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Grungyness with acrylic ink and super heavy gesso Sunday inspiration 1-24-2021
Posted Jan 24, 2021

Oh, the grungy goodness! This was so fun and I’m getting better with my color shaper tools…. practice, practice.

I wanted this piece to be different and while it might look the same (somewhat) my process was different, with different tools and some graphic collage elements (new collage pak), to go with the inspiration.

My inspiration came from my quiet time this week. Every morning I get into the office before the staff and have my devotions and then journal my thoughts out. And almost without fail, during one of these times, I find inspiration for a new piece.

On this particular day, I was journaling about how I needed to get back on track with my routines of healthy living, eating habits, working out, rest… all the things that I completely let go of in 2020.

I used a lot of excuses… and you know that there were some serious reasons to be distracted and discouraged last year. But I didn’t want to bring those excuses with me into 2021.

I said something like “I want to restore my habits”, and of course, I looked up the definition of restore and it was to “return something to its original condition”.

I thought about that for a while and it didn’t sit well with me because I don’t just want to go back to the way things were, I want to be better, to rebuild my habits into better ones.

So I looked up rebuild and the definition was “to build after its been damaged and/or to change the structure” and I knew that would be the word and inspiration for today.

I share more about how I walk through this in the video. I hope you enjoy the project.

This original is available HERE and the prints are available HERE

Supplies used: 12×12 mdf board (from the shop), collage papers, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Liquitex super heavy gesso, Nova color acrylic in raw umber and gray, Liquitex regular white gesso, Liquitex acrylic ink (muted violet, raw sienna, raw umber) Daler & Rowney acrylic ink in sepia, Dr. PH Martin acrylic ink in aqua, Barvotti color shaper tool 1″, Art basics silicone 2″ brush, Archival ink pad black, makeup brush, Gallery soft pastels, Generals charcoal pencil in ex. soft and medium, Stabilo all pencil

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New collage pak – Grungy textured plans – This will be on sale this week

Get the printed version HERE and the downloadable version HERE

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Posted Jan 24, 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. Heather Domke

    Live this Sundays video, so soft and beautiful

  2. Laurie Nix

    Love this project and how your silicone brushes worked with the stencil. Your theme of “Rebuild” is appropriate for many of us who are trying to move on from 2020. Thank you for the encouraging words!

  3. Edie

    This is so beautiful to watch. I just bought a silicone brush and have barely used it. I learned so much watching you use your tools. Question: How do you print on tissue? I would like that effect in so many places.

    • shawn

      To print on tissue I use copy paper or most often and little thicker paper like card stock and tape my tissue paper to my cardstock making sure that the tissue and tape are not hanging over the edge of the tissue and then I run it through my printer.
      Hope this helps. Thanks so much for being here… hugs!


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