How To Create A Whimsical Girl – Shonna Bucaroff Guest Post
Hey Everyone! I’ve got a sweet guest for you today… Shonna Bucaroff! She is going to teach you how to simply create a whimsical girl! No skill required. The creative possibilities are endless here and I’m excited to have her share with you today! You can create little illustrations in your Bible and on other projects as you express your creativity with God. And, you really don’t need previous experience to do this. A little practice using Shonna’s tips and you’ll be on your way! Be brave and believe in yourself. Today could be your first illustration, or getting even better than before!
Shonna is a self-taught mixed media artist and local art teacher in her home town of San Diego, California. She is also currently part of the His Kingdom Come team.
In my opinion, Shonna is possibly most known in the Bible journaling community, for her God’s Girls designs, like these in the His Kingdom Come shop…
That is not an affiliate link if you click on the image, I just want you to see and have access to Shonna’s designs. I’ve got the Truth stamp and it is sweet! You can see here what I did with mine while on holiday in Cornwall last year.
Simple but fun with a little page prep done before leaving the house and then only a stamp, acrylic block, Inktense pencils and water brushes to color it all up. Very relaxing time in the Word.
Learning creative things
See, I listen to you guys. I know that some of you who follow what I do, LOVE to create but don’t really know how or where to start. Grabbing a stamp from the God’s Girls collection is a great way to do that. They are also great for when you have limited time.
I also know there are those of you who REALLY want to learn a bit more and have asked for support in that.
I reached out to Shonna and asked if she would come and share a tutorial with you, on how to simply make your own whimsical girl. She is SO lovely and tender-hearted. I think you’ll just love her! I also think you’re in for a real treat learning how to make a whimsical girl. Shonna makes it easy to follow along with her and leaves you with some fabulous little tips that will improve your skills and give you more confidence as you create for God.
Shonna has generously poured her time and heart into this neat tutorial video for you and I hope you’ll pop into the comments below to give her some love and share your own thoughts about whimsical girls. I want to hear if you’ve tried creating them before, or if you’re going to start after this! Also, let’s fill the comments with ideas for themes etc, to use whimsical girls in Bible journaling and art journaling! The comments are such a great place to learn from each other as a community.
I’ve got a little supplies list for you below, in case you want to try out these ideas that Shonna will show you in the video she’s made. But truly, use what you have and practice without spending. I am certain you have a pencil somewhere and some basic paper. Enjoy the foundational basics of whimsical girl creation with Shonna and be inspired by what you can achieve with a little creative fun! You can totally do this. And, I’m looking forward to seeing what you create!
With that, I’ll leave this post in Shonna’s creative hands…
In 2007, I became fascinated with drawing girls. I began to learn everything I could about drawing whimsical female figures. I took various online classes to learn how to draw and shade and then kept practicing. I love using girls in my art journal and now in my bible. I have even been able to make some of my drawings into stamps, so people can use them in their Faithart. In the past few years, I have really grown to love watercolors, so I use that medium often when coloring my girls.
In the following video, I will show you how to draw a simple girl, how to create a pattern for her dress and then color her with watercolor.
Here are the supplies featured in this lesson. All links lead to affiliate partners, Dayspring (DS), Scrapbook.com (SB), Amazon (AZ) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS), etc. Thanks for your support. Enjoy!
Rebekah here again… Isn’t Shonna sweet? And her whimsical girl?! I am excited to see what you create and hear your ideas in the comments.
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Comment below and let us know if you’ve enjoyed this neat post! Give Shonna some love for me!
What have you learned? What are you going to go try out now?
You are loved x
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Jun 9, 2016 @ 8:18 pm
I was unable to view…..just a big black square!
Rebekah R Jones
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:01 pm
I’m sorry you had that experience Jan. Perhaps try viewing on a different device to whatever you were using.
Jun 11, 2016 @ 2:42 am
Love this!! My daughter and I both did girls. I am terrible at drawing and this was simple enough for me to do. Thank you for sharing.
Jun 9, 2016 @ 8:46 pm
Loved the tutorial. Thanks Shonna for sharing how to draw and paint the girl. Also, thanks Rebekah for putting this together.
Rebekah R Jones
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:02 pm
Glad you enjoyed it! x
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:05 pm
Thank you Rebekah and Shonna for sharing this awesome video! Love it! Blessings!
