Meet Kathleen Stemler of KathleensArtCreations. She uses the Zentangle Method to create beautiful, whimsical designs that celebrate nature and animals.
Tell us about yourself! Where is your hometown? Where do you live now? Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of design? Any fun facts about yourself?
My name is Kathleen (Heiner) Stemler and I have been a Western region girl at heart all my life. Born in Ogden, Utah. I moved to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and then moved to Carson City (the Capitol of Nevada) in 1992. I have over 30 years of professional office administration experience working primarily in education and then transitioned into manufacturing for six years. I have been married to my best friend for over 20 years and our children are dogs and cats. I have lost many over the years, but they are always a huge part of our lives and we only adopt rescues. I enjoy creating art, hiking, biking, gardening, knitting to name a few things. Along the way, I have had a chance to travel in Europe and the Mediterranean.
Tell us about the space where you do your work.
I started with 500 square feet. I expanded to another 500 square feet when I opened my Zazzle Store. I buy lots of my designs on Zazzle products which are used for various art shows I exhibit at during the year. Nice to have the inventory as friends often stop by for a quick gift.
What is your background in art/design? What got you started creating?
In 2013, I took four Zentangle classes and I was hooked. Many friends and family were asking me if they could have copies of my various art, as I was sharing them on Facebook. I mailed out many prints for about six months (for free) and was elated that people wanted them. After much thought, on March 9, 2014, I decided to create a website and venture into a little business I named “Kathleen’s Art Creations” (www.kathleensartcreations.com) where I sell note cards and prints. My designs were all whimsical “Zentangle® Inspired Art” for the first few years. I began broadening my horizons and started doing colorful abstract designs incorporating animals, scenery, flowers, etc. I fell in love with the free form of abstract work and the magic that happens. I continue to do both art forms.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
My inspirations are all around me. It is often seeing a dog breed, a bird or butterfly and much more. My friends and family also inspire me with their fun ideas.
When do you feel your most creative? Your least?
I feel I am most creative on my dog walks in the morning. It feels like meditation while walking. It is soothing to my soul and quite relaxing. I then put those ideas on paper or ceramic products.
If you could wish for one new product on Zazzle, what would it be and why?
Canvas wine totes that are easy to design on.
What was the very first Zazzle product that you sold?
A mousepad with my “Charlie” horse design sold Feb 2015.
What are your favorite product types to design on Zazzle?
I love all my dog and cat designs on products It brings me great joy to see them.
What Are Your 5 Favorite Products in Your Store?
Do you have any advice for new Zazzle Designers?
The tools you have are excellent and customer service is also exceptional. There are many tools to learn from on your website and blogs to read or by calling a member of your team. I also love your continued designing improvements which are fantastic! I have helped two artists at no charge with the expertise I have learned over the past few years get their stores up and running.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you?
Volunteer if you can. It makes a difference.*
*Below is a story that Kathleen wanted readers to know about one way she likes to volunteer and give back to animals.
On many occasions, I am asked to draw pictures of dogs that have either been rescued from hoarding situations, puppy mills or from owners that just did not care about their pet. What inspires me are the people that rescue these animals from such horrific situations. They foster them and try to find a forever and loving home in their final years. I am always very honored when I am asked to do a piece of these very special rescued dogs. I wanted to share this story.
Meet Lacy, the Yellow Labrador Retriever
Lacy’s first owner hit her with his car by accident and didn’t take her to a veterinarian for two weeks. She was a puppy. If the owner would had done so, her leg would have been saved. When the owner did take her to vet, he pretended she wasn’t his (probably to avoid paying her bill). The staff was smart. They knew the dog was his and when he asked to “adopt” her, they said no. After her right hind leg was amputated, she was placed with the Labs4rescue after six months of living in the veterinary hospital. She was adopted by Ingrid and her family who reside in Greenwich, Connecticut. They adore her and recently added another dog to their family to play fetch with Lacy.