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Nothing great ever comes from our comfort zone Sunday Inspiration
Posted Nov 22, 2015



This piece came together quickly and I used just a few items!

Enjoy the video!

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Supplies Used:

Liquitex Gel Medium, Liquitex Gesso, Tim Holtz flourish stencil, Americana craft paints, scrapbook and book pages. Liquitex burnt umber. Charcoal pencil, Catalyst tool, Letter stamps and archival ink pad. Krylon fixatif

I used gel medium instead of my usual fluid matte medium. Gel medium is thicker and it doesn’t allow the papers to wrinkle as much as fluid medium but it still does the job. I like using gesso because it gives great texture. That is what I used with the stencil and it gave it just enough texture to see. I also have enjoyed using the catalyst tool. You can use a credit card, but the catalyst tool has a nice curve to it that really helps in getting some great lines and texture.

Don’t forget to spray all of your pieces with a sealer and/or fixatif.



The Originals will be marked down and then use the additional 30 to equal 50% off

I will be posting a video of Originals for sale on Monday or Tuesday, as well as a reminder of size options for prints. I will also show off the ornaments that are available , they are cuteness overload!

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These cuties are 4×4 with glitter and sparkles. hooks on top with heavy gauge bailing wire for hanging and Black and red plaid ribbon. signed on the back. There are 6 designs. The glitter doesn’t show in the pics but they just shimmer. Each one is on 3/4″ wood with sides and back painted black. Using a white pen you could personalize it on the back. Perfect for gifts!christmas-ornaments-6


My loves…. so many of you are in the middle of a challenge…. Some of you will face a challenge in the coming year. I want to hug you… then hug you some more and tell you your gonna make it. Although not fun… we need these times of struggle and uncertainty to grow and stretch our strength muscles. I get it… it sucks sometimes…..! and yet what we gain from the hard stuff is priceless. So much wisdom comes if we allow the struggle to enrich us and not make us bitter. Stop asking why, and just be in it. Be mad, be sick and tire, be sad…. rest and then, Start asking how can I learn from this, what is the message in this challenge. There is always, always a lesson in each day and even more in the struggle. Gather strength from rest and from those who are trustworthy around you. We are better and stronger together.

You are loved more than you know!


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Posted Nov 22, 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. Bobbye Moncrief

    I look forward to Sunday mornings. I grab my coffee and head straight to my laptop to look for your email. I love your paintings and your words of encouragement. You are such a wonderful inspiration to so many. Keep up the great work!

    • Shawn

      oh,,,, Bobbye, thank you it means so much. so glad you are sharing the journey with me! hugs and love!

  2. jane w

    love this and so glad to find your blog 🙂

    • Shawn

      So glad you found me too! Hugs!

  3. Mona Pendleton

    Such pretty paintings! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process!

    • Shawn

      Thank you Mona!


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