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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: handmethatpencil@gmail.com 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. 

The Wanderers

I think these babies deserve a bigger post... They’re just so yummy and are seriously making my heart smile.  

The Wanderers are little boats/ships, sometimes with a lady aboard, who are out living a life of adventure. I usually draw these, on one of my crazy painted backgrounds. I love that they feel hopeful and brave and intrepid all at the same time. I kinda hope they inspire other people in the same way! To me they represent a spiritual journey and are all tied up with positive vibes and good juju.



I started making these with a mold made from Jovi air dry clay. It’s quite chunky so that I can create tiny boats by using the inside as a base or go bigger by sculpting a form around the outside. 

I’ve been using Sculptamold and that stuff is yumbo! Really light weight which helps make them feel delicate and you can create awesome texture in its pulpy surface. If you are one of those weird creatures after a smooth surface then you could either make a runny mix, add some PVA or sand your complete boat before you start colouring it. I’m not after perfect so I do none of that.   (You can hear me laughing right?).

Colouring them is waaaaay too much fun. I’m experimenting with creating patina, and layering in some gold leaf. Then dirtying it all up a bit. Heaven!!!!  

The magic ingredient seems to be happening with the final stages of colouring. Blue Interference medium is giving the sheen that you can see. When you add that with ‘a smidge’ (technical term) of colour (turquoise), then you get that aMAZiiiiing paua colour combo that’s happening on the inside.  



Next step is detailing the outside and I cannot wait!! 

Products: Everything I’ve used I got from LeftBank Art Supplies here in Wanganui.  

Jovi Air Dry Clay for base mold

Sculptamold (Frances gave me a packet to try - best BossLady ever)

Gold leaf and size

Derivan Matisse Structure paints

Princeton fine liner brush

Das flat brush

Interference medium - Shimmering blue

Blood, sweat and tears from my own two hands.



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 ✌🏼💗✨