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She flew out from the shadows and into the light
Posted Jun 16, 2021
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Here I create a wonderful mixed media piece using Shawn Petite’s stencils which I combine with some of my own scrap papers, modelling paste to a lovely grungy background.

 I distressed the background of my 12×16″ canvas by adding Wedgewood blue, titanium white, raw umber, buff titanium and peach pink with my fingers and my brayer. I then added raw umber to the edges to create a frame to work in. I then began to add more texture and some colour by adding velvet purple and white. I dabbed a mixture of titanium white and velvet purple through Shawn Petite’s Vintage Pattern 4 stencil. I positioned Shawn’s Arch 1 Round Large stencil onto my canvas and then added modelling paste to create a 3d effect archway. I added more modelling paste to the vintage pattern 4 stencil to lift the pattern from the background and then once the modelling paste was thoroughly dry I added a watery mixture of phthalo turquoise and velvet purple to the inside of the archway before adding a mix of buff titanium, white titanium and warm grey to the background. I then used Shawn’s Let it Fly 2 stencil as a template to draw and cut out some dragonfly and butterfly shapes from my pile of scrap patterned papers.

This gave my canvas time to dry and I then added more of the white, buff, and grey mix. I added a piece of cotton lace edging to the bottom of my canvas and then added a few drops of Cool Peri and Raspberry alcohol inks mixed with water to add a splash of colour and interest. I allowed the canvas time to dry thoroughly and then positioned and using Matt medium I stuck down my dragonfly and butterfly cutouts. I added definition to the edges of the dragonflies, butterflies and archway with a stabilo 8046 pencil and then with a little bit of water I created shadows and shading. I added the words, ‘She flew out from the shadows and into the light’, and then finally I added some warm grey around the edge of the archway to lift it and then my canvas was finished. I really hope that you enjoyed watching my process and that you will have a go at creating your own piece!

Enjoy the Video!
step one image
step 2 image with stencil
ali painting
arch-door finished
adding butterflies
adding quote

 Shawn Petite Stencils:

 Vintage Pattern 4Arch 1 Round LargeLet it fly 2

Other Supplies:

Galeria Matt Medium, Stabilo 8046 Pencil, Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint:- Wedgewood Blue, Titanium White, Raw UmberBuff TitaniumPeach Pink, Velvet PurplePhthalo Turquoise, Warm Grey, Cool Peri and Raspberry alcohol inks, 12×16″ Canvas.
My own collection of Scrap Papers but you could use bought patterned papers.

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Posted Jun 16, 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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