Work, play, and all the things in between

Work in progress commission | Monogram Florals

I haven't posted in awhile and today is a best as any to do it! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday..I surely did! Now, things are kicking off for the preparation of Christmas. I am ready to pull out my marshmallows, hot cocoa, fuzzy socks, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas DVD. My family and I aren't too big on the extravagance of Christmas, we celebrate in our own special way and remember it for the true meaning that it is. Nonetheless, I do enjoy the joy humanity adopts around this time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, Art World!

I am thankful all through out the year, but today I definitely wanted to make a post about the blessings I have graciously received this year. Getting back on my feet from a flood disaster is no easy task, but with the emotional and physical support from family and loved ones, I was able to make it through. 2017 has definitely been a complete "Work in progress" type year, with no large leaps and bounds, but many baby steps..which are just as important to me!

I am so thankful for everyone who has followed my Instagram @marmedium, liked a photo or gave a word of appreciation for my artwork. It really does mean a lot to me and has really instilled a since of pride in myself and my artwork. The #Inktober2017 Art Challenge completion really changed my perspective on my abilities and just what I am capable of if I put my mind to it. Having even one commission a month has drastically encouraged me and keeps me motivated. I am so honored and humbled when anyone inquiries about my work and decides to make a purchase...thank you!

With that being said, the BLACK FRIDAY ART SALE is underway until December 1st (my birthday!) or until inventory lasts. With this sale, purchase one Ready-To-Ship art piece and receive a clearance art piece of your choice for FREE! I think that's a pretty sweet deal :) USA shipping is Free; International buyers pay shipping. If you miss out on the sale; don't worry! I plan to host a giveaway (hopefully) by year's end in celebration of my birthday...Yay!

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday!

LIVE! Black Friday Art Sale

Happy Monday, Art World!

I am starting Monday off with happy news. Today is the start of my holiday art special for Black Friday! From now, until December 1st when you purchase a read-to-shop artwork piece, you can receive a clearance artwork piece for FREE! All US customers can enjoy free shipping. (International buyers may shop as well, but must pay shipping cost). I have added some of my very favorite pieces to the SHOP of Ready-to-ship items..including my big #Inktober2017 Art Challenge finale Witch Magic. I will admit, a few of these pieces are hard to let go as they are my favorites, but I know someone will enjoy them even more! Also, for the holiday season, graphic art commissions are now closed, however fine art commissions are still open and available!

Visit the SHOP to check out my updated inventory and more on how to purchase!

#Inktober Week 4: The Big Finish!

Day 31 - The Last Inktober 2017 Piece!

Happy Monday, creatives!

I am happy to say, that we are in the last days of the Inktober 2017 art challenge! I am still in awe at myself that I made it through the entire process; so very proud! Here is this week's postings. I will edit this post to include the final piece for tomorrow (Oct. 31, 2017) I was happy to complete a lovely dark goddess themed painting for a dear friend of mine, as a commission. I'm so grateful to those who have supported my artwork this month!

#Inktober Week 3

Day 15

It is time for my weekly #Inktober2017 Art Challenge update! Here is this past week's line up of artwork. For Day 20-23 I am bit behind due to needing the time off to spend with my fiancé after his oral surgery. Nevertheless, I should be back on track by this Thursday if I can make two pieces in one night! This challenge has helped me grow so much! The ending reward isn't so bad either! The end is so near; I can't believe I have actually conquered this art challenge. 

Wishlist: Faber-Castell Polychromes Pencils

Photo by Dominika of  ilojleen

Once again, another art product has me drooling and wanting to try it! In comes the Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils. I have tried Faber-Castell PIT pens as well as graphite pencils and I do enjoy using their products, but the one that steals the show seems to be their colored pencils. This art tool has been recommended by many of my favorite artists on YouTube like Jacquelin de Leon and Alisa Vysochina, among countless others. I have owned their competitor's brand Prismacolor Premiere and I honestly don't see that much of a difference between that and Crayola for what I use them for. I really would like to try some for the finishing looks of my watercolor pieces, and just to take my drawing to the next level.

#Inktober2017 Week 2: What I've Learned (So Far)

Day 08 (Inktober 2017 Art Challenge)

Happy Monday, everyone!

It is time for another update on my #Inktober2017 progress. I am so proud of myself for hanging in there and totally kicking butt with this art challenge. It is very rare that I get this big of an accomplished feeling when it comes to my artwork, because I am too critical of myself and my work. I am happy about this challenge and so glad that I have been giving it my very best effort. Here are my pieces for Week 2: Day 8 - 14.

