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“Be brave” Handy vision board with prompts by New CT Member Barbara Vaccari
Posted Oct 7, 2020

When I received Shawn Petite email congratulating me on my acceptance to be part of her team… well… at first, I spent the whole day jumping all around my apartment like a child who has won a three day pass for Disneyland!

But, then, I began to wonder how I would like our path together to be and this collage package “It’s time to fly” just called me out. I was particularly inspired but few prompts which I wanted to focus on and all those varieties of scribbles and marks stencils have helped me in creating a very special base to work with. 

Enjoy the Video!

Supply list:

Shawn Petite Collage pack “ It’s time to fly”

Shawn Petite stencils Scribbles, Scribble Marks 2, Scribble marks 3, Old type text. 

Old wooden spool; 6 empty tea bags; scissors, glue stick; stiff brush to glue, Matte medium, cosmetic sponge to stencil. Distress ink Tea dye, Rusty hinge.

Acrylic paints, I used AmsterdamTitanium white, Titan buff, Permanent red-purple, Turquoise green, Greenish yellow, black. DecoArt Neons Torrid orange, Sizzling pink

Patterned papers and Washi tape at your choice.Embellishments at your choice. I used a sari ribbon, a little butterfly charm, and my tiniest bell.

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Posted Oct 7, 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. Judy Twitty

    Love your little tea bag scroll!! So unique!

    • shawn

      Barbara did an amazing job with this project. I too love the tea bags. I’ll make sure to pass along the compliment! — Shawn

  2. Ines Torrech

    Barbara love, love ,love your be brave/ never to late to fly !!! Tea and tea bags are my thing so I was thrilled. Can’t wait to try something inspired on your work. Thank you!!

    • shawn

      Barbara did a great job, she is such a creative soul. Thanks for watching! And I will make sure to pass on the compliment. — Shawn


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