: My favorite media to use are ink from pens and watercolor, even sometimes Photoshop.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating, what are your other hobbies?

Molly: My other hobbies are night swimming, photographing plants, and singing.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Molly: It was a year ago that I discovered Zazzle and it got me thinking, if my friends like my drawings I wonder how many other people out there would feel the same way. Best case scenario, someone actually likes my art well enough to purchase a product with my work on it. So in that case not only would I profit financially, but in addition my art is even more out there than before. Win win.

Zazzle: What inspires you?

Molly: My dreams are very inspiring, so is nature. For example, I absolutely adore roses. I think they’re one of the few things artistically that are unspoiled and always beautiful. I’d like to think that the feeling they give me is something I have embroiled into my art if only partially.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Molly: The best advice I can give to those just beginning to use Zazzle is to keep your page design simple, but memorable. Personalized your banner making it unique and pick a catchy store name (not just “so-and-so’s store”) with words or a phrase that really defines the style on your products.

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Molly: I would be delighted to give a sneak peak of upcoming product designs

Thanks for sharing Molly!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with thaneeyamcardle

July 5, 2012

Thaneeya, from the Zazzle store thaneeyamcardle, shares with us her multicultural inspirations as well as her immense gratitude for online commerce. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store thaneeyamcardle!

Zazzle: Hi, start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Thaneeya: My name is Thaneeya McArdle and I’m a full-time artist and entrepreneur.  In addition to creating art, I run several art-related websites: an art instruction website, an online art community, as well as my online storefront that showcases my products for sale, the majority of which are Zazzle products! Aside from my art obsession, I am also addicted to travel and books.

Zazzle: When did you decide to create art professionally?

Thaneeya: At the end of 1999, I decided to major in Art in college.  That’s when I knew I’d need to sell my art to survive.  There was no other lifestyle I could imagine, so I knew I had to make it work.  Thanks to the Internet, my dream became a reality.  I am so grateful for having been born in this time and place, because if I’d have been born a generation earlier, I’d probably be stuck in a job I hated just to pay the bills, with little time to do art on the side.  But the Internet provides the tools for artists – even emerging artists – to make a healthy living.  It’s awesome!

Zazzle: What inspires you?

Thaneeya: So many things inspire me!  Anything with vivid colors and detailed patterns, such as alebrije (Mexican folk art sculptures), Tibetan thangkas, Persian miniatures, Indian textiles, Mexican Huichol art, Peruvian retablos, Aboriginal art, modern abstract art (particularly Paul Klee, Hundertwasser and Kandinsky)…

I’m also inspired by the materiality of my art materials – the texture and viscosity of the paint, the waxy quality of my colored pencils, and the glittery sheen of patterned craft paper.  Just looking at art materials makes me want to create with them!

fZazzle: How would you describe your style?

Thaneeya: Funky, eclectic, and detailed!  I love detail – whether it’s an intricate abstract or hyper-realism.  I could never stick to just one style (that would be too stifling), so I swing between making abstract art, whimsical art, photorealistic art, and combinations of these different styles.  Each style offers so many different opportunities for self-expression.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite medium to use?

Thaneeya: For painting, acrylics are my favorite medium.  For drawing, I prefer colored pencils.  I love the rich colors that can be created with both.

Zazzle: Where’s your favorite space to create?

Thaneeya: Anywhere!  I paint on a tabletop easel in our lanai overlooking a sleepy bayou, which is a quiet, inspirational place to make art.  When I’m drawing I often like to just sit on the couch with my colored pencils or pens, because it’s so comfortable.  Since my drawing materials are portable, I like to take them with me when I travel, to sketch or draw from different locations.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Thaneeya: It just seemed like such a cool idea.  In the beginning it was such a novelty to see my art on t-shirts and products, so I did it for fun… when I first started, I never realized that it would grow to be a genuine source of income over the years!

Zazzle: What was the first product you ever sold on Zazzle?

Thaneeya: My very first sale on Zazzle was actually a batch order of 105 Day of the Dead sugar skull shirts, all sold to the same customer on October 4, 2006.  What an encouraging first sale that was!  This was one of the shirts he ordered:

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Thaneeya: First of all, create great art!  That’s the most important thing.

Another thing to keep in mind when you’re just starting out is that Zazzle offers an overwhelming amount of different products, so don’t try to put your art on every single product available.  Be discerning and only post an item for sale if the artwork actually looks good on that item.  For instance, a landscape painting probably wouldn’t look good on a hat, but it might look great as a mousepad.  You get the idea!

Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?

Thaneeya: I don’t have any images ready to share yet, but I am currently working on more sugar skulls and more funky owls.

Thanks for sharing Thaneeya!


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