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“Nature’s Angel” Experimental Journaling by CT Member Robyn Barber
Posted Mar 17, 2021

I wanted to experiment with a few ideas on paper and see if I could somehow link them together.  I also wanted to work on something where I did not have to wait for the paint to dry, or worry about any layers turning to mud when they interacted with one another.

I put the paints aside for this one and limited my palette.  By using just black, a couple of brown-ish shades, and golden orange, I was able to pull out the colors from the small image and create a cohesive collage.

I started with some “loopy” journaling and worked my way around the page by incorporating a butterfly image from the Vintage Butterfly Collage Pack.  I like to incorporate circles in my composition, so the Vintage Postage 1 Stencil was a great one to use for adding round and wavy elements.  Using random letters and numbers from the Whimsical Font 2 added to the vintage direction this seemed to be going.

I finished up with some drips and splatters.

In the end, I had a piece with several areas on which to focus.  I used a large mat with a small opening to find a “sweet spot” within the page to focus on one of Nature’s Angels.

Enjoy the Video!


Shawn Petite StencilsVintage Postage 1 and Whimsical Font 2

Shawn Petite Collage PackPrinted Vintage Butterfly and instant download Vintage Butterfly

Other supplies:                      

8 ½ x 11 White Construction Paper, Westcott Jumbo Circles Geometric Template, Ruler, Pencil, Uni-ball Posca Marker Pen Black, Sakura Pigma Micron Black Pen, Tsukineko VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad, Walnut Stain, Masters Touch Gesso, White Amsterdam Acrylic Ink, Burnt Umber, Golden High Flow Acrylic, Nickel Azo Gold, Household items for mark-making: Empty toilet paper roll and      Scrap of shelf liner.

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Posted Mar 17, 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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