#Inktober2017 Art Challenge & Week #1

I am so glad it is nearing the weekend! All I can think about is how I will have at least an entire day to devote to drawing, painting, and simply enjoying some peace and quiet.

The month of October has kicked off and have slowly, but surely, prepared myself for the month long challenge of Inktober. This will be my second year attempting this 31 day art challenge. Last year, I wasn't successful at all. In fact, I was just getting in the swing of doing traditional art again so I was all over the place and only lasted (maybe) 7 days. This year, I have a renewed vigor and much more experience. I've learned to pace myself and take my time, to have good results. I've learned to plan ahead and research for inspiration. I've also learned more about my materials: what I like and do not like. This has been Week 1 of the challenge and I have never been so proud of myself!

Art Jealousy?

I recently rediscovered the artist, Alisa Vysochina (Alisa Draws) on YouTube. I took a liking to her art style last year when I first jumped into my journey of learning to create with watercolors. Since then, I've decided to take a closer look at what she speaks about in her videos; not just her work. This video, Hardcore Art Jealousy really stuck with me and I wanted to make a post about it!

Art trading with Mara

This cutie is for sale in the shop!

Happy Friday, creatives!

It has been another stressful week, but I am glad it is over and I welcome the weekend with open arms! Today, on Instagram, I announced my desire for art trading with artists who've came across my work on Instagram. I gain so much inspiration by following other artists who are interested in the same subject matter and mediums as I am. Unfortunately, the artist life can be quite..broke! The next best thing is to trade artwork! In doing so, I can share a piece of myself with another artist and grow my art collection. I hope others have came across my PSA and would like to participate with me for the month of October.

In doing that, I am also offering a Halloween Special on both commissioned work and Ready to Ship artwork. Head to the Shop page for more details and to take a peek at the spooky cuties listed for sale.

Art Therapy: Art as healing

It is no secret that many famous artists (past and present) suffered from mental illness or even physical illnesses. I have not been diagnosed by any medical professional, but I know my body more than anyone else and I'm certain I have experienced bouts of anxiety and stress on a frequent basis. I am very happy that I have art to turn to; not just because I enjoy it or I have developing talents with it, but because it soothes those ailments without the need of medication. This may not be the end-all-be-all for everyone, but it works for me!

Magical artwork vibes

My magical unicorn; the first of it's kind. :)

Happy Friday!

I am realizing that my one year anniversary of painting is soon approaching! I am both surprised and proud of myself. Often times, my interests are fleeting from one hobby to another...but I really stuck it out with this one. I have tried cross-stitching, knitting, acrylic nail art, and many others but its been a whole year that I have attempted to learn more and do more with fine art. Yay!

Upgrade! New Watercolor Art Supplies

[Edit] My Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors & Bulletproof Glass palette

Wow, I haven't posted here in awhile. It seems there is never enough hours in a day to do all the things. I'm here today, though, to gush over my latest upgrade in watercolor art supplies! If you've been following my blog, you know that last year my fiancé purchased me a plethora of new and amazing art materials for me to dive head first into creating fine art. I've had a year to work with the  Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Reeve's Gouache, Holbein Artist's Gouche and Dr. PH Martin's Hydra Liquid Watercolors. Overtime, I have developed my likes and dislikes about certain water colors and I think I have come to a solution on how to get all of what I fancy in one place.

My Needs in Watercolor



-Palette friendly

-Generous Mixing Area

-Some lightfast capabilities

After researching a lot of the top artist/professional grade watercolors like Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Schminke, and others I actually landed on a Korean brand that I've been hearing about over and over. YouTube is the biggest advertisement when it comes to the hype of certain art tools and supplies; once again I fell for the trap. (Although, I have never been lead wrong on good art supplies!) Behold, the Mijello Mission Gold Class Watercolors and the Mijello Bullet Proof Glass palette! My artist idol, Jacquelin de Leon and others use this brand and highly recommend it (as well as Daniel Smith for granulation). After e-mailing Jacquelin on skin tone additions to this palette, she recommended Daniel Smith's Naples Yellow Red for lighter skin tones that mix well with the browns in the Mission Gold 34 set. I wasted no time in making my final decision, since these were the paints I were already itching to purchase. I also headed to Dick Black website and purchased a couple Black Velvet Silver squirrel hair blend brushes. These are said to be the highest quality watercolor brushes. I've never had any good quality brushes before and I am very excited to try them. I am pretty sure what I've been using is the wrong shit.

Overall, I am very excited and I can't wait until everything arrives!

Art Experience: Custom Sticker Designs

If you have been following me on Instagram (@maramedium) you know that I have fallen head-first in love with the hobby of planners. I've kept agenda books and planners since grade school, but I've not experienced anything like this. With the planner hobby, I get the chance to mesh my interests of hand lettering/typography, scrapbooking/memory keeping, and more. All of this also helps me keep up with my day-to-day happenings. Lord knows I am forgetful!

