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Angels among us, using collage, a palette knife and soft pastel
Posted Sep 2, 2018

Angels among us, mixed media 12×18 Original available HERE

This piece has all my favorite things! My favorite vintage book pages, grungy umber, gesso and palette knife work. It just makes me happy.

I was much more deliberate about where I put my papers because I wanted to see those gorgeous butterflies in her dress and have those vintage postcards peeking out above her head. I was also very mindful to keep the layers light.

Angels among us… I’m a believer in angels and a greater power’s protection, but even if your not, I know you know people whom you would consider angels. I have them in my life. The ones that when you’re with them you just want to be with them more. That brings peace and love into your life and helps you to be a better person. The ones that step in when you are unable to help yourself. The ones who are selfless and compassionate. Those angels are my example, to help me grow and step outside my comfort zone to bring love and peace to others.

I’m grateful every day for the spiritual angels and the earthly ones who walk with me on my journey.

enjoy the video

Supplies Used:

12×18 mdf board, vintage papers, tissue paper with stars, matte medium, Deco art media fluid acrylic (medium grey, burnt umber, titanium white, carbon black) and gesso, White soft pastel, charcoal pencil, Americana acrylic paint in (soft white)

Roundabout stencil

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Sep 2, 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 Olsen

    I love angels and this one is so beautiful ! Thank you so much for sharing .

    • shawn

      Thank you Nancy you are always and encouragement to me!


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