Stupendous, scintillating Stencilry !

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Put simply: Artist Cellar make really cool stencils. Lisa and Michael Cousineau make high quality, reusable and very clever, versatile designs. So being invited into the Artist Cellar family as been a real thrill!

Lisa and Michael gave me an open brief when they invited me to design my 4 stencils that went something like this: “we love you, we love your art, create what you want!”. But translating my detailed, colourful, volumistic work into a stencil took a bit of mind twisting, concentrated effort. I made my own prototypes and played and created with them relentlessly before submitting my designs.

And I don’t mind telling you that I’m crazy in love with them!

I have three online Schools and have taught thousands to draw and defy their own creative gravity. At the same time as I was thinking about what my stencil designs would comprise, I was helping my students work through some facial proportion lessons. And I could see a need for some teaching aids that could help decipher the landmarks of the face and really bring that learning along.

The Jane Girl Face set is perfect for that. In particular, three-quarter turned faces and profiles cause a bit of angst for people not confident with drawing them. I have a stencil dedicated to each of those scenarios.

But my stencils are also superb for straight out creative experimentation and fun! With a stencil you get to ‘Audition’ your ideas before you commit… It all helps keep that sense of play with your artwork. I believe the longer I can stay ‘unattached’ to my artwork in its formative stages, the more life it will have because I am free to take risks, try things without fear of ‘ruining’ anything. So I use my stencil set to get ideas generating quickly, adding complexity and layers.

The face shapes have my trademark ‘whimsically real’ proportions, but they are entirely customizable. They allow the users own artistic style to shine on through and act as idea prompts. The eyes stencil is designed so it can be used to just place a ‘window to the soul’ randomly in an artwork, or can be flipped to form a pair of eyes and start a face.

I use stencils in art Journaling a lot. My art Journal is a field book of my life. Sometimes I want to catch ideas, memories and notions as quickly as possible and get them down on paper and move on. I’ve been using my stencil set to speed that process along. Rather than constructing a face from scratch, a pre-formed base allows me to get what’s on my mind flowing without judgement.

I’m so looking forward to seeing how my Artist Cellar Signature Range Jane Girl Stencil set is utilized by other artists.

So, we are celebrating their release with an all- star Blog Hop! I invited some of my favorite Artists to  play with the stencil set and see how they would use them… And they all said yes!

So on to the blog hop details – and yes, there are prizes GALORE!

To exponentially multiply your  chance to win a FREE set of my ”Jane Girl  Signature Series stencils Join in on the post of eacg o my invited artists. Winner s will be picked by each artist and awarded at the end of the hop on March 12th. Today is Artist cellar, and tomorrow is the art Icon Teesha Moore’s  and hop on down the list with us for the rest of the week.

Each blog is giving away a free stencil set! Ready… Set… HOP!

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

See you at each blog And back here on Monday 11th for videos, prizes and a finale Where I show,some,of the work I’ve been creating with my new stencils!
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  • brenda shackleford

    I’ve always loved using stencils in my art. So glad to see new designs and ideas developing! I will definitely check out the other artwork. Neat idea for a blog hop. Thanks for sharing!

  • Michelle

    Love these stencils – just went to the top of my must have list!!

  • Jessica

    Nice to see an artist use stencils!! Going are the days where art mustn’t blend with craft! Thank goodness!! 🙂

  • Sharron chittick

    Great work Jane, hope your going to have them at Rosehill, I’ll have to grab a set.

    • Jane Davenport

      We won’t be at Rosehill this year Sharon, but I will be at Darling Harbour in June- if you can wait that long!

    • Sharron chittick

      Awwwww, and I have my Draw Happy 2 journal ready to show you- oh well, I’ll bring it in June. ( and I know you’ve been a very busy jet setting girl lately)

  • Ros

    Oh my oh my! They will be the most sought after stencils in the range. Stencilogolist you are! 🙂

  • Anne Spiteri

    What a fantastic idea!!!!

  • kathie vezzani

    Congrats, Jane. Now everyone will get a chance to “play with you”……..LOL. Looking forward to what my friend, Mindy, is going to do with them. Glad you two hooked up.

  • Aimee

    These are spectacular, Jane! I don’t really “need” these but I just bought them anyway! Want/need…is there really a difference?

  • Kate Palmer

    Couldn’t help it – had to buy these, don’t worry Jane it won’t stop me practicing drawing my own faces, just another tool to add to my goodie box :O)

    • Jane Davenport

      Yay Kate!they are pretty cool!
      I hope you have fun with them!

  • Diana Caho

    Awesome, love them.

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