Plastic wrap, matte paint and a toothpick Sunday inspiration 8-2-20

August 2, 2020 | 10 comments

I got lost in this piece, I played, experimented and just relaxed.

I tried plastic wrap to get a grungy unexpected background layer and a toothpick with my acrylic, and it all was magic.

I also brought out some Deco Art paints that I’d gotten recently because of the fabulous new colors. The matte finish is perfect for the grungy-ness that I was looking for.

I had a totally different project in mind for today’s Sunday inspiration and as I was looking for collage papers, I came across the main sheet with the most beautiful quote and everything changed.

“There are great victories and struggles and noble acts of heroism done every day, in the nooks and corners, and in the little households, and in men’s and women’s hearts: any one of which might reconcile the sternest man to such a world and fill him with belief and hope in it.” Charles Dickens

Just remember your small acts…. whatever they may be…. can bring belief and hope. And we sure need that right now…. at least I do! I share more about it in the video.

Have fun watching!

This original is available HERE and the prints HERE

Supplies used: 12 x12 mdf board, gesso, Deco art acrylic paint (Natural buff, cobblestone, morning mist, blue mist, thicket, plum sued, fawn, zinc, sand grey), Daler & Rowney acrylic ink in sepia, archival ink pad (potting soil, black), makeup brush, charcoal pencil, toothpick saran wrap/plastic wrap

Stencils used: stacked stone, doodle lines, Moroccan tile 1, European lines – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Collage pak: This will be free to you in the resource library

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You can also get the printed version if you want, it will be on sale this week.

This week I did a studio tour video and show you the shop, let you say hi to the staff, and then show you my studio and how I set up my workspace.

You can watch it HERE


  1. Jeannie

    Love this! Please tell me the name of the font you used. Thank you.

    • shawn

      Hi Jeannie,
      This font is one that I purchase with a commercial license so I could use it in my work. It’s called La bohemian. Thanks for being here and have a wonderful day!

  2. joyce

    I absolutely love the work you did this week! You make it look so easy. If only that were the case! I tried to download the piece with the poem you used as a base, but it came out to be about 3 x 2 inches. I tired to edit it and print it full size, but for some reason, it prints as the tiny size altho the print notes say it’s an 8×10 image. I’ve downloaded a couple of others from the resource(many thanks for those!) with no difficulty. Help please!

    • shawn

      Hi Joyce,

      I’m sorry your having issues. I think I emailed you, but I’m not sure so….. I think there was an error on the image. it should be ok now. Hopefully you can try again. Sorry about this. Thanks so much! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Sarah Miller

    I can’t get onto the resource library. I have had access before but can’t get on now.

    • shawn

      Hi Sarah,
      I’m not sure what problem your having, so sorry! It’s been working fine this week. Are you using the resource library password? If you could email us at we can help you more. Sorry about this. Thanks for being here!

  4. Carol Geurts

    This is gorgeous! What is the script font you used?

    • shawn

      It’s a font I purchased with a commercial license so I could use it in my work. It think its called La Bohemia. Thanks for watching and sharing the journey. Have a great day!

  5. cindy mccusker

    These are all starting to look the same.

    • shawn


      Not sure what you mean, or even if this is a compliment or a criticism, but either way I hope you are well and I’m grateful that you are here. YOU are loved.


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