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Easy mixed media with vintage paper and tissue paper Sunday inspiration 5-26-19
Posted May 26, 2019

Don’t you love it when something comes together so fast? Not every piece does, but this one did!

It was super simple and I used my favorite go-to techniques. I love how using vintage papers can create the story that you want for your artwork. And then stenciling on tissue paper adds just the right interest.

From start to finish this took me about 30 minutes!

I created this in complete exhaustion before heading out of town for my father in laws funeral. In the middle of a workshop launch and also in one of the busiest sales week my business has ever had. I wasn’t sure I was gonna get it done, but I powered through and so glad that I did because I love it and the message of this piece just came pouring out of me.

I really believe that you, I, we, were created to fly. That we are given gifts that we can use to change our lives and the lives around us.

But flying doesn’t just happen, it takes work, courage and a little chutzpah to step out. It takes desire and passion. It takes going the extra mile even when you’re exhausted.

I don’t mean that you sacrifice yourself, health and loved ones to fly (as I’m writing this I’m laying in bed catching my breath and getting some rest). But what I do mean is that you work as hard as you can to go after your wings and then rest, and then you get up and go again because flying takes sacrifice (the good kind). It’s a lot a work, but oh the reward is so worth it.

Can you feel the wind in your wings? Oh, my love, you were born to fly! It’s time to jump!

Enjoy the video

Supplies used:

8×10 mdf board, vintage papers, tissue paper, Deco art media gesso and matte medium, Americana glazing medium and acrylic paint, Darice matt acrylic in teal, Americana craft paint, archival ink pad, makeup brush, charcoal pencil, palette knife

Stencils used: skinny font, wildflower, flower silhouette 1, daisy 2 THESE ARE ON SALE THIS WEEK


Have you ever stared at a blank page or canvas wondering what the heck should I do?

Or have wasted time searching for inspiration? Oh, my, gosh! I know I have! There’s nothing worse than when you want to get creative, but you feel like you’ve got nothin! No ideas, no goal, no inspiration. Welp, I’m gonna help you get past that!

I’m so excited about this workshop because I share for the first time how I get out of my creative ruts. I have developed a practice that works for me every. single. time. That sparks my imagination, gets my fingers in the paint and gets me in the flow! In this workshop, we dive into my secret sauce for getting the mojo flowing, and how to create quickly by thinking only about the next step….to get the most out of your time.

I will guide you, in gathering all our elements together, preparing our journals with speed, creating grungy Gelli prints and building amazing texture, all in an unconventional way, that I know will light the fire in your soul!

Oh, and did I mention that I help take the fear out of starting something new or working through your projects? It’s all part of the system that I use that I can’t wait to share with you.

We’ll pull it all together to create 6 beautiful abstract projects in our journals and on canvas. Even going big on a 16 x20


Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted May 26, 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. Sarra Hozen

    Your work in an inspiration to me!! Thank you for sharing. However I see you use your hands with no gloves. Can you please share how you keep the staining of the paints and inks out of your cuticles. Such a Huge problem for me. I wash but cannot get this area clean.

    Thanks, Sarra

    • shawn

      Hi Sarra,

      Thanks you so much. I use dawn dish soap and put it directly onto my cuticles and let it sit for a minute and then use a scrubber sponge and clean. It work almost everytime. Inks are harder and I will soak my hands in warm water and dawn.
      Hope this helps and thanks for sharing the journey with me.


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