Dawn DeVries Sokol



So many events on the horizon, I guess I need to end my blog sabbatical.

This time of year causes a rush of sorts for me. Right now, I’m still working on my next book (which, if you submitted images for, I am still in the process of contacting contributors), but also have a plethora of ideas I need to prepare for my agent, and there are annual blog events that have become a part of dawndsokol.com, along with a new one.

First up: We’re holding a blog hop for my recently released book, The Doodle Circle: A Fill-In Journal for BFFs to Share! It’s a round-robin style journal with some fresh backgrounds and fun prompts. I’m happy to have a great circle of blogging art friends who are willing to help me spread the doodle love! Some of the bloggers will be holding giveaways for a signed copy of the book. There will be a GRAND giveaway here on my blog. Here’s the schedule:

Sept 30: I'll do a little intro on my blog to announce the hop and my grand giveaway www.dawndsokol.com
Oct. 1: Michelle Geller, www.michellegeller.typepad.com
Oct. 2: Aimee Dolich, artsyville.blogspot.com
Oct. 3: Pam Carriker, pamcarriker.com
Oct. 4: Tammy Garcia, daisyyellowart.com
Oct. 5: Tracie Lyn Huskamp, thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com
Oct. 6: Jill K. Berry, jillberrydesign.com/blog
Oct. 7: Carla Sonheim, carlasonheim.wordpress.com
Oct. 8: Tamara LaPorte, www.willowing.org/blog
Oct. 9: Micki Wilde, thesecrethermit.blogspot.com
Oct. 10: Mindy Lacefield, www.timssally.com
Oct. 11: Jane Davenport, janedavenport.com

Oct. 12: Dawn D. Sokol, www.dawndsokol.com

The following month, we are going back to our art journals with NaNoJouMo! That’s right, for the FIFTH year (I can’t believe we’ve already been doing it that long) we are going to try to art journal every day in November. 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 between myself and Pam McClung and brought to fruition here...It stands for National Nonstop Journaling Month!

NanojoumologoEach day during November, I will post a word to get you art journaling. A journal jump of sorts—one word 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!!!!

Last year I enjoyed giving you 60s and 70s rock song titles to get you going every day. This year, I’m doing something similar but different. That’s all I will say for now. But get your journal ready so you can doodle, collage, journal, and/or paint every day in November. I will post more news soon!!!

And come December, we will again be doodling and journaling our holidays with my very popular annual e-course. This year, I will be giving a special BIG discount to last year’s alumni, so if you joined me in 2012, look for a special e-newsletter about the discount in a few weeks. I was going to just go with the same material as last year, but I want to mix it up, so we will be refreshing and mixing up what we’ve done in the past. My only decision to make is whether to offer a journal-building option add-on as a preview course to the workshop. Please let me know in the comments below if you would want that. It would probably be an extra $15-$20. As for the overall course price, I have yet to figure that out. Art journaling during the holidays has really become a big part of it for me and I like to share that experience with my students!!! More updates soon!!!

Love and doodles,