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Butterfly affirmations mixed media journal spread by creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted Mar 7, 2018

“Butterfly Affirmations,” mixed media journal spread by Nicole Austin

I was inspired by butterflies when creating this journal spread.  I like the imagery and symbolism of butterflies and also the symmetry of their wings.  You can see how I use the idea of butterfly wings and symmetry when working on this double-page spread.  I LOVE to scribble and mark with wet paint on one side and then fold the two pages in half, like wings, and then reveal a ghost print on the other page.  I always get an unexpected pattern or color combination when I do that and it is always fun to add a little bit of “surprise” in your artwork.  I decided to use my favorite words from the “Words, Words, Words,” stencil as affirmations and spread them throughout the two pages, as well as on the butterflies and wings themselves.  I hope you have fun experimenting and creating something similar or are inspired to make something unique!  Enjoy the video!


List Products Used:

Stencils: “Trees,” and “Words, Words, Words”

Vintage Butterfly Collage Pak

Dylusions square journal (black)

Dylusions paint (red, aqua, lime green, orange, blue, purple)

Brea Reese paint writers (white, light blue, red, dark blue)

Spray ink (a permanent ink such as Mr Huey’s or Marabu)

Sharpie & Liquitex paint pens (white, red, aqua, green)

Stabilo Marks-all pencil (black and white)

Make-up sponge

Glue stick

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Mar 7, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    I love this Nicole ! It looks like so much fun, can’t wait to give it a try. I need to purchase a dylusions black journal now 🙂

    • Nicole Austin

      Thanks, Nancy! Yes, the black journal is so awesome! 🙂


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