close-up of a mixed media art piece
“Trust your heart” mixed media art journal page by CT member-Laura Dame
Posted Mar 13, 2019

Recently I stumbled upon an AWESOME shop here in Austin, right next to the recycled bookstore (talk about a double score!) So, this shop is piled from floor to ceiling with stuff- anything from vintage dishes to jewelry to records to toys. While I was sifting through a section (I probably only got through about 20% of the store), I stumbled upon an old photo album, filled with photos from the 1930s through 1950s. I immediately knew it was going home with me.

This project was inspired by the vintage photos. I wanted to make a more vintage piece- lots of texture with an aged look. I thought that Shawn’s new Large Roses stencil would match my what I was trying to achieve, and that these two ladies would go perfect as a focal point.

I truly hope you enjoy the video, and that you feel inspired!

(Spoiler alert- At the end of the video you will see me sew some jute through the hole in the key, and you’ll be asking “Laura, why didn’t you just tie it on before adding the key to the page?” I didn’t think about it until after I had already glued it on! And I thought it was secured already, so I didn’t want to try to pull it off. Silly me!)

Enjoy the Video!


List Products Used:

 DecoArt Media Matte Medium, Gesso, and Modeling Paste

Vintage collage papers

Faber Castell Glass Bead Gel

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Payne’s Grey

Shawn Petite Stencils: Scribble Marks 1 and Large Roses

DecoArt Premium Americana Acrylics: Quinacridone Gold Hue and Yellow Ochre

Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink: Sepia

Vintage Photo

Vintage Lace

Sewing Machine

Heidi Swapp Stencil

Artist’s Loft Acrylic: Parchment

Tim Holtz: Chipboard Words, Word Keys

Elmer’s Craft Bond


You can see more from Laura here:




Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


==there are affiliate links in this post

Closing signature

This post contains affiliate links 

This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission and we are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Posted Mar 13, 2019
Headshot photo of artist

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!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Graphic for mixed media insider membership

Mixed media insider Membership

A monthly subscription to creativity. Each month new workshops, Sunday inspiration breakdown, mixed media basics, techniques and so much more.


Learn more and free preview

Spice Up Your Inbox!

Our creative art resources are full of joy and inspiration! By joining my mailing list you get access to our free, subscriber-only resource library and more! Join today to get 20% off your first order!