I Just Want To Draw - Workbook Pre-Order Offer

Soooo exciting news is afoot.... Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a special pre-order offer.

On October 1st I will be releasing a book. One hundred and eighty pages of art'ing goodness.

Buuut it's not just a book - you also get access to a secret squirrel group on facebook that has video tutorials to help you. (I learn by watching and figured plenty of others would as well). It should be noted that my video skills are pretty much 'zip all', I'm praying to the video gods that I will get better!  

You also get access to a members only area of my website. In this sneaky sneaky little part of the internetty, you'll find resources to help with your art'ing adventures, I will continue to add yumbo stuff as I find it. That includes new activities. There are free colouring pages there, digital art prints you can download and take to a commercial printer. Tips, tricks and technique hand-outs that I've collected over the years and from my time at LeftBank Art Supplies, dealing with suppliers and art product makers.

It all combines to make a seriously cool and informative resource for a beginner artist. Added bonus is you get to laugh at me on video from the comfort of your own home. 

The book is A4 sized (210 x 297mm)ish. Has a heavy duty metal spiral bind, that is prettily hidden by the cover thanks to the geekery awesomeness of Lisa (she who is all things printery related), and that super cool cover is a heavy card with some lush matt laminate for extra strength. 

The good stuff on the inside is printed on 150gsm satin paper. What that means is the pages are THICK! You cannot see the illustrations on the back side. The satin finish is yumbo to draw on too.  

I am a bit biased but she's quite lovely, and bound to be even more so once you get in there and start art'ing on her pages.  

My plan is to stop doing my art teaching classes and host them on the internetty. So when you buy the book, you're effectively signing up to my drawing class but you'll be at home! In your pyjamas, art'ing with me. Awesome sauce. The videos will always be there if you get stuck and one day - when I'm super rich and have onety two million art hangout buddies, the content will all move to  a brand new sparkly website (are you listening universe?)

The book release date is the 1st of October. The book (and alllllll that other internetty content) will be $129.99 NZD.


PRE-RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER--- All pre-orders secure a special one time offer of 1 workbook for $99.00. Pre-orders between now and the 25 September will receive free shipping within New Zealand. If you're overseas and want to join in the art'ing pre-release magic I will give you a 20% discount on the book (your shipping will be additional - my pigeons won't fly that far for free).

All pre-orders will ship the first week of October (barring a printing tragedy). To grab this special deal you need to email me: or get in touch through my Facebook page.

I've included some page photos so you can see some of the yumness on offer within the book. There's exercises, colouring, drawing tips and pages and pages of geek tech stuff to help with layout and design basics. It's everything you'd get to learn if you were sitting in my classroom and a whole lot more! 

I cannot wait to hear what you guys think! 

Let's get creating! 


Face drawing exercise


Check out that super chunky, strong binding! 



Colouring pages and digitally created backgrounds for you to draw over, cut up or just stare lovingly at. 


Squillions of little doodled creatures and things, including tutorials on how to draw wings and fins. 


Things to copy and trace and gather inspiration from - so much magic!!!! 


Easy peasy activities you're going to want to try. 


How to break down bodies so you'll be drawing like a pro in no time. 

Daydreaming and procrastinating

My best intentions to be an 'artist who blogs regularly' never succeed in reality. I'm ok with that 😊. 

For the past couple months I've been working on creating a journal for my classes/students. Something that consolidates design basics, drawing exercises and tips, creative activities and a collection of 'pretty pictures'.  

Its a bigger undertaking than what I thought it would be. It started small and then I realised you can't do this without a bit of that and if you add those then some of them would be great too!  

Its fun to make and fingers crossed it will be fun to work through and will maybe help ignite some creativity and magic in someone else's life. Sharing my passion and all that jazz.

Ive attached a few pictures of completed illustrations - let me know what you think ✌🏼💗✨ 



New Beginners Journaling Class

We are nearing the end of the first creative journaling class. Ten weeks of classes has been crazy, creative fun as we have played with whimsical illustration.

A great bunch of ladies gathered every Tuesday and got messy with paint, acrylic, ink and pencil. More than a few laughs and some seriously beautiful work produced. It's such an amazing feeling to have someone say they cannot draw and to watch them walk out at the end of the night with a (mostly) finished piece of art. Well done ladies! 

Over the course of the ten weeks, we've played with using pattern to make simple line drawings POP!! Mermaids, castles, face drawing, we've painted crazy backgrounds and drawn in sailing boats pulled by magical sea horses - all of the magic, in all of the world. 

Last week we created an illustrated quote with ink and hand drawn type. One of the great things about journaling is how every ones final piece, is unique. 

With one more lesson for this course, it's time to think about the next one. New classes will start Thursday 4th May at 5.30pm, at LeftBank Art Supplies on Taupo Quay. This is a beginners course. Going through basic journaling techniques and aimed at unleashing your inner creative magic.  

Course costs $240.00, payable to Hand Me That Pencil and booking is a must! Spaces are limited with only 4 of 6 spots available. You can register by emailing:  

Let's create some magic!


Student work - creating a castle



Spirit Doll lesson


Gesso handmade book - student work

Gesso handmade book - student work


Work in progress - student work



Work in progress - student work

Spirit Doll Illustration

For Artists Open Studios this year I decided to try something new. I made cocoon dolls, that hang from the ceiling. They embodied a spiritual transition, had delicate illustrations on their bodies and had 'cocoon wraps' of gold leaf. 

Quite a departure from my normal drawing, it was interesting to work in a different medium, with 'new' problems to work through. I've gone back to paper to play with the concept. 

I really like the idea of a range of spirit dolls - made from natural(ish), recycled materials. With crystals attached. Similar in idea to medicine woman dolls. It's fun just to draw them let alone create them as a doll, I need to work on ways of including different elements.

This one became a part of my creative journaling class. I envision her hanging from a tree which is why she's upside down. The first time I drew her and painted her, there was a tragic accident with a gold ink pen. Redrew her and painted it again. There's still a black linework background to add in but I'm loving her so far. It's definitely sparked off a bundle of ideas! 


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