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Rustic floral painting Sunday inspiration
Posted Sep 30, 2018

I love the process I used to get the grungy background, using a couple of my favorite techniques to get that rustic feel in this floral piece. I also love using my stencils as a guide and for backgrounds.

I chose colors for the flowers to reflect the story that inspired this piece. The email that I received about a struggling follower and of hope and gratitude.

I’m so grateful for this community and for the trust that so many give me when sharing their life and stories with me. I’m also honored that I can inspire and encourage. I share today about how gratitude can keep our hope alive and keep us going even if we can only find one thing to be grateful for.

Enjoy the video

Supplies Used:

11×17 mdf board, vintage papers, matte medium, a variety of acrylic paints from house paint, fluid acrylic and medium body paints, parchment paper, brayer

Stencils used: flower gang 1 and garden 2,  magnolia stencil

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Sep 30, 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 A Olsen

    This is beautiful !! It’s raining here today in Michigan and a perfect day to give this a try !I have most of the stencils used and slowly adding to my high flow acrylics (love them) . Your work is so inspiring to me. Thank you again and again !!

  2. Amy Cochran

    Love the art and the story! What is your process for printing your words? On what kind of paper?

  3. Marcella Edlmann

    Love the parchment paper technique

    • Shawn

      I love using parchment paper, it has so many uses!!


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