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“Courageous Journey” mixed media art journal page
Posted May 19, 2021

I have an art journal I bought over six months ago that I have been staring at, afraid to use, fearful of creating something I would not like, resisting the opportunity to start a new journey in the blank pages staring back at me.  Shawn’s Dictionary Page Stencil is one of my favorites.  I recently stumbled upon a quote by John Wayne that contained two of the words found on the Dictionary Page stencil.  I let that quote inspire me to be courageous and take a journey into my pristine art journal. “Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyway.” – John Wayne

I started with a muted background using acrylic paints topped with tempera paint.  I used the Bicycle 55 stencil and high-flow acrylic paint to add a bicycle to the page.  I followed up with the Bricks & Bubbles stencil to ground the bicycle by adding the brick pattern underneath.  In order to add the quote to the page, I printed the words in different fonts onto tracing paper and cut each word out. 

Additionally, I used the Dictionary Page stencil with pigment ink for the words courage and journey, also done on the tracing paper.  I sprayed the words on the tracing paper with a workable fixative before applying them to the journal page with matte gel medium.  To give depth to the bricklayer, I used a water-soluble black pencil in between some of the bricks and activated it with water on a small brush.  Interest was added to the background, and flowers to the bicycle basket with the Little Flowers Statice stencil.  I finished up by adding splatters with black and white high-flow acrylics.

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Products used:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Bricks & Bubbles, Dictionary Page, Little Flowers Statice, Bicycle 55

Masters Touch: Acrylic Gesso – White, (Masters Acrylic Paint Set) Acrylic Paint – Antique Gold, Acrylic Paint – Ocean Green, Tracing Paper, Liquitex: Acrylic Paint – Cobalt Blue, Gel Matte Medium, Golden: High Flow Acrylic – Titanium White, High Flow Acrylic – Carbon Black, Acrylic Paint – Cadmium Yellow Light, Acrylic Paint – Titanium White, Winsor & Newton:  Acrylic Paint – Cadmium Orange, Tsukineko: Versa Fine Clair Pigment Ink – Nocturne, Stabilo: Water Soluble Pencil – Black, Ranger:  Square Dylusions Creative Journal, RAS: Tempera Paint – White, Krylon: Workable Fixatif.

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Posted May 19, 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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