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“Home” mixed media art by creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted Jan 24, 2018

“Home,” a mixed media journey by Nicole Austin

I love how this canvas came together, and thought I would share with you the entire process from start to finish.  In the video tutorial, I talk about why I make each choice and show you how I start a canvas by playing with color and ideas and how it builds to the end result.  You may notice that  A LOT of the early layers are almost completely (if not entirely!) covered up by the end.  I always think of each painting as a process or journey.  In the first layers I just like to play with and “audition” colors.  I may even add stencil images and paint pen marks as well as collage pieces.  As I get closer to what feels like the “end” of the painting, I start to bring back some of the earlier ideas, colors, or marks that got lost in the layers.  I hope you enjoy the journey and are inspired to create something unique of your own!

Enjoy the video!

 Products Used:

Stencils: Garden 2, Patterns 1, Numbers 1

Paint: Dylusions (black), Golden heavy body acrylic (titanium white, cadmium red), Golden high flow acrylic (indigo), Golden fluid acrylic (anthraquinone blue), Distress Stain (evergreen bough, salty ocean)

Spray ink: Mr Hueys (navy)

Paint pens: Liquitex 15mm bold tip (bright aqua green, red, black, fluorescent pink), Sharpie fine-tip paint pen (white), Dylusions paint pen (black)

6” x 6” gallery wrapped canvas

Palette knife

Stabilo marks-all pencil (black)

Baby wipes

Makeup sponge

Fluid Matte Medium

Medium & fine-tip paint brushes

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Posted Jan 24, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    This looks like so much fun ! Thank you for showing and explaining how each layer comes together. I have a canvas I feel I messed up but now I think I’ll go back and add a few things. T.Y.


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