Dawn DeVries Sokol


Hoppin’ It (Giveaway)

I love stencils! They can really help you work in a different direction or step up a direction your pages are taking you.

Couple that with one of my art sisters, Jane Davenport. I consider her one of my art tribe. She’s not only gorgeous, but incredibly talented as well. And I hope to work with her one day soon!

So when Artistcellar contacted me about participating in a blog hop with her new “Jane Girls Petite Series” stencils, I jumped. “Of course,” I said!

If you know ANYTHING about Jane, it’s that she can draw a woman’s face and make it look SO easy. AND she’s great at making it easy to do yourself if you take one of her e-courses! I recently took her Mermaid Circus which she taught with Teesha Moore and it was divine! I’ve never drawn a face before. But now I can...

The other easy way you can draw a face is by using one of Jane’s latest stencils. These are WONDERFUL! For this page, I worked in a SmashBook. I had already laid down the elements, some paint with some Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers, and thought, “Hey, great place for a face!” I first took the profile stencil and filled it in with one of the paint dabbers, but then wanted something different. So over that I used the face looking upward and filled it in with a Stabilo pencil. (I also drew in some hair.) I used a small round 0 paintbrush with a little bit of water and “painted” over it to smear it. Then, I used a white Uniball Signo UM-153 gel pen, a Gelly Roll deep pink, and a blue Uniball Signo Sparkling gel pen and did just a little filling in. Easy-peasy. Nothing difficult or complex.

A little journaling and it felt done. Yeah, she’s a bit green, but funky. I’m calling it “Green with Envy”.

Here are the supplies I used:

Jane says about the stencils:

When I created my first set of stencils, it was in direct response to what I thought would help my online drawing students. What I have discovered through my teaching is that when people start drawing we tend to err towards wanting to be perfect straight away. Even though we know its unrealistic, the expectation is there! The stencils where intended as a safety net.

When I worked with my stencils in live classes, I could really see just how powerfully confidence-building they were! I had requests for some smaller faces, so the new set furnishes those wishes. I also made them a little more complex so skills can keep improving as creative confidence flourishes!

The stencils are available here:
Northern Hemisphere:  http://www.artistcellar.com/stampstencil/acSignatureSeries.html
Southern Hemisphere:  http://www.instituteofcute.com/stencil-series/

And here are the other dates in the blog hop:

September 28 - Artistcellar (www.artistcellar.com/wp)
September 29 Jill K. Berry (http://jillberrydesign.com/blog)
September 30 Dawn DeVries Sokol  (http://www.dblogala.com/)
October 1 - Joanne Sharpe (http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/)
October 2 - Connie Hozvicka (http://www.dirtyfootprints-studio.com/)
October 3 - Effy Wild  (http://effythewild.com/)
October 4 - Tamara Laporte (www.willowing.org/blog)
October 5 - Dion Dior (http://www.diondior.com/)
October 6 - Courtney Brook (http://ravenscauldron.blogspot.com/)
October 7 - Kate Palmer (http://www.sparkletart.com/)
October 8 - Jane Davenport (http://janedavenport.com/)

Go check out the other blogs and see what glorious results they have! I can’t WAIT to see what everyone’s done with them!!!!!

Oh, and by the way, there is a GIVEAWAY here of this great stencil package. Just leave me a comment in this post and tell me how you see yourself using them. One comment per person, please. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. PST. I will announce the winner that afternoon! Thanks, all!