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Layers, brayers and vintage butterflies Sunday inspiration
Posted May 20, 2018

This original is available HERE

This piece was inspired by the recent wedding of our daughter, and the gathering of family that came to share in the beautiful day.

Family can be tricky… it can be good and it can be hard.

Growing up in a household that was inconsistent and chaotic, then losing my mom when I was 15 and not finding my father until I was 32. You can imagine I have some strong feelings about family life.

However!… as adults we get to choose how we want our family lives to be. We also get to create the family that we want. I have more “family” that are not by blood than I do that is.

My story is not perfect, and I’m not the perfect parent and it took alot of guts, growing and therapy (lol) to get to the place that I’m at, but it was worth it!

Our blended family of kids and friends and those who need a place to call home is a place of love and forgiveness. A safe place to be yourself. Although not perfect (who’s is) it is beautiful, messy and full of love! Just the way it should be.

Embrace your story, don’t let it define you and then create the family and peaceful place that you call home.

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used:

20×20 gallery depth canvas, Acrylic paint (fluid, medium body, craft), 1 1/2″ brush (for base layer), matte gel medium, vintage butterflies, marabu art sprays, stencils listed below

Stencils used: doodle stacked stone, doodle circles, doodle squares, doodle lines, doodle triangle, european lines, paint pour, cracked, doodle numbers, block font


Yes we are family!…

Have a great week,

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Posted May 20, 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 Comment

  1. Nancy A Olsen

    Beautiful ! I love all the layering of colors.


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