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stenciling with heavy body paint Sunday inspiration 6-21-20
Posted Jun 21, 2020

In today’s piece, I did everything differently. I used heavy body paints through my stencils, I put papers down to block out the arrangement, used and extra hard charcoal pencil and a few other things, that aren’t my usual way to create.

I did this to experiment and learn some new things.

The quote that was the inspiration for my experimenting – “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” by Arthur Ashe. I love it when you read a quote you’ve read so many times before and in the moment it speaks to you.

Sometimes when we start something that we’ve never done before, we fumble around a bit and are uncomfortable, which is what happened in this piece.

But the most important thing that we can do to grow is to start…. start when we don’t know what we’re doing, start and learn your way through.

We can never grow until we start…… I share more about it in the video.

Have fun watching

This original is available HERE and the prints are available HERE

Supplies used: 12 x12 mdf board, gesso, scrap and vintage paper, Liquitex matte gel, heavy body paint – (Golden – Quin magenta, prussian blue, naphthol red, Quin nickel azo gold, permanent violet, teal, indian yellow, van dyke brown) Windsor & Newton – hookers green, deep turquoise, Lukas acrylic – artic and fern, charcoal pencil in ext soft & hard, Soho soft pastel, spray fixative, 1/2 inch brush and small detail brush

Stencils used: daisy 1 & 2, lavender, farmhouse pitcher, large roses, spring leaves, garden 2, sunflower duo – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Have a good week…

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved.

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Posted Jun 21, 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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