One thing that you will learn very clearly about this hobby, is that participants love their stickers. There is an entire community of shops dedicated to beautifully made stickers, icons, labels and more for decorating your planner pages and customizing it to your style. Recently, JustPlanningAround sticker shop contacted (with a recommendation!) me and was hoping to get an exclusive character sticker set designed for her shop. I put my thinking cap on and went to work. Ultimately, I created this cute fish girl! Yury, the shop owner, loves her and will soon be featuring several activity stickers with this cute fish (Including the one you see above as a welcome to her shop!)

I've never had my artwork turned into a sticker before, so I am quite excited about it's debut. I think the stickers will be fun and enjoyable to all. This was an experience for me, as I've not made artwork for such a small format (an inch or less) or a custom character before. I love how everything came out and I hope the customers will as well.

Check out JustPlanningAround shop, and keep an eye out for these sticker's debut!

Wishlist: Caran D'Ache Watercolor Crayons

Happy Thursday, artists!

I thought I'd finish off the week with my second sketchbook tour! I am slowly trying to rekindle the fire of my art Youtube channel. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed filming and editing my art process! Check out my latest upload at MaraMedium, Sketchbook Tour (July 2016 - March 2017). Today I wanted to talk about an art supply item that I am drooling over and is definitely on my Wishlist. Keep reading for more!

How I price my artwork

My most recent commission, ready for it's new home!

I've had the blessing of receiving a few interested customers in commissioned artwork. I thought it'd be nice to share how I price my artwork as well as custom pieces. With any hand crafted work of art, it takes time, talent and materials to complete. Keep reading for more details if you're interested!

Art trade with my favorite artist?!

Recently I had the pleasure to do a trade of sorts with one of my favorite artists, Kiara Moore! You may know her as KiarasStudio on YouTube and Instagram. I discovered Kiara's work via YouTube one day when I was researching which alcohol based markers to purchase. I instantly fell in love with her artwork style as well as her personality! She is so funny and creative; always keeps her viewers thinking and wanting to create. Since then, I have strived to be the best artist I can be and taken many new turns in discovering my art style.

Review: Blick Studio Brush Markers

Despite my absence here on the blog and on my artTube channel, I have been in a great creative mood and I have been making art steadily for the last few weeks. Add me on Instagram @maramedium to see daily posts of what I've been up to. Lately, I have been truly giving my alcohol based markers, the Blick Studio Brush Marker set that I purchased back in October 2016, a real shot. I will admit, it was a new medium that I was excited about, but shyed away from upon their arrival. Shame on me! Once I got the hang of a few techniques, I immediately fell in love! A few artists on Instagram have asked my opinion about these markers and how they compare to Copic. I thought it was time for a review!

The artist and the artist's style

Trying a more free and painterly art style

My ultimate goal right now, as an artist, is to get to a point where I have developed my style of artwork. You know, the point where you can see a collection of works and see the cohesiveness. The point where you can see a curated gallery of works from various artists and always be able to point out the pieces that belong to a certain artist. That is the point at which I want to reach. I feel like this point is reached only after months (even years) of continuous work in your choice of media. I feel like at times I shall never reach it. I have always identified myself as a versatile artist. There is no one defining factor that points my work out. Between digital and hand drawn/painted work; you cannot tell. I also enjoy so many different mediums that it is impossible to stick to one (I also find it nearly impossible to mesh them all the way I want). If I can never pin point a few factors that seem to "make up" a certain style, I fear I will never find mine.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Although I am a firm believer in celebrating the ones I love in various acts of kindness every day (not just once a year) throughout the year, I am very grateful and appreciative of the way my fiance takes care in making sure the day is special for me. This year, he definitely floored me with the biggest Valentine's Day surprise...yes, even bigger than the 50 inch+ pink stuffed unicorn I received last year.

Happy 2017: Another Year of Art

Commission for Markita Booker, reborn doll artist of My Sweet Baby Reborn Nursery

Happy New Year, everyone!

I am excited to start a new year and see how my artwork blossoms in 2017. It seems, lately, I have had my dealings in a lot of different art mediums..including digital artwork for TwitchTV users! I'm anxious and looking forward to trying all kinds of new things this year. If you head to the Commissions section of my blog you will see lots of new custom art options added to my list of things you can purchase; including a set-up of your very own personal blog! I find customizing my blog one of the most rewarding aspects of being a graphic design, so I thought I'd share my self-taught skills of webdesign with you all.