You Can Draw Anything

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This article was written by Melanie Statnick

Learning to draw the simplest images and save money on stamps

Learning to draw the simplest images and save money on stamps

Hi I’m Melanie and I’m anArtsupplyaholic. I have everything I could possibly need and then some. Recently I went to a craft store to find yet another pencil with a specific led type that I didn’t need. Do you find yourself in this spot often? Too often?  I know the urge to shop for all the newest toys is on your mind the next time you get paid.  However when you’re on a budget this is the worst thing you can do with your already tight income.

As I looked around at all the new papers, canvases, pens, pencils, stencils, paints, brushes the urge to “just get it”…washed over me. As I looked at some of the coolest stamps I’ve seen I thought “What am I doing buying? I can draw this.”And so can you.  I know when it comes to stamps who can resist getting the cutest one or the one that is just perfect. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from students “I can’t draw astraight line”.  Or just plain “I can’t draw”.   I didn’t leave that store with anything because I was determined to learn to draw my own images and save the 20 bucks.

Learning to draw the simplest images and save money on stamps

Learning to draw the simplest images and save money on stamps

The simplest stamp of a snowman, a mason jar, pumpkin and more are some of the simplest stamps I’ve seen and we buy them for convenience. I’m a self-taught artist and I believe that I can learn anything. Over the last 4 months I’ve sat with my journals, pens, pencils, markers and watercolors and have been teaching myself to draw. Years ago I didn’t think I could until I practiced every day. That is all it takes. There are so many books on how to draw and websites that have an abundance of inspiration.  But are you any good?  Yes you are.  We have to get past being perfect, realistic and spot on. It would amaze you to know how many people appreciate the imperfect cute doodle.

Learning to draw the simplest images and save money on stamps

Draw out 6 squares in a sketch journal and get your toes wet.  Be fearless with your drawings and learn to let go of how many Facebook “likes” your photo of your drawing gets. What is most important is that you like what you draw and you can draw a straight line. Practice 6 block drawings for 21 days and watch how amazing you become. Stop buying and start drawing.


Melanie Statnick is a published artist/writer out of North Carolina. Melanie creates art daily from her private studio. Her style is happy and whimsy. Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries and shops extensively in NC with international private collections. Learn more about Melanie view her website at:




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  1. jane w says:

    great read- was taught this in school and there are those Danny Gregory books that say the same- thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. Johanna says:

    Thanks so much for this article! I am the same way with art suppies. Right now I am searching for the ‘perfect’ brush pens, that will automatically transform me into my favorite mixed media artists, LOL. But what I haven’t been doing enough of these past couple of weeks is my daily drawing practice. Challenge accepted! What a great way to start the new sketch book I just bought on my last marker search! 🙂

  3. Teresa Wells says:

    I too collect too many “toys” from the art store and this article was so inspiring. Just draw and paint in a journal for four months and watch your talent grow. I will do this. Thanks so much!

  4. Tora Geirs says:

    This must be true because it written so often 🙂 I wonder if I do this – well I know I can draw but would like to be better – I I should draw the same thing for 21 day. Say I have these 6 boxes in my sketchbook and 6 drawings in them, should I always draw the same thing for 21 day or not ?
    Thank you for sharing this 😉

  5. dena ann says:

    I love this post a hundred different ways, and props to you guys for posting it. There are a lot of incentives out there to adopt and push product without ever questioning the quality or the need, and it’s rare to find anyone willing to state the obvious. (Which is brave!) So stoked about this post.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you! I’m not the only “collector!” Also self taught artist. Always learning and wanting to learn more. Never been confident of my drawing skills. Perfect post for me to find today!

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