Full Time Artist

Why I've joined Patreon

So today I am going to be getting a little bit personal here on the blog and also some very exciting news! There are big changes coming soon here and there are going to be lots and lots of new things coming down the pipeline.

Why I'm now on Patreon and how you can support me!  I am very excited to announce that I am now offering exclusive mixed media and art journal tutorials on my very own Patreon site.  I'm sharing here what it's all about and how you can support me over there! I hope you'll join me I can't wait to make content JUST for you!

Testing Times

Something that I have not shared much online and outside of my immediate circle is that I have been made redundant from my full time job and this happened back in May of this year. I’m not going to lie and say that this was pleasant, it most certainly was not, and it was a very stressful time. If I am being honest the three years before this happened had not been good ones as this plan had been coming for quite some time although we did not know exactly when it would happen. In the end it was not a surprise but it came very quickly and a little messy in the end.

So after May I found myself unemployed and at somewhat of a crossroads. I was lucky enough to have a sum of redundancy from my employer that left me with a comfortable cushion. And at this crossroads I found myself taking the path of striking out on my own and attempting to make a full time job for myself from my artwork.

Freedom, freedom

Now don’t get me wrong, this path is most certainly not going to me a smooth and steady one. There are very few steps clear ahead of me and I am certainly going to work my butt off to make something of this as I am determined to not have to go back to a regular full time job if I can possibly avoid it. Being able to collect my daughter from school, not worry about school holidays and being much happier in myself than I have been in many, many years has set my mind on this matter for certain.

So what's it all about then?

So to get to the original point of writing this post in the first place, I am now on Patreon!! Don’t worry I am well aware that a lot of you may not be familiar with Patreon or the concept of it so I have written out a few answers to the types of questions that I had when I first learnt about!

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a membership style site where you can support Artists and creators (and me!) and allows you to be rewarded with exclusive content in return from your monetary support.

How much does it cost?

I have multiple levels of monthly payment options and each of them gives you a different type of content depending on your monthly pledge.

Pledge $2 Per Month - Buy me coffee!

Get a patron-only perspective on my work and support me by buying coffee!

• Behind-the-scenes photos and articles

• Patron only articles

• Plus all previous rewards

Pledge $5 Per Month - Behind the scenes

You'll get exclusive behind the scenes looks at what I am working on.

• Fortnightly views into my sketchbooks and journals

• Plus all previous rewards

Pledge $10 Per Month - Let’s Talk Themes

Each month Patreon will be receiving an exclusive monthly theme to base our work and my tutorials around!

• First introduction video each month

• Starting points, hints and tips for the themes

• Resources and supplies lists

• Plus all previous rewards

Pledge $15 Per Month - Here’s the Kitchen Sink

Each month top level Patreons will be working along side me for a theme each month.

• Two exclusive tutorial videos each month

• Supply video each month to go with our theme

• Exclusive digital content including artwork and lettering to go with our theme

• Plus all previous rewards

So what is your plan for Patreon Karen?

Well I am so glad that you asked!! Each month I’ll be creating exclusive content for my Patreon supporters. Just think of as your own personal membership subscription to me! I’ll be creating around a theme each month and giving tutorials that build on each other. Hints and tips will be given in abundance and I am very excited to get going with this project.

I am also very excited to get digital content out there are ready for my Patreon peeps. This is something that I have been working on for a while and I cannot wait to get these things released as well!

How can I support you?

Well it’s very straightforward and easy for you to get started. You can visit my Patreon page directly here and sign up straight away. You’ll be charged your pledge amount straight away and you will have access to current as well as past month’s content. You’ll be charged your pledge amount each month on the 1st by Patreon as a repeat payment. You can cancel at anytime and you are not obliged to sign up for any length of time.

Can I get a say in what you make for Patreon?

Oh my gosh yes!! That is exactly what I want to do for my Patreon tribe. I want you to ask me to show you all the things. If there is something that you want to know or see or find out about then all you have to do is holler at me. I am making this content for you and you’re parting with your cash to view it. I want it to serve you and help you so I am only too happy to show you whatever your little arty heart desires!

Join me why don't you?

So there we have it! I would love to have you join me over on Patreon and consider supporting me. It would mean so much to me to have you along with me and please do not feel that a high amount is all that I am after. Every small amount helps and if you enjoy my content and my art I hope that you will consider lending me your support.


I will be posting teasers later on this week to tempt you into joining me. I have November’s content all ready to go and I am excited to start work now on December’s. Yes I am determined to be super organised with it!!