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Mixed media texture with collage papers Sunday inspiration 9-13-20
Posted Sep 13, 2020

Oh the yummy goodness in today’s piece! I used so many of my favorite things….. collage papers, spray paint, pastels, stencils…. such goodness!

The inspiration came from the quote on the piece “Beauty from ashes” . As I read it this week I thought about how so many times the ashes of my life have been made beautiful.

Which led me to think about how when I’m in the city or my own downtown area, how artists have taken what was a grungy old building wall with graffiti on it and painted something so beautiful that everyone enjoys.

It’s inspiring to see these huge beautiful murals that reflect the artist or the city.

So that’s where I went with this project. The grungy wall, the pealing papers with a little graffiti, and the beauty.

I share more about the beauty from the ashes in the video.

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

These two collage background papers are free in the resource library. If you haven’t signed up yet you can do that here and you’ll get immediate access to the library

Supplies used:

11×14 mdf board, Liquitex gel medium, Decoart media black gesso, Nova color white gesso, Liquitex spray paint in quin magenta, Lukas acrylic teal, Decoart Americana acrylic in fawn and thicket, Liquitex acrylic ink raw umber, carbon black, fine line applicator, charcoal pencils, white charcoal pencil, white soft pastel, spectra fix to fix before sealing.

Stencils used: mums, Spanish elements, Spanish tiles 2, daisey 2, hydrangea, carved circle, carved lines, carved up THE DAISY AND HYDRANGEA STENCILS WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK.

There’s still time to get the early bird pricing! The early bird pricing end Sept 14th. Get this workshop for only $19.00 See all the details and sign up HERE

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Posted Sep 13, 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. Michele Booth

    Hi, Is Wonderlust still only $99.00 dollars?
    Thank you,

    • shawn

      Hey there, It looks like all the early bird spots are taken, they even added 1500 more spots. So sorry! They went so fast!

  2. joyce haefke

    Hi Shawn, I’m trying to sign up for wanderlust at the $99 rate, but can’t seem to find that offer. Am I too late? (The first I’ve heard of this is in your message today.)

    Thanks for your help!

    • shawn

      Hi Joyce,
      It looks like all the early bird slots are taken. They even added another 1500 spots. So sorry! They went so fast!

  3. Karen Atkinson

    Very cool. I like it quite a bit. Thank you for sharing.

  4. joyce haefke

    I loved today’s project(but admittedly, I love all of your work!) I attempted to sign up for the Wanderlust adventure for 2021, but the special rate you quoted is apparently not available. Can you confirm that, or am I doing something wrong?

    Thanks so much for your help Shawn(and I apologize if this is a repeat. I did ask earlier, but don’t see my comment, or your answer>)

  5. Melisa

    So much depth with all the layers and I love your story behind the video! GRuNGaLiCiouS!!

    • shawn

      Thanks Melisa! Hugs!


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