Silhouette’s creative community is one of our favorite things about creating products in the craft sphere. Without the artistic talents of our makers and Silhouette artists, we wouldn’t have the incredible projects, designs, and inspiration that all of you create! We want to start celebrating the individual artists who contribute so much to our community, so we’re excited to share the first of many Silhouette Designer Spotlights with you today.
Our first spotlight is on Stacey Wattenbarger, also known as Diva Watts Designs. Her elegant, trendy designs are a staple for makers looking to create projects inspired by nature and the modern farmhouse aesthetic. Let’s meet her now!
Tell us about yourself!
Hello, I’m Stacey, and I am the designer behind Diva Watts Designs. I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee. But I have lived in quite a few places. In 2014, my husband, myself, and our two daughters moved to Texas.
I have had a passion for art for as long as I can remember, starting as a child when I first put crayons to paper. Since then, I have tried many different mediums such as drawing with pencils, painting with acrylics, and even painting furniture. I have pretty much dabbled in just about every kind of art.
How long have you been a Silhouette user? Which machine is your favorite?
I have been a Silhouette user for around three years. My favorite machine is the Cameo 4. I love the ease of cutting without a mat and the speed.
How would you describe yourself as an artist or crafter? What’s your creative style?
My love of home décor steers me creatively. I am always thinking from a perspective of what would look good as a décor piece in someone’s home. I especially love the modern farmhouse style. To me, the relaxed and inviting style of modern farmhouse allows so much freedom when designing.
Tell us about your graphic design career. How did you get your start?
In late 2018, I was given a cutting machine as an early Christmas gift. That gift opened a door for me. I saw all of the wonderful designs available but felt the spark to create my own. In January 2019, my 7-year-old daughter, Betty, passed away unexpectedly. To help me through my grief, I delved into designing. I would spend all day and into the night learning how to design using Adobe Illustrator. I lived and breathed designing. I found this new medium gave me a way to focus on something other than the pain and create something beautiful. I believe my daughter has been by my side since the beginning. Betty has been and is as much a part of Diva Watts Designs as I am.
When did you start designing files for the Silhouette Design Store?
I had someone from Silhouette Design Store reach out to me in February 2021 inviting me to become a Silhouette Artist. I was honored and quickly accepted the invitation. To be part of such an amazing family and brand has been an honor.
What is the design you’re proudest of?
Like Branches On A Tree is one of my favorites. It features a tree that I drew along with a passage about family. The design is all about family, and to me, family is the most important thing in life.
Where do you find creative inspiration?
I am often inspired by current trends in the market. Some of my favorite things to do are to watch home décor videos, visit home décor stores, and even just look at nature. I am always keeping an eye out to see what is “in.” I love seeing how different colors and textures combine to create something beautiful. I then morph my ideas and inspiration into something new and unique.
How do you overcome creative blocks?
My mind is always thinking ahead. So fortunately, I haven’t had many blocks, but when I do, I just step away for a while and relax. I often find when I just take a break for a while, I am able to refocus and get back to creating much easier.
What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
Honestly, it is seeing people happy. I enjoy it when I see one of my designs that someone has created and their creation brings them joy. I genuinely enjoy that part the most.
What advice do you have for artists and makers who are just starting out?
The biggest piece of advice I have is to create things you love. If you love something and feel good about it, chances are someone else will love it too. I put my heart into my work, and I believe that is what has helped me grow as an artist. So stay true to who you are and everything will fall into place.
Thank you so much for chatting with us, Stacey! If you want to find more of Stacey’s work online, find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest under the username @divawattsdesigns. Or, visit her website, divawattsdesigns.com.
Who are some Silhouette Designers you would like to learn more about? Let us know below!