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Super heavy gesso, chalk paste and stamping with a stencil.
Posted Jun 9, 2019

I love the texture on this piece! Super heavy gesso is not my first choice when grabbing for things to create texture, but it was on my desk so I grabbed it and boy am I glad I did! I also love it when I’m drying with my heat tool and I get up close to the gesso and it bubbles… Yes, please! More texture!

I used my raw umber and glazing medium heavily in this piece because I wanted it to feel very grungy and to go with the stencils that I used for this piece.

Then I got super excited when I started experimenting with the new butterfly stencil in the shop. I used it like a stamp and off camera went a little crazy experimenting with it! You are gonna love this stencil!

This original is available HERE The print is available HERE

The inspiration came from the book that I’m ready by Rachel Hollis “Girl stop apologizing” She is incredibly motivating, but she says talks about the excuses we tell ourselves to not go after our dreams. The recurring theme is “if not now then when” I share more about this in the video.

But today… Let go of whatever voice are telling you to not go after your dreams… whatever they are. Start today, because not is your time to fly!

Enjoy the video!

Supplies used: 12×12 mdf board, vintage papers, Deco Art matte medium, Liqitex super heavy gesso, Prima chalk paste in antique sage and vintage lace, Deco art media fluid acrylic in raw umber, Americana glazing medium, Archival ink in black, teal, library green, makeup brush, charcoal pencil and black soft pastel.

Stencils used: butterflies, gears, clock 1, keys, grunge font, These will be on sale today in the shop.

New Stencils in the shop!

1.bouquet of flowers 1 2. bouquet of flowers 2 3.butterflies 4. roses and peonies 5. take me to the water 2 6. take me to the water 1 7. boats and birds 8. Cardinals 9. find your true north 10. keys 11. gears 12. whimsical font 1 13. whimsical font 2

14 clocks square 15. clocks farmhouse 16. clocks scroll 17. arch round 18. arch point 19. arch curvy 20. lanterns and signs

Hop on over to the shop and get some new stencils to create with!

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jun 9, 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. Sharon

    Hi can you please let me know if you received my request to add another stencil to my order. Thank you for your help

  2. Rhonda

    You are a beautiful woman, I’m talking on the inside. The message you forward, to your listeners is lovely. So happy, I found you. Plz continue sharing you and your beautiful art. I’m so in love with your pieces.
    Stay wonderful!

    All the Best,

    • shawn

      Thanks Rhonda, and thanks for being here! You are loved!

  3. Stephen Hewson

    Hi – I’m in lockdown in Worcester, in the UK – your work and demo’s are inspirational – thank you! Keep safe! Regards Steve

    • shawn

      Thank you, We are in quarantine too. We are all doing well here, please take care of yourself

  4. Claudia

    I love your techniques.

    • shawn

      Thanks so much and thanks for being here! Have a peaceful day. Hugs.

  5. Carla. Tenret

    I love your work. I just discovered you via Pinterest. How can I follow your videos. Where can I get the supplies. Stay as Wonderfull as you are. Carla

    • shawn

      Hi Carla,
      So glad you found me!
      On my homepage I have my youtube channel, links to the shop. All the supplies that I use for each video is posted in the blog posts.
      Hope this helps. Have a wonderful day!

  6. Bridget

    Hi there, would you send some stencils to Australia? If so let me know and I will order them. Love this design you made.

    • Shawn

      Hi Bridget we do send to Australia normally, however in the last 3 months Australia shipping shut down. Things are now starting to arrive. it’s taking about 90 days to get there. so it’s up to you if you want to order just wanted to let you know how long it’s taking. Thanks for asking! And thanks for being here!

  7. Tammy Strand

    Hi Shawn thank you for sharing your work I basically stumbled upon it on Pinterest but the one piece that is also a print says it’s not available let’s go now is your time is there any way I can get that in a print I want to apply it to the top of an old library file

    • Shawn

      Hi Tammy,
      I think my assistant answered your question. Let me know thanks and I’m so glad you found me!! Thanks for sharing the journey with me.


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