Wednesday, March 7, 2012

feature: artist extraordinaire

Earlier this year, Maizie and I connected through Twitter. Yes, really!! She organized our blogger book club(!!), and shared with our group that she has begun a small art venture painting wedding maps. She began as something for her friends who were soon to wed and looking for a cheaper option of a custom wedding map, and has grown continued to grow. I was fascinated and smitten with her work from the word go!

She's endearing, smart and very talented! If you're looking to share something special with your wedding guest or looking to capture something special from your wedding that has passed, or even looking for a piece of art for your home, Maizie is your artist! She's in marketing by day, and blogger (Cheap Done Chic)/devoted artist by night. I am so happy to share with you all, Maizie's charisma, and her artistic ability in today's post!

If you would like to contact Maizie about her painting services, please email her at: MaizieClarke {at}

Artist Extraordinaire
Maizie Clarke 

How did you decide to begin painting wedding maps?

I was helping a friend with her wedding invitations and asked her if they had ever thought of doing a map of locations since they were having a destination wedding. The options that her wedding planner had suggested were priced around $1000. That's when I figured I would try my hand at creating affordable and customizable maps for brides.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Most of my inspiration comes from the areas where the events take place. I research the areas and scenes that make up the region. Buildings on a map are great, but I think the details are what make my maps special: whether it be the shrimp boat and palm trees in Charleston or monuments in our Nation's Capital.

What's your creative process?

My process is a product of my background in Fine Arts and Interior Design. I start with the buildings, I try to draw them as accurately and let the watercolor add personality.

What's one sentence to describe your work?

Charming watercolor wedding maps for brides on a budget.

How long have you been painting?

My first official painting class was in high school, but I've been drawing and painting since I can remember.
In 5 years, where would you like to be with your painting?

I would like to build my portfolio for different locations as well as different events, not just weddings.

In your spare time, what do you like to do?

I like to craft, visit museums and play with my dog, Henry.

You have a blog, Cheap Done Chic, how did you begin your site?

It started off as a site where I could explain how I made crafts and then I started incorporating coupon tips as well as money saving ideas. It's a creative outlet of sorts.

What makes you smile?

Spring in DC and my sweet (and funny!) boyfriend.

**all images are courtsey of Maizie Clarke and copy righted as such. Please contact MaizieClarek {at} for reuse rights of all images in this post.


  1. Those maps are great! Such a great option for those who can't spend thousands on their invites, which is most people. :)

    1. I agree- I love that she's helping budget conscious brides keep things beautiful while watching their wallets!!

  2. Wedding maps-such a lovely idea!


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