Utopia? It’s really simple

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Sometimes, well most of the time, I think we as humans complicate things. This quote this week was sent to me as a commission piece. Sometimes as I begin the creative process for a custom piece it takes a while to feel what the client is asking for, however that didn’t happen with this piece. The inspiration came immediately. The quote so resonated with me that I thought I would share the process and the thoughts for this Sunday Inspiration.

Life really is simple…. there are a few things that really matter and all the rest of the stuff is just fluff, distraction, fodder… it’s just stuff. There is not “utopia” it doesn’t exsist, life is not perfect and happy. But we can strive to make it the best life we have and if we really think about what makes the best life… For me it is the little things, a beautiful sunrise, friendship, deep connections with others, intimate love and creating. It’s just a few things that really matter. To love and be loved and all the rest is just filler.

So today, remember in the midst of all the “stuff” that you are doing. Take notice of the important things, the little things and cherish them.

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Supplies Used: 18×18 mdf board, Matte medium, collage pak, Acrylic paints, black, turquoise, raw umber, titanium white, gesso, glazing medium, charcoal pencil, fineliner, black acrylic paint marker, stencils (splatters, vintage postage 1 and 2, vintage papers 2, flourish, backgrounds, old world, numbers, let it fly 2)

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I used a ton of stencils in this one. I also broke out the oil pastels. I didn’t use the letters I just couldn’t make them fit with how I was feeling with the page. I also used my home made sprays. (combine airbrush medium and fluid acrylic ) Just an fyi… oil pastels were that last thing I used because oil and water don’t mix, If i tried to paint over the oil pastels it wouldn’t adhere.

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Beautiful stuff

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We are constantly and quietly being filled. The Trick is , knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ~ Ray Bradbury

I needed this quote this week. I needed to take a pause and look around at all the beauty in my life that fills me up daily. The love of my kids, the love from my husband who supports my dreams. The love and grace of my creator. A roof over my head, food on the table.

I needed to remember all the good stuff so that I can share it.. use it .. So that I can share beauty and love. So that I can inspire and encourage.

I hope you take a pause today to realize and be grateful for all the beauty so that you can spill it out too.

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Supplies Used: Deco Art Media Matte Media, Deco Art Media Gesso, Deco art Media fluid Acrylic (titanium white, green gold, hansa yellow, english red oxide and Americana acrylic paint, (Blue mist, Sea Breeze Midnight blue, coral blush, deep burgandy, avodcado), Deco Art Media antiquing cream (patina, medium grey, titanium white, raw umber)

Stencils Used: flower gang 4, numbers, let it fly 2, vintage papers 2, damask duo, vintage postage 2, vintage quatrafoil, splatters, flourish

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Darkness and Light Sunday Inspiration

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This weeks piece was inspired by this song by Christina Perri. So many things that resonated with me in these lyrics. So many works that will be inspired from this.

Lyrics

I believe if I knew where I was going I’d lose my way
I believe that the words that he told you are not your grave
I know that we are not the weight of all our memories
I believe in the things that I am afraid to say

Hold on, hold on

I believe in the lost possibilities you can see
And I believe that the darkness reminds us where light should be
I know that your heart is still beating, beating, darling
I believe that you fell so you would land next to me

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way
I wish that you could see your scars turn into beauty
I believe that today it’s okay to be not okay

Hold on, hold on

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on) This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on) This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning

YOU CAN watch the video of the song HERE

My hope is that we will be the light or seek out the light. We can do both at different times of our lives. Dark times happen but when we search for the light through friends, prayer, reading, listening… we don’t get stuck in the darkness. And then we heal and are stronger… we get to be the light for those who are hurting and in the dark.

I’m sorry about the blurriness!!! Enjoy the video.

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Supplies Used: 8×8 mdf board, Deco Art Matte Medium,vintage papers and scraps, tissue paper, Deco Fluid acylics (raw umber, paynes grey, carbon black, titanium white, quinacridone magenta, transparent red iron oxide, alizarin crimson) Americana paints (antique white, lamp black, titanium white, moon yellow, charcoal grey) My stencils: bricks and bubbles, window 1, postage 1

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On the Deco Art Media blog I share the making of this great piece. You can see the video HERE

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Beauty and the flaws

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I struggle with this… I thought the black and white background would stretch me.. and boy did it. I so wanted to add things, but I didn’t… and I thing it came, despite my black gesso blunder.

