Dawn DeVries Sokol
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It's the birthday of my new board books and Pets via Post is back!!! All you have to do is email me the name and address of someone whose day you would like to brighten. YOUR name will be entered into a giveaway of a copy of my new board books, Here, Kitty, Kitty! and Good Dog!!! I hope you will join in! Send a dog or kitty to someone you love! Deadline to enter is midnight PST April 10!!! Email at dawn_sokol at yahoo dotcom!

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NaNoJouMo 2016

Join us on Instagram with #NaNoJouMo to show your pages!!!

Remember, it's all about journaling however much you can. Don't worry about doing a full page a day. I always skip around in my journal. So paint and/or collage some pages beforehand, then doodle and write. Or just do whatever you wish every day! As long as you get in that journal EVERY day, it doesn't matter how long it's for!!!

NaNoJouMo Starts Tomorrow
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Get your art journals ready! Tomorrow I will post the month’s list of prompts here and on Instagram. We will be using #NaNoJouMo on Instagram to show each other our pages! The Facebook group will be deleted after today. For those of you who’ve not participated in NaNoJouMo but are interested, here’s the post that started it all:

Well, it’s time once again! I’m getting asked A LOT lately about NaNoJouMo, so here’s the post that started it all:

I was just contemplating my own version of NaNoWriMo. (For those of you unfamiliar with this term, NaNoWriMo is held during the month of November, encouraging writers everywhere to write a 175-page novel by midnight, Nov. 30.) At first I thought of NaNoCroMo, where I would crochet a certain amount every day during November...I think I will try to do that, but I’m also starting NaNoJouMo, an idea borne out of a Twitter conversation and brought to fruition here...It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

Each prompt will be a journal jump of sorts—one word or phrase a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE...can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage...just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line...

Nothing earth-shattering.

You may say, “Dawn, WHY should I do this?”

Well, I know some of us (many, let’s be honest) have a difficult time getting started. Sometimes we just need a kick in the pants to encourage us. I also want you to learn how to journal a little at a time. Art journaling is an activity that can be done in spurts. You don’t have to create an entire page or spread in one sitting. I have pages in all stages of production! And it’s OK!

So get out that handmade journal, Moleskine, notepad, composition notebook, or whatever you’re using as your art journal right now. If you have several in the works, that’s OK, too! You can pick a different one each day! Just get ready to art journal!!!!

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Get ready, folks! It’ll be here before you know it!

This is a FREE daily prompt for anyone interested. Who’s in?

Cardboard Kitties

I’ve been working non-stop on projects for the last few weeks. This week, the projects died down a bit and I had time for taxes (blech!) and just painting (yay!). I started a new series, “Cardboard Kitties”, of which I’m showing a bit of the process above. Enjoy!

My board books with Gibbs Smith come out in April. Here are the first two of the “Pet Palooza” series. I’ve never created picture books before. It was a total adventure and wonderful to be back working with my friends at Gibbs.

We will be starting a third title real soon. And the subject matter will be so different and fun—not cuddly and furry but really cool nonetheless!

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August Daily Challenge

Today is the start of my August Daily Challenge: 31 Art Journal Prompts on Creativebug! We are going to have so much fun. Each day introduces a prompt, and you will get to see me interpret it. These prompts are open-ended, so you can use them in your journals however you want. You may see or think of something different in the prompt.

The beauty of this challenge is to not do a page a DAY, but just getting in the journal every day. This way, there's no pressure. It's just about opening that journal and creating. Even if you just draw a line and then feel done, that's OK. It's NOT about “finishing” something, JUST GETTING IN THE JOURNAL EVERY DAY, so you can develop a daily habit of journaling! You can show your work via social media with #cbdrawaday.

Get on over right now to Creativebug.com to sign up! It’s never too late to start!!!!!

Class description:

Join professional doodler, Dawn DeVries Sokol, for a month of art journaling inspiration. Every day for 31 days, Dawn provides prompts to get you making art that is fun, intuitive and totally you. Learn how to create backgrounds, respond to prompts, and add embellishments, lettering and collage along the way. Stay loose and respond to whatever strikes you in the moment without the pressure of having to create a “finished” piece of art.
Learn how to:
Let go of artistic expectations
Respond to creative prompts
Paint journal backgrounds to build upon
Create mixed media art journal pages