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Deco Days Mixed Media Haunts Challenge
Posted Sep 29, 2015


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Deco Arts is having a Spooooky challenge where you could win some good stuff. So get your deco art supplies out and get creating. The mixed media team is kicking off projects to get you excited about getting involved.

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I just love this fun piece that I created for the front door. I’m not a spooky kinda person, so this is as spooky as I get for Halloween.


This is the step by step.


Putting papers down onto a 12 x12 mdf board with Matte Medium


Creating the background with Andy Skinner Stencil and Media Mister Orange


Putting a glaze on the background with burnt umber and glazing medium.

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I cut a stencil of a pumpkin and then used crackle paste to get a raised crackled outline.

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I used antiquing cream to give the pumkin some color and to get into the crackle of the crackle paste. Then sealed the antiquing cream with matte varnish.


I found a skeleton pattern on line printed it out and then cut it out and put down with matte medium


I skectched out Happy Halloween and painted with carbon black fluid acrylic


created some drip and a tree using the black


I used umber antiquing cream to go over the entire piece and then sealed with varnish again. You need to seal the antiquing cream otherwise it doesn’t set and will remain active.



I added additional shading and depth with charcoal pencil and edging the piece with an old cc and carbon black paint


I then added a little glitz with some glitter. this write on twinkles from deco art is perfect becasue it has a fine tip so you have alot of control.

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I added some hooks to the top and tide a ribbon on the hooks and then added some fall leaves. Voila! Toooo cute!


Have fun creating…. Be inspired and know that you are loved!

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Posted Sep 29, 2015
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!


  1. candycolwell

    Oh my goodness! I loved watching this come together with all of your wonderful tutorial photographs! Such a cute hanging. Thanks for the step by step. It’s darling!

    • Shawn

      Thank you my dear! That means alot! hugs!


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