Drawing is for anyone that wants to learn!

You can learn to draw for relaxation and fun while you fill your sketchbook with beautiful drawings.

Hi Friend , I’m Stacey

We are all familiar with the phrase, “no pain, no gain“, but I want to break that rule when it comes to drawing and show you a way to draw that is simple, beautiful, and easy to learn. 

By doing these drawings, you will gain confidence, drawing skills, and the admiration of those who see your drawings.  The only thing required is to set aside a few minutes a day or week to make some drawings.

I wanted to learn to draw for fun.

My journey is fueled by my own artistic frustrations. All I wanted was to sit down and create a drawing from memory, a beautiful doodle or design that didn’t need to resemble anything specific. Can you relate to this desire? Perhaps that’s why you’re here, too.

I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of nature’s randomness, especially the haphazard arrangement of the leaves on the ground. I often wondered how I could capture this essence in my artwork.

Here’s the challenge I faced:

  • My visual memory was limited, making it hard to draw from memory as I had always envied others for doing.
  • Drawing from life, though a skill I possessed, was often mentally draining and required intense focus.

It’s never too late to learn to draw!

I also wanted to find a way to teach drawing to adults who felt they missed their chance to learn. But I didn’t want it to be a dry, technical course. I wanted it to be fun, producing beautiful results that were surprisingly easy to achieve.  I imagined that if I could figure this out for myself, it would work for others, like you, too!

Let’s skip to the good part!

For me, the joy of drawing lies in those moments when I’ve finished the structure (the hard, technical part) and can let my imagination run wild with details, patterns, and shading. I wished I could reach that stage faster without the stressful start of the drawing process.

Life’s too short. Spend more time on the fun part of the drawing! (Kinda like skipping ahead to the dessert!)

Using the Element of Chance

Inspiration struck when I turned to nature for answers. If falling leaves can make a beautiful pattern on the ground, then there must be a way to make that happen on my paper.

So, I picked up a handful of paper clips and tossed them onto a blank paper, tracing their shapes. I repeated this process until a beautiful pattern emerged—a pattern of shapes randomly placed on paper.

This was the turning point that led to a method for creating drawings that are not only beautiful but also easy to create, whether you’re an experienced artist or a complete beginner.

Making Zen Patterns

And the journey was just beginning. I also developed a menu of zen patterns that can be used as finishing touches that make drawing even more enjoyable, fun, and memorable. I designed each pattern with relaxation in mind.  They needed to be easy to learn, fun to repeat, and beautiful when repeated throughout a design.

No more grappling with endless decisions or complex patterns; I can now sit down and create effortlessly!

Introducing: Mindful Mosaic Drawing

Using this process of using the element of chance and adding zen patterns was just what I was looking for!  I can now spend more time doing the finishing part of the drawing that I love, while the start of the drawing practically draws itself! I call this unique style of drawing “Mindful Mosaic Drawing.”

Here’s what I love about Mindful Mosaic Drawing:

  • You can listen to music or a podcast while creating.
  • It’s easy to get into a state of flow.
  • The results are a beautiful way to fill a sketchbook and create art.

8 Fun Facts About Me

While the backdrop of my videos serenades you with relaxing piano music behind the scenes, I’m immersed in podcasts or audiobooks. During the creation of my Mindful Mosaic Drawings, the captivating “Ninth Street Women” by Mary Gabriel accompanied me, offering a 40-hour-long exploration into the lives of influential artists. The book details the lives and careers of artists Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler.

A 25-year journey in elementary art education, earning an MA from Ohio State, and achieving National Board Certification marked my teaching career. I credit OSU and Sydney Walker for showing me the value of creating meaningful art lessons. Next, I ventured into the online realm with Expressive Monkey, sharing my lessons with a broader audience.

My diligent companions, Loki and Roxie, are a Chinese Crested duo overseeing my every move as I work from home. Beyond my furry colleagues, my family extends to my husband, two daughters, one stepdaughter, and four cherished grandchildren. Together, they are the foundation of my life (and work, with the help of my husband, who keeps my technology working.)

My artistic journey took another digital turn when I fell in love with working on the iPad and using Procreate. The realistic feel of the Apple pencil enhances my Mindful Mosaic Drawings. These digital creations occasionally find their way to paper (via my computer and printer), becoming backdrops in my videos.

A few years ago, I ventured into the world of crochet and became instantly “hooked.” Crafting cacti for vintage flower pots and fingerless gloves became my go-to projects. Watch closely, and you’ll spot my signature pencil grip in many of my videos, a recent addition to my crochet adventures. I have a YouTube video and free download on how to crochet a pencil grip, which will help you fight hand fatigue.

Blame it on my husband’s influence—I now own a Cricut, and it’s been a game-changer. Beyond having my husband make decals and stickers, my favorite use is cutting mindful drawing shapes from colored cardstock. One effective method involves gluing the printed paper to a piece of lightweight box or cardstock and letting the Cricut work its magic. You’ll see how to use these shapes to make fabulous compositions in my videos.

The second-most enjoyable application? Crafting paper succulents that add a touch of whimsy to my videos.

In my high school days, I embraced my inner band geek as I switched between keyboards in the jazz band, piccolo in the marching band, and flute in the wind ensemble. Though I don’t play as much these days, my affection for the piano remains evident in the serene piano pieces adorning the background of my videos—creating a tranquil ambiance that I find truly captivating.

Armed with a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design, my artistic journey thrives on the canvas (and watercolor paper). I confess my ideal vacation involves the great outdoors and a plein-air painting class in a picturesque location. Fond memories include lessons from Jeanne Dobie in the Grand Tetons, Greg Kondos, and, later, Phyllis Shaffer in the serene Sierra Nevada mountains.

Create Beautiful Drawings in No Time!

Allow me to ease those worries about learning to draw and guide you on a journey of Mindful Mosaic Drawing. It’s time to discover the art of creating effortlessly and bring beauty into your life, one mindful stroke at a time.

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