Now, there isn't really such a thing yet as Shabby Chic Art, but being the explorer I am, I love to make-up new styles.  I just did a Google search for it, and the term sort of exist, but the only thing that all the pictures have in common is that romantic, soft, pastel hues look!  So, I'm still going to own it!  I've been on a painting break for a while, but a few months back, in august, I had to make some paintings for an exposition, in which, among other artist of my region, I was featured.

Brick wall embossing, white pastel scribbling and highlighting of jar.

Looking for inspiration in my cupboards.....Because that’s where I seem to go when I don’t know what to do, and just maybe eating a little something will un-bore me for a moment... I noticed that I have been accumulating all these Masson jars, but I never use them, nor do I have use for them either way.  So I took one out, drew the outline on a piece of sturdy cardboard, and voilà!  I had a stencil, and some inspiration.  The rest just followed naturally.  I’ve been addicted to all things shabby chic, lace and frilly for a while, and being the explorer that I am, I challenged myself to come up with something fun and soft.

Blue pastel highlighting of small jars, tinted modeling paste.

If you would like to reproduce the feel and atmosphere of my paintings, here are some ideas that I came up with myself:

1-   A creamy background: start with a creamy colored background, you can go back and add more paint later.

2-   Use stencils: my favorites are from The Crafters Workshop.  They’re great for achieving those professional looks.

3-   Use modelling paste: Add a dab of color to it before hand, mix it up, and spread over your stencils with a painting knife.

4-   Use gel medium: add a dab of color, and also spread over stencil with painting knife.

5-   Dab some crackle paint here and there: I love Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint; it comes in a bunch of colors too!

6-   Use pastels: not the dry kind, but the greasy kind to make sure that it adheres to you art. Define contours, highlight specials spots.  I also scribbled some writing over my art for extra dimension.

7-   Use die-cuts: You can either buy them ready-made, or make them yourself with a die-cutting cutting machine and dies.  I personally like my Big Kick machine and used dies from Spellbinders and Sizzix to make shapes that I then incorporated into my art.

8-   Make some texture: you can also use embossing folders with your die-cutting machine.  I love the Tim Holtz and Stampin’ Up embossing folders.

Stencil and turquoise colored soft modelling paste.

Stencil and blue tinted gel medium and wood-grain embossing closeup.

Embossed flower die-cut and crackle paint.

So those are the tips and ideas that you can use to make a shabby chic inspired painting!

To see all 15 paintings, visit my blog at

I will be uploading them over the next few days, but until then!

Good luck,

Krysthle Poitras

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Comment by Suzanne Vadnais Monson on December 21, 2012 at 3:07pm

This is fantastic Krysthle! I love your approach to shabby chic, from searching for this genre on Google and determining that it's up to you to OWN it (three cheers to your for the courage to do this!), to taking us step by step through your unique process. I can't wait to try this out myself! Thanks so much for creating this tutorial. ; >

Comment by Krysthle Poitras on January 1, 2013 at 8:35pm

Thank you Suzanne for your kind words :) It's so fun to make and so simple too!  Have fun :P


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