Today we’re talking to illustrator and designer Paola from Paola’s Pixels. She designs a variety of pins, stickers, clothing, and more inspired by Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop RPGs.
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What do you make? What do you consider your best or favorite work?
I design enamel pins, stickers, t-shirts, and surface patterns that I like to apply to skirts, button ups, and tote bags. My favorite work is my d20 Adventure design and my new Natural Defenses pins.
Tell us about your workshop
My workshop is my home office; that’s where I have my computer and all of my inventory.
My brother in law helped me build a huge table in the middle of my office by adding a tabletop on top of 4 cabinets. That’s where I keep all of my enamel pins, patches and stickers. It’s the perfect standing desk to use for packing orders.
I keep adding cabinets to the table and I think it’s time for me to look into more storage because I’m starting to sell button up shirts and skirts and I need to store them somewhere!
How long have you been doing your craft? Who taught you or where did you learn?
I went to school for graphic design but I didn’t start designing things to sell until 2017.
I used to work for a screenprinting company so I saw t-shirt designs all day, I think that’s what inspired me to try to design my own thing.
Any advice for beginners to your craft?
Etsy is a really easy platform to start with. You don’t need a huge social media following to start because people can find you on Etsy by search.
Once you have momentum going I recommend starting your own website so you don’t rely only on Etsy.