Hey there friends! It’s Carmen with you today and I’m sharing with you an art journal page showcasing two things that I’ve been wanting to try for quite a while; Dina Wakley paints and Jane Davenport’s Jane Girls stencils. One of my goals for this year was to start painting girls’ faces. I don’t consider myself a natural portrait artist, but when I saw these stencils I knew that they would give me a good start on creating a girl.
I started off by applying a thin layer of gesso to my journal pages and these vibrant and heavy body paints by Dina Wakley. I applied all of these with my trusty palette knife, I’m finding myself rarely using brushes anymore.
The paint went on so smoothly and a little bit went a long way. Even though it’s heavy body, I was able to get a thin layer and it dried quickly.
I used Jane Davenport’s Jane Girls Series stencils in “Coy” with a 6B sketching pencil. This series of stencils are starter faces, they give you the basic structure of a face and you then connect and finish the lines.
You can see here I finished the lines, added a neck and I wanted the hair to be flowing into the next page, like it was blowing in the wind.
I used Faber-Castell’s gel sticks for the face, along with their blending stumps, and outlined everything with black china marker. I liked the sketchy and dark lines of the china marker instead of using a regular marker.
I used Dina’s Night color and White paint for the hair, Magenta and Turquoise for the flowers. Adding details and outlines with the china marker and Sharpie white paint marker.
The great thing about the Jane Girl stencils is that you can flip them over to have the girl looking the other way, tilt it up or down and you can really customize it to your own style. If you’re not sure where to place the eyes, mouth or especially the nose, these stencils are great! And a wonderful combination with Dina Wakley’s heavy body paints.
I love the way she turned out and I do plan on creating a large canvas with this similar look. But, I definitely see a lot faces in my art future.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and come back for more creations!