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“Afro Girl” fabric art journal by CT-Nathifa Simon
Posted Mar 6, 2019

Hi and welcome to another creative team post!! I’m super excited to share what I’ve created  with you all in my fabric art journal.

 The page I’ll be working on is fabric (possibly cotton) and was primed with chalk primer.

 I wanted a pop art themed page so I created a very busy and multicolored background by spraying through a large selection of Shawn’s sprays for the first layer, then to make more defined marks I applied acrylic paint through the stencils using a makeup sponge.

 After drying thoroughly I used Shawn’s “looking down” stencil to add a face to the page, then I finished off the image by painting in her shoulders and an Afro for hair (I thought that would go well with the pop art theme).

 I decided to paint over her face and shoulders with white paint so that she would stand out from the background. I didn’t block out her Afro though because I wanted that to be bright and colorful. Then I’ll add touches of gold to her face, like her lips, cheeks, eye shadow and shoulders.

 I finished of the page by redoing the stenciling for her face, painting back in the details with both a paint brush and calligraphy pen, once that was dry I added highlights with my uniball signo gel pen.

 I absolutely love this page and think I might have to recreate the design on a tote bag or something!

Enjoy the video!



Shawn Petite Stencils:

Doodle minis stencil masks (5 individual masks)

Doodle minis stencil masks (5 individual masks)

Faces 1 looking down

Faces 1 looking down 8x10 stencil

Backgrounds 2

Backgrounds 2 8x10 stencil

Sketched flowers 1

Sketched Flower 1 stencil 8x10

Scribble marks 1

Scribble Marks 1 stencil 8x10

Scribble writing

Scribble Writing stencil 8x10

Numbers 2

Numbers 2 stencil 8x10

Words, Words, Words

Words, words, words stencil 8x10

8×10, Handmade fabric art journal, Makeup sponges, chalk primer, Acrylic paints, Crawford & Black’s white & rose, Seacryl black, red magenta, ultramarine & lemon, Wilko’s gold, Royal and Langnickel pale mauve, viridian & bright yellow green, Daler and Rowney’s cadmium orange hue, Flat paint brush, Small and large round paint brush, Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth black calligraphy ink and pen, DIY sprays, Uniball Signo Broad – White


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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Mar 6, 2019
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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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