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Burlap and modeling paste, mixed media journal “Trust the timing of your life”
Posted Jan 27, 2019

Oh the grungy goodness on this journal page! Burlap, modeling paste, gesso… Yes please! Oh, and new stencils!

The inspiration came from a moment I had this last week, where I traveled down the road of “should have’s” or “would have’s”. A place that no one should go, it’s about looking back and I know that I’m never motivated or reaching for my dreams when I’m looking back.

I had a moment when I thought why didn’t I start my business earlier, why didn’t I fight harder for the things that I wanted…. and then I said a little prayer and said “no”, No I don’t wish I would have started x, y or z back then, because, honestly, I wouldn’t have been ready. I wouldn’t have been ready in so many ways. I had kids to take care of, life stuff to deal with and I had things that absolutely needed tending to for the health of myself and my kids.

So today my friend, don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s, don’t look back, but look to right now and see where you are and what you can do to live your best life. And if now is not the time, then tuck those ideas and plans into your pocket and do what you have to do. But don’t forget to pull them out and remind yourself what your longing for. This is not about getting stuck in the excuse game, because I’ve done that too! You know the line, “it’s not the right time because…..”

Sometimes life just is hard and full and you have to take care of things, but as soon as you are in the clear, then jump!

So no comparing your journey to anyone else’s today, no looking back! Only gratitude for where you are, how strong you are and for the wild adventure ahead!

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Supplies used: hand made art journal, Liquitex gesso, matte medium, golden modeling paste, deco art fluid acrylic (teal, green gold, quin magenta, raw umber) Americana glazing medium, Liquitex black acylic, daler and rowney acrylic ink in sepia, burlap, vintage paper, general’s charcoal pencil, black gel pen, black pastel to shade the edges, grungy clock available in the resource library.

Stencils used: messy flowers 2, numbers 2, scribble marks 1, 2 & 3, scribble writing

This is the grungy clock sheet that is free in the resource library, you can get it HERE if you are a subscriber. If you would like to subscribe to get access to the library you can do that here and you will immediately be given the password and discount codes for the shop.

These are all the new stencils:

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved.


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Posted Jan 27, 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. Pamela Renner

    I stumbled across this page today and stopped to read it because of the title, “trust the timing of your life.” Wow – a powerful challenge! I was so glad to discover information that details how to layer images and create interesting mixed media art because I’m new to mixed media and love exploring all the possibilities that I never new existed. Your post inspired and educated me!
    I started mixed media journaling in March of this year after a left breast mastectomy. I wanted to keep focused on something bigger than me only to realize that the journal is ALL about me and my journey! A conventional “diary” or journal intimidated me. I couldn’t commit to words on paper because my thoughts and emotions were not static or exact. But images enabled me to move freely through the experience. Some images still communicate the same emotion I had when the parts and pieces came together while others have shifted and allow for a “then and now” perspective. I’m hungry to learn more and am paying attention to the resources you use. I’m excited to gather paints, textures, stencils, paper, textiles, letters, stickers and anything that can be grouped together to enhance how I can express myself. Thanks for sharing your process and skill.

    • shawn

      You are an amazing woman having gone what you’ve gone through… I’m so glad you found me and this page! I love it when the timing is just right! Thank you for sharing your personal and artistic journey and I’m honored to be able to encourage and inspire you on your journey. Keep creating ….it is the life to my soul! You are loved!


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