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Courage to play
Posted Nov 20, 2015


this vintage mini journal… an old daily log of wool production from the 1930 and 40’s is so much fun to create in. It is just the right size to do some quick creating. both pages measure about 7″ wide and 5″ tall. The built in background makes playing easy.

This only took about 20 Minutes!

I laid down some gesso with a credit card.


found some vintage papers, rules, wallpaper and put them down with matte medium


Added some flowers using Americana craft paints and some liquitex paints


With my Fave Words Stencil I stenciled in courage. With white gesso


Added some additional octagon shapes from the same stencil and then added shading with my charcoal pencil. A voila! Love!

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved

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Posted Nov 20, 2015
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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!


  1. Sara Sampson

    Love this. Simplicity is beautiful.

    • Shawn

      Sara, thank you… it’s hard sometime to stop… yes simplicity is/can be beautiful! hugs

  2. CarolS

    I love this! I don’t know what it is…the colors, the design, the rulers, the sentiment…but I had to sit and stare at it a bit…so pretty!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much!


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