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Mixed media abstract with gel plate prints S.I. 4-25-21
Posted Apr 25, 2021

Mixed media abstract with gel plate

I love how this piece came together. It was by complete serendipity and those are the best pieces.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to create for my weekly Sunday video and was looking for inspiration.

I went to my journal and wrote out a few things about how I was feeling and nothing spoke to me like it normally does.

When this happens I wait. Because the ideas percolate and most of the time inspiration will come.

So I went about my day and work and as I came around the corner in my studio, my sweater got hooked on a stencil. Like really embedded into the fibers of my sweater and I had to take it off the rack and unstick it from my sweater 🙂

That stencil was the nest stencil and I said to myself, man I haven’t used this one in a while, I laid it on my work table not really thinking that the stencil would be part of this Sunday.

Every time I walked past it, I thought about what a bird’s nest represents, birth and new beginnings, so many new things…. and that night as I got ready for bed it all started to flow.

I took my phone out and wrote what I saw and thought about all the “new” and shifting things in my life and this piece was born…. I share more about all the new things in the video.

Have fun watching!


This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE.

mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite
mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite
mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite
mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite
mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite
supplies for mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite

Supplies used:12×12 gel press plate, brayer, Liquitex soft body paint (muted gray, paynes gray, quinicridone magenta) Lukas cryl (teal, white), Liquitex basics acrylic in gray, Utrecht gesso, Liquitex matte medium, Deco art Americana morning mist, General charcoal pencil, black soft pastel, Neo color 2 in black, packing paper that I used to pull my prints, 12 x12 mdf board…. see the supplies here.

stencils for mixed media abstract with gel plate by shawn petite

Stencils used: Little Flowers Statice, Birds Nests, Mediterranean Duo 1 – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK!

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Posted Apr 25, 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. Celise

    I am very excited to be a part of your new adventure. I have faith in you!

  2. Judy

    Absolutely love your art this Sunday but darn, both the bird’s nest and little flower’s stencils are sold out. Are they available anyplace else?

  3. Judy

    Hi Shawn, I found the stencils for today’s project in the Resource Library.

    Thank you, Judy


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