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Create an abstract with gold leaf, a gelli plate and finding inspiration in the moment.
Posted Sep 22, 2019
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In today’s Sunday inspiration I use gold leaf and a gelli plate to bring the meaning and life to this piece. I step out of my comfort zone a bit to capture a moment that inspired me to my bones.

I couldn’t wait to get started on this project after getting home from a recent quick weekend trip.

I also can’t wait to share this story with you and how finding inspiration can seem elusive, but if we are present and really look, we can find it.

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE

Supplies used: 16×20 birch wood panel, Deco art media fluid acrylic, Americana glazing medium, Chalky gesso, Deco art media heavy gloss gel, Gold leaf, glue stick, 5×7 gelli plate, brayer, archival ink pad, make up brush, china marker, charcoal pencil,

Stencils used: numbers 2, doodle minis masks, splatters, vintage cross

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Posted Sep 22, 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!

14 Comments

  1. Patricia

    Another beautiful, inspiring video. Loved the art and the messsge.

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    • cindy mccusker

      Just joined and have been so thrilled with your videos as compared with all the others I’ve seen recently in my first attempt at collage. Thank you for the free library and all the other things you can buy. Will be ordering some of your stencils. Thank you.

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      • shawn

        Cindy,… thanks for sharing the journey with me!

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    • shawn

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  2. Deborah

    thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. the work is stunning.

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    • shawn

      Thanks you for being here! You are loved!

      Reply
  3. Gailie Running-Lynx

    Thank you so much Shawn!! It was soo inspiring for today and all the days to come!! What a Beautiful piece and what a Lovely Story!! xoxo!!

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    • shawn

      Thanks so much!

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  4. Carole Morrison

    Shawn, your message and your beautiful piece of art truly were inspirational today!! I “got” what you were saying……..and that “light” you referred to IS there if only we’ll “be still” for a few seconds…….and “know”! Thank you, my friend……….

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    • shawn

      Love you Carole! You are a light to my soul!

      Reply
  5. Patricia

    Just loved your description of the light and the darkness – beautiful art piece. Thank you.

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    • shawn

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  6. Cali

    Wow what a wonderful experience!!!!!! What a gorgeous piece of artwork to represent that!!!! Sounds like something one should experience at least once in a lifetime!!! Always love the dark inkiness of purssian along with all the other colors and the gold leaf. So stunning!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration love seeing the process.

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    • shawn

      Thanks for watching and I’m so glad that I can inspire!

      Reply

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