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Embrace the journey journal page with Creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted May 2, 2018

Embrace the Journey by Nicole Austin

I decided to try a landscape orientation for my art journal page by turning it so that I was working with a wider surface.  I just started playing with my new Distress Resist Spray recently and have really enjoyed the results so I wanted to share it with you!

 First, I started by applying the resist spray through stencils (Flower Gang 4 and Doodle Leaves). My spray bottle was clogged, so I transferred a little bit to a mini mister.  In some areas, the spray pooled instead of applying a nice, even mist, so I just went over those areas with a little makeup sponge. I also added drips with the resist ink. Once that dried, I added little splatters and drips with the acrylic ink.  Next, I sprayed the entire (DRY!) page with the Mr Huey’s color mist and quickly wiped it over the page with a baby wipe. The ink will soak into any blank spots on the page and the resist ink and acrylic ink will resist the spray. This can be done with any permanent spray ink or even some watered down acrylic paint. Be sure to have a lot of baby wipes handy to wipe away the excess ink.  It’s such a magical feeling to see the flowers show up in the background! The acrylic ink will resist the spray ink as well, so you will get a nice pop of color, too! Then, create a dark border by adding a bit of fluid acrylic to the edges and blend with a baby wipe. Use the acrylic and spray bottle to create some drips, as well. Then stencil some leaves with the Garden 2 stencil around the edges.

 Add some collage images of butterflies with Mod Podge and just a hint of background stamping with the script stamp and some fluid acrylic in Prussian Blue Hue. Stamp your sentiment, phrase, or quote in the middle I chose, “embrace the journey,” as encouragement I may need to face difficult changes in my life. You can choose whatever inspires or motivates you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this creative team tutorial and you’re inspired to create something of your own!

Enjoy the video


 Products Used:

Stencils: Flower Gang 4, Doodle Leaves, Garden 2, Numbers 1

Ranger Distress Resist Spray

Liquitex acrylic ink (Cerulean Blue Hue)

FW Daler Rowney acrylic ink (Genesis Green, Sundown Magenta, Crimson)

Mr Huey’s Color Mist (Classic Tan)

Golden Fluid Acrylic (Prussian Blue Hue, Van Dyke Brown)

Tim Holtz Cling Foam Stamps (“Cutout Script”)

Versafine black pigment ink

Art Foamies stamp (Balzer Designs, “Writers Block”)

Mod Podge

Spray bottle

Ranger Mini Mister

Makeup sponge

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Posted May 2, 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 really like the resist spray for the background it seems to help fill the page. Thank you for sharing , I think I’ll give it a try !

    • Nicole

      Nancy, I’m so glad you’re inspired! 🙂


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