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Walk away from the past Sunday Inspiration
Posted Mar 5, 2017


“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and pat so that we can live our dreams.” – Oprah Whinfrey

Today is the day to let go of the old tapes that play. We all have a past or things that we are not particularly proud of, or childhoods that were troubled or families that are broken or so many other things. Today is the day those things stop being excuses for what is happening in our lives. Today is the day to take ownership… let go of the old and step through the door to a new blameless, guiltless life. To go after the dreams that have been sitting on a shelf. This is YOUR life, YOU get to write the story. YOU can do this… no one else can make you happy, sad or keep you from accomplishing all that you desire. Go for it!

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Supplies Used: 10×10 mdf board, Deco art Matte Medium, Deco Art Fluid Acrylics ( Titanium White , Raw Sienna, English Red Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Carbon Black, Titan Buff, Dark Grey Value, Raw Umber) Americana Glazing Medium, Deco Art Media Texture Sand Paste, Modelings Paste and Gesso.

Collage Pak from 5-1-16 (wood) and 7-3-16 small victories

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Stencils Used: Door 2 smaller and Bricks and Bubbles

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Just a few shares on what has excited me this week…

Amanda share her creations using my bricks and bubbles stencil… this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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This from Laly Mille makes me happy. The texture!

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I put a quick tutorial together to help with download and printing of collage paks


had lots of lessons and felt like a hot mess but I share with you real time what I learned. See it here.

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Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Mar 5, 2017
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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. joi-at-rr-art

    You are the best of the best Shawn. I feel like I just watched a famous artist at work creating the most amazing and touching piece of FABULOUS art. Thank you so much for once again… touching my heart. Xj.

    • Shawn

      You are such an encouragement! Thank you!


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