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Quiet Courage Sunday Inspiration

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Quiet Courage… it’s what the greats are made of… and what so many of the people that I admire do every day.  Courage is sometimes loud and it has to be loud to make things happen, but most often courage is quiet. It’s the stay up all night, wake up early, do the extra workout, do a little more research, spend more hours on the plan kinda thing. It happens when no one is watching, it happens daily as those who are thought to be ordinary dare to be great. It happens in the dark and the night when others are sleeping, it happens in our prayers and at the tip of our pens. Quite strength challenges the barriers and requires much from out hearts. But quite strength brings so much to our lives, to the lives of those we love. Quiet strength changes history. So if you think you are not courageous or brave, take another look at your determination. If you are standing fast and continuing your journey is the face of trial….making the extra effort, caring for those who can’t care for themselves….

Oh my love,

how courageous you are.  Keep going…. most will not notice your courage, but those that matter will…. eventually.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video.

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Supplies Used: ***Supplies: mdf board, deco art matte medium, deco art media crackle paint, deco art gesso vintage papers (collage pak) , scraps, Americana acrylic antique white, charcoal grey, lamp black, scribbles stencil

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Crash the stash 1-26-17 Dream into action

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This week I found a box full of random items including some old letter stencils, plastic letters, a wall decal from the dollar store and foam sticker shapes… I thought the challenge would be great to see if I could pull it together…. I think the texture is fabulous… and I love it!

The supplies are listed in the video.

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Finding your beauty Sunday inspiration

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I share a cute story that I found in a Childrens book that is appropriate for all of us.

Finding your special beauty in a sea a beautiful flowers can be hard, but I’m here to remind you that you ARE special and your beauty is one of a kind.

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Supplies Used: Collage pak papers, Deco art fluid acrylics ( prussian blue hue, hansa yellow, quinacridone magenta, pyrole red, titanium white, carbon black) Americana paints (avocado, pumkin) Deco art matte medium, Golden regular matte gel, My stencils (vintage papers, background words, backgrounds 1 backgrounds 2, vintage quatrefoil, roundabouts 1)

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Crash the stach .. the road less traveled

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This took me a lot longer than I thought it would. When I grabbed the stack of papers… I had no idea how I would make them work. I’m still not completely satisfied but it will do. That is the process of journaling… it helps us learn and grow and we discover new things. I brought out the Pan Pastels and some pens and even the woody.

The road less traveled is never easy, but it’s worth it.

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Everyday is a new Possibilitiy

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As we begin a new year… there are new possibilities, new intentions or resolutions. There is strength in planning for the year and future goals. But what if we look at each day like we look at the new year. Every day brings us challenge and joy and we are not always are best every single day. But let’s do our best for this day and let the rest go and start over again the next and the next and the next. Giving each day our best, forgiving ourselves for being imperfect and then rise with enthusiasm the next day.

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Supplies Used: 8×8 mdf board, Finnabair texture powder, vintage paper, acrylic paint, Matte Medium, black pen, charcoal pencil , Wildflower stencil

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Crash the stash the journey of Happiness

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I grabbed a pile of papers from the drawer I have neglected for a long time and this is what I came up with. There were a couple of pieces of paper that I didn’t use, and a couple of them were magazine pages. I loved the tiles and that’s what I worked from to create a grungy wall.

Creativity like Happiness is not a destination it’s a journey. We learn and grow everyday, make sure to enjoy the journey.

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Use what you have but in case you want to know what I used.

Supplies Used: Strathmore journal, scrap paper, deco art media modeling paste, old world mini stencil, deco art matte medium, deco art fluid acrylics, americana glazing medium, charcoal pencil, letter stamps and permanent ink pad.

If you would like to share what you create send me an email shawnpetiteinc@gmail and I will post them in the next weeks crash the stash.

See ya next week

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