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This one is a doozy… Binding the journal and creating covers , Crash the Stash
Posted Jul 13, 2017

This was so much fun and a challenge.  There are so many fun things withing this one video. Binding with duct tape, dying the ribbon, creating the cover… love this!

I take time at the end of the video to go over the details.

Enjoy your Crash the Stash video


Supplies Used:

Duct Tape, Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Vintage papers, scrap papers from Prima Marketing 6×6 book, Americana acrylics ( burnt umber, seabreeze, titanium white) Marabu Sprays, Iron Orchid mould, Paper clay, ribbon, twine, vintage metal elements and key,

Stencils Used: Vintage quatrefoil, block font, numbers, background 2, feathers, roundabouts

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Posted Jul 13, 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. Becky

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this series! In retrospect, would you have chosen a different type of journal?

    • Shawn

      Thanks..!. No I liked the journal I just would have broken the spine sooner. The size, the thickness of the paper was perfect. Strathmore 500 series.

  2. Hilary Kruger

    This is beautiful! I am in awe of your work and love it. Plus, the background music you choose is always so soothing, every time I watch your videos it’s like a mini meditation. I have trouble getting my charcoal pencil to work on my dried medium. It just seems like it doesn’t want to work, almost like the pencil is too hard or something. Are there any tricks to this? I love your shadowing – I strive to someday be that good at shadowing. Thanks!

    • Shawn

      Hilary, Thank you…! I use and extra soft charcoal pencil and It works best on a grounded surface, like matte medium or gesso

      • Hilary Kruger

        I will try a softer pencil, thank you.


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