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The layers of our story, filling our hearts with beauty, Sunday inspiration
Posted Apr 8, 2018

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“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart” Rumi

I was originally moved by this quote… When I start a piece I usually have a word or phrase that I start with. Sometimes the message and soul work is clear and sometimes the message comes in the process. This week was different. I waited for the meaning, the message.. the story … by the time I finished the piece, I didn’t have anything, I prayed and gave myself quiet time to find the meaning in this piece… but nothing….maybe this would be the first time in 3 years that I didn’t follow up a piece with the meaning.. as I started editing the video…. the story emerged… the meaning… the lesson… the soul work. I love it when I let go… and the good stuff happens. I share all about it, I hope you watch and listen.

Enjoy the video


Supplies Used:

11×14 mdf board, Matte medium, Blick matte acrylics, catalyst tool, vintage and scrap paper, soft pastel, charcoal pencil,

Stencils used: Flourish, numbers, doodle minis (5 mask/stencils)

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Posted Apr 8, 2018
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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

    OH…Just love love love this! WOW!

  2. Heather Hughes

    Hi Shawn! I have only just discovered you a day or two ago and I have been just blown away by your art and your words. Its as if you are giving voice to my own life at times when you talk and it is very cathartic in a way I believe.
    I was wondering if you could tell me about the wonderful quote you used in bold black letters on tissue paper. Did you stamp it yourself? It’s been way too long since I have done a mixed media piece and I am getting ready to make one and I was trying to remember if that is how that was done or if it is something from your shop.
    All the art being created by you, your creative team, and your followers is amazing and I thank you all for sharing. It’s nice to be in a calm, safe place with all that is going on in the world today. I think that sticking together albeit thru the computer is just one of the ways we can help other stay sane during these times. I used to trade ATC cards a few years ago and that was so much fun. Not the time for trading right now of course, but keeping peace, joy and hope in our hearts is not a bad thing or a bad place to be right now. You have a wonderful message to share and I would like to listen.
    Heather >^..^<

    • shawn

      Heather, thank you this means the world to me!
      I printed it on tissue paper, but you could stamp or stencil it on tissue paper it’s the same. Use archival in for stamping or stenciling because its permanent ink and won’t rub off when putting it down with your fluid matte medium.
      Make sure to have a lot of medium and that will make the tissue disappear. Be gentle with your tissue so you don’t tear it when putting it down.
      I hope this helps and have fun creating!
      So glad you are sharing the journey with me!

  3. Jacqui Buckley

    Hi Shawn, I want to thank you for spending so much of your time teaching us with your beautiful videos on YouTube. Your encouragement and support are endless and I adore the stories behind each piece. You truly are a beautiful person, both inside and out.
    I’ve seen your reply to a post above about printing on tissue paper. I just wondered whether you used a Cricut to do this. I’ve got visions of trying to thread tissue paper in to my computer printer and I know that that would never work. Not on mine anyway 😀

    • Shawn

      Hi Jacqui, Thanks you so much for your kind words. they mean so much! I haven’t use a cricut, but I’m not sure you could put tissue paper on the stick matte to print it. It’s worth a try. If you tape your paper down right to the card stock you could possible run it through the cricut. Have you tried on your printer?


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