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Posted Oct 26, 2017

Flower Collage Portrait

Nicole Austin

I love drawing mixed media faces over collage backgrounds in my art journal.  I love the way the collage can add to the texture in the background and also peek through the layers in the face.

 I almost always finish with a layer of collage images over the top to blend the face into the background.  It also helps to paint over some of the collage pieces so that they blend in better with the background and face.  

The oil paintstiks are an easy way to add color and a transparent layer.  They are easy to blend and also seal in any layers underneath.

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Products Used:

*Stencils: Old Type Text, Flower Gang 4, Backgrounds 2, Numbers 1

*Collage Sheets: Collage pak for sunday inspiration 2-19-17 and Collage pak for sunday inspiration 6-7-15

*Paint: Handmade Modern (Azalea), Dina Wakley Media (Turquoise and Night)

*Paint pens: Liquitex (fluorescent pink, bright aqua), Montana (midnight blue), Posca (white)

*Golden high flow acrylics (teal and opal)

*Hero Arts neon paint daubers (yellow, orange, green, red, pink, purple, blue)

*Mr Hueys spray ink (Navy)

*Jane Davenport Mermaid Marker (Deep Sea)

*Stabilo marks-all pencil (black)


*Gelli plate & roller

*Shiva oil paintstiks (Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Aliziron Crimson)

*Makeup sponge

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Posted Oct 26, 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!


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