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Mixed media floral with gel prints and vintage wallpaper Sunday inspiration 1-10-21
Posted Jan 10, 2021

A new beginning means nothing if you’re still in love with your comfort zone.

Don’t live the same day 30,000 times and call it a life.

Growth begins now, at the end of your comfort zone.

Dream. Attempt. Explore.

This moment can take you in any direction you want to go. –

@marcandangel from instagram

This quote is the inspiration for today’s Sunday inspiration.

It seems a bit simplistic after the year that we’ve had. And let me tell you right now I want just a little bit of a comfort zone…..

But I share more in the video about how I focused on the…. Dream. Attempt. Explore. in this moment.

In this moment means today…. and really that’s all I can focus on because If I’ve learned anything from last year all I can think about is today.

I get super passionate about this quote in the video and it shows in this floral.

I also went to my comfort zone with stenciling on gel prints, vintage wallpaper, using some chalk paste, and putting it all together with my favorite colors.

Sometimes we need a tiny bit of our comfort zone to rest and reenergize. It’s really ok…. let’s just not stay there.

Have fun watching.

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Supplies used:

12×12 MDF board with black gesso, Liquitex matte medium, and gel, Liquitex white gesso, copy paper, chalk paste by redesign in cranberry, variety of soft pastels, Lukas acrylic in prussion blue, Liquitex acrylic (gray), Liquitex acrylic (raw umber, muted gray), Nova color acrylic (med. violet, quin red, quin magenta, portrait tone), Arteza acrylic paint (wine red, yellow ochre, olive green, cocoa brown, dark teal) Americana acrylic (sugar peach, melon), catalyst tools, art basic color shape tool,
Barvotti shaper tool, Stabilo wood pencils, Generals charcoal pencil (hard, ex. soft)

Stencils used:

Handdrawn mandala, spring leaves, daisy 2, roses and peonies, hydrangea trio, vintage script , large roses

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Posted Jan 10, 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. Libby

    Restful Sunday Inspiration video to watch. Yes, definitely have to explore “the new”.

    • shawn

      So glad your Sunday was restful! Thanks for being here.
      I hope you get to explore!
      Have a great day! Hugs!

  2. Sue

    Beautiful piece Shawn, love it as much as you do. The quote fits. I love the colours, the flowers, the background, yummy. 2020 has taught us a lot, patience being one for sure, kindness and you gotta smile.
    much love and blessings to you!

    • shawn

      Thanks so much for being here and watching!
      We are better together and yes, so much we have learn this last year!
      Have a great week!

  3. Heather Domke

    Love your Sunday videos Shawn, and your conversation. Have lots of your stencils and buying more today, lol

    • shawn

      Thanks so much! We sure appreciate your purchases!
      Have fun with them! Hugs


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