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Watercolor and Acrylic wreath with CT member Shannon Beesley
Posted Jun 19, 2019

For the past few weeks, I’ve found myself a little uninspired and in a rut. If you are creator or even a human, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. Grrr… so frustrating!!! But the logical part of my brain knows that it happens to all of us from time to time and all we can do is ride the wave and wait for the muse to return. For me personally, I sometimes get swamped with all of the wonderful art on Pinterest and Instagram I see and I want to try it all.

Today. Instead of inspiring me it just crowds my brain with too much noise. I’ve found that when this happens it helps A LOT to turn everything off and just start playing. In this video that’s exactly what I’m doing. I’m not trying to create anything but some interesting marks and color combinations. I know beforehand that I’m going to just cut random pieces into circles…. Circles that actually turn into leaves, but you’ve seen that already.

I really do end up being pretty pleased with the way this turned out. It would make a lovely (and easy) gift for a friend. I found a funny quote on Pinterest, but you could easily put a sentimental quote or word in there to change it up. I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to keep going when you feel like quitting.


*1 16×20 sheet 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper torn into quarters

Stencils: *Scribble Marks 2. *Pattern 6 *Background 2 *Scribble Marks 1. *Scribbles

paint: Watercolor, Golden Paynes Gray, Teal, Liquitex: Portrait pink, Titan Buff, Sage Nova Color: Black, Violet, Holbein: Opera India ink: black, white, magenta, Indian yellow White gesso, Golden fluid Matte Medium

You can see more from Shannon below

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jun 19, 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. Carole Morrison

    Shannon, I’m just “WOWED”!! A lovely piece!!! I so enjoyed your process and techniques!! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!!

  2. Becky

    I enjoyed watching this come together. I am curious – what is the big, fat, round brush you are using?

    • shawn

      It is a makeup brush and I usually have a link to it in the blog post. Thanks!

      • shawn

        Becky, I’m sorry I answered the wrong question… lol trying to do too many things at one time. I’m not sure about the brush that Shannon used. Sorry!


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