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10 Videos (18m)
    • Basic Shapes Beautiful Designs

      0:56
    • Getting Started

      2:55
    • Lines & Curves

      1:37
    • Circles, Petals, Leaves

      2:24
    • Insets & Outsets

      1:29
    • Combining Shapes

      1:31
    • Freeform Drawing

      1:22
    • Containers

      2:09
    • The Mandala Framework

      2:45
    • Final Thoughts

      0:40

About This Class

Have you always wanted to enjoy drawing as a fun way to pass the time and relax?

Have you admired the wonderful designs you see people draw and wish you could draw them too?

In this class, I will show you how to draw a few basic shapes and then we will experiment with ways to use them to create a multitude of simple and beautiful designs. We will play with filling a page with our creations and make drawing a daily habit. The more you draw the more you will find ways to add design and creativity into your life.

In the second part of the class I will show you how I use containers and frameworks to create more ideas with the shapes we learned and then we will walk through the process of creating a mandala design with these techniques.

What you will need:

  • pencil
  • felt tip pen or marker
  • paper, drawing pad or sketchbook
  • eraser 

No drawing experience is required.  The purpose of this class is to inspire you to just pick up the pencil and draw.  The more we just allow ourselves to play on the paper, without judging our designs, the better we will become at drawing and the more open we will become to our own creative style.

196 of 198 students recommendSee All

A lovely simple class that inspires creativity. I found the idea of putting the same design into a variety of frameworks to see how different they appear particularly fascinating. It is actually a good analogy for looking at life! This is the first of Jane's classes that I have seen... I am about to go and look for more. :-)
Again, a great class learning shapes. Great teacher
Theresa P

Stampin' 4 a Cure

This class makes drawing these shapes easy. It is very straightforward and has great tips, methods, ideas -- it made me feel like I can absolutely do this. Loved it.

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Jane Snedden Peever

Inspiring Creativity and Blogging at jspcreate.com

Illustrator, Designer and Hand Drawing Enthusiast

Working as a professional pattern designer, textile artist and illustrator over the last 20 years, I have enjoyed sharing my passion for creativity and encouraging others to explore creativity in all areas of their lives.

I enjoy finding ways to encourage and help people to use creativity for both relaxation and productivity and for just plain fun.  My goal is to design and share fun and creative, hand drawing exercises that prove just how simple it can be.  Most of my classes only require a pencil, paper and pen.

 I find there is nothing like the relaxing sensation of a pencil gliding across the paper making your ideas come to life. I love exploring all mediums and am always trying to push the boundaries in new methods of design, but no matter what, I always come back to pencil and paper.

Visit me at my website and blog to see more of my creative process www.jspcreate.com

Follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook Page Circular Expressions

Keep in touch with me by sharing your class inspired designs with me @jspcreate or #jspcreate.  I love seeing your creations and sharing in your daily creativity

Jane has been creating in the field of design and textile patterns for over 20 years and most recently has had her mandala designs published in two colouring books available at both your local and online booksellers.  Check out more on her books here www.jspcreate.com/books-and-publications