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.

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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: www.melaniestatnickart.com

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Watercolor Painting on Old Paper Ephemera

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This article is written by Melanie Statnick

Supply list:

  • Gel medium
  • Clear Gesso
  • Paint Brush
  • Old papers from textbook
  • Foam board
  • Watercolors
  • Micron/Copic pen
  • White Uniball pen (signo)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Watercolor technique on old papers by Melanie Statnick

Cut foam board to 8×10. Using gel medium cover one side of old paper taking care to get each corner and the sides. Once covered, flip glued side down to foam board and use brayer to roll flat and to get out any bubbles or folds ion the paper. You will only need a thin layer. This is old paper and going over it too many times with the brayer may cause some tearing. After drying use the clear gesso to prep you surface to accept the watercolor. This will dry clear and leave a “tooth” texture to the paper that will feel somewhat like sand paper.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

When the gesso is dry you can draw a boarder around your paper and begin to draw your pictures where and what you like. The pencil may show up a bit darker on the gesso surface. Go over your drawings with a micron pen and white gel pen before you add your watercolors.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Your drawings are ready for the watercolor. You can paint just your designs and leave the background plain or paint and splatter it all.

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

Watercolor technique on old papers

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

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