Club Marmalade Moon

Club Member of the Month: Wini Dougall

ALJ Hand drawn Mandala by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy.

ALJ Hand drawn Mandala by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy.

I’m so excited to introduce this new feature, putting the spotlight on members of Club Marmalade Moon and their creative projects! This month we’re kicking off by getting to know Wini Dougall. In just four months she gained 800 followers on Instagram, and she's put her beautiful mandalas on products like iPhone cases, cushions and tote bags. Find out more about Wini and her exciting Instagram project

Welcome Wini! Could you tell us a bit about your new creative project?

A few months ago, I set up a public Instagram account to share my artwork. Prior to that I had a private IG account, but a friend encouraged me to go public as a way to connect and share with a wider audience, as its become really popular.

Were there any obstacles setting this up or have you had any unexpected positive experiences?

No I did not experience any obstacles setting it up. It seemed to take off from the get go which was a pleasant surprise. I discovered that the IG community is welcoming, supportive, and engaging. I also found a group of people with similar interests and its since become my new favourite online hang out. 

Last year, I began a regular practice of drawing mandalas and I shared some of them on my IG feed, which was then reposted by several other members which was a lovely honour, and it brought new followers along for the ride too.

ALJ Illustration inspired by Edwardian jewelry by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy. 

ALJ Illustration inspired by Edwardian jewelry by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy. 

With your mandalas, you've created products like smartphone cases and tote bags? What does it feel like to see your artwork on a tangible product that you can use in your daily life?  

ALJ Society6 Products designed by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy. 

ALJ Society6 Products designed by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy. 

I think its fun to see your designs on products, and exciting when someone buys it. Its a nice feeling and rewarding to know that someone has chosen your design to brighten up their lives and that they will enjoy it as part of their daily life.

What are your tips for others who feel inspired by your project?

I'm still finding my way on IG, but I think its important to share in a genuine manner. Take nice photos, and show work in progress shots of your artwork as well as finished ones, because people enjoy seeing how your artwork is created, along with the materials you used.  Spend some time to engage with your community as well. Read and respond to comments on your posts, and visit other members and interact with their accounts as well.

To help grow your audience, use popular and relevant hashtags to help expand your reach. You can also participate in group challenges, competitions and projects, and sometimes these activities have official hastags you can use as well. There are some large accounts who may feature your work if you use their designated hashtag to submit to them, thereby attracting more attention to your work.

But I think the most important thing is to just have fun, and be realistic about how often you can post and how much time you will spend on IG. It can get a bit addictive!

Find Wini Dougall at
her blog Art Love and Joy | shop | Instagram | Pinterest

ALJ Mandala with Lucky Cat (hand drawn, freehand) by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy.

ALJ Mandala with Lucky Cat (hand drawn, freehand) by Wini Dougall of Art, Love & Joy.

The Bigger Picture

iPhone photo: spring fever

iPhone photo: spring fever

Lately, I've been thinking about paying more attention to the bigger picture and making room for the people and things that really matter

For Marmalade Moon this mindset means building blocks of really useful tutorials and guides for harnessing your creativity with your iPhone or iPad. To make room for this development, I'll be slowing down my blogging pace, publishing new posts once a week, on Mondays. 

Just now I'm writing a tutorial for how to organise your digital iPhone photos and I've only just put together a new guide for Top Apps for Photo Effects, Filters and Post Processing. Hope you enjoy it! 

Some other things in the works are new iPhoneography art shows with student work from my recent courses and interviews with developers of exciting apps for mobile photography and art.

I'm delighted to introduce free promo codes for interesting art and photo apps as a new club perk for members of Club Marmalade Moon! Promo codes are handed out on a first come, first serve basis and they have been going like hotcakes! 

The Color of Love

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” Marc Chagall

How beautiful and inspiring, and what a perfect quote for the month of February, the host of Valentine's Day!

I just put together this desktop wallpaper with the quote set on a cherry red background. Designed for iPhone, iPod and iPad. 

It's going to be the club perk that's delivered with the February issue of the Marmalade Monthly, that you get (for free) as a member of Club Marmalade Moon

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” Marc Chagall

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” Marc Chagall

A More Simple & Flexible Year

iPhone photo: slow juicer 

iPhone photo: slow juicer 

A More Simple & Flexible Year

It's a new year, and I've been looking at how I can make my digital life more simple and easy. Consolidating and renewing. Refocusingpruning and reinventing my digital life. It's a process. Slowing down to savour my experiences and to connect more fully with others.

Here are some of the changes I've made: 

  • Back up my mobile photos with Dropbox
  • Reevaluate the apps I use for mobile art and photography and sort them into folders
  • Delete unused apps on my iPhone and iPad to make it easier to stay focused.  
  • New email routine. Emails that don't require instant action or an immediate response, get popped into a folder named Monday, and on Mondays it's email day.
  • Simplify how I distribute my news, so that Club Marmalade Moon now also delivers you updates from the blog. 
  • Get a juicer for the studio! New, healthy liquid lunches!

Updates Made Easy for You

To make it convenient and more flexible for you, you can now choose if you'd like to get your updates on a dailyweekly or monthly basis and you'll also receive exclusive, free content for members of Club Marmalade Moon

Tidbits. Consolidated News Bits

Last year I started a regular feature on this blog, where I bring the best bits of news I find on the web back home to Marmalade Moon in Tidbits. It's a weekly mix of inspiration, sparks of genius, beauty, illumination and laughter illustrated with my mobile photos

Have you been making any changes to your digital life this year?

The Creative Mind

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 

When I think about using your iPhone to harness your creativity, this quote comes to mind: 

Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer. 
~ Terri Guillemets

Because your smartphone is no longer a phone with a camera, it's become a camera that you also can take regular calls with. You're using your mobile phone to take calls from your soul, and expressing them creatively. 

You're using your iPhone as a tiny, portable studio that fits in your pocket or handbag and that doesn't create a mess to clean up when you've finished. Exploring a new kind of contemporary art form, where you can express yourself creatively as you move through your day. 

I felt so inspired by this quote, that I made a desktop wallpaper as a club perk that comes with the December issue of the Marmalade Monthly, that you get (for free) as a member of Club Marmalade Moon. It's accompanied by four minimalist wallpapers in solid colours. Adapted for iPhone, iPod and iPad. 

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