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Bring your own sunshine mixed media flowers
Posted Aug 5, 2018


“No matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine”

The layers on this piece makes my heart happy! The vintage papers peek through perfectly and create such depth. Using negative shape painting or reductive paint, I shape the fun flowers and sun to make this happy and whimsical.

I love this quote and it is so true! So often in just a single day, we can come against circumstances and people that want to steal our joy over and over again. Sometimes we just have to make a choice to bring our own sunshine, let go of the negative and choose to find the good.

Somedays I’m good at this and some days, not so much but I keep trying! I hope today you can find your sunshine in spite of the dark clouds that surround you.

Enjoy the video


Supplies used: 9×12 mixed media paper, vintage collage papers, patten paper, gesso, high flow acrylics (green gold teal, Turquois phthalo, indigo) fluid acrylics (quinacridone magenta, hansa yellow, cerulean blue, sap green, yellow oxide)

fineline applicator, fluid matte medium, reg. gel medium, charcoal pencil, stabilo marks all pencil, conte pencil, letter stamps, archival ink pad, gel pen in black and white

stencils used: pattern 1, pattern 3, mini doodles, scribbles

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Posted Aug 5, 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!


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