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Creating a pocket mixed media journal page
Posted May 30, 2021

This week’s Sunday inspiration was so fun. I haven’t layered a pocket and tag like this in a long time. But it was perfect for the inspiration.

How this page came together caught me by surprise. I happened to read the quote that’s on my journal page in a book I’ve read sooo many times, I’ve also read the quote probably at least 10 times…. and it didn’t stir my soul like it did this week.

So like I do, so many times, I wrote it out. I wrote about my unresolved things and I could see the page come together.

The green flowers are for the growth that happens when we work on the unresolved part of us. The softness and yet the boldness of the flower stencils (new in the shop), represent both of the things it takes to move through our “stuff”, our emotions, and get to the other side.

The handwriting and train ticket collage papers represent the time and journey that happens interally as we grow.

I even wrote myself a note. I tucked it into the pocket so that I can look back and see where I was and the work that I did.

I use!d simple supplies, and yet such deep meaning.  I’ll share more about it in the video.

Have fun watching

Collage paks used:Neutral Flower Drawings 1 (Printed) (Downloadable), muted butterfly (Printed) (Downloadable), train ticket (Printed) (Downloadable), handwriting 1 (Printed) (Downloadable)- THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

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Posted May 30, 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. Hope Clark

    This is absolutely beautiful
    … The colors, I love them…

    • Shawn

      Hope, Thanks sooo much!

  2. Libby Greenberg

    Loving this newer format for Sundays. Didn’t catch the name of the book you used. Love love love your new stencils and headed over next to purchase them. My work is very graphic and you’re right that these flower stencils somehow would feel right at home with my style. Thanks again for a wonderful Sunday video. Have a great Holiday weekend.

    • Shawn

      Libby, So glad you enjoyed Sunday’s video. The book I’m using is “The joy of now Journal” by Paige Burkes – It’s awesome and I go to it over and over again. Thanks so much for sharing the journey with me.

  3. Libby

    The “C” on your hat stands for…….?

    • Shawn

      It’s for Cleveland’s baseball team. I live just outside of Cleveland. Have a great week!

  4. Evelyne Wasselin

    Lovely Art Journal Page, I always love the colours you’re using. Thank’s a lot for the conversation.
    Have a great week too Shawn.

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much so glad you enjoyed today’s video. Hope your week is filled with peace!

  5. Julie

    Loved everything! Thanks for sharing and the reminder to have forgiveness for ourselves as well for not being “perfect”.

    • Shawn

      Thank you so much, and yes forgiveness has to start with ourselves or we’ll never be able to forgive others. Hugs and love!

  6. Maria Mar

    Hi, Shawn,

    First of all I want to thank you so deeply for your being, your inspiration and your art. Your videos are my go-to moment to nourish my soul, relax after work and get inspire for my own art.

    I want to share that Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist and he was one of the most lyrical voices in the German language of his time.

    I think you will love his “Letters to a Young Poet” and will find many quotes to inspire others. Here’s one that you will love:

    “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
    ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

    Thank you again for your generous sharing of your gifts. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

    • Shawn

      Maria, Thanks so much, I can’t wait to explore Rilke… I’m new to him. thanks so much for sharing the journey with me! Blessings right back at ya!

  7. Holly

    I love everywhere your creative mind takes you. And I appreciate the way you talk about the piece beforehand and then we watch you create it without comment. That allows us to get lost in the process. A couple product questions: is the roller you use a sponge roller and do you get it at a paint store? What kind of paper did you use to create this piece? Thank you in advance.

    • Shawn

      Thank you and I’m glad you enjoy the way I’m doing the video it’s a new format for me and I wasn’t sure how everyone would like it. The roller I use is a sponge roller and I get it from Home depot. I used canson mixed media paper, I make my own journal from it. Thanks for being here. Have a wonderful week!

  8. Tammy Stewart

    I really enjoyed this. Both the learning some techniques for art journaling (I am née to this) and the reflections on unresolved issues. I am inspired to make my own unresolved issues journal spread and I adore Rainer Maria Rilke. He always speaks to me and I’ve used his quotes for years in journaling, but I didn’t have this quote, so thank you!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much! so glad you enjoyed it. I’m new to Rilke, I need to look for more of his quotes. Thanks for being here and I hope you create your piece! hugs!


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