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Give your burden wings with chalk pastels and collage Sunday Inspiration 2-17-19
Posted Feb 17, 2019

This original is available HERE

Everything about this piece makes me happy! I love the colors, although not my go to, it’s different and fun. I used so many fun vintage papers and easy techniques that this piece came together fast. I also got to play with new Soho chalk pastels and some fun new brushes that have given me so many ideas for stenciling!

This quote that I read this week ( that I also changed to fit my words and mindset) was just right and was a good reminder. If only letting go was as easy as giving it wings, but as I share in the video it’s the place where I start, a visualization of letting go.

It’s a practice for me daily to let go of my anxiety, stress, burden, whatever you want to call it. But I send them away in my mind as if they had wings, I send them away with a prayer. There are so many ways that you can start the process of releasing the bitterness or hurt or whatever your holding onto that’s holding you back.

I hope you enjoy the video

Supplies used:

8×10 mdf board, vintage papers, vintage wallpaper, gelli prints, A variety of acrylic paint, Soho soft pastels, charcoal pencil, Sharpie water-based white marker, Deco art matte medium, tissue paper, archival stamp pad, makeup brushes

Stencils used: Daisy 1 and Daisy’s 2, stars and hearts, vintage wallpaper,

skinny font, old type text

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Feb 17, 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. Lagene

    AWESOME creation! Thanks for the video!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much!

  2. Kathy Gledsdale

    Lovely work. xx


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