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shawn petite
Finding inspiration when you show up
Posted May 2, 2021

mixed media art journal by shawn petite

Finding inspiration happens when you just show up to create.

That’s what happened to me this week.

I had nothing left in the tank and the thought of finding inspiration felt daunting, but I showed up anyway.

I showed up without an idea, but creating something is better than nothing because almost always in the process of putting paint down, making papers, or trying new supplies a spark happens.

It’s usually the most random things that lead to some of the most joy when creating.

So this week I just turned on the camera and let you watch me fumble, splatter, experiment until it happened,….. you know that moment when that color next to that other color makes your heart skip a beat!

Or that pattern or brush strokes show you something….. or you find that random paper that leads to the next layer…. which led to this art journal page

None of that can happen unless we show up…. I share more about my process in the video

Have fun watching!


mixed media art journal by shawn petite

mixed media art journal by shawn petite

mixed media art journal by shawn petite

mixed media art journal by shawn petite supplies

Supplies used: Handmade journal, Liquitex matte gel, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Utrecht gesso, Golden quin nickel azo gold, Golden high flow in gold, Liquitex acrylic ink (Transparent raw umber and raw sienna, carbon black) Daler Rowney acrylic ink in sepia, Liquitex soft body acrylic (muted gray, paynes gray, prussian blue) See all the supplies here

mixed media art journal by shawn petite stencils used

Stencils used: Numbers 2, Carved numbers, carved circles, scribble marks 1 & 2, swish and splat, Moroccan tiles 2, modern pattern mini 2 – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

collage paks

Collage paks used: Chinese Patterns and Elements, Train tickets, Vintage figure drawing, Muted butterflies, Vintage Pennsylvania Railroad -THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK


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Posted May 2, 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!


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