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Follow your heart – Sunday Inspiration – Open to dream
Posted May 28, 2017

Two quotes inspired this piece today…

Within your heart keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go, and sheltered, so they may thrive and grow..

Where doubt and fear are not. Oh, keep a place within your heart, for little dreams to go.

~Louise Driscoll


The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.

~Carlos Santana

My love,

Take care of your dreams, and then let them fly, follow your heart. It’s scary to live with an open heart, to be vulnerable with our desires, to let them out into the world, but you can do it.

Not everyone will like them like we do, not every one will respond with love, not everyone will say “yeah!”  And it will hurt, but we MUST stay open to dreaming and living with passion. It will only hurt us more in the long run if we don’t.

Your heart will show you the way.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video


I love the straight forward lines to this piece. It feels peaceful and leaves room to dream.

Supplies Used: Collage pak, Liquitex matte medium, Americana acrylic paints (Prussian blue hue, avocado, titanium white, paynes grey, carbon black) vintage number stamp and black stamp pad

Stencils Used: Straight block font and vintage postage 1 and 2

Collage pak for this piece

If you are not sure what a collage pak is…

It is an instant downloadable set of papers that is used to coincide with a Sunday Inspiration video. You can use it for this project and all your projects. Once you download it it’s yours to reuse again and again.

When you purchase you will receive an email with the files ready for download or you can access the download in your account in the shop.

Get the collage pak HERE

Crash the Stash this week… went monochromatic

It was fun! And hard to not add color… love the results

You can see it HERE

Have a great day!

Be inspired, Create and Know that you are Loved

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Posted May 28, 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. Wendy

    Your art is absolutely stunning and so moving. Do you have tips for printing the collage papers? What are the best supplies, printer, paper, ink/toner to use so that the image won’t smear When using matte medium.?

    • Shawn

      I print everyday on an HP inkjet printer on regular copy paper with no smear as you can see in the videos. I believe that the difference is the medium that you use to put everything down. Liquitex matte medium, Golden Matte medium or Deco Art Media Matte medium. These are fluid, light and requires little brush work. If I do happen to start to get some smear. I will quickly spray my papers and/or surface with Krylon fixatif. Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing the journey


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