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Will you dare to be true? Sunday Inspiration
Posted Sep 17, 2017

I’m so glad to be back! I am so grateful for the time away and the chance to process, reflect, relax, journey through some transformational things, read and dare to be true.

Our journey is our story, our life and how we choose to approach the journey makes  all the difference.

As humans our brains are set up to search for answers, to search for truth and in the absence of information we will make up a story or listen to old stories as if they were truth. When we get so busy that we don’t take a moment to breathe or reflect that’s when the lies happen.

 That’s why it’s so important to get quiet, take the journey and tell yourself the real truth, the good, the stuff that needs to change and how amazing your really are. When we dare to be real, with ourselves and others… transformation happens, in our lives and the lives of others.  Dare to be true today…. tell the truth with love and grace. Oh yea, that’s the good stuff!

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video

This Original is available in the shop HERE

Supplies Used:

12×12 mdf board, Collage pak papers for today 9-17-17, Liquitex and Deco art Matte Medium, Deco Art media fluid acrylics (Titanium white, Cobalt Turquoise hue, Raw Sienna), Americana acrylic paints ( Spiced pumpkin, avocado, Seabreeze, Deep burgandy) Parchment paper for printing, Charcoal Pencil,

Stencils Used:  Garden and Flower gang 5

Collage pak: from vintage children’s books and game pieces. Some from 1907


This 3 week workshop will journey through
~ faux encaustic, ~plaster, ~clay, ~image transfer and ~collage

With prompts to help you spread your wings, find your creativity and walk through the process soulfully. The materials help you relax and explore a truly soothing experience.

Over 35 videos and 5 pages of collage downloads, discussions and live video to answer your questions

The Fall session of Open your wings mixed media workshop Still has a few more spots left … AND the early bird registration is still going on. Get $30.00 off with coupon code oywfall2017, 

The classroom opens on Sept. 22nd so that you can get your supply list and then actually class starts the 29th.

I’d love to take this journey with you! Get all the info and sign up HERE

Below are some sample of what has come from the workshop.

I share how I get some great texture see it HERE

 Nicole shows you how to make this you can see it HERE

I’m in love with this page you see the video HERE

In the creative souls cafe facebook page I created this live.

Courage blue butterfly is available in the shop HERE

This original Titled “Wish” is available in the shop HERE


While on my mini vacay….One of the things that really spoke to me as I read Donald Millers book… Million miles in a Thousand years, is the concept of wanting to create a better story for your life.

You see, I, you, we all get to write the pages of our lives. I get to write the story…. my beautiful story, me and my creator, we get to fill in the pages,… How exciting.!!…

Now, my story isn’t bad right now, in fact it’s pretty dang awesome, I just want to say yes to more. More adventure (which is hard for me) Yes to more passion and travel, yes to deeper relationships…. Just more Yes’s than No’s.

I’m working hard on dealing with my control issue and anxiety so that I can get out of my comfort zone. Not way out at first…. baby steps… just like when you’re creating or learning something new…. you start small..

But I knew I had to say it out loud, write it down and have you as my witness. So that I hold myself accountable.

So this section will become will pop in often… so that I can share my story, share the adventure, share me stepping out …. and maybe even inspire you to write the story that you’ve wanted. If you don’t like how your story is going…. rewrite it… if you’d like to say yes more and no less… then let’s share that and encourage each other on the journey!

I go back to some of these books over and over

Slowing down to notice just how amazing our world is.

Saying yes to a night in the city

Be Inspired, Create and Know that you are loved!


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Posted Sep 17, 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. Kathy C Bradley

    Shawn, I so enjoyed the beautiful art you created today and your words are helping me now in a rough time. I’m glad you enjoyed your restful time off, but glad you are back. Thanks for sharing your art. Kathy

    • Shawn

      Thank you Kathy!

  2. jane

    just another BEAUTIFUL piece of art Shawn! i love the mono printing and can’t wait to try it like that! how did you print your letters? they are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shawn

      Thanks jane!…. thy are printed on tissue

  3. Misty Gage

    It’s beautiful Shawn! Love your beautiful colors as always and your amazing words about being truthful.

    • Shawn

      Thank you Misty!


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