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It’s all about texture and layering – “I’m Here” by creative team member Julie Campbell
Posted Jan 17, 2018


“I’m Here”

By creative team member Julie Campbell

This tutorial is all about texture and layering. I love to collage and I wanted to enhance my collage work with marks and paint. I wanted to create a background that looked time worn and vintage, a bit like old peeling wallpaper and paint that has been rubbed back but won’t come off!. The girl could be in an old room or outside in nature. She could be in a dream landscape. The girl is simple to put together. Especially if you are not confident with drawing faces or bodies. I wanted her dress to be part of the story too, to have a history. I added the little bird to enhance the story and create a relationship.

Enjoy the video


Supplies Used:

Paper backgrounds – A3 Cartridge paper 135lb & A3 photocopy paper for collage

Stencils – Wildflower, Garden 2, Scribbles, Patterns3, Birds bird birds.

Ink Pads – Ranger Adirondack,– butterscotch, stream, lettuce, Versafine – Imperial purple

Acrylic paint – Daler Rowney Raw Sienna & Raw Umber, gesso.

Other Material – Liquitex matte medium gel and super heavey gesso

Derwert intense colored pencils

faber castell – dark sepia pit pen

various ephemera and painted papers for collage

Make up sponge Palette knife


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Julie’s Etsy shop:


Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved.

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Posted Jan 17, 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!

1 Comment

  1. Irma

    Thank you for sharing your process! It is very inspring! – Irma


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