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Harmony and balance motivational mixed media cube, by CT Member Barbara Vaccari
Posted Feb 3, 2021

The beginning of January is generally my “studio decluttering moment”. I am still in my festive mood, ready and excited for the new upcoming year.

This time more than ever, I think we all have been very happy to leave 2020 year right beside us. With my garbage bag still in my hands, I discovered a rustic wooden cube, I rolled it in my hands for a while and suddenly I was inspired by all sides to express opposites. The yin and the yang symbol is quite new to me but I loved to read that it is revolving in an infinite cycle of energy and we all need a new energy force to guide us all along, right? 

Shawn Petite’s “Quiet courage” collage pack was so perfect for my cube, not to mention, that Hydrangea is my favorite flower.  I decided to print many copies of it even in black and white, for my interpretation of opposites. 
I hope you’ll enjoy my project. Many thanks.

Enjoy the Video!

Supply list: 

Shawn Petite Collage pack: Quiet courage Printed Version, Quiet Courage instant download
Shawn Petite stencils: Doodle numbers, Vintage dahlia flower, Newspaper font

Wooden cube 8,5 x 7 cm
Gel printed papers or scrap papers, 
Acrylics: DecoArt Neons Torrid orange, Sizzling pink, yellow. Dina Wakley paints Ruby, Fuchsia
Gel medium, flat brush to glue, embossing powder Ivory (Recollections) or you can use any modeling paste and a spatula.
Heat gun, Gelly roll pen White, Posca pen Black fine tip

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Posted Feb 3, 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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