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Aging paper and acrylic inks Sunday inspiration 4-26-20
Posted Apr 26, 2020

Today’s piece has deep meaning for me and everything tells the story. I also loved every step of the process.

The first layers of reverse stenciling created a beautiful background for vintage papers and some regular copy paper that I aged with acrylic ink and acrylic high flow.

I added some super heavy gesso and gold acrylic ink and also had some happy accidents.

I was inspired to create this piece from several emails that I received this week about how people are feeling right now. … lonely, unloved, worthless and it breaks my heart and I have a message for you!

I used gold in this project to represent how valuable you are…. I’ll tell you all about it in the video.


This original is available HERE , the print on wood or the print to be framed HERE

Supplies used: 11×14 mdf board, vintage collage pak paper, Arteza acrylic paint (cold gray, sky blue), regular gesso, super heavy gesso, Sennelier acrylic paint (turquoise), Dr. Ph. Martin liquid acrylic (yellow oxide, sepia) F&W acrylic ink (sepia), Golden high flow in sepia, Liquitex matte gel, Liquitex matte medium, Liquitex super heavy gesso, brayer, charcoal pencil

Stencils used: Daffodil, Geo cross 4, Modern pattern 5 – THESE WILL BE ON SALE

Collage paks used: ledger paper instant download or printed version

book covers –instant download or printed version – THESE WILL BE ON SALE

This weeks coloring page video:

The coloring page series are more free videos to give you some creative time while you are staying at home.

Remember that you are so, so worthy, you are important and YOU are loved!

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Posted Apr 26, 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. Dianne Nash

    Oh my dear Shawn! How right on you are about this. Good to know I am not alone in this life we are living now. Cannot thank you enough for your kind and reassuring words. Peace be with you. You are golden💛💛💛💛💛

    • shawn

      Dianne, we are all feeling it, in one way or another. Just such a strange time right now. Stay safe and create… it helps! Hugs!

  2. Yvonne

    I am amazed every time I watch your video s, your creativity blows me away, thank you so much for sharing!

    • shawn

      Yvonne, your so sweet! Thank you… have a great day and be safe!

  3. Sharon Herbert

    Just watching this beautiful piece and listened to your message at the end. I’m a realtor and I’m still pretty busy, mostly remotely, and seem to be doing pretty good but as I listened to the message I realized I needed that too. Thank you so much.

    Love the painting and will be working on this one too.

    Everyone have a good week

    • shawn

      Thanks Sharon, so glad you are doing well and business is steady for you! Stay safe and have fun creating!


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