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Mixed media face – Dared to go Sunday inspiration 7-14-19
Posted Jul 14, 2019

I used to be afraid of creating faces, but now it’s one of my favorite things. and they become personal reflections and have such deep meaning.

Creating a mixed media face takes longer than a regular piece but I love getting lost in the details. And the eyes… oh the eyes they take some extra effort to get the right depth so they can tell a story. but I love it!

I love choosing all the right papers that tell her story, It’s so therapeutic and I couldn’t create my faces without my Stabilo all pencil and my charcoal pencil.

The quote that inspired this piece has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks and I just kept searching for the right thing to create that would capture the meaning….. “We cannot become who we want, by remaining who we are.” I’m so glad I waited because the inspiration found it’s home.

I didn’t put it on the piece because the tiny words on her chest just showed up as I was creating her and they spoke to me and went with the quote that inspired me. I share more about this in the video.

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE, the print with the quote HERE and print without the quoate HERE

Supplies used:

9×12 mdf board, vintage papers, Liquitex matte medium, Deco art media gesso, Acrylic paints, brayer, Soho soft pastels, Stabilo all pencil, charcoal pencil (ex. soft) archival ink pad (potting soil and black) makeup brush, spectrafix, Liquitex matte gel

Collage paks used: vintage plants, mini butterfly, vintage land birds, vintage guide to trees

Stencils used: faces looking over, large rose, Mediterranian duo 1

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jul 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. Camille

    I am really hating LOVING you soooooo much! Camille

    • shawn

      This made me smile!!!


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