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“Grateful”re-purposed mixed media wall decor wood board By CT Member Sherry DiPaolo
Posted Apr 22, 2020

I love to go garage sale shopping or to thrift shops.  You never know what you will find when you go and there are always great treasures to be found.  Usually I’m looking at items I can use in my art.  I look for craft supplies, vintage jewelry, old books, ephemera, and substrates for my artwork.  For my video this week I used a wall décor picture I purchased at a garage sale.  It was made of wood and had a flower painted on it and it was cute.  When I see things like this I think about how I can repurpose them.  In this instance I knew I could just apply Gesso to the picture and it would be ready for a creation. 

This week’s project combines my re-purposed picture and Shawn’s Mason Jars and Cherry Blossoms stencils.  I knew when these stencils came out, they were a definite choice for a project.  I love them both.  I especially love the Cherry Blossoms stencil because of the shapes and sizes of the blossoms.  In my video I didn’t use the stencil in whole form, but rather I used small parts of it in a random fashion to get the effect I was looking for.  I can see this stencil being used a lot in my artwork.  It has so much potential. 

Enjoy the Video!


Repurposed Wood Picture 8×8, White Gesso, Old Key Card for applying paint, Mod Podge Matte, Paper Doily, Pilot G-2 Black Ball Point Pen, Liquitex Basics Acrylics: Bright Aqua Green, Light Blue Permanent, Cobalt Blue Hue, Brilliant Purple, Raw Umber, Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Gloss) Medium, Sennelier Oil Pastels – White, Faber Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pens: Cobalt Blue and Purple Violet







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Posted Apr 22, 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!


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