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shawn petite
Your truth mixed media abstract
Posted Jun 27, 2021

I got lost in this piece. It’s titled Your Truth and I can’t wait to tell you about the meaning and inspiration behind this.  Each line, color, x’s, and dash marks mean something.

And all the layers and layers of paper represent my truth….

I’ll tell you all about it in the video.

I use a new collage pack in the shop titled “Blueprints” which went perfectly with the meaning. I even printed a couple of pages on tissue paper.

Then I dug through my many, many baskets of collage bits to find just the “right” paper to tell the story.

I hope you enjoy the project!

This original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Stencils used: Mandala, Numbers Jumbled, Abstract Layers 1, Geo Minis – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

Collage pack used:  19th Century Documents (printed and instant download) and Blueprints (printed and instant download) – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK


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Then when we’re live together on Wednesday, July 7th at 11:00 AM EST we’ll create the rest of the piece together!

We’ll be live inside a Zoom classroom where we can chat and I can answer questions.

If you can’t make the live Zoom there will be a replay in the classroom.

I hope to see you in the classroom and in the live Zoom!

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Posted Jun 27, 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

    Where to start?!?! Such a beautiful piece of art. Love your abstracts, but the message today blew me away. Thanks always for your inspiration.

  2. Caroline Shelton

    This was such an inspiring piece and talk afterwards. Idk if you remember my last blog post 2 weeks ago but finding your truth is so important. Part of what you said reminded me of positive self talk vs negative self talk. And finding your truth in a positive way is so important but can be so difficult, hence the negative vs positive self talk. I am inspired. I have the picture of the woman with the long dress. I watched your video and now after this one. I just have to create something. I want to put my truth on her dress. Use certain words that are my truth.
    I get lost in my art all the time lol I will look at the clock and be like “wow” where did the time go!
    Again great piece and great talk!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much and yes it is like positive and negative self-talk. I know that the negative talk seems to find its way in much easier than the positive, which is why it’s an everyday practice to talk with love to ourselves! I love the idea of putting your truth on her dress! So glad you are here and creating with me! Have a great week.

  3. Tina

    I absolutely love it!
    To me abstract means:
    It’s nothing and everything 😀 all rolled up into one beautiful piece of art.
    Your my inspiration!!

    • Shawn

      Tina, I love that explanation! Thanks so much for being here!


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