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Texture with gesso mixed media “The journey” Sunday inspiration 4-14-19
Posted Apr 14, 2019

This piece was so easy to create with just a few supplies and I could not be more happy with how it turned out. I love the combination of softness and grunge all in one place. The texture is perfect and I only used gesso to achieve it.

The stencils that I used in this are on sale and the window and one of the maps are free in the subscriber resource library. Also in the resource library is a coupon for the collage pak with all the maps. So much goodness free or discounted for you!

So, this piece was inspired by a couple of emails that I received a while back that I have been thinking about. I responded to them and we had a conversation about feeling stuck and not being able to move forward in certain areas or with regards to dreams and goals. And I thought that my friends that emailed me can’t be the only ones feeling this way. I get that feeling, I have been there, and can still feel stuck at times and I hate that feeling. The one thing that always…. always gets me moving, is doing something different. Taking one step in a different direction. Remember the old saying ” The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Our goals are a journey, are a trip, it is something we travel to and travel requires action.  I share more about this in the video, but if you are feeling stuck, ask yourself, what am I doing differently, because the only impossible journey is the one we never begin.

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE

Supplies used:

8×10 mdf board, Liquitex matte medium, Decoart gesso and fluid acrylics (quin magenta, quin gold, yellow oxide, cobalt teal, medium gray, raw umber, carbon black) Archival ink (black and potting soil) makeup brush, charcoal pencil, Vintage papers

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Stencils used:

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Posted Apr 14, 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. Nancy A Olsen

    I think this one is right up there with my favorites ! I love the whole look and can’t wait to give it a try ! It’s a cold rainy day here in Michigan and perfect for playing in my studio ! I need practice with shading so this is perfect ! Your videos pull me out of the idea I can’t and help me with trying and believing I can and I thank you for that. Have a wonderful day !

  2. Lisa

    Hi Shawn, loved this but had a problem with the tissue paper showing (did not become clear). What kind of tissue paper did you use?
    Thanks, Lisa

    • shawn

      Hi Lisa,
      I use the cheap dollar store tissue, but have also used the more expensive hallmark tissue. Most of the time when tissue doesn’t become clear its because you did not use enough “fluid” matte medium. If your medium is thicker add a bit of water to it and put a very healthy coat on the substrate and then on top making sure to make sure the tissue is touching the surface, which can be tricky if you have a lot of texture. Hope this helps!

  3. Eleanor R. Sulak Sulak

    This is beautiful! My favorite!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much and thanks for watching!

  4. Linda Noyola

    I am not finding the window on the resource library


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