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Tissue paper stamping and collage with Nicole Austin
Posted Oct 10, 2017

Quick Tip Tuesday: Using Patterned Napkins for Stamping & Collage

I love using tissue paper as collage and recently discovered that I could use printed napkins for the same purpose.  I love the way the patterns pop off the page and how the tissue paper pushes other elements of your artwork into the background.  Using tissue paper or printed napkins is  a great way to cover up places in your journal page that you don’t like, or you can also use it as a way to create some softness and carve out a little resting place for the eye among all the other noise and chaos of a busy background!  What’s great about the printed napkins is that there are three layers: the printed layer and two plain layers.  The printed layer is ready to go and can be adhered onto your background with a glue stick (my personal favorite for art journals!) or Mod Podge.  The plain layers are great for stamping your own patterns, words, or images.  I like to use this technique with background stamps and words and black ink but it also works great for your lighter ink colors (like neon pink–another fave!) and actually lets you see the stamped image really well.  I hope you have fun playing with this technique and I’d love to see what you create!

List Products Used:

Printed facial tissue travel pack (with a fun pattern!), glue stick, VersaFine black ink pad, Hero Arts mini neon ink pads, script stamp, Pattern Play clear stamp set by Studio L2E, Stabilo woody 3-in-1 pencils, Kwik Stix, Home Made Modern acrylic paint (Azalea & Robins Egg), paint pens (Posca, Sharpie, Liquitex), Hero Arts paint dauber (neon green), Tim Holtz foam letter stamp set, acrylic blocks

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Posted Oct 10, 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

    Nicole, it was such a pleasure watching your video! The use of “pocket facial tissues” is sheer genius…….that alone was worth “the price of admission”!!! I’ve used napkins, regular size tissue paper, but NEVER EVER thought of this……..thanks for your inspiration!! Shawn has certainly gained a wonderful addition to her creative team!!


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