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Believe abstract mixed media
Posted Jan 13, 2019


Oh the texture in this piece! Super heavy gesso, drywall tape, vintage paper, it’s all just so good!

Today’s piece was inspired by a quote from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly. I share in the video what it means to me to dare greatly and how the words below continue to inspire me everytime I re-read her book.

Brene writes, “Daring greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where scarcity and shame dominate and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of feeling hurt. But as I look back on my own life and what Daring Greatly has meant to me, I can honestly say that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that I’m standing on the outside of my life looking in and wondering what it would be like if I had the courage to show up and let myself be seen.”

Can I get an amen!!

   Believe my friend that you have what it take to live your true self everyday!! Enjoy the video.

Supplies Used:

11x14mdf board, scraps of vintage papers, Liquitex super heavy gesso, Marabu art spray in (Petrol), Deco art media matte medium, Deco art media fluid acrylic (quin magenta, raw umber) Liquitex basics neutral gray, Daler & Rowney acrylic ink in sepia, fineline applicator, Deco art media regular gesso, Palette knives, drywall tape. Pan pastels in black

Stencils used: Geo leaves, Mediterranean, vintage crosses, block font

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Posted Jan 13, 2019
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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. Georgia Wells

    Beautiful piece! what fine liner bottle do you recommend?

    • shawn

      Thank you Georgia! Thisis what I have used for many many years. Fineline applicator. This is a link to the applicator. Just FYi it’s my affiliate link.
      Thanks for sharing the journey!

  2. Joan Doyle

    I was wondering if you have classes in person? I live in Fairview park, Ohio? I love your videos and hour work bought a few pieces from you last year and would like to try for myself.

    • shawn

      Hi Joan
      I don’t do live workshops at this time but I do have online workshops. This is the lin to take a look. Thanks for watching!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much for watching and sharing the journey!

  3. Linda Cardillo

    Hi…..can you tell me exactly what you used in the fine line applicator? I love the drizzle effect, but don’t know what to use for that. Thank you.

    • shawn

      Hi Linda,
      I just did a video this week about that here is the link.
      Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me.

  4. Michele

    Really liked this

    • shawn

      Thanks Michele, hope you are staying safe.

  5. Mollie Brownlow

    I really loved watching your process! The textures are wonderful, and the finished piece is beautiful. I feel inspired now.

    • shawn

      Thanks so much! hope you are staying safe and doing well!

  6. Kathy Reeves

    Love love love your art.
    Thank you


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