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Working Small- Single Journal Pages by CT member Jannette Simmons
Posted Dec 30, 2020

For this project, I felt inspired to work on a smaller scale. After trying several large surfaces, unable to find my creative flow I finally decided to grab my 6×9 spiral journal and the magic happened! I was so excited to be able to use multiple stencils from Shawn’s line and I love every single page.

Each one began with a small collage followed by a series of layers that were built as my intuition led me. I love the versatility of the stencils and found that working small helped me connect with my creative heart faster and made it very enjoyable for me.  I still wanted a simple but yet beautiful look. A simple collage, using some elements that I already had. I tried to use a minimum of supplies this time. I simply used papers for the collages, Mod Podge, watercolor, 3 tones of blue and white heavy gesso. You will see that this process isn’t tedious or bothersome but rather very spontaneous and freeing. I hope you enjoy the process and that it’s inspirational for you!

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Products Used: 

Shawn Petite Stencils: Scribble marks 1, Rustic Font Large, Cotton Stem 1, Carved Links, Moroccan Tiles 4, Messy Flower Silhouette, Trees with Mask

Mod Podge, watercolor, 3 tones of blue and white heavy gesso

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Posted Dec 30, 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!


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