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Reverse stenciling and soft pastels Sunday inspiration 1-19-20
Posted Jan 19, 2020

Today I practiced my own version of perfect on this sweet piece.

I love reverse stenciling, it creates such a beautiful pattern and texture and is perfect for a wash or a glaze.

And then I played like a kid with my Soho soft pastels! It is so much fun and if you’re not sure if you should add additional color to your piece soft pastels are perfect if you’re unsure because if you don’t like it you can just wipe it off.

This quote that inspired this piece made me smile the second I saw it! You know that feeling when you read something and you know it was meant for you. That’s how it was, so I knew I had to share it and paint it.

I’m constantly learning to be comfortable in my own skin, to not compare myself to anyone else, to grow and learn new things but also accept me for me,…….. weird quirks, fear, and awkwardness in all.

We all have our own beauty, or own talents and our own version of perfect. YOU are perfect just as you are.

I share more about it in the video…. enjoy!

This original is available HERE and the Print HERE

Supplies used: 8×10 mdf board, Collage papers, Jerry’s fluid matte medium, Lukas cryl acrylic paints, Soho soft pastels, Sharpie water-based pen in white, Sharpie fine line pen, charcoal pencil in ex. soft. tissue paper, archival ink black and makeup brush.

Stencils used: daisy 1, daisy 3, farmhouse clock

Collage papers available in the resource library for free.

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted Jan 19, 2020
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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. Barbara

    Shawn, thanks so much for your beauty inside and

    What was the one material you used on the soft pastels? You said fix it I’m not familiar with it since I’ve never used chalk before/

  2. Nancy A Olsen

    Another fun piece ! I bought a small an inexpensive set of chalks and love using them. Just wondering if there is much difference in the soho brand and others ?

  3. Sue

    Beautiful piece and the quote is “perfect”. I really have not tried chalks, my mother did tho’ and some of her cards were absolutely stunning. I have kept them all, of course, she is no longer here, but she is ever present. Thanks Shawn, this was a great way to start my Sunday.

  4. Karen Atkinson

    This is beautiful and so is your message. Thank you.

  5. Sharon Herbert

    Where do I find the post card in this video of January 19, 2020. I’m going to paint this one today. Love it.

    • shawn


      There are many postcards in the collage paks in the shop. There is also a free one in the subscriber resource library, it’s not exactly the same but would work. If you are a subscriber you already know how to sign in and get that free download. If your not a subscriber you can do that here:
      Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me.


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