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gesso and modeling paste for texture Sunday inspiration 9-9-18
Posted Sep 9, 2018

I love using gesso and modeling paste together to get a beautiful texture and then include vintage papers and I’m smiling! I share in today’s video how I create contrast and why I use a mixture of modeling paste and gesso.

I also talk about how we are hardest on ourselves and that we would never say to another person what we say to our souls. It’s our imperfections that make us beautiful and unique and In today’s society with constant business and perfect social media sites, it feels like we are never enough.

So today be gentle with yourself, take a break, forget the dishes and feed your soul. Embrace your imperfections and give yourself a hug. You are beautiful just as you are!

Enjoy the video


Supplies used:

11×14 mdf board, deco art media fluid acrylics (yellow oxide, quin magenta, primary magenta, quin violet, burnt umber, teal, carbon black) Deco art media gesso, matte medium and modeling paste, vintage papers, charcoal pencil, inktense pencil, Alcohol,

stencils used: geo leaves, geo web, numbers, wildflower 2, mini doodle masks

This collage paper is free in the subscriber library. If you have forgotten the password it is in your weekly email. If you would like to subscribe to get access you can do that HERE

collage paks used in today’s project: Collage pak for Sunday inspiration 1-22-17 and British butterfly book

Have a great week,  Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Sep 9, 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 think this is my new favorite ! I love the detail, texture, color and everything else about this. I have a question… I’ve been finding leaves and flowers then putting them in my homemade flower press. Have you ever used pressed items? This reminded me so much of a few flowers I have and wondered if they would work on a piece like this. Any suggestions ? Again , thank you so much for all the inspiration you give me. Art has become my comfort zone and such a big part of my life, it just makes me so happy. Hugs !

  2. Samie Wessinger

    I was looking in your supply list but I can’t find what those little letter stamps are that you used to put “Be gentle with yourself” was. Can you let me know what brand they are or something similar to that same size?

    • shawn

      Not sure what the brand is I got them years ago from Michaels I believe they are about 1/2′ big

  3. Kay stafford

    So Beautiful and Inspiring to see, You have been Blessed by God with an Artist’s hand and Mind, So you can share your blessing’s with us to Brighten our Time here, and we can escape into the Beauty of your Art. Thank you from my Heart.

    Kay Stafford

    • shawn

      Thank you so much Kay! Be safe and stay creative!


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