Zenspire Designs Artist Brita Thompson Talks Turning Her Hobby Of Doodling Into A Business | MONEY

Zenspire Designs Artist Brita Thompson Talks Turning Her Hobby Of Doodling Into A Business | MONEY


Since I was little, I knew I wanted to do something with art, but not necessarily knew what it was. Hi, I’m Brita Lynn Thompson of Zenspire Designs, and I’m an illustrator. I used to sell all of my work just with prints and whatnot, but then I got into stickers, and then just became like, the thing that I do and I’m known for now, which is cool. I promote myself through Instagram and all the social medias and all that jazz. There’ll be times where I don’t know how to explain something in words or I don’t know how to like, you know, make that relationship with someone or communicate with someone, but I’ll draw, and then that’s like a ice breaker. And then you like talk about that. It’s kind of like my communication to the world, sorta, is through my work. So I’ve just been designing little patterns since I was little, like doodling and whatnot. And then it became like my own style that I made, but I didn’t know what it was called. And then a few years ago, someone was like, ‘Oh, your stuff is called like zentangle’. That’s how I got my name— Zenspire. It’s like even though it’s self taught, it’s kind of inspired by the zentangle aspect of it all. So I put inspire and zentangle together and I got Zenspire. So, that’s how I got my business name. They announced that I was the winner. They were like, ‘Alright, your life is about to change, so get ready for it’. I just like sat on the couch. I was like, just watching my phone. I was like, ‘What is going on?’ I have over 632 sticker designs. My stickers are just online. So at my show they’re $3 a piece or four for $10. So I try to keep my stuff relatively like, on the lower side just because I think that my audience is mostly college kids or younger kids. That’s why I kind of like to keep the lower end. I mainly just—like I create something and I I’m just like, ‘This makes me so happy.’ And like, pretty much creating/art, it’s just like, I know it’s the whole expressing yourself. What I create — that is me. That’s me just like spit up on a sticker or, you know — cause my friends, they all have like real jobs or they’re in grad school. And I’m just like — I’m so the left field friend. And out of all my friends, they can’t wrap their head. The fact that I could do this for a living at all, which is nice. That’s why I kind of — that’s what art means to me, just like it helps me express myself. And, you know, it’s always been there for me, like it’s always been like, my thing. Like I give myself no time to just like hang out, unless I like schedule it, but I just love what I do.

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