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Strength and Flowers, an Art Journal Portrait with Creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted Dec 7, 2017

Strength and Flowers, an Art Journal Portrait

 with Nicole Austin

I love to use collage sheets for quick and easy backgrounds in my art journal.  The vintage wallpaper patterns are my favorite and I love it when little bits of the paper peek through the final portrait!  I really believe you can’t go wrong with flowers, either, they are just so fun and bright!  Portraits can be as simple as sketching over a background and coloring it in with oil paint sticks.  I use white and yellow ochre and blend the two together to create very basic skin colors, highlights and shadows.  The more you practice, the easier it gets!  And I just love painting with my fingers so I’ll just dip them right into the paint or smudge wet paint pen marks to add quick patches of color.  I hope you enjoy this project and that you are inspired to create something in your art journal!

Enjoy the video



 Products Used:

Stencils:Words, words, words,” “Lace 8×10,” “Flower Drawing 1”

Collage Papers: Vintage Wallpaper (Green Floral), Collage Pak 10-30-16, and Collage Pak Sunday Inspiration 7-17-16

Paint: Dina Wakley acrylic paint (“Night”), Homemade Modern acrylic paint (“Robin’s Egg)

Paint pens: Sharpie waterbased paint pen (white extra fine tip, red extra bold), Liquitex (15mm neon pink, neon red, neon orange, bright green gold, and 2mm bright aqua), Montana (15mm navy blue)

Other: Shiva oil paintsticks (white and yellow ochre), Stabilo marks-all pencil (black), Stabilo 3-in-1 woody pencil (black), waterbrush, Hero Arts neon paint daubers (purple, yellow), collage paper scraps (patterned tissue paper, junk mail, etc)

Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved!
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Posted Dec 7, 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. Clara Melchor Bowman

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece Nicole! It’s so expressive, I love it and I love your style. In have left a comment on YouTube and if it’s ok with you I would like to add to Pinterest. Your talent should be out for all to see. Warm wishes, Clara Melchor Bowman 💛😊🎄

    • Nicole Austin

      Hello Clara! Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad you enjoyed the video and yes, that would be awesome if you added it to Pinterest. I’m always happy to share my ideas and I’m happy to have inspired you today! 🙂


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