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Mixed media Dragonflies by CT-Member Nathifa Simon Aka Checiegirl
Posted Jul 17, 2019

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

I started this canvas a while ago but got stuck so didn’t finish but I’m glad I revisited this piece, cause I loved how it has turned out. The original layer was made up of tissue paper, a wash of orange paint, a large mandala doodle in the top left corner and painted flowers and leaves on the other corner. I wanted to keep the flowers but not the doodle so I covered the doodle with chalk primer and the flowers with clear chalk primer.

Once the canvas was primed and dried I collaged over most of the canvas (including the flowers, oops). I applied paper from an old A-Z map book along with gold, teal & purple tissue paper, using PVA glue..

Then I applied some chalk primer and orange paint with my fingers to blend in the edges of the papers to create a more cohesive background. After that was dry I pulled out a couple stencils and dabbed teal paint through a zig-zag design with my fingers in a few areas and added the paint around the canvas. I finished off the background by spraying purple ink over a mask and coloured the edge of the canvas by swiping a mixture of ink and white paint.

The background reminded me of water so I stenciled on three dragonflies as well as the quote “you were always meant to fly” using a makeup sponge and black paint. To finish it off I added black, gold and white splashes,  outlined the quote, dragonflies and doodled in the details of the wings with my white gel pen. I also added clusters of white, black and gold doodled crosses.

I’m in love with this canvas! The colours, textures, tiny details and the gold! Love, love, love! I may have to keep this one too.

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!

Products Used:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Backgrounds 2, Let it Fly 2, Words, words, words stencil 8×10 and  Doodle minis stencil masks (5 individual masks),

8”x 8” canvas, Chalk primer (Gesso), Clear chalk primer, Makeup sponges,

Acrylic paints: Crawford & Black’s (DecoArt) white & cerulean blue, Seacryl’s black, Royal and Langnickel viridian, Daler and Rowney’s cadmium orange hue, Wilko’s gold,

DIY spray, PVA glue, Colored tissue papers, Small round paint brush & fan brush, Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth black calligraphy ink and pen, Winsor & Newton’ gold, 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 favourite quote –

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

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 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.  

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jul 17, 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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