Whitney Spear Ynchausti grew up in a small town in Oregon. She and her best friend were always inventing things, making things and being creative. Ever since then she knew she wanted to be involved in art. She received a degree in graphic design and hasn’t stopped creating since those early days in eastern Oregon.
Whitney worked in the corporate world for three years, but it wasn’t really her thing. She did, however, learn a lot during those years. Now she feels blessed to be able to run WhitPrints from home. She love to paint, doodle and hand letter. When she’s not working on a new project she’s watching movies with her sweet husband or hanging out with her nieces and nephews. She loves to travel, hike and learn about new cultures and languages.
Tell us a little about your darling designs.
I love bright colors, strong contrast, cutesy patterns, and art prints. I’ve combined all of these elements into affordable printables for any and all occasions. Creating art is my passion and I love putting things on my wall that make me and others happy!
What do you do to get yourself in the mood to work on your projects? Do you find that you’re always feeling creative or do you have to get in a certain mindset?
I listen to music a lot while I am creating. That helps clear my mind. Being too stressed halts my creativity. That being said I’m not always feeling creative. If I feel a creative block coming I usually get off of my computer and go outside for walk. To get in a creative mood I look for inspiration.
How would you define creative success?
If you are determined to keep trying despite failures and setbacks then you are successful! The only one stopping you from reaching your potential is often times yourself. It’s a bit daunting putting your work out there. Risk it! It’s exciting, fun and challenging. There are many days I want to give up but I always find something within that says to keep going. Keep creating. Keep trying.
What’s your favorite movie and why?
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty! It is beautiful, creative and hilarious. It always makes me want to travel and try new things. The typography is amazing and the places he goes are gorgeous.
What advice would you give to women looking for inspiration?
Looking for inspiration? Go on a walk. Soak in the colors that surround you and be mindful of all of the patterns you see. Clear your mind so that the creative juices can flow.
Travel! Experience new cultures, new ideas, new ways of creating.
Write it down. If you have an idea in the moment write it down so you can execute it later.
Talk to or meet with other creatives. When I was first thinking about starting a business I met once a month with women who had goals to open up shops as well. I would have pages and pages of notes after we met with new ideas, tips and a renewed desire to set goals and really work hard to accomplish them.