One of the reasons I left theater, and discontinued my pursuit of a career in Scenic Art, was that I couldn’t draw. There were other reasons too, but my crippling inability to draw really gave me a ton of anxiety.

I really love Rita’s stencils. They give me all the building blocks I need to be creative. They provide the framework to a creative endeavor, in this case, a mixed media journal. I don’t have to let that anxiety take over me and prevent me from having the fun I want to have!

I’m SUPER frustrated with today’s blog post, primarily because I thought I was recording video during the whole time, even when I created the spread for this mixed media journal. Turns out, I only caught about half of the info!

So, I hope that these process pictures will suffice! Primarily I colored her with Distress Inks using the Picket Fence’s Change Your Life Brushes. I did go through and add some definition with colored pencils. For her hair, I used a finger dauber to move my Distress Inks around, as well as plenty of markers

Penciling in the lines from the stencil
It is really hard to see, but she’s there!
Adding pink and red skin tone areas around the cheeks.
Purple, for shadows, it is a trick I learned from Sandy Allnock!
I’m going over all of my project with Antique Linen Distress Ink
Lips colored, eyes colored, hair done.
Again, her finished face.

Thank you so much for reading this! The paint I used was from Plaid, the paper from Cut Cardstock, and of course, the stencil is Rita’s and can be found here: So You Say You Can’t Draw.

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