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Collage and printing on rice paper mixed media Sunday inspiration 9-20-20
Posted Sep 20, 2020

This piece was such a journey and has sooo many layers. The background was the place where is fleshed out my thoughts on the inspiration for this creation.

I knew that I wanted some see-through layers and decided to do some stenciling and prints with my stencils on rice paper…. well a few hours later I had gone done the rabbit hole. It was like gelli printing… I had papers everywhere. I show you my process in the video, anyway… I believe it was all part of the meaning and process of this piece.

I was inspired by the book “The Gift” by Dr. Edith Eger. It is so good! and had me in tears a few times…. Here is part of a few lines from her book that moved me and brought me to the table to create.

“We all have this capacity to choose. When nothing helpful or nourishing is coming from the outside, that is precisely the moment when we have the possibility to discover who we really are. It’s not what happens to us that matters most, it’s what we do with our experiences……”

There’s so much more I share in the video.

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Supplies used:

12×12 mdf board, white gesso, Nova color quin magenta, Lukas acrylic in fern, Arteza arctic, Amsterdam black, Arteza metallic gold, DecoArt Americana acrylic (sand gray, plum suede, melon, lush pink, cobblestone), Liquitex acrylic inks (quin magenta, muted gray, yellow oxide, transparent raw umber), Gallery hand made soft pastels, Liquitex matte medium, Jack Richeson’s 12×18 rice paper, brayer,
General’s charcoal pencil (ex. soft and hard)

Collage pak used: Beautiful stuff download version printed version -these will be on sale

Stencils used: carved vine, carved pods, carved up, carved sphere

Vintage wallpaper 1 and vintage wallpaper 2 – THESE TWO WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

This week Celise Mclaughlin and I did a collaboration painting.

She sent me a background she created and I sent her a background I created. This is the result.

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Posted Sep 20, 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. Judith Kraus

    Thank you for this. I’m just beginning my exploration of mixed media. I’m discovering so many interesting things. This is very inspiring. I look forward to seeing more!

    • shawn

      Thanks for watching!

  2. Meg Perry

    So beautiful, I need to play with rice paper, I love the soft transparency, and that gold is stunning! The soft grey and magenta, as always it is wonderful and inspirational to watch you work and the quote is soulful.

  3. Lori Day

    couldn’t find the collage pack in the store?

  4. Lagene

    Gorgeous creation, thank you so much for the video showing your thoughts and the process. I love the rice paper effect! What a positive message!


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