Art Doodle Love Blog Hop

So what do you do when your friend has a new book out? Well you do the ‘Happy Dance’ with them and of course get your hands on a copy as soon as you can! I knew Dawn’s book was going to be great because I’ve had the privilege of actually taking her ‘Doodle Soup’ workshop from her in person and if anyone can teach your to doodle, she can!  I’m very excited to help her kick off this blog hop and if you continue along you will have a chance to win a copy of this yummy book for yourself!
Dawn actually facilitates your inner doodle girl to come out and play. With prompts, both with words and  visual stimulation, she guides you to rediscovering the love of doodling.
I used to doodle. In school, on my Pee Chee, or notes to friends written while I was supposed to be paying attention in class, I doodled up a storm, but life has a way of taking the doodle out of you sometimes. At least doodling with intent-for the sheer pleasure of it.
I’ve discovered a few things on my journey into this book-I’m not very good at scribbling. I found it hard to do. I’m hoping by the end of this book I will have loosened up and overcome my scribbling inhibition.
I’ve also discovered that marking in a book is sinfully delicious, after you get over the fear of making some kind of ‘fatal error’. I decided that my book is for me, and though I’m sharing a few pages here, I’m not going to share the rest. My marks will be made with the soul intent for inner growth. I’m only using pen and if I make unattractive marks, then so be it. I’ll get better, we always do with practice.
The backgrounds are already there, waiting for the doodles, so this book is awesome to put in your purse and take out whenever you have a few spare minutes. My dedicated ‘doodle time’ is at my sons music lesson. The book is a great size that fits nicely in my purse, the pages are a nice heavy weight, and all I need to take is a pen!
While this book would be perfect for someone to cross into the world of Art Journaling, it’s also great for those of us who already journal too. Sometimes we just don’t have enough time to get into the messy stuff and this book can store ideas for future pages as well as help you to take a break while still feeding the journaling habit, and it can also get out of a journal rut if you’re in one. It’s full of inspirational starts that could spark a whole new direction in your work.
When I’m done with this book, it will not go on my bookshelves with other ‘how to’ books, rather it will go along-side my other art journals, to be used as a tool for ideas in the future.
Dawn’s giveaway will include a signed copy of  her book, some pens, a journal she’s made, and some other goodies. She will start taking entries on her blog February 8th and
 the drawing will be February 14th.
Blog Hope Participants:
Feb. 2: Pam Carriker,
Feb. 3: Samantha Kira Harding,
Feb. 4: Aimee Dolich,
Feb. 5: Jane Davenport,
Feb. 6: Carla Sonheim,
Feb. 7: Tracie Lyn Huskamp,
Feb. 8: Tammy Garcia,
Feb. 9: Carissa Paige,
Feb. 10: Mindy Lacefield,
Feb. 11: Dina Wakley,
Feb. 12: Tamara LaPorte,
Feb. 13: Jill K. Berry,

Jill K. Berry Stencil Giveaway Blog Hop!

CONGRATULATIONS Alice Hendon!!! You are the lucky winner of Jill’s Stencils! Thank you everyone for participating and I hope that many of you will go and check out Jill’s stencils at Artistcellar~

I’m excited to get  a chance to play with Jill’s new line of stencils! If you want a chance to win a set all you have to do is leave a comment on this post today and tomorrow I’ll draw one of your names and Artistcellar will send you your very own set!



Stencils from the abstracted calligraphic work of Jill K. Berry


Four new stencils from Runes, Road Map, River Map, & Romans

Here are some journal pages that I used Jill’s stencils on. All of them were stenciled using Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink with a stencil brush. I love the soft look of graphite and it allows you to layer up other media over the top of the TEXTures.


Stencil with Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink, Poetic Portrait stamp with India Ink, Inktense blocks and Faber Castell Big Brush pens


Stencil with Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink, image transfer of a sketch printed onto a transparency and hand sanitizer as the transfer medium, Inktense blocks


City skyline cut from old ledger page, stencil with Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink, letters cut from other text, Inktense blocks and Pitt Artist Pens


Stencil, cut out letters from text, Inktense blocks and pens


Stencil, Inktense blocks, paper scraps, Pitt Pens, stamps with paint


Scraps of all kinds of text , stencil on top, Pitt Pens, stamps with paint


Scraps from previous artwork, print from lino carving, stencil, pens, watercolor paints

11/30 Jill Berry

12/03 Sketchbook Challenge Guest post

12/04 Seth Apter

12/05 Diana Trout

12/06 Traci Bunkers

12/07 Tracy Verdugo

12/08 Anne Gaal

12/09 Effy Wild

12/10 Dawn DeVries Sokol

12/11 Aimee Myers Dolich

12/12 Sue Bleiweiss

12/13 Pam Carriker

12/14 Jane Davenport

Jill’s stencils can be found here:

Press Release:

For a chance to win just leave a comment! Be sure to include a valid e-mail address where it asks for one – preferably the e-mail address you check most often.

Final Destination on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!

Well, it’s finally here, the last stop on the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!!! If you’ve collected all of the clues you can enter to win the prizes!!! Good luck to you all!
Final Destination Blog Visit!

Our last and final blog destination belongs to and this is the final location where you’ll find the last TWO words left in our secret word collection.

Pick up the last two words here.
Bring ALL your secret words here.

All Entries will Close May 5
Winners will be Announced May 7 at :
Winners will be drawn at random through One winner will be chosen to win the $200 e-card gift certificate to Jerry’s Artarama, and two winners will be chosen at random to win a $25 e-gift card to Jerry’s Artarama.
Please leave all the necessary contact info with your secret words in the moderated comment section of Artful Gathering’s Hop Page.

Thank you so much for hopping with us and we look forward to seeing you at Artful Gathering 2012. Special thanks to Jerry’s Artarama, Artful Gathering’s prize sponsor of the blog hop event.
Good Luck, and thank you for playing!

Artful Gathering Blog Hop

Our Next Artist is Up for the Artful Gathering Blog Hop!

Celebrating Artful Gathering 2012 Online Art Retreat, 
Open for Registration!

Blog Hop your way for chance to win!

From June to August 2012, will be presenting TWO exciting semesters of premiere online video workshops offered by fabulous artists who are known nationally and internationally. We are all very excited to share out knowledge, skill, and creativity with you, and we hope that you will join us for this AMAZING annual online event.

Blog Hop with us for a chance to win a prizes from Jerry’s Artarama!

Each week the faculty of Artful Gathering will be announcing a featured blog to visit.
You can hop along with us until the final destination blog is reached, and where ONE Grand Prize winner will be chosen at Random for a chance to win a $200.00 e-gift card from Jerry’s Artarama!!!
Two Runner Up winners will also be chosen at random for a chance to win a $25.00 e-gift card from Jerrys.

Each week I will announce the next featured blog for you to visit, and there you will find a new secret word or words that you will need to collect along your way from blog to blog. Once you have collected all the words from each blog you visit, they will work out to say a very artsy phrase. Here are the rules:

  1. For your chance to win, you must collect all the secret code words and submit them upon the final destination blog in May. A random drawing will be conducted from those contestants who have submitted the complete collection of secret words!
  2. Three winners will be randomly drawn. One for the $200.00 e-card to Jerry’s, and two runner’s up for the 25.00 e-card to Jerrys.

Week by week we’ll go from one blog to the next!

Remember to collect all the secret words. These words will work out to say a very artful phrase, and you’ll need all the pieces to be eligible for the final prize drawings!

Please HOP over and visit the Amazing

Laura K. Aiken

(Pick Up the Next Secret Word)