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So Loved mixed media journal page by creative team member Nicole Austin
Posted Aug 15, 2018

I was inspired by Shawn’s stencil (Faces 2 Side View) to create today’s piece.  When I saw these face stencils, I knew I’d have to have all of them! I love drawing faces in my art journal and on canvas, but sometimes it’s nice to have a stencil to get just the right “look” and it also makes drawing faces SO easy and more fun, too!  Once I built up the background with oil pastels, spray ink, watercolor and collaged napkins, I was ready to add the face and the bird. I filled in the face with just a little simple color and shading with oil paint sticks. The rest was filled in with paint pen marks, high flow acrylic, acrylic paint and a little bit of water to help the color spread around.  While I was creating, the phrase “so loved” popped into my head, so I had to write it down. Sometimes the words and phrases just come to mind while I’m creating and if that happens to you, I encourage you to write them down! They may just be the very words you need to hear today. I’m pretty sure I was inspired by Shawn’s “You Are Loved” tagline and it is just something I think everyone needs to hear and repeat to themselves and others.  Let’s spread the love!

This is my very last post for the Shawn Petite Creative Team!  I’m so sad it has come to an end, but so happy that I have had the chance to be here with you each month.  It has been such a wonderful adventure and an opportunity to share my art with you. Thank you so much for all of your kind comments!  I hope you have been inspired to try new techniques and materials and that you have had fun creating beautiful art along the way! You can always find me online, teaching at in-person workshops ( and in my online classroom at:

Thank you!



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Products Used:

  • Stencils:  Faces 2 Side View, Doodle Letter and Number, Words of Love, Words Words Words, Old Type Text, Birds Birds Birds
  • Art Journal (5.5” x 8.5” Strathmore Mixed Media Journal)
  • Oil Pastels
  • Watercolor
  • Waterbrush
  • Oil Paint Sticks (Shiva brand in Titanium White and Yellow Ochre)
  • Spray ink (Dylusions spray ink in Bubble Gum and Turquoise)
  • Golden acrylic paint (Cobalt Teal, Titanium White)
  • Golden fluid acrylic (Prussian Blue Hue)
  • Golden High-Flow Acrylic (Indigo)
  • Liquitex 15mm paint pen (Cadmium Red, Lime Green, Bright Aqua, Gold, Fluorescent Pink)
  • Mini Mister
  • Glue stick
  • Baby wipes
  • Makeup sponge
  • Bubble wrap
  • Stabilo marks-all pencils (black, white)
  • Decorative napkins (flowers, butterflies)

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Have a great day…. You are loved!
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Posted Aug 15, 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!


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