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Doing what you love art journal page with creative team Andina Sling
Posted Oct 17, 2018


With this piece, I’m in my element. I love to make collages, it’s my kind of thing. It all starts by searching for the right pictures. I look for them in magazines, mostly pictures of nature or animals and I’m also searching for the right color; do all the pics fit together.

When I’m done I arrange them in my art journal, glue them with a glue stick and start painting with my fingers to blend them all together. For the background, I usually look for a suitable stencil. For this collage I used Shawns window 2 stencil and paint pour stencil; they fit really nice. Lately, I’m in love with Distress Ink to use in the background of my collages on top of the acrylics, they are so colorful and versatile. I’ll show you in the video. Enjoy!

  • Stencil Shawn Petite ‘window 2’
  • Stencil Shawn Petite ‘paint pour’
  • Americana acrylics (bittersweet chocolate, blue mist)
  • Artiste acrylics (night blue, periwinkle, sea spray, forest green, guava, golden sun
  • Marabu Acryl-Effect paste gold
  • Distress crayon (  walnut stain, mustard seed, barn door, hickory smoke
  • Distress ink (chipped sapphire, mowed lawn, candied apple

You can see more from Andina here:




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Posted Oct 17, 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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