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“Folio of Strangers” created by CT member Jenni Zmuda
Posted Jan 6, 2021

Old photos are important. Even if you do not know them. They were someone once. Someone’s mother or sister, father or brother. In this folio, I create a place to keep all those strangers in a safe and respectful, and beautiful way.

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Products used:

Shawn Petite Stencils: Background Words 8×10, Vintage Postage 1, Geo Mini’s

Paints: Yellow Ochre from Nova Paints, FolkArt Milk Chocolate, FolkArt Pure Black

Other items: File Folders, Heavy Body Liquitex – Titanium White, Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Black Soot and Walnut Stain, Texture Paste, Mother of Pearl Buttons, Scrap piece of fabric, Sewing Machine, Wooden Beads, Rusted Objects

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Posted Jan 6, 2021
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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. Susie Risk

    What a great idea for old photos. I really like the way this turned out!

    • cindy mccusker

      Beautiful, just beautiful. What an artist!!!

  2. Shirley

    Fabulous work Jenni! I love the idea of keeping the old photos in such a beautiful art piece. I especially enjoyed your mix of colors/papers/pattens/and textures.
    It is very inspiring! Keep creating and thanks for the sharing with us.

    • shawn

      I love Jenni’s style is so deep and free.
      Thanks for being here!

  3. Jules

    The email had a far different photo than what you ar showing here? in both emails that were sent. The One email is with a lovely black woman? Where is her work?


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