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Time flies with Creative team member Mandy Grobosch
Posted Sep 20, 2017

At the moment I like to play with things that I have on hand like the advertisement brochure from one of our local museum which I use in the project as my art journal. The brochure have with 21 x 21 cm² a perfect size to take it with me in my travelers notebook.

In my project I show you two of my favorite techniques to create a neutral background: First technique is to use stamps & stencils and tissue to make my own collage papers. The Second technique I want to show you is using you watercolor media e.g, Neocolor II crayons I’m using to your background a grey shaded look. In front of the neutral background your colored focal point will really pop out off the page.

 enjoy the video

 Products Used:

Shawn Petite collage pack – “All you need is love”

Shawn Petite Stencils – “Background words”, “Scribbles”

Glueing medium e.g. Collage Podge or gel medium

Acrylic Paints (white and gold) – every brand is fine
StaZon (black)

Neocolor II crayons in different shades of grey or any other water-based media

Liquid watercolors by Royal Talens or any other brand of watercolors or water-based media

Tissue Paper (transparent, gold and one by Tim Holtz)

Mircron Pen 01, Gel Pen in gold

Pencil, ruler, scissors, brushes and/or old credit card, watercolor brush





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Posted Sep 20, 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 Comment

  1. Carole Morrison

    Lovely, Mandy!! Wonderful techniques!! I enjoyed watching your work!! Thanks so much for sharing!! You’re a great addition to Shawn’s team!!


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