The Simplest Thing Journal

Simple Art Prompts and Guidance for a Dynamic, Playful Art Practice

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What if you went slow and simple to progress fast?

If you’re anything like me, then you feel like you’re constantly rushing (in life and your art practice).

 That means you drop things – literally and metaphorically – because you’re trying to move too fast.

But rushing things makes you miss out on moments, magic, and revelations.

Slow drawing and simple, mindful art hold the key to living every moment (in your art and in life).

And the more you slow down, the faster you progress.

Skill comes because there is practice.

Practice comes because there is joy.

And then you MUST create.

Thankfully, art doesn’t have to be complicated

With this self-paced class, you explore one basic question:

What’s the simplest thing I could do in my art journal right now?

Let’s get down to basics, get the excuses out of the way, and start creating!

Get instant access to simple ideas that force you to get creative in how you approach each prompt.

It’s easy to show up for the simplest thing, and so much fun to experiment with.

This is a class you will actually take, enjoy, and complete, and then do it all over again because the discoveries are so rich.

8 Guided Video Lessons

Watch me explore some popular simple things as the start of your very own art journey

Idea Generation Worksheet

Full of powerful prompts to spark your own simple ideas and advance your art practice one step at a time

Painting & Drawing Prompts Worksheets

With 30+ simple prompts to see you being creative in the simplest way

A 16-page PDF Guide

Full of inspiration and extra resources to support you throughout this class

Here’s what the students inside have to say:

Doubt creeps into our art practice too easily. Like Molly, I think you’ll appreciate “the reminder that there is so much beauty to be found in simplicity.”

Hi, I’m Amy Maricle

Artist, art therapist, mom & nature lover

Mindful Art Studio was created with you in mind. It’s my way to stop your inner critic from getting in the way of your creativity.

All my courses and resources are inspired by the connections between nature and art, and invite you to explore patterns, materials, ideas, and often the simplest things as the basis to a thriving art practice that fits into your everyday.

I’m a trained art therapist, which means every course incorporates mindfulness practices and techniques for getting the inner critic out of the way.

The Simplest Things Journal is perfect for you if…

You let perfectionism get in the way of your art

You want fresh, simple ideas to spark bigger things

You have an art supply cupboard that collects dust

You are art curious  but don’t know where to start

These could be your creations with The Simplest Things Journal

The answers to the most common questions

Can I take this class if I have no art experience?

Absolutely! I will lead you through step by step in all of the 8 lessons, and also provide you with tons of prompts for drawing, painting, and writing in the PDF.

Should I take this class if I am an experienced artist?

For an experienced artist, I would recommend this class if you are trying to get out of a creative rut by approaching art mindfully and with fresh eyes. But you might resonate more with a class like BIG ART

Is this class art therapy?

This class is not art therapy. However, I am a registered art therapist, and I use my understanding of psychology, mindfulness, and the artistic process to help students tune joyfully into the moment and engage in their art practice in deeper ways. We will not use this class to address your mental health concerns, but engaging in a mindful art practice, like any mindfulness or art practice, may have positive benefits for your overall sense of well-being.

Can I give this class as a gift?
Do I need basic computer knowledge to take the class?

Yes, this class is accessible on a page hosted on my website. The videos are all shot in HD and require a broadband connection for viewing the class.

Do I have lifetime access to the class?

Your PDF is available for download and you’ll have access to the class as long as I have a website,  you have access to your class. Videos can be viewed on my site at your convenience. 

How much are the supplies for this class?

Supplies are not included in the cost of the class. The price for the basic starting supplies are about $20 – $30.  You’ll need a watercolor journal, drawing pen, watercolor paint and brush.

Is this class live or self-paced?

This is a self-paced class with videos and a PDF. You can access them on the site whenever you want. 

What is the refund policy?

Because this is an immediate, lifetime access class, no refunds will be granted, regardless of circumstances. Registration is non-transferrable.

 We often make art way more complicated than it needs to be

So let’s keep them simple