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“Herself Again” Art Journal Mixed Media by CT Member Carisa Zglobicki
Posted Mar 4, 2020

Creating faces can be quite intimidating but thankfully Shawn Petite has several faces stencils to give you the perfect guide. This page has been in the back of my mind for some time. There is something magical about a crown of florals that just pulls at me. Plus right now I am really enjoying creating faces in my art journals. I wanted to share how to do that in an easy way if you aren’t quite confident you’re your own drawings. That’s something that I love so much about using stencils in my artwork. You can create anything you desire. Starting with collaging some vintage ledger paper to the background first, then going in with the Face 1 Looking Down stencil to create an outline for the focal image. I blocked off the face with some skin tone paint mixture and created the hair around the page. Next, it was time to add the crown of florals which I did by blocking out the area I wanted through the stencil with gesso and a makeup sponge. I like to use a heat tool to dry my layers so I can keep working. I went on to add color to the flowers again through the stencil and then added my own dimension with highlights and shadows with a paintbrush. I am so in love with this technique. How simple and easy this page came together was such a delight. I continued to add my own creative touches with a permanent pen to bring out the features, added a little heart through another stencil, splatters and of course the sentiment that encompasses this page: she was herself again. I love this page because I feel like I am embracing myself and becoming myself more and more this year which is truly empowering. I hope all of you know what it feels like to be yourself and if it has been awhile…to come into that again. Thank you so much for watching my video and joining me in this art-filled journal! 

Enjoy the Video!

Project supplies: 

Shawn Petite Stencil: Faces 1 Looking Down, Roses and Peonies, Valentine’s Day Hearts and Arrows 

Dina Wakley Media 8×10 Journal, Liquitex Gesso, Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium, Stabilo Marks All Black Pencil, Golden Acrylics-Titan Buff, Ranger Ink Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic-Blushing, Heather, Night, Turquoise, Ruby, Cheddar, Peacock, Magenta, Evergreen, Dylusions Ink Spray Black Marble, Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers Jelly Fish, Lobster, Spellbinders Making Faces Licensed to Quill Ink Pen, Idea-ology Tim Holtz Clippings Sticker Book, Waterbrush, UniPosca White Paint Pen, Makeup Sponge, ¼” Angle Brush, Ranger Ink Heat it Craft Tool





Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Mar 4, 2020
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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!


    • Carisa

      Thank you! – Carisa

    • shawn

      Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with us!

  1. Nancy A Olsen

    Great video ! I’m going to purchase the face stencil after seeing your process ! I’ve been thinking about it but your video gave me more confidence . Thank you !

    • Carisa

      Hi Nancy,
      I’m so glad – I’m positive you will find it an awesome tool in making faces for your art! Thank you! -Carisa

    • shawn

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for watching!


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