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Hearts with Deco art
Posted Nov 18, 2015


I had some fun this week creating this journal page that I will end up framing because I love it so much. Prints and prints on wood are available too!

I started with an 80lb journal page that I put Deco Art Media Gesso on.


Then I added Americaan Acrylic paint in Sea Breeze. I used a catalist tool.


I added an umber wash using burnt umber.


Using Media Matte Medium I cut strips of paper and made hearts and put them down. Making sure to have a nice heavy coat of matte medium to keep the edges down.


Added some shading with a charcoal pencil


Put down a dictionary page that I aged with walnut ink and then put down the words as well with Media Matte Medium. I also stamped with letter stamps the words faith, hope, love.


Using black and white Media Gesso and the pixelated stencil and another random dots stencil, I added some texture to the sides. I also used a white and black paint pen to go around the hearts and add additional designs to the piece. I also added just a little bit more charcoal shading.


I have a crazy obsession with hearts right now! I just love her! too cute!


Products Used: Deco Art Media, Matte medium, black and white Gesso, Americana Seabreeze. Deco Art Pixelated Stencil.

White and black paint pen, charcoal pencil, catalist tool, book pages and scrap paper, ephermera, 80lb journal page. Burnt umber acrylic paint. Letter stamps and archival ink stamp pad.

You can see all of the Deco Art Media line and great projects on the Deco Art Mixed Media Blog

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Nov 18, 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!


    • Shawn

      Hugs and love!

  1. CarolS

    OMG, what is it with hearts these days! I have the same obsession…I was thinking the same thing just yesterday! Staring at a background I did in my art journal, I was thinking, “I don’t want to do hearts again”…..but I did! Funny thing is when I was younger I didn’t like hearts so much, now I can’t get enough! Making up for lost time maybe! LOL

    I love the strips of paper you use to make the hearts! And I always love the way you lay your sentiments on a strip of paper…highlighting it!


    • Shawn

      Thanks so much! completely obsessing over hearts! Hugs


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