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Love journal page Crash the stash with creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted Feb 8, 2018

Love journal page with Nicole Austin

I was feeling a bit in a “Valentine”-y mood, so I decided to go with a palette of red, purple, pink and ended up with a little more blue & aqua in the end!  It’s ok to try new colors but it’s also OK to stick with the colors that you absolutely love.  I hope you enjoy the techniques in the video.  I like to use a lot of layers in my art journal because it is a place where I can experiment and use up my stash!

 I printed a page of butterflies from the Vintage butterfly collage pak (sunday inspiration 12-3-17) onto a light blue, patterned piece of scrapbook paper that I had cut down to fit my printer (8.5” x 11”). It’s a fun way add color and pattern to vintage collage images!  Washi tape can also be a great collage element.  Experiment by putting down washi tape over different layers and pull up the tape every once in a while to reveal a contrasting, “old” layer underneath!  It can add a kind of unexpected splash of color and pattern to your page.

Enjoy the video


List Products Used:

Stencils:  “Scribble Flowers 2”, “Scribble Circles”, “Words of Love”, and “Words, words, words”

Collage Sheet: Vintage butterfly collage pak (sunday inspiration 12-3-17)

Paint: Golden fluid acrylic (teal, payne’s grey, quinacridone violet), High Flow acrylic (fluorescent pink), Acrylic paint (fluorescent pink, titan buff)

Paint pens: Sharpie extra-fine point (white), Liquitex 15mm (red, gold, white)

Other items: Kwik Stix, Stabilo 3-in-1 Woody Pencils

Make-up sponge

Sponge roller


Glue stick

Washi tape

Heart-shape confetti

Tissue paper

Palette knife

You can see more from Nicole here:

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Feb 8, 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 another fun one ! Thanks for the tip using washi tape then removing it. Love it !!


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