Monday, March 16, 2015

Patreon...What do you Think?

Dear fellow creative enthusiasts!
Thank you so much for all who have liked and shared my videos, and joined me on Facebook/Instagram/Youtube, etc. I love your feedback, it really is what keeps me motivated and pushes me to draw and create. Many of you have followed my YouTube channel since I began 6 years, has it been that long? Time flies when you are having fun!
Sometimes I don't have the time to answer all of your comments (homeschooling, kids, you know how it is!!) but I want you to know that I read everything and I appreciate every word. I feel bad sometimes that I don't have the time to create videos for you every week. Some people have even asked me to make a book of drawing tutorials, and I would so love to do something like this for you.
For some time, I have been considering starting a Patreon campaign (a place where people could pledge an amount each month to allow me to pursue artistic projects...sort of like a patron of the arts), but I am not sure if it is something people would be interested in supporting, so I need your feedback. I have three questions for you:
1. If I started a Patreon campaign, would you be interested in supporting it?

2. If you answered 'YES', what would you like to see me achieve (eg: more regular videos, a 'how to draw' book, projects in other media, a comic strip, printed goods, videos with better visual and audio quality, art classes in the real world...any other ideas?)

3. If you answered 'YES', what sort of rewards would you like to receive for your monetary support? (You can see what other artists are offering on Patreon for ideas)

This is just a spark of an idea at the moment, but I would truly appreciate any feedback you could give me at this stage. Here is more info about Patreon:

Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend time on my little blog :)
Happy drawing!
Miraculous Mosquito.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Teeny Tiny Paintings Embellished with Seed Bead Embroidery

Hello again everyone! Lately I have been working on some new pieces of jewellery for my shop.

I have been thinking of ways to make my jewellery look more unique, and I came up with the idea of using original ink and watercolour paintings as the focal point.

I am also very much into beaded embroidery, so I merged the two and came up with these mini artworks.  I have included some photos for you to enjoy.

I will be adding items one by one in my shop as I finish them.  Check them out and tell me what you think.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

'Art Activity Cards' Instant Download Printable

An example of one of the Art Activity Cards.

I'm happy to introduce my new 'Art Activity Cards' for all those keen doodlers out there.  These are fun for children, teens, or adults.  The 29 different activities are available for instant download on my Printables Page , or in my Etsy shop, for a very affordable price.  I hope you enjoy them!  I would also love to see any completed activities, feel free to share them with me on Facebook.

These would be great for teachers too!  Please share with anyone who you think would like to use them.

Find the cards here

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Three Sparkly New Videos!

    Goodness, it has been a long time since my last post, but I am going to make it up to you all by posting three videos for you to enjoy.  Two of the videos are proper tutorials with instructions ('Dangerous Doodles') and the other is just a fun experiment I painted a while ago.  I hope they inspire you to pick up your paints or pens and go for it.  As always I love to read your comments, wherever you choose to add them (Youtube, my blog, my website, facebook, twitter etc) and I can't wait to read what you think of my latest videos.  Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter, I am working on the next issue at this very moment (see the 'Swamp' link on the left sidebar of this blog).  Newsletter subscribers are special because they get extra goodies :)  You can also catch all the MM news by subscribing to my channel on Youtube, and liking my page on Facebook.

Here are the videos:
'Egg-Shaped Tree' Speed Paint Doodle
Draw Beads Tutorial
Draw Snakes Tutorial


Friday, September 6, 2013

Experimenting With Markers and Calico.

Sometimes I just grab whatever I can find and start drawing, especially if I am feeling stressed, or need to clear my mind.  If I think too much about it, I will end up doing nothing, so I just begin quickly.  This time I found a bit of cut up calico (natural unbleached cotton) and some permanent markers.  This is what I ended up with.  I now have quite of a collection of these random drawings on calico, which I keep in a display folder.  I'm not sure what I will do with them but I am 'saving them for a rainy day' as they say...and knowing the weather in Wellington, where I live, I shouldn't have to wait that long! Maybe you have some ideas for what I should do with them?  I would love to know...tell me in the comments below :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Braided Tree

I just wanted to show you this amazing tree we found in the grounds of our local hospital.  I couldn't pass without taking some photos.  Isn't is wonderful?  It looks as though it has been loosely plaited/braided over a very long period of time.  It has real character, don't you think?  I noticed a sign on it saying that it was protected by the local council, and no one was allowed to chop it down, which is nice.  Above is a photo of the tree with my son standing at the base, to show how big it is. You can see more of the beautiful texture and details in the close-up below.  I love the colour of it, too...sort of reminds me of old grey stone.  I think it must be very old.  I'm glad I caught a photo of it, I hope to draw it one day when I have a spare moment.

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