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Gold leaf and collage art journal page “Roots and Wings” with creative team member Alexa Doebler
Posted Oct 3, 2018

“Roots and Wings”

This piece was truly inspired by the creation of my background using Shawn’s collage pages. I had no plan but began laying down pieces & suddenly, with the placement of the 5 & 4, inspiration struck.

I grew up in a family of 5 and now have my own family of 4…it just felt somehow connected to where I’ve come from and the present and future I am creating. Roots & Wings have always been a theme that appears in my work & I knew intuitively that it was time for another.

Hope you enjoy the video & thanks for watching!


Products Used:

-Shawn Petite Collage Paper from her Resource Library

-Shawn Petite Stencils: Old Type Text, Doodle Minis Stencil Masks & Garden 2

-Golden Fluid Acrylic in Raw Umber

-Marabu Art Spray in Petrol

-Black & White Gesso

-Heavy Body White Gesso

-Gold Leaf

-Butterfly Fabric

-Stabilo Marks All Pencil in white & black

-Marabu Art Crayon in black

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Oct 3, 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 Comment

  1. Celise M McLaughlin

    Alexa you have so many great tips and techniques that you use. I never think of gold leaf on my projects. It gives your page a little extra bling. thanks for sharing.


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