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Eco dyeing and happy accidents Sunday inspiration
Posted Jul 22, 2018

Today is about taking a risk, being willing to fail and finding opportunity in the mistakes and mishaps of life.

This project was spur of the moment, So I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I was willing to try!

The day before this all happened I was weeding the garden and left my clippings on the table to come back and pick up, but the sky opened and we had a downpour.

Fast forward to the next afternoon, back outside to clean up and to my surprise and dismay the flower clippings had bled and stained my stone table. And then to my delight, I had an aha moment.

That’s when I raced inside and muddle my way through eco dyeing.  I just love the results and it was so much fun to experiment.

Today be present and see the mishaps or frustration as a possible opportunity to see beauty, to take a risk and try something new or to just appreciate all the good in your world.

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used: 9×12 mixed media paper

walnut ink, gesso acrylic paint (teal, green gold, khaki, quinacridone magenta, Naples yellow, nickel azo gold ), matte medium, charcoal pencil, inktense black pencil, pastel pencils, Conte pencil

STencils used: words words word, round abouts

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Posted Jul 22, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    This was so much fun watching you let go and exploring the magic ! It turned out beautiful !

  2. Lagene

    Glorious eco print creations!

  3. susan kinne


    I LOVED THIS! I have beautiful flowers in my yard that I would like to enjoy
    year round. You have inspired me to experiment with my flowers. So lovely.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us all.

    • shawn

      I’m so glad I could inspire, have fun and thanks for watching!

  4. Edith Tsacle

    Just beautiful and your words are so soothing and inspirational! Thank you <3

    • shawn

      Thank you Edith!

  5. Sue

    Beautiful. I have all kinds of things I could to try this process. I think I will even leave it on the table outside in the sunshine and let the sunshine do its thing with wet flowers, leaves and whatever else I can find outside in my garden to try this with. Sometimes our accidents turn into our masterpieces. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this lovely technique. Happy Sunday.

    • shawn

      Thank you Sue! I hope you have fun and share what you create!


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