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Soul Sisters. Sisters of the Heart mixed media canvas
Posted Aug 4, 2021
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This is my latest piece for Shawn Petite’s Creative Team and I hope you love it!

I had absolutely no idea where I was going with this one! I knew which stencils I wanted to use but had no idea what I planned to do with them!
I dived straight in and started to build a background, I roughly covered the canvas with a mixture of DecoArt Americana Acrylics, True Blue, Brown Umber and Black Tie and then scratched into the background layer and used a brush and a brayer to add texture.

 I then added Champagne Gold to Shawn Petite’s Retro pattern 3 stencil. Next, I used a combination of the colours Indian Turquoise, True Blue and Kelly Green to Shawn’s Graphics 1 Mask stencil and the Retro Pattern 1 stencil. I love these stencils!! I still had no idea at this point where I was heading but had so much fun just playing with the stencils and making patterns. I then used Glorious Gold with my stencils to make more patterns and build more layers. I allowed my layers to dry before adding the next layer. I used my brayer, a lid and a cardboard tube to add more interest to the background. I was now starting to see that the pattern that I was creating looked a little bit like material so remembering the Shawn Petite Faces 1 Looking Down stencil that I had I wondered if I could create two soul sister girls standing together and use my background as their dress material! In this case, I wanted to make my background as busy as possible, filled with layers and layers of pretty patterns.

I positioned and dabbed through the edges of the Faces 1 Looking Down stencil and then added a light mix of Warm White and Indian Turquoise. I then tore out rough dress shapes to use as masks for my girl’s bodies and then masks for their faces and headdresses. I stuck these down with a low stick spray and then painted them around the edges with a mix of True Blue and Black Tie. I then pulled this out from the edges of the masks with a watered-down version of the paint and blended it into the background. I wanted the edges of the girls to be defined but for the background, the pattern to only through in certain areas. I added a bit more Glorious Gold pattern through the Graphics 1 Mask stencil to the  background where I felt it needed it. Once dry I began working on the girls faces by adding a watery mix of the blues to one side to add shade and adding white to the other side and centre to add highlights. I allowed this to dry thoroughly before dabbing a mix of True Blue and Black Tie through the Faces 1 Looking Down stencil. I then used a watered-down version of this colour to add more shading and definition.

I love that I set out with no intention other than to play and have fun but then ended up with a piece that I really enjoyed creating. Hope you have a go at creating your own Soul Sister girls and that you too have a great time playing and creating with Shawn Petite’s stencils.

painted canvas
adding the stencils
adding more stencils
adding the faces
adding the bodies
adding the heads
adding patterns to the bodies
adding faces
adding the details to the faces

Other Supplies:

Deco Art Americana Acrylic-True BlueBurnt Umber, Black TieChampagne GoldIndian TurquoiseKelly GreenGlorious GoldWarm White

16×20″ Stretched Canvas

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Posted Aug 4, 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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  1. Evelyne Wasselin

    I really do love this peace. Thank you for showing.


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