Poetry of the earth mixed media series part 1

Shawn Petite
January 2, 2018
January 8, 2018

Hi! Shawn Petite here, ..... Happy New Year!!!

I'm so excited to be with you for the month of January!

I will be sharing with you how I create a series of work. Starting with the background, middle ground,

focal point and then on to finishing and sealing.

I'm also going to be giving away one of the originals to one lucky winner!

To win...... Like and share on Instagram and Facebook for each post for this series, for the next 4 weeks (links below), starting today, ...and each time you do... you will be entered to win.

So you could have an opportunity to enter 4 times each week!! I will also have intructions on instagram and facebook when I post for the curators post.

Instagram - Donna Downey Studios @donnadowneystudios .... Shawn's @artgirl38

Facebook - Donna - https://www.facebook.com/donnadowneySTUDIOS/ .... Shawn - https://www.facebook.com/shawnpetiteinc/

The winner will be notified by January 29th - and announced here on the blog

All right let's get creating!!!


Part 1 - The Background ... When I'm creating a series I always work on more than one piece at a time. I do this for

many reasons, 1. To create faster, 2. To use like colors on my palette and less waste of materials, and 3. To keep

the creative juices flowing.

I'm often asked, why take the time to create the background when most of it's going to be covered?

 But the background takes your piece from flat to interesting, 

from boring to wow and it also tells the story of where your piece started. 

The texture that's provided by the background also creates

unexpected little things to happen when your painting your focal point or middle ground.

The technique of letting your stencils dry in the ink creates small raised area around the stencil design and creates some fabulous texture! Just be careful removing your stencils,

so that you don't tear your papers.

Supplies Used for all 4 pieces and each week:

8x8 wood panels

Vintage papers, scrap paper

Daler and Rowney acrylic Ink ( magenta, sepia, lemon yellow, cyan, scarlet)

Golden matte medium and gel medium

Golden Gloss medium

Golden Fluid Acrylic ( vermillion, quinacridone magenta, cobalt teal, prussion blue hue, 

paynes grey, permanent violet dark, pyrole red, titanium white)

Golden glazing medium

Golden Fiber paste

Fineline applicator (with airbrush medium and carbon black paint)

Charcoal pencil

Mark making tools (bubble wrap, drywall tape, latch hook rug, needle point canvas)

Stencils Used:

Donna’s stencils: Tangled Pattern, DD Mini NumbersBlooming Floral,

Shawn’s stencils: Flower DrawingLaceNumbers

I hope you enjoyed the video and have fun creating...... See you next week as we

 continue this series and work the middle ground and focal point.

Hugs.... Shawn

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I'm a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I've been teaching and painting for over 26 years in many different mediums, but found my art soul mate in mixed media.

I have been published in several magazines, and have been part of Donna Downey’s Artist Gang and Deco Art Media Design team for several years.

I produce my own line of stencils and create soulful and informative workshops on mixed media.

You can see more of my art, workshops and stencils at www.shawnpetite.com . You can also find me on Instagram @artgirl38 & Facebook.  You will also find me creating everyweek on YouTube

My favorite quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " Maya Angelou