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“Create Art” canvas by CT Member Nathifa Simon
Posted May 8, 2019

Hi and welcome to another creative team post!! I’m excited to share how I turned an old canvas into a piece of art with a few simple steps.

This canvas was started ages ago, but I didn’t finish it, so I thought it was about time to turn it into a piece of art. There was already a layer of paint on the canvas, so I decided to prime it with clear chalk primer, to be able to keep the background.

I started by applying white paint in a couple areas, I then attempted to remove some of the paint through the spaces of one of Shawn’s stencils but the clear image I was after didn’t come through so I decided to add some dark blue with a makeup sponge through the same stencil in a few areas and then swipe lighter blue around the canvas. I repeated this step with red and yellow ocher paint and two other stencils. 

Once that was dry I stenciled a flower, the phrase “create art” and a few other patterns around the edge of the canvas with white paint and a makeup sponge. Then I colored the flower and phrase by stippling the paint through the stencils with a paintbrush, creating a kind of ombre look with the same colors I used for the background. 

I finished off the canvas by adding shading to the flower with paint, outlining everything with my calligraphy pen and black ink, adding a border with the ink and highlights with my uni-ball signo white gel pen, then as a finishing touch splashing the canvas with black, white and gold paint. 

I love how the canvas turned out, normally I sell what I create but I think I’ll keep this canvas for my new bedroom. 

I hope you enjoy the video and find inspiration from it. I can’t wait to share my future creations with you, until next time.

Enjoy the Video!


List Products Used:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Sketched flowers 1, Scribble marks1, Backgrounds 2, Scribble writing, Numbers 2 and Words, words, words stencil 8×10,

Sketched Flower 1 stencil 8x10 Scribble Marks 1 stencil 8x10 Backgrounds 2 8x10 stencil Scribble Writing stencil 8x10 Numbers 2 stencil 8x10 Words, words, words stencil 8x10

5”x7” canvas, Clear chalk primer, Makeup sponges, Acrylic paints: Crawford & Black’s white, Seacryl’s ultramarine, Talens Art Creation’s Carmine (red), yellow ochre & permanent blue violet, Wilko’s gold, Small and large round paint brush, Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth black calligraphy ink and pen, Uniball Signo White.


Fun fact: I am a self taught artist. I call my paintings “she” if there’s a girl on it. I love the feel and smell of books especially old ones. When I decided I wanted to be an artist I had no idea how to draw and where to start, so my mum introduced me to mixed media.

My favorite quote – “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you er than you!” – Dr. Seuss.

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted May 8, 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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