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Framed girl mixed media by creative team member Julie Campbell
Posted Aug 1, 2018

Framed Girl

By Julie Campbell

I wanted to create something along the lines of those old Victorian portraits that have ornate frames.  I decided to use the crackle paint to give me a really strong texture. And adding the stencils with super heavy gesso adds to that texture. .  I just love how the watercolor seeps into those cracks. I have a small book of faces to choose from so I just copied her on my copier. I covered the face with canary yellow tissue paper which gives an aged look as well as being subtle. A little pencil work just makes her pop a little bit from the page.  Adding some lace around her just adds to look I was aiming for. I have mounted her onto to stiff card, added some jute string and she’s ready for hanging. The oval painting was done in the same way with another face and I have added some brighter colors to the frame.

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Stencils – Borders, Patterns 3, Garden and Wildflower 1

Watercolor paper 300gsm

Liquitex Matte Gel

Liquitex super heavy gesso

Ranger Distress paint– Tattered Rose

Yellow Canary tissue paper

Prima watercolor set – decandent pies

Golden titanium white acrylic paint

Amsterdam acrylic paint Naples yellow green

Pentart – crackling paste and crackling paste primer

HB pencil



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Posted Aug 1, 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.

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