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Texture sand for texture and Being brave Sunday Inspiration
Posted Sep 23, 2018

This original is available HERE

This piece has soo much texture, I wish you could feel it. Using gesso and texture sand I was able to really make it grungy. I love that I could use my background papers and vintage wallpapers to create so much interest and fun!

In today’s video, I share how I was inspired by a woman who I met at one of my shows in the last few weeks. She made a comment about how she’d wished that there was as much encouragement for women “back in her day”. I knew there was a story there and so I asked about her life and the story was just beautiful. She proceeded to tell me about her dream that she held onto, that she was told she couldn’t do because back then when she was young women weren’t allowed to do those things. I just fell in love with her!

Enjoy the video.

Supplies Used:

10×10 mdf board

Deco Art media matte medium, gesso, texture sand, and fluid acrylics (English red oxide, yellow oxide, raw umber, Primary Cyan, Phthalo green yellow, Dioxazine purple)

Americana glazing medium,

fine line applicators, Vintage papers, background papers, Sennelier soft pastels.

Stencils used: pattern 1 and 2, Old world mini


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Posted Sep 23, 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. Susan

    As always, love love love, especially this background today. Also, you are the first person I have ever heard use the term “cutie patootie” besides myself. We are connected! LOL

    • shawn

      Thank you, I used to call my kids cutie patooties all the time 🙂

  2. Dale McBay

    This was amazing as are all of your art and videos! You are my favorite artist by far and one who inspires me to do more!

    • shawn

      Thank you soo much Dale it means alot!

  3. Amy Cochran

    Hi, Shawn!
    I love this piece and so enjoyed the story that inspired it.
    I have ordered supplies for the fine liners. What ratio of fluid acrylic, water, and airbrush medium do you use in your fineliners?
    Thank you for blessing and inspiring me with not only your art but also your words. Be blessed!


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