small pleasures of life by Mariana Musa

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My first (or second?) attempt at watercolours … I love my cup of tea, it’s definitely one of the simple pleasures of life.


children, coloured, flcard, mouse, pencil, teacup, thank, you

Mariana Musa is a self-taught illustrator who is thoroughly enjoying rediscovering and exploring the whimsical, quirky, lighter side of art, and who hopes that her designs will bring as much delight to those who view them as they do to her while creating them.

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  • jetsta42
    jetsta42about 7 years ago

    just too cute

  • Mariana Musa
    Mariana Musaabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Jessica, it’s only my second ever attempt at watercolour!

  • natmis
    natmisabout 7 years ago

    i thought most of your work to be watercolour but had a closer look and found it to be colour pencil you are skilled at both. nice work

  • Mariana Musa
    Mariana Musaabout 7 years ago

    Thanks natmis, I’ve been working in coloured pencil so far, and have just started experimenting with watercolour … it’s difficult to control!!

  • Damian
    Damianabout 7 years ago

    Very cute! It looks like large pleasures for the mouse – he’s never going to sleep with a cup of tea that big :)

  • Mariana Musa
    Mariana Musaabout 7 years ago

    Thank you Damian …and I know how he feels :)

    BLYTHARTalmost 7 years ago

    Lovely! Did you outline this with a very fine brush, a pen or a soft pencil? Steer clear of me, Mariana, if you don’t like lots of questions :-)

  • Mariana Musa
    Mariana Musaalmost 7 years ago

    Heh, i have no problem with questions Dave, and am flattered that you’re asking any at all! I normally outline with pencil (sometimes ink) but … I did use a thin brush for this — I’m new to watercolour and self-taught so I haven’t the faintest idea of what the ‘right’ thing to do is.

  • ©   Elaine van Dyk
    © Elaine van...almost 7 years ago

    Mariana, this is absolutely beautiful – very sweet. Just noticed your comment to Dave about not having the faintest idea of what the “right” thing to do is – for what it’s worth, I don’t believe there is a right or a wrong way. It’s all about what feels right for the person creating the work. I think your cards are all really lovely, and the quality of your work is excellent.

  • Mariana Musa
    Mariana Musaalmost 7 years ago

    Thank you Whirligig, that’s very encouraging … and I’m having fun experimenting, mistakes and all :)

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