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This one ran away with itself… Gold leaf? Crash the Stash
Posted Jun 1, 2017

I really had no plan for this…. In fact I didn’t use all that I pulled from the stash.

I love that feeling when your creating and your piece start to take on a life of its own. There’s a giddy feeling I get in my gut, knowing that it’s gonna be good.

That’s what happened in today’s Crash the Stash

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Supplies Used: Strathmore  500series Mixed media journal 8.5×11, Deco Media fluid acrylic (Quinacridone magenta) Americana acrylic (Sea Breeze and Lamp black, Deco Art media matte medium, watermelon slice, titanium white) Liquitex Basic acrylic (Mars black) for stenciling, Mona Lisa Gold Leaf, fine liner,

my stencils used: kindness is free and in the garden

Have a great week,

Be Inspired, Create and Know that you are loved.

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Posted Jun 1, 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!


    • Shawn

      Thanks my friend you are always and encourager of my soul … hugs!

  1. Carole Morrison

    Shawn, your “new” cover for your “Crash Journal” is fabulous!! The whole thing is a work of art in itself!! I so enjoyed this journey with you, and look forward to more to come!! Thanks for sharing this, Shawn!!! Sending you a big hug from Chicago!!
    Carole xo

    • Shawn

      Thanks my friend! Hugs back!!


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