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“Reminders to Redirect” by CT Member Robyn Barber
Posted Jan 20, 2021

Allowing myself a few quiet moments to create and put out into the universe some “words” on which to focus for 2021 was the inspiration for this piece.  Not resolutions, but words to remind me to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, and look to new habits that will allow me to grow as an artist, wife, mom, and friend.

This quote by Anne Frank also provided some food for thought on ideas to incorporate into my words for 2021… “What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.”  My words are reminders that if I redirect my actions to focus on these words, then better days will surely be ahead.

Once again, I wanted to find a different way to utilize Shawn’s stencils.  Always up for adding some new medium to my mixed media stash – I grabbed a roll of soft copper from the craft store and began rubbing and molding it with the stencils.  I found that if I placed the stencil on top of the metal and pushed from the backside, it embossed the copper — while placing the stencil on the back of the metal and working with the front side, it de-bossed the copper.  Both methods had their own unique qualities, so I incorporated them both in the finished piece.

In the end, I couldn’t resist using the stencils, stamps & washi tape to create a few tags to tuck into the copper pocket on the canvas. 

Enjoy the Video!

Products used:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Geo MinisCarved Numbers

Other supplies:                      

Liquitex: Basics Acrylic Modeling Paste, Basics Acrylic in Green Gray

Masters Touch: Acrylic in Antique Gold, This Body Acrylic in Payne’s Grey

Blick 6″x8″ wrapped canvas, Golden High Flow Acrylic in Nickel Azo Gold, K&S Precision Metals 36 gauge Soft Copper, Paper Blending Tools, small Metal Stylus, Rotary Wheel from my sewing box, Cup & Ball Stylus,         Household Ammonia, Household White Vinegar, Table Salt, #0000 Steel Wool, Krylon Kamar Varnish

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Posted Jan 20, 2021
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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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