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My 2021 word for the year, a new journal page, a new journal – Sunday inspiration 1-17-21
Posted Jan 17, 2021

A new page, in a new journal, with a new word…. for a new year!

This page and my word for the year came together rather unexpectedly.

I couldn’t land on a word that I wanted to focus on for the year, everything felt hazy, and any time I thought I might have found “the” word…. it felt trivial and superficial.

So I just let it rest and figured it would come.

Then when I saw what was unfolding at the Capitol, I just could not believe what I was seeing. And a sickening feeling came over me.

I blurted out a prayer asking for peace. And just sat… and sat with sadness and journaled my way out.

As I was journaling, I wrote out “Oh Lord, please, I can’t go through another year of this fear and craziness” and continued to write about how I wanted to be rooted and grounded in love, grace, and mercy.

And the word grounded stuck with me….. I share more about how this came together and the meaning for me in the video.

Enjoy the video and may you find yourself grounded in love, grace, and mercy.

Supplies used:

Handmade journal, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Nova color texture paste, Lukas acrylic (Carmel, raw umber) Liquitex acrylic spray in burnt umber, Liquitex acrylic medium gray, Golden fluid acrylic in Paynes gray, Americana acrylic in morning mist, Liquitex gesso, catalyst tool, vintage stamp, Archival ink pad (Black), makeup brush, tissue paper, Amsterdam black acrylic paint, General’s charcoal pencil in ex. soft, black soft pastel

stencils used: Journal writing, trees 3, Paris element 2, Mediterranean Duo 1, old type text – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

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Posted Jan 17, 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. Laurie Nix

    I enjoyed this “Grounded” theme very much! It helped put the last week into a better perspective. The piece turned out beautiful. As usual, your Sunday Videos inspire me for the week ahead with your positive attitude and spirit showing through in your words and work. It looks like you cut the “catalyst” tools handle down to better suit your needs. For some reason I noticed …..
    Blessings to you.

    • shawn

      Thanks Laurie,
      I did cut the hangles down. It helps so much to have a little better control.
      Have a great week! hugs

  2. Jennifer

    I’ve been wanting to using mix media as I live the layers and texture and how it can tell story’s not only to me but others and everyone has thier own interpretation of it. Sitting and thinking and getting the feelings and thought out of my head to my art is amazing and freeing! I love it!

    If you could answer this one question for me I would appreciate it so very much. I was wondering if I was to begin this style of art what are the essential things that I need. The product that you use to secure pieces to the pages and the stuff to add texture? I also want to do it on my canvasses to display and allow others to enjoy.

    Thanks in advance so much


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