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Dipping papers in acrylic inks Sunday inspiration 7-19-20
Posted Jul 19, 2020

In today’s video you’ll get to watch my process of discover…. and how happy accidents happen.

I created my own papers to collage this piece…. It’s all collage… my happy place!

I played with my new acrylic inks and had fun with pan pastels.

I also share about how as we are searching for direction on our journey, sometimes we need to see with new eyes to really grow and learn.

I hope you enjoy the video

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Supplies used:

12×12 mdf board, gesso, vintage collage pak and regular copy paper, acrylic inks (muted series) and Daler and Rowney in sepia, matte gel, pan pastels in various colors, charcoal pencil, white and black soft pastel, archival in in potting soil

Stencils used:

scribble marks 1, Moroccan tile 3, Mediterranean minis, Boats xl 12 x12, boats and birds

This week over on Instagram 50 artists and paper crafters came together to encourage each other and intentionally get to know each other.

I was paired with the wonderful Mystele Kirkeeng, a match made in heaven! You can see our conversation and get to know more on my Instagram account @artgirl38

The event was put together by Dina Wakey and Rachel Bellamy with Tim Holtz as our presenter.

You can see all the team and creativity on Tim Holtz Instagram @tim_holtz

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Posted Jul 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. Susan KInne

    Ohhhh, I absolutely love, love, love this Shawn . The artwork has so much motion
    and texture. It is fabulous!!! I bought the stencil and collage pack and have to
    make it. Thank you for sharing your talent. Love your site and you!!!!

  2. Jill Jank

    I JUST completed a sailboat using magazine strips as my collage material. It was so fun to watch it come together. The horizon is the key. I was sooo inspired when you made your own papers and….played! Good for you! We are so often dictated by structure of some sort. YOU give us inspiration and the actual tutorials and materials. What a gift!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much Jill… I’m so honored that I can inspire and encourage, Yes the horizon is key to making it all come together.
      Have fun creating!

  3. Nancy A Olsen

    This is just amazing I love it !!!!!!!!!

    • shawn

      Thanks Nancy! Hugs!


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