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Mixed media Sanctuary with creative team member Celise McLaughlin
Posted Sep 12, 2018

Mixed media Sanctuary by Celise McLaughlin

I took this photo on one of my early morning bike rides to the grounds of an Anglican church situated on the banks of the Waccamaw River.  The old, now defunct, guest house behind the church is my favorite quiet place. It sits quietly under the huge 100-year old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

I printed the photo on tissue paper to use as my focal point.  I used acrylics to blend with the photo to make it seamless. On the stencils I used embossing paste, the words signify a prayer and spider webs its age.

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Stencil: Background Wordsgeo web

Liquitex matte medium

Liquitex glazing medium

Liquitex white Gesso

Liquitex Gloss Medium & Varnish

Dreamweaver Embossing Paste

Deco Art Fluid Acrylics

Deco Art Americana Acrylics

Daler&Rowney Acrylic Mars Black

Dina Wakley Clear Gesso

Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black

Let’s Go Word Stamp by Studio Calico

Charcoal Pencil – General

Sharpie China Market

Uniball White Gel Pen

Blick Artist’s soft pastels

Grumbacher Final Fixative Spray

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Posted Sep 12, 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

    This is so cool ! I love the use of tissue for the picture it all looks so mystical ! Perfect !

  2. susan kinne

    Thank you for sharing this. I enjoyed every moment.



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