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“Stand Tall” mixed media Canvas By Jessie Barton
Posted Nov 6, 2019

Whenever I go through a tough time I think of the sunflower…it stands tall and it looks to the light for it’s sustenance and growth. Something I recently learned: On cloudy days the sunflowers will look to each other and share energy. Which is what we can also do in tough times. Draw close to those we love and share energy until the storm passes.

One bummer with this project: my crackle paste didn’t crackle. I’m not sure why. It was fun to make vibrant painted papers with the Gelli Plate!

Enjoy the Video!

List Products Used:

Shawn Petite Stencil: Flower Silhouette 6 and Daisy 1

Vintage music sheets from my stash, Scrapbook paper from my stash, Liquitex Matte Medium, Charcoal pencil, charcoal stick, Stabilo pencil, Acrylic Paints: Mars Black, Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, Neon Orange, Pink Magenta, Olive Green, Cad Yellow Light, Ocean Green, Monte Mart Crackle Paste, Deco Art Crackle Paint, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Stardust Spray, Tiffany Lou Blue, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Stardust Spray Tainted Love Teal, Gelli Plate





Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Nov 6, 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. cindy mccusker

    This one is just a bit too “invigorating” for my taste.

  2. Eileen

    I look for your posts constantly because you are such a great inspiration to me! I love sunflowers and they do make me very happy. Whenever I see a field of them I must get out of my car and walk through the field. This year I took my eighty-eight year old mother and she walked through the field of sunflowers. I did like this piece of art work. Thank you for being you, and for sharing the products that you use, and the paper materials that you provide. I do use them and have learned so much from you. You are a fantastic teacher!

  3. Leora Bennett

    What is the paper used that the words are on? I can’t find a paper that blends into the background like that.

    • shawn

      Leora, it’s tissue paper. Thanks for watching!

  4. Dorothy K.

    Hi, I love the colorful vibrancy of your artwork. I, too, love sunflowers. Can you tell me if the sunflower on tissue paper that you glued down in the beginning is a free printable anywhere? If so, where did you get it? I love the illustration.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • shawn

      Dorothy, thanks for watching!


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