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Poetry of the Earth – a series for Donna Downey
Posted Jan 1, 2018
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Poetry of the Earth Series

I am thrilled to be part of Donna Downey’s Brand Ambassadors and January is my month!

I will be creating a series, I will walk you through how I create more than one piece at a time. backgrounds. forgrounds and everything in between!

I’m also going to be giving away one of the originals to one lucky winner!

To win…… Like and share on Instagram and Facebook for each post for this series, for the next 4 weeks (links below), starting today, …and each time you do… you will be entered to win.

So you could have an opportunity to enter 4 times each week!! I will also have intructions on instagram and facebook when I post for the curators post.

Instagram – Donna Downey Studios @donnadowneystudios …. Shawn’s @artgirl38

Facebook – Donna – https://www.facebook.com/donnadowneySTUDIOS/ …. Shawn – https://www.facebook.com/shawnpetiteinc/

The winner will be notified by January 29th – and announced here on the blog

Part 1 – The Background … When I’m creating a series I always work on more than one piece at a time. I do this for

many reasons, 1. To create faster, 2. To use like colors on my palette and less waste of materials, and 3. To keep

the creative juices flowing.

Enjoy the video!


I’m often asked, why take the time to create the background when most of it’s going to be covered?

But the background takes your piece from flat to interesting,

from boring to wow and it also tells the story of where your piece started.

The texture that’s provided by the background also creates

unexpected little things to happen when your painting your focal point or middle ground.

The technique of letting your stencils dry in the ink creates small raised area around the stencil design and creates some fabulous texture! Just be careful removing your stencils, so that you don’t tear your papers

Supplies Used for all 4 pieces and each week:

8×8 wood panels

Vintage papers, scrap paper

Daler and Rowney acrylic Ink ( magenta, sepia, lemon yellow, cyan, scarlet)

Golden matte medium and gel medium

Golden Gloss medium

Golden Fluid Acrylic ( vermillion, quinacridone magenta, cobalt teal, prussion blue hue,

paynes grey, permanent violet dark, pyrole red, titanium white)

Golden glazing medium

Golden Fiber paste

Fineline applicator (with airbrush medium and carbon black paint)

Charcoal pencil

Mark making tools (bubble wrap, drywall tape, latch hook rug, needle point canvas)

Stencils Used:

Donna’s stencils: Tangled Pattern, DD Mini Numbers, Blooming Floral,

Shawn’s stencils: Flower Drawing, Lace, Numbers

I hope you enjoyed the video and have fun creating…… See you next week as we

 continue creating this series and work the middle ground and focal point.

Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 1, 2018
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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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