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:14 pm
WOW. What a wonderful share! I can’t wait to make my own whimsical girl. I’ll be sure to #shonnabucaroff on pic on instagram. Thank you Rebekah! Thank you Shonna! :->
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:41 pm
great tutorial Shonna! love your God’s Girls and your stamps are wonderful for those of us who can’t draw!
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:54 pm
Thanks everyone!! I had such a great time sharing my process with you!! Just keep practicing and believe in yourself; you can do this!!! Soon you will be drawing your own cute little whimsical God’s Girls!!
Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:57 pm
This tutorial was just adorable. I love how Shonna simplified this for us. It gives me the motivation to try it. Thanks Rebecca for setting this up and thanks Shonna for this tutorial.
Jun 9, 2016 @ 10:52 pm
What a fun project. I love the peaceful expression that the whimsical girl has.
Jun 9, 2016 @ 10:55 pm
So cute! Of course it looks easier than it probably is but I guess practice, practice, practice! 🙂 Be blessed!
Jun 9, 2016 @ 11:17 pm
Adorable girl..thanks for sharing with us all how to create this lovely girl.??
Jun 9, 2016 @ 11:34 pm
I loved this tutorial and I was able to do it. Very excited! I have limited colors and I totally overworked my paper which I always do. Instructions were great and my little girl is very cute! Thanks so much!!!
Gina R. Brown
Jun 10, 2016 @ 1:25 am
I love doing girls in my journaling bibles and this really helped me improve my technique! Thank you so much for helping us increase our talents. Love love loved this!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 1:50 am
Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on how to make a whimsical girl, Shonna, and Rebekah, thank you for inviting her to share with us. The instructions make it a little less scary to try, but I’ll have to practice A LOT before trying it for real…probably on a journaling page before in the Bible. Bless you both!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 1:59 am
Precious tutorial Shonna! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Jun 10, 2016 @ 2:18 am
Great video…excited to try drawing some whimsical girls! Thanks Shonna and Rebekah.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 4:28 am
A wonderful tutorial! Really enjoyed and learnt useful tips. Going to try it. Thanks Shonna and Rebekah. God bless you both.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 6:01 am
This is a great step by step tutorial! Can’t wait to try it in my journal and my Bible. Thank you Rebekah and Shonna!!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 9:13 am
Thank you sooooooo much! I enjoyed this tutorial soooo much!!!!!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:33 pm
A doable, step by step ‘how to’. Thanks for taking the time to share your gift!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:42 pm
I loved the tutorial and the simple instructions and hints like tipping the page. I will definitely be drawing some versions of the girl. I have twin granddaughters so I already try to draw pictures of them in their journal Bibles but now I am inspired to make stylized versions of their 6 yr old personalities. Thanks so much.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 2:16 pm
Awesome tutorial! Can’t wait to try this!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 3:50 pm
Thank you Rebekka for sharing Shonna’s wonderful talent with us. Enjoyed viewing her tutorial. Her drawings are so cute.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 6:26 pm
This is great! I tried my hand at this, but using colored pencils. Where can I post it? Thank you for this tutorial, Rebekah and Shonna! Making me brave in Christ!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 6:49 pm
Loved it! I drew along with Shonna. I am usually so fussy with my drawings, it was nice to find out how to make a quick drawing with so much appeal. Thanks Shonna!
Jun 10, 2016 @ 7:09 pm
Thank you for this! I drew along as she talked and mine turned out cute too! I haven’t painted it yet. I feel confident that I can actually draw girls now.
Jun 11, 2016 @ 2:48 am
Cute! Loved it!
Jun 11, 2016 @ 5:28 am
Oh what fun. I was able to customize the color to make it look just like my sweet daughter. Thanks for breaking it down for us, Shonna, and to Rebekah for lining it up! I came here after binge-watching your YouTube channel. 🙂 Great job researching so many different techniques and mediums! Blessings all around
Jun 11, 2016 @ 7:09 am
Thank you so much fot this tutorial! You make it look so easy, and I can’t wait to try it out for myself.
Thank you for your inspiration, be blessed!
Jun 11, 2016 @ 12:33 pm
Thank you, SO VERY MUCH, Shonna, for this great video tutorial!! With your great tips and tricks I might actually be able to create something that looks like a girl! Thanks for sharing!
Jun 11, 2016 @ 1:37 pm
Thank you Shonna and Rebekah! What a fabulous tutorial, very inspiring!
Jun 11, 2016 @ 2:23 pm
I actually think I can do this! Thank you, Shonna and Rebekah.
