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Mixed media journal surprise – Sunday inspiration 1-31-21
Posted Jan 31, 2021

It was playtime …. I love the casualness of my journal and how it just feels different when I’m creating in it as opposed to on canvas or wood.

In today’s project, I wanted to do something unexpected. To step outside the box (for me) and so I added a flap for a secret place to journal and to add to the message of the page.

I can’t remember if I have ever done this before, but it was fun and I can’t wait to do it again. I know so many artists that add so many wonderful things like tip-ins, flaps, or pockets and I just love them so I thought that I’d give it a try.

It was also perfect for the story and message of the page. I share all about it in the video.

Have fun watching!

Supplies used:

Handmade journal, Liquitex gesso, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Liquitex matte gel, Lukas cryl acrylic paint (beige, flesh, prussian blue, cobalt turquoise), Nova color quin magenta, Arteza acrylic pouch in cold gray, Arteza vintage tones craft paint, Liquitex acrylic ink in transparent raw umber, Amsterdam acrylic carbon black, brayer, Faber castell pitt pen (black S), Generals charcoal pencil (ex. soft), Black soft pastel (myngo), tissue paper used for gift wrap


Stencils used:

Rustic Font, Vintage Bellflower, Vintage Dahlia, Spring Leaves 1, Mediterranean Duo 2 – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK!

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Posted Jan 31, 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. Denise K

    I love this spread with the secret space! Simply gorgeous! Love your courage to be vulnerable. Thanks for sharing.

    • shawn

      Thanks Denise…. I’ve learned that in my vulnerability I learn and grown. Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me!

  2. Lisa Le Duc

    What tool do you use to stencil with? Is it a sponge or a felt pad or cloth?

    • shawn

      When I stencil with paint I use a makeup sponge that I get from the dollar store. When I stencil with and ink stamp pad I use a make up brush that comes in a set from amazon. Hope this helps. Thanks for watching!

  3. Cynthia Graf

    Very inspirational!

    • shawn

      Thank you so much, Cynthia!

  4. Karen Atkinson

    I really like your flower stencils, they look so pretty on these pages. I also like your message. Thank you for sharing.

    • shawn

      Thanks so much Karen, so glad you’re here!


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