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Using acrylic like watercolor to make some happiness Sunday inspiration 5-17-20
Posted May 17, 2020

I wanted to create a little happiness and a nod to the chance to return to “normal” and blossom.

I also wanted to create something that looked like watercolor but because I like to layer things and collage elements I knew it needed to be acrylic.

So this was a bit experiment….. and I love it!

The background felt uncomfortable because it was so white and plain, but again I was thinking about creating on white watercolor paper.

When I came across this quote it spoke to me this week and with everything as of late, it was filtered with the coronavirus looming over all of us and slowly emerging from it.

I wrote in my journal ……

“There is a time to stay tight in your bud. To be cautious, to look inward. To slow down. To heal.. To be quiet and listen… and when we’re quiet, we can hear the truth, we can hear the desires of our hearts. ( in our homes, relationships, work, and goals).

When we’re quiet long enough, the truth becomes clear and so loud that we risk losing ourselves, our dreams our relationships… and we MUST blossom and bloom”.

I share more about it in the video… hope you enjoy the process.

This original is available HERE

The print on wood or print to be framed HERE

Supplies used:

12×12 mdf board, Liquitex gesso and fluid matte medium, Golden heavy body (quinacridone magenta, Indian yellow, permanent violet) Lukas acrylic (olive green, gray, burnt umber, beige, teal, titanium white) Americana craft paint (eucalyptus) Arteza markers, Sharpie waterbased marker in white, General’s charcoal pencil, black soft pastel for edges

Stencils used: Spring leaves 1, garden 2, flower gang 2003 & 2002, flower gang 5 — THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Collage pak used: Mini butterfly book – printed versiondownload version

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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

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Posted May 17, 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. Betty Kurecka

    Thank you for doing this. I look forward to my Sundays and your art as well as your wisdom. I do have a question though. You said you printed the quote on tissue paper. On a laser printer or inkjet printer?

    I am also going to sign up for one of your classes. I’m a senior with underlying medical conditions so I will be staying self-isolated longer than most probably so your class will help me pass the time as well as give me an emotional outlet.

    • shawn

      Hi Betty,

      I print on an ink jet printer and it works great! So glad you will be joining me on one of my workshops! Hope you have fun and staying safe. Hugs!


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