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Be Strong – Art Journal Pages by CT-Nicole Watson
Posted Mar 27, 2019

Seasons are such a huge part of life, aren’t they? They can be easy, difficult, and sometimes leave you longing for spring. While we didn’t have piles of snow here in south Texas, we had only a few days of sunshine in January and February, and I am so ready for spring! I began this page with Shawn’s Magnolias stencil as an homage to my longing for spring flowers, and it turned into a personal message to myself about being strong through the difficult seasons of life.

 I used four of Shawn’s stencils while creating layers with dictionary paper, pattern tissue, gesso, paint, and stabilo pencils. To contrast the delicate flowers, I added some graffiti/grunge with acrylic spray, lots of splatters, and home made wash tape.

 Seasons change. Be strong and use time in your art journal to get through those difficult ones.

Enjoy the Video!

List Products Used:

  • Dina Wakley Media Journal
  • Dictionary Pages & Pattern Tissue
  • Matte & Gel Medium
  • Gesso (clear & white)
  • Stabilo All Pencils (graphite & black)
  • Paint Brushes, Palette Knife, Foam Applicator
  • Tag
  • Plain Washi Tape (Dina Wakley Media)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Quotes (Dina Wakley Media)
  • Golden Acrylic Paint (Quinacridone Violet, Quinacridone Magenta, Green Gold, Sap Green Hue, Burnt Umber Light, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold)
  • Marabu Art Spray (black)
  • Shawn Petite Stencils:
  • Messy Flower Silhouette
  • Scribble Marks 2
  • Numbers 2
  • Magnolias

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Posted Mar 27, 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!


  1. Nancy A Olsen

    I love how the magnolia stencil worked on this project and can’t wait to give it a try with mine. I also use sewing patterns but never thought of crumbling it up for more texture so you got my wheels turning for a few projects ! Thank you for the inspiration and happy spring !

  2. Su Hall

    Very nice! Thank you!!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much!


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