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.

You're All So Awesome!

Recently my daughter was in hospital for 5 days with a severe, rather scary asthma attack.  At one stage I heard the doctor say to a nurse 'Tell intensive care to get ready just in case we need to send her there'.  You can imagine how my heart began pounding when I head that.  Asthma is something that many people, especially children, suffer from in New Zealand, which has one of the highest asthma rates in the world.  I have three children, and all of them have asthma, so we tend to dread winter, as either one or all of our children end up in the emergency department at one stage or another, sometimes more than once. Our neighbours must really wonder what is going on at our house, when once a week the ambulance turns up in the middle of the night!  The ambulance paramedics know us all very well now!

 AlhamduliAllah (Thank God) my daughter is much better now, and enjoying the warmer weather and better health.  Here is a photo of her in her favourite 'Hello Kitty' pyjamas, fighting the boredom of being stuck in bed, playing games and drawing on the tablet.  While she was in hospital, I posted a rainbow drawing she made when she began to feel better, on my Facebook page. Many of my lovely viewers/readers/fellow bloggers saw it and responded with such lovely comments of support. I just wanted to say thank you from us for thinking of us, and your uplifting comments.  Being in the children's ward for 5 days makes you feel very 'cut off' from the rest of the world, and it was nice to know I could still connect with everyone through the internet.

I also posted some of the beautiful murals that line the walls of the children's ward in the hospital.  You can view those here.

Once again, thanks to you all, we really appreciate it.

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