Saturday, October 5, 2013

Jane Girls Petite Series Stencils Blog Hop & Giveaway


We all have subjects we love to draw, for me is nature, things like flowers, bugs, & butterflies. But that doesn't mean I don't like to draw other subjects too, it's just that a garden flows off my brush more intuitively than a face. 


However, sometimes I have a strong desire to include 'people' in my work and I've had a particular fascination with faces over the past year.  Unfortunately they don't come as naturally to me as I would like so I find myself turning the page in my art journal rather quickly.  I usually struggle with proportion, form and structure.


So earlier this year I took an online class with the very talented Jane Davenport called "Supplies Me" and I loved it.  I was especially interested to see how Jane works with multi-media, but the serendipity was her amazing ability to draw faces.  And what's more is that Jane is a wonderful teacher and is happy to share many of her secrets to creating beautiful faces, expressions, and emotions. I learned a lot from Jane and her expert tuition and endearing style helped me take a new step in my art and illustration...one I am continuing to explore. 



But like all subjects, faces have many elements, plus they take practice.  So I was thrilled when Jane invited me to try out her new line of Jane Girls Petite Series stencils she created with Artistcellar. Playing with these stencils meant that I was able to get the basic form and outline of the face onto my page and focus on giving it life and expression though my own style and creativity.





 There are so many ways to use these stencils and I was amazed how each face emerged unexpectedly as I put pen to paper.  I've had a wonderful time this week creating journal pages, and so did my 7yo.  She LOVED being able to use the stencil to draw the shape of a face, then put in all her own details and colors.  




If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that I love watercolor, and I especially love shimmering, twinkling watercolors.  One of my favorite mediums is Twinkling h2O's by Luminarte, so it stood to reason that I would couple these beautiful stenciled faces, with my own twinkling halos of flowers.




 

I painted my flowers in Twinkling h2O's, and the faces in Pan Pastel and colored pencil. The combination of glittery and bright flowers against the muted soft faces is just beautiful. 


If you love shimmery, sparkly, luminous watercolors, then you might also be interested in my upcoming online class "Mastering Twinkling h2O's" which begins on October 17th. 


There are four petite stencils in this line. They are simple and elegant illustrations done by Jane that enable anyone to create a face of beauty, and I'm giving away a full set.  


If you would like to win these four stencils, please leave me a comment below telling me what subjects are most challenging for you to sketch.  I'll be drawing a winner next week.



Here are the other lovely artists in the Blog Hop! Be sure to check out what they've done with the Jane Girls Petite Series stencils.

Artistcellar (www.artistcellar.com/wp)
Jill K. Berry (http://jillberrydesign.com/blog)
Dawn DeVries Sokol  (http://www.dawndsokol.com)
Joanne Sharpe (http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/)
Connie Hozvicka (http://www.dirtyfootprints-studio.com/)
Effy Wild  (www.effywild.com)
Tamara Laporte ( www.willowing.org/blog)
Dion Dior (http://www.diondior.com/<——You Are Here
Courtney Brook (http://ravenscauldron.blogspot.com/)
Kate Palmer (http://www.sparkletart.com/)
Jane Davenport (Jane Davenport)



If you'd like to purchase them, the stencils are available here:


All these pages were done in my Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook.  This has extra heavy weight smooth white paper and is perfect for art journaling.

Don't forget to leave your contact details on your comment so I can let you know when you win.
Thanks for checking in xx