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shawn petite
Layers of mixed media texture S.I. 4-11-21
Posted Apr 11, 2021
textured layers mixed media by shawn petite

Layers of mixed media texture

The layers of texture on this piece are so amazing. I just kept layering texture paste and crackle paint on top of each other!

Using my stencils I created even more hidden layers of texture and pattern.

Acrylic ink was the perfect pairing to show off all of the layers and to let it fall into all the cracks and crevices.

The inspiration behind my art today was yet again my journal time and time of reflection. I also was moved by one of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou (I have so many from her).

“Do the best you can until you know better, and then when you know better, do better.”

Period. Full stop. No judgment in the quote. Because how do you judge someone when they didn’t know what they didn’t know? How can you judge yourself, when you did the best you could with what you had?

Then, when we learn and we grow, we know…… and we start from there and do the best we can with what we’ve learned. And so on.

I share more about it in the video and how sometimes not knowing all the things when we start something is actually a blessing!

Enjoy the video!


This original will be available HERE and the prints available HERE.

textured layers mixed media by shawn petite
textured layers mixed media by shawn petite
textured layers mixed media by shawn petite
textured layers mixed media by shawn petite
textured layers mixed media by shawn petite
mixed media supplies for sunday inspiration 4-11-21

Supplies used: 12×12 mdf board, Nova color texture paste, Utrecht gesso, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Deco art crackle paint, Liquitex soft body in prussian blue, Arteza classic craft acrylic (olive green, jade green) Blick matte acrylic warm gray, Liquitex acrylic ink (muted gray, muted green, muted violet, transparent raw umber), Deco art media fluid acrylic in cerulean blue, Amsterdam black acrylic, Gallery soft pastels, General charcoal pencil.

shawn petite stencils for mixed media

Stencils used: Swish and Splat, Clock 1 Scroll, Windows, Vintage Pattern 1, Vines – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Collage paks used: Vintage Muted Butterflies (printed version), Vintage Muted Butterflies (instant download) & Ledger Papers (printed version), Ledger Papers (instant download) – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

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Posted Apr 11, 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

    Hi Shawn, love the texture and use of inks in this piece. This quote has special meaning to me, too. Could you list/show the books you’re getting the quotes from (maybe with the supplies under the videos) or in the Resource Library?

    • shawn

      Yes, I will try to remember to list the books I’ve gotten the quotes from. I have an amazon site that list all my supplies (most of them) and the books that I use most often. This might help..
      Thanks so much!

  2. Judy

    How did you get the beautiful quote on tissue paper? Your art is absolutely beautiful!

    • shawn

      I use word on my computer to write the quote and then I will tape tissue paper to a piece of copy paper and run it through my printer. I’m pretty sure I have a video on youtube on how to print on tissue.
      Thanks for being here! Hugs!

  3. Marguerite O'Connell

    Wonderful piece and wonderful video. Thanks for being brave and keeping it real. So much of my time this past year has been spent make up free, hair in a pony tail, and wearing old t-shirts and it was nice to know I am not alone in this. (Had my first haircut in more than a year was last week – baby steps to normal.) Love all the texture, the muted colors, and the grey/blue soft pastel? Oh my, it had me running to my table to see if I had it. Also, Maya Angelou is a favorite of mine. So this week’s Sunday video was a hit for me all the way around, in every way. Thanks for sharing. And have a great week.

    • shawn

      This last year has been so weird, and I’ve spent most of it like you without a stitch of makeup on! Thanks so much for being here and for sharing the creative journey with me!

  4. Yvonne

    I have been enjoying your wonderful videos for 3/4 yrs now.
    I have lost or am not remembering the password for the collage
    packs. could you please inform me again!?
    Yvonne T.B

    • shawn

      Hi Yvonne,
      Are you talking about the collage packs that you purchased or the collage papers in the resource library. If your trying to get into the resource library, the password is in your weekly email. If your trying to get to your purchased collage packs they will be in your shop account. Please let me know if you have questions I can email you more details. Thanks!

  5. Celise

    Shawn, what is the name of the font you use for this magnificent script? I have searched, but cannot find anything like it.

    • shawn

      It’s called Bohemia. I think I purchase if from creative market.


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