What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Tiny Totems


Mai Darling Designs

These are the adorable imaginings of whimsical sculptor Maikki, A.K.A. Mai Darling Designs. She describes herself as the ‘maker of royal critters and other whimsical beasts.’ Handmade one at a time from polymer clay, all her charming pieces are hand-painted and completely unique. I love her perspective on buying art:

“When buying from an artist/maker, you’re buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks, & moths of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren’t just buying a thing, you’re buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life. Most importantly, you’re buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.”


Though adorable, her tiny creatures also manage to seem confident and a little regal, like they know they’re made exactly right. I am especially drawn to her paint treatments; many of her creations are painted with oceanic or celestial themes, lending them an element of timelessness and magic, like they just stepped out of some obscure fairy tale.

You can see all of the adorable creatures by Mai Darling Designs on Maikki’s website and Instagram, and you can support the artist on Patreon.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Tiny Totems

  1. I am happy that I don’t have to pick just one. I love alll of them! — Smiles all day today thanks Donna again. Hal

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  2. How cute can you get? I love the first bird and the manatee but they are all just too cute.

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  3. These are precious. I could own a whole menagerie of them. I especially love that long snooted one that’s rich blue and gold. And the manatee. And the bird. They look like ceramic so it is hard to believe they are polymer clay.

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  4. So sweet!!!

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  5. I couldn’t see any images but the first one—I think viewing on my phone limits what I can see. But I wanted to comment on a phrase that made me chuckle. A little typo “moths of frustration” had me picturing angry faces on tiny white-winged creatures. I wish I could draw the picture in my mind. Thank you for the humorous wordplay, though I suspect it was unintentional!

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  6. I love those ghosties!

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