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Love grows in the Garden by creative team Mary Szymanski
Posted Feb 14, 2018
Love Grows in the Garden mixed media
with Creative Team Member Mary Szymanski
My main inspiration for this piece was Shawn’s awesome nature inspired stencils. This post comes out on Valentines Day, so I knew I had to have hearts, and when I saw the Geometric Leaves and Garden 2 stencils, an idea was born. I decided to use gelatin prints I had in my stash for the hearts/ petals.  In the end, I love the simplicity and colorfulness of it all. 

My Supply List:
Market Decor Newsprint Canvas
DecoArt Premium Cobalt Teal, Green Gold and Quinacridone Gold Hue
Shawn Petite stencils- Geometric Leaves, Borders and Garden 2
LIQUITEX acrylics in Hooker’s Green, Phthalocyanine Green, Muted Turquoise, Titanium White, Raw Umber and Parchment
White cardstock, Gelatin printed and cut into heart shapes
Glossy Accents
Uniball Signo White Pen
Martha Stewart Crafts Elegant Filigree Ornate Shapes
Recollections “Love” Cutting Template
Blick Matte Acrylic- Pearl White
You can see more from Mary here;
Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved.
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Posted Feb 14, 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

    So much layering ! I love it ! I like how you use your brush in the beginning to lay down a line of design. Thank you !


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