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Quick tip Tuesday getting crisp lines with details stencils
Posted Aug 8, 2017

This is the first Quick Tip Tuesday. These will be quick videos with tips, tricks and answering questions I get on a weekly basis. They will be informal and fun. So I hope to see you here every other Tuesday and maybe even more!


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To get crisp lines when stenciling with detailed stencils, like my vintage papers stencils or background words stencils.

Keep in mind what surface you are stenciling on. Regular paper or water color paper will absorb the paint and ink faster and will appear lighter. Surfaces that have been primed with gesso or matte medium are non absorbent and paint will have a tendency to spread or move because we overwork the area to get the paint into the fine details of the stencil.

I have found that Ranger Archival ink or Staz on ink (both permanent) work beautifully with very detailed stencils. They come in many colors and give a nice crisp line. Use it with a makeup sponge or stencil applicator slightly pushing in a circular motion.

See you next Tuesday

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Posted Aug 8, 2017
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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. Becky Smith

    Great tips!

    • Shawn

      Thanks Becky!


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