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Wildflower Art Journal cover by CT-Shannon Beesley
Posted Feb 20, 2019


I’ve been making and selling abstract journals for a few years. I had never
considered using the inexpensive cardboard composition book in the
school supply section at Walmart, but it was less than a dollar so I thought
that I would give it a go. Turned out to be very sturdy and easy to work
As always, I let one step dictate the next and just kept doing what felt
right. I had just received 4 of Shawn’s new stencils (listed below) and they
were perfect for this little project. My motto for 2019 is “Done is better
than perfect”, and this journal cover fully embraces imperfection and goes
with the flow.

Enjoy the video!

Composition Journal
White and black gesso
Variety of Craft paints
Scrap paper
Scribble Marks Stencil 1 and 3
Daisy 3 stencil
Posca Paint Pens
Water soluble markers

Liquitex Professional White Gesso Surface Prep Medium, 32-oz (5332)   Mead Composition Book/Notebook, College Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets (09932)  Lumocolor Watersoluble Marker Sf Set Of 8  Uni-posca Paint Marker Pen - Fine Point - Set of 15 (PC-3M15C)

You can see more from Shannon here:

IG: mzbeez5


Be inspired, create, and know that you are loved

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Posted Feb 20, 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. Elke Kelly

    Just lovely

    • shawn

      Thanks so much!


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