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Amazing grace mixed media on wood with ct member Nicole Watson
Posted Nov 28, 2018

“Amazing Grace

Traditionally, I’ve worked on canvas, in art journals, and random other substrates but haven’t worked a lot on wood panels. I always put some in my shopping cart when shopping online, but haven’t pulled the plug! Then, I saw this wood panel in the dollar section at Target and thought it would be perfect opportunity to create on a wood panel! I really liked the color or the wood, and knew if I collaged some papers on top, I could easily cover up the painted saying.

The next day I received Shawn’s new vintage crosses stencil in the mail, and the ideas began to churn. I had a vision of simple, layered crosses but didn’t know what else to put with them. So, I began pulling out some ephemera to collage on the wood panel when I ran across this old hymn book when the idea came to me of a simple sketched church with stained glass windows.

I really enjoyed creating on the wood panel! It made an excellent surface to stencil on and add lots of mixed media layers. I hope this inspires you to give a dollar store find a mixed media makeover.

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 Products Used:

  • 8×8 Wood Panel
  • Gesso (white & clear)
  • Matte Medium
  • Stabilo Marks-All Pencil (black, graphite)
  • Charcoal Pencil
  • SpectraFix
  • Paint Brushes & Water + Water Bottle
  • Round Applicator
  • Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint (eggplant, Sedona, cheddar, olive, marine, peacock, umber, penny, gilt)
  • Palette Paper
  • Old Hymn Pages
  • Tim Holtz Stickers

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Posted Nov 28, 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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