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“Be Kind” mixed media flowers Sunday Inspiration 4-7-19
Posted Apr 7, 2019

This original is available HERE

I love using my stencils as my guide. It just makes things go so fast and helps me to not think too much. I can get my idea and outline and then fill in with painterly strokes. I really get lost in the process. The background full of texture and crackle with the vintage papers peeking through really add so much to the final look and feel of this piece.

Today the “be kind” was inspired by so many things… It’s really two parts. One, how being kind I truly believe can change someone’s life and two, how being kind to ourselves begins the process of being kind to others.

This week was crazy and I found myself belittling my self and saying the worst things to me. I was getting angry and grumpy and my words and actions did not match my soul. I had to put myself in time out and go back and replace the bad language with some comforting and nurturing words. I went to my journal where I have a list of words that describe who I am and who I desire to be in case I forget, which can be often. I re-read them and rewrote them. This is my practice and I just want to encourage you to be kind to yourself. To not be afraid to say to yourself how beautiful you are, how smart you are, how creative you are. It’s not pride, it soul care and it’s so important. Because if we can’t be kind to ourselves, how can we be kind to others? I share more about it in the video.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies used: Americana premium paints, Deco art media matte medium, gesso, modeling paste and crackle paint, Americana glazing medium, charcoal pencil, Americana fluid acrylic in raw umber and Americana craft paint in seabreeze. Vintage papers

Collage paks used in this project: Collage pak from 7-2-17 sunday inspiration and collage pak from 5-14-17 sunday inspiration

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Stencils used:

Eucalyptus, in the garden, garden, flower silhouette 6, sketched flower 2, large rose, cracked, flower gang 4

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Apr 7, 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. Clara Melchor Bowman

    Hi dear Shawn,

    Oh how I needed your art, your wisdom and your love this last weekend!
    Your grumpy, self-loathing mood resonated so much with me. I’ve been hating myself and going down that black hole as we do… So hard to get out of it. For me, I have to read something that nourishes my soul. Putting paint to paper always helps too. Creating brings light back into darkness.

    And then… there’s YOU!
    You are such a gift to us all and I thank you and thank God for you.

    I’m working my way through your latest workshop. As always I’m learning so much from you.

    I always forget to thank you especially for your workshops. You are so incredibly generous; so much in these workshops, they’re amazing. When I consider some workshops from artists- the prices they charge for so much less than you give to us…. Thank you, thank you.

    To any subscribers reading this- Take Shawn’s workshops, they’re incredible, and you will learn so much!

    My love & 🤗 hugs

    Clari 🌻🧡

    • shawn

      Clari, Thanks so much my friend, Your words mean so much and I’m so honored that I can inspire. I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the workshops.
      Art is definitely a great way to get out of your grumpy self. Remember how beautiful, smart and talented you are. Your unique gifts are just what the world needs!
      You are loved!


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