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Mixed media abstract with crackle and ink Sunday inspiration 2-7-21
Posted Feb 7, 2021

This was one of the easiest projects with super simple supplies and yet it is one of my favorites.

A little crackle, acrylic ink, and gesso and look what you can get! Yummy!

The inspiration for this piece gave me goosebumps. April, one of the gals in the office, is always on the lookout for quotes and inspiration for me to use in my art.

On one particular day, she sat down in my studio and started reading some of the most inspirational quotes… but when she got to this one it sent shivers up my spine…

“The comeback is always stronger than the setback”.

I know that this has always been true for me… I didn’t always believe that… but the older I get the more I know this to be true… I share more about what helps me get through trials and how stronger is always the byproduct of the setback.

Have fun watching and creating!

This Original is available HERE. The Prints are available HERE.

Supplies used: 12×12 mdf board, Liquitex gesso, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Liquitex matte gel, Deco art media crackle paint, Liquitex acrylic in Transparent raw umber, Golden high flow in white, Lukas cryl acrylic turquoise, Fine line applicator, Archival stamp pad in potting soil and black, Palette knife, make up brush, Arteza soft pastels

Stencils used: Moroccan tiles 2, carved numbers, lavender, background words – THESE WILL BE ON SALE

Collage paks used: Vintage floral Sunday ins 7-2-17, “Printed Version” and “Downloadable Version” You are loved “Printed Version” and “Downloadable” – THESE WILL BE ON SALE

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Posted Feb 7, 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. Vonalda

    Hi Shawn! Thank you so much! I love your piece! Question – since you are using pastels and charcoal on your piece at the end, how do you seal and protect this?

    • shawn

      I spray with a fixative Krylon is the best but must me done outside. and I do several coats of the fixative and then I seal it.
      Most of my workshops including the new kickstart workshop show you how I do it.
      I also have a new mini workshop coming out on Friday the 19th where I show how I fix and seal after using pastels.
      Hope this helps.
      Thanks for sharing the journey with me.

  2. Gail Greif

    This video inspired my creativity, but the message you left moved me to tears. I lost my 82 year old beloved dad on December 27th. Yep. I’m in one of “those seasons”. I needed the encouragement you provided to Thank you so much.

    • shawn

      I’m so sorry about your dad. I’m so glad that I could be a source of encouragement in your “season”. Saying prayers for you and your family that brighter days will come and healing will bring you to a new season. Hugs!

  3. Cindy

    Love the fine line applicator, thats new to me—are you using goldens high flow in it?

    • shawn

      Hi Cindy,
      You definitely could use high flows. But I use any acrylic paint and add airbrush medium. I can get the exact consistency that I want. And it rarely if ever clogs. I’ve had the same applicator for 8 years with no issues.
      Hope this helps and thanks for watching!


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