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Jane’s Stencil Blog Hop

When Jane Davenport asked me to be part of her Stencil Blog Hop, I was so honored to be in such great company. Jane is an incredible art journaler and artist. Her art is glorious and her Artistcellar stencils are, too!

Now, let me preface this post by saying I’m not good with faces. I consider myself more as a lettering artist and doodler. I have been doodling more faces, though, lately! I’m seriously considering taking Jane’s Draw Happy e-workshop. It looks AWESOME! And I want to keep exploring with these stencils so I can become better with faces. These stencils can help you do that. For now, I wanted to show what was possible for me, what I’m comfortable with. My designs are simple and doable by anyone!

This was the first idea I had when opening up these stencils. I loved the profile stencil. I have been playing with some journal pages made out of cereal boxes and had painted a bunch of them with craft acrylics and Dylusions Spray Inks. So I used some Liquitex Spray Paint to stencil in the profile, outlined that with a Stabilo pencil and then did some lettering to the right:

Click on it to see it a little larger.

The next idea I had was to use an eye stencil and paint it in with black gesso in the corner of this page:

And you can see I penciled wavy lines flowing from it to mimic hair. I followed those with some lettering:

As you can see, I wrote in some script writing following the lines and then went back over it. Here’s what it looks like now:

Not sure where this page will go next. But I like the way it’s looking so far!

As for the blog hop, there are some wonderful artists and I can’t wait to see what they do with these stencils. Jeanette House and Teesha Moore already knocked it out of the park with their art! Here’s the schedule:

Sunday 3/3: Artistcellar

Monday 3/4: Teesha Moore

Tuesday 3/5: Jeanette House

Wednesday 3/6: Dawn Sokol

Thursday 3/7: Tamara Laporte

Friday 3/8: Effy Wild

Saturday 3/9: Kass Hall

Sunday 3/10: Mindy Lacefield

Monday 3/11: Jane Davenport

Oh, yeah, there’s also a thing I have to do here...I get to give away a set of these AMAZING stencils!!! So, leave a comment in this post only by this Friday, March 8, at noon MST and I will draw a random commenter’s name! Duplicate comments will be deleted. Please make sure to leave an email address I can reach you at. If I draw a name and don’t get a quick response from the winner, I will have to draw again. Thanks!

Reader Comments (63)

I love what you did with the stencils. It's great to see you make them your own.

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterKimG

These stencils seem like they'd be wonderful for working on feature placement for faces.

Love your page. Great job!

Great pages Dawn, you make it look easy for the rest of us!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Great page Dawn. Thanks for the giveaway!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Cool! I bet these would work well with the alcohol inks I have in spritzer bottles. I am no good at faces either. I love all the eyes!

I love what you did with the stencils!

Beautiful page! The stencils look fantastic, never would have thought of using a stencil to make a face.

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterMaryD

Your yellows,pinks and green flow so nicely together! OK! Let's have the give-away already! Could I do as good as this...umm...!

I like what you did with your stencils - I'm not good with faces either!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterGill

I am loving this hop - so many talented artists. I think these stencils are just what I need to help me with faces. Thanks!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterKarenL

Wonderful art with the fabulous face stencils!

What a great idea for stencils - faces! I loved what you did with them. Thanks for the chance to win. DebbieJanelle@yahoo.com

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie J

Love your fresh colours and play with the stencils. Would love to win.

Oh man, this is neat. Love what you did with the stencils. OK, my turn, wish I could win a set. TFS. Good luck everyone.

I love how you used these stencils in a way that everyone could. I love how the eye with the lettering looks. These are some great pages.

Fabulous......I really would love to win a set!

Really like how you've used the stencils, especially the eye on with that beautiful script. Just goes to show how versatile the stencils are. Lovely. Hope I'm in with a chance!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterVicky

It would be so fun to win these. They look great!

i really enjoyed seeing what you did with those stencils ... very cool! and i enjoyed seeing what the other artists did as well. isn't it fun to see how different everyone's interpretation is? i think those stencils would be so excellent to have, so please thrown my name in the pot ... thanks ;)

03.6 | Unregistered Commentermo

Pick me, pick me!!!

Beautiful and inspiring pages Dawn... I am a BIG fan of the gorgeous Jane... and her stencils are AMAZING.... I LOVE the text above the closed eye... awesome!!... and your stunning background... and would absolutely LOVE to win a set of Jane stencils x

Jenny ♥

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

Love what you did, the doodling following the contours of the eye is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win. x

03.6 | Unregistered Commenterdarcy

You have given me some good ideas to use these stencils.....now all I need are the stencils!

It's so interesting to see all the different styles & interpretations, love your colors & how it all flows - beautiful!!!!

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterMaaret

Great stencils and I like what you created with them.

03.6 | Unregistered CommenterRosemary

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