Draw Yourself Calm Is Available In The UK!
Dear Wonderful, Creative You:
I’m more than pleased to tell you that my book, Draw Yourself Calm, is now available in the UK! Even more fun is that folks in the UK can purchase with a special coupon code I’ll offer at the end of the post.
I thought it would be great fun to give you a sneak peek of what’s in store for you in the book, as well as some ideas of what to do with your drawings. (Not to worry, the US, Canada, Australia, and other countries will all be here by September 6th! You can order here.)
Let’s look even more closely at some pages:
You can see how approaching the pattern multiple times helps you to find your own way with it.
If you are noticing my little inchie squares and wondering if we will be doing The Inchie Challenge this year, the answer is YES! September 6th – 16th.
Sign up for The Inchie Challenge here:
I love to use my slow drawings in my art journals. Sometimes it’s fun to just let them be the star of the show.
Lichen is a pattern I created, used for a while, and then added the straight lines into the center. I really like the blend of organic and geometric feel. These are the sorts of playful explorations I’m inviting you to try too. You can learn the pattern with the step by step photos and then try out lots of little variations of your own. This is how our art process becomes joyful.
This is a closeup from one of my art journal pages – see the little lichen drawing in that collage? Collaging is a very fun way to use your slow drawings.
While most of the patterns in the book are slow drawings, some are slow paintings, and I offer lots of ideas for adding watercolor to your work.
Outside the UK, pre-order here:
Another way I love to play with slow drawings in my artist books and art journals is with tracing paper. This is a handmade art book with the Edge, Squiggle, and Wave patterns from Draw Yourself Calm. Some of the patterns are drawn directly onto tracing paper with a white gel pen. The top watercolor card is glued on top of the tracing paper, and bottom ones are sitting under a layer of tracing paper.
Layering is one of my most favorite techniques to play with.
The beauty of slow drawing, besides the calming effect and the fact that it can help you to develop your art practice, is that if you are ready, you can do it almost anywhere. Just carry a small stack of cards or a small art journal and a drawing pen, and you can create any time.
Save 20% off Draw Yourself Calm in the UK!
Search Press, the publisher of the UK version of the book, has generously offered a coupon code for Mindful Art Studio students in the UK. My apologies, they are not able to extend the coupon to folks living outside the UK. When you purchase Draw Yourself Calm here, use code DRAWCALM20 in the promo code box to save 20% off the price of the book plus free UK postage and handling.
If you’ve already got the book, I’d love to hear from you here in the comments about your experience with Draw Yourself Calm.
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Hi Amy I have just received my book today so looking forward to exploring it.
I did the retreat with you on Sunday with the handmade book club and found it really inspiring. It was a bit late here in Scotland by the time we finished but I managed to stay till the end.
I Will let you know how I get on with the book thanks Louise.
Hi Louise – Oh what a thrill to know you have the book in your hands already! And it was such a pleasure creating with you all yesterday. What a warm, willing group of artists you are. Extra kudos to you staying up so late. I was honored that you stayed the full time.
Happy creating! xo
Even though I have taken EVERY slow draw that you have held, I and ordering the book for myself as a birthday present the 18 this month. I love your style of slowing down, just wish you had a meditation to go along with it to hear before I start. I love all the patterns and as I do them more I have found them to be a bit different each time when looking at the finished one. Thank you Amy for this wonderful gift. With Sincere Gratitude….. Elaine
Hi Elaine – You are the sweetest. I’m so happy that you’ll have a copy of the book to hold in your hands. I love your idea of starting with the meditation – there is one written out in the book. Alternatively, I think you have one or two slow drawing classes of mine in your dashboard? You could always play the meditation before you begin. OR – read the one in the book and begin that process of training yourself to get in that place with your own cues. It’s a practice!
Happy early birthday! xo
Good Morning Amy I can’t wait till I can buy your book. I have been doing all the drawing classes and the “inchies” summer ones also. Can’t wait for the new. Stilling hoping that so day we can get together again for a in person class like the one that was canceled due to CV19 in March of 2020. Enjoy you day. Linda H
Oh, yes, I would love to gather in person too! I am teaching a workshop at Snow Farm in September, and would love to see you there if it sparks you: Snow Farm Retreat
And I am so excited for you to get the book! You can pre-order now, or if you are waiting to walk in to buy it – September 6!! YAY. That will be the first day of our inchie challenge too! xo
I am also excited about the possibilities of “Inches”. I cut many to prep for the Inchies Challenge and find myself using them whenever I sit at my worktable. They are such a good way to play with watercolour in tiny sections that can focus on shape and colour only rather than worrying about a large composition. Why didn’t I think of this???
HI Leona: Oh this is so fun to hear! It’s funny how manageable things feel in small format, isn’t it? Cheers!
I love doing the slow drawing sessions with you and have bought your book which arrived last week. It has already inspired me to explore new patterns. You have helped me to look closer at nature and slow down. Thank you Amy.
Best wishes, Hilary xx
HI Hilary! Oh I’m so excited to hear that. The fact that I’ve hit both goals with you makes me feel so happy. Thank you for taking the time to tell me Hilary. xo
I want to let you know that I love your book! I could order it here in the Netherlands at a dutch internet bookstore.
I don’t have to work today so this afternoon it is slow drawing time….. Greetz, Nadia
HI Nadia – Oh goodness, I’m so very excited to hear this! Your words mean a lot to me. I wish you lots of happy drawing, AND I hope you join us for the Inchie Challenge starting Sept. 6. https://mindful-art-studio.ck.page/15f7c74bf7
I’ve brought your book Draw Yourself Calm book through Amazon and arrived today. I have glanced through the pages and so far looks interesting. This is great offline version of slow drawings sometimes I forget to watch to replay and when I do remember the videos are gone. I have doing my versions of slow drawings using brush markers and fountain pens it’s really relaxing and meditative. If I get free moment I’ll have look of book properly. Search press in general publish great craft books I have one on Rubber stamping, Stitching greeting cards and many more. It was a chance find on your website and taking some of free classes do I have the confidence to do drawings of my sketchbook instead of being blocked by perfectionism. You have been inspirational to me. Many thanks.
HI Penny: Oh how exciting that you have the book in hand. I hope it leads to many beautiful drawing sessions. Cheers!
Hi there! I bought your book on Amazon last night. I’m so pumped to get it! Ciao!
YAY Erica! I can’t wait for you to get the book. I hope you love it! xo