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Drywall tape and dirty paint color
Posted Dec 22, 2019

In today’s Sunday inspriration I use some drywall tape for texture and I show you how I dirty up my paint color to make it soft and subtle.

I also created a collage sheet just for this piece’s background and it’s free to you in the Subscriber resource library.

I was inspired for this week’s creation by some emails that I received from many of you this week that are struggling. That are hurting and in transition.

So I knew I needed to speak some truth into your lives…… because I know what it feels like to have gone through loss and heartache. To question yourself, to feel small and sit with doubt and shame.

The quote reads “when there is no enemy within, the enemies on the outside cannot hurt us” African proverb

Too often we are our own worst enemy and only add to the hurt. I share more about it in the video.

But YOU are resilient, strong and unshakable… even if you don’t feel like it right now!

Enjoy the video

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Supplies used: 8×10 mdf board, Liquitex matte medium, gesso, Lukas acrylic paint, Americana glazing medium, drywall tape, collage paper

Stencils used: Mediterranian minis, mosaic minis, flower silhouette 3, modern stencil (new)

Collage paper used: You can get it free in the subscriber resource library. If you are not a subscriber you can sign up HERE

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Dec 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!


  1. Diane Katz

    When I try to watch the video , I get a message saying this video is private?

    • shawn

      Diane, Sorry about that, I fixed it! Thanks for letting me know! Have a great day!

  2. Wasselin Evelyne

    Hello Shawn,
    Thank you so much for all the videos. I like your work very much.
    We are so far from each other and in the same time so close !!!

    Have a very Merry Christmas


    • shawn

      Thank you for the kind words… and yes I love that we can be miles apart and still share each others journey. Have a blessed new year!

  3. Patrice

    Good morning Shawn,
    I wanted to send you a note thanking you for everything you do and say for myself and your many viewers. You bring so much joy,hope and encouragement to so many with every post and every beautiful piece you create. You are God’s special gift that’s for certain.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishing you much love, peace and prosperity in the New Year to come.

    • shawn

      Thanks so much, you are so kind and I’m so blessed that I can encourage and inspire. Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me. You are loved! I hope you have peace and love for the new year!


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