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Trusting Deeper and all my grungy goodness Sunday Inspiration
Posted Oct 1, 2017

This piece has all of my favorite grungy goodness. The thick layers of vintage papers and the texture from the gesso and modeling paste just makes me smile. I also am using what might be my new favorite medium to get an antique aged look.

This piece also has a lot of meaning for me, I guess they all do…

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video


Supplies Used:

10×10 Mdf board, Vintage paper from collage paks (), Deco Art Media matte medium, Deco art media Modeling past, gesso, Deco art fluid acrylic (cobalt teal hue, carbon black), FW artist acrylic inks in Sepia, lemon yellow, Scarlet, Magenta, lace, gauze, charcoal pencil.

Stencils used: Scribbles and pattern 2

Creative team member Cassandra Cushman brings Cbeautiful girl to life. You can see it HERE

Crash the stash this week was brought to you by Nicole Austin and she a gorgeous journal page. See the process HERE

I share some info about Oil pastel and crayon markers live in the Creative Souls Cafe



Trusting Deeper…  Some days I think I am a skeptic… a doubter. Not all days but when I’m feeling tired and worn out, the negative tapes create an orchestra in my head.

Trusting is one of the hardest thing for us (me) to do, especially when we have been hurt.

When we have been blindsided by betrayal, or when the hardest of life hits us. I know that I have put up so many walls… walls of protection… some are healthy and we will call those “boundaries” and some not so healthy.

But trust is crucial in growing healthy relationship, getting beyond the shallow surface interaction, into being known and loved, with caution and mindful thought we can, i can trust again. I am allowing my soul to trust deeper.

I’m writing this part of my story as “she is brave enough to trust” … ooh i feel a piece of art with that on it coming!

That’s why I thought this weeks photo was so appropriate, I shared in the video how odd I think this is coming from the city… people setting up farm stands in their front yard and TRUSTING people to do the right thing and pay for their goods.

I felt like I was sneaking around someones house… way outside my comfort level. But I did it and was just overcome with the thoughts that people are better than all the media makes them out to be, that there is decency and kindness and trust in more hearts than we think.  I know there are the bad seeds (the cynic or the realist coming out) but honestly, we don’t focus on the good enough to erase the negative that plays in our minds, that keeps us from trusting and growing. The beauty like people helping in the midst of hurricanes, fires or flooding. People feeding and clothing those that don’t have them. People being honest to pay for what they take.

I pray that You and I will focus on the beauty in our world enough to allow trust to bloom.

Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved!

This piece is available in the shop in 4 sizes.



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Posted Oct 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!


  1. jane

    You made me LOL Shawn! I live not far from you in Hinckley. I loved the video and happy you are living here. 🙂

    • Shawn

      Jane I know… it’s funny… right!

  2. Yolanda Ferguson

    I truly enjoyed your video. I love your art and I’m so inspired.

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much!

  3. Joi@RR

    What a FABULOUS sentiment on such an INCREDIBLY LOVELY creation Shawn. It makes me think how God looks through all our grungy but intriguing gunk to see our heart… as we do our best to trust deeper. And yes, life seemed so simple when we could just stop by the roadside stand and get fresh produce without fear – love those memories. Now it’s harder but the reward is great when we trust and step out. Thank you for always inspiring me dear friend. Xj.

    • Shawn

      Thank you Joi for always being an encourager of my soul~


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