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Find Joy in Simplicity Mixed Media – by CT Celise McLaughlin
Posted Jul 24, 2019

I have always loved light houses, when Shawn came out with the “take me to the water” series, I had to get these stencils.  Then when she shared the wonderful books she found and all the new collage packs.  It was an ah-ha moment indeed.  The Sandpipers was the first to catch my eye.  I wanted to create a seascape using both of these products.  This project is about finding joy in the simplest of pleasures.

Enjoy the Video!

List Products Used:

Product List:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Take me to the Water 2

Collage Pack: American Birds History Book 10

Ranger Archival Ink

Liquitex Matte Medium, Gesso, Basic Black Acrylic and Satin Varnish

Dreamweaver Crackle Paint

Nuvo Expanding Mousse

Deco Art American craft paints, Chalk Acrylic and Fluid Acrylics

General and Pacific Arc Charcoal Pencils

Ranger Distress Marker

Soho soft pastels

Uniball white gel pen

Prismacolor Final Fixative

Favorite Quote:

“Today’s fears will be but a distant memory tomorrow.”  

Fun Fact:

I am a morning person. Most days I have to force myself to stay in bed until daylight. 






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Posted Jul 24, 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

    WOW ! This is so beautiful ! I love all the textures , colors and simplicity 🙂 Thank you for all the ideas !

  2. Carole Morrison

    Celise, your finished artwork is amazing to say the very least!!! Thank you so much for sharing your process!!! WOW!!!


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