Jun 11, 2016 @ 6:08 pm
I watched this video late last night and was so excited to try it. She made it look so easy. Well I tried it – without referring to the video again and my girl is awesome! I am so excited because I have never drawn or painted before. She turned out so well almost afraid to try another one and find out my first was beginner’s luck. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this video and for both of you sharing your talents so freely.
Jun 11, 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Thank you, Shonna and Rebekah. I drew one right away in my Inspire Bible at the end of Zephaniah for 3:14, 17. Love this so much!
Jun 11, 2016 @ 10:30 pm
Thank your for this awesome tutorial. I’m a total stick person non-artist living among my very artistic husband and sister’s-in-law as well as my own sons, and even though I’m a creative person I just can’t draw. Well, I drew along with Shonna and was so excited that my little girl actually came out cute! Even my hubby liked it. What a confidence booster!!! Of course I need more practice, but I”m so happy. I like Charl’s idea of drawing the grand daughters, I may have to try that too. Thanks again and God bless.
Jun 12, 2016 @ 7:12 am
Thoroughly enjoyed this…”my girl” came out beautiful! Thank you both for sharing……blessings!
Jun 12, 2016 @ 9:12 pm
Thank you for sharing how to do this! Can’t wait to try it
Jun 12, 2016 @ 11:26 pm
I loved it!!! Thank you. It was well explained and I was able to draw “my” whimsical girl after listening to Shonna give her tutorial. My girl is in Psalm 57:7-11 making melody for the Lord!
Rebekah I love all your lessons and the idea of joining with other talents and sharing them with us is precious. Thank you for giving of yourself so entirely to this community of Bible Journaling. May the Lord bless you and keep you… In Christ, Lourdes
Jun 13, 2016 @ 12:34 am
Thanks so much! I loved watching and learning!! ❤
Jun 13, 2016 @ 3:45 am
Thanks for this lovely tutorial! I’m just beginning to try watercolor, and the instructions are simply beautiful and easy to understand!
Jun 13, 2016 @ 10:45 pm
Thanks for the video! Your step-but-step instructions make the drawing possible!
I bought watercolours months ago & have been afraid to use them…..
Jun 16, 2016 @ 3:06 am
Love, love, love this tutorial! What a great way to share your talent for those of us who don’t have the ability to “just draw”! It gives us a sense of accomplishment!
Jun 20, 2016 @ 1:05 am
Thank you so much! Learning so so much!
Jun 21, 2016 @ 2:23 am
Love, love, loved this! Thank you Shonna and thank you, Shonna!
Jul 19, 2016 @ 3:59 am
I love this tutorial! Shonna made it so easy to follow. I love the end product too- it was perfect for my devotional I’m going through. Today’s asked me to illustrate how God sees me- and I thought this was perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your process!
Jul 23, 2016 @ 8:52 pm
I loved this tutorial!!! I thoroughly enjoyed just having fun Rebekah. Thank you to Shonna for sharing!
Mar 20, 2017 @ 1:31 am
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for this tutorial! I followed along with the tutorial on an old composition book and I can not believe how sweet my Whimsical Girl looks! I can not believe that she looks like a person! I have never drawn anything other than stick figures before. I have been yearning to be able to create sweet images. I CAN NOT wait to gather some basic supplies like an art journal and some watercolors and get busy!
Thanks a million for this easy to follow tutorial!
Jul 14, 2017 @ 9:20 am
I LOVED this! Shonna made me believe that I could do this! I’m going to give it a go tomorrow!! Thank you, Rebekah, for bringing this artist and her wonderful girls into my life!!
Feb 28, 2018 @ 6:47 pm
I must agree with the previous speakers: You’ve made it so easy to follow even for a German-speaking person like me. Your step-but-step instructions make the drawing possible even for me. It gives me the motivation to try it. For the first time doing it, I’m satisfied with “my” little girl sketch. I haven’t painted it yet. Thank you both Rebekah and
Shonna that you are so committed to this group. I am very grateful that in this way I can participate from Germany and be blessed in this manner.
Jul 4, 2019 @ 12:53 am
I’ve always enjoyed Shonna’s Gods Girls. So happy to see this lesson.
Feb 4, 2020 @ 4:29 am
I did this last year and I have come back to it to get instructions again. I so very much enjoyed this project. Love love love! Thanks so much Rebecca and Shonna.