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The wonder inside mixed media collage
Posted Jul 11, 2021

This piece is titled “The wonder in you” and it is quite a wonder how this piece came together.

I had a whole other project planned and then this quote just spoke to me. I could see what I would create, sooo…. I listened to the stirring in me and I’m so glad I did.

I love the simplicity and the push and pull of the modern and the vintage – of course, it has meaning that I gleaned from the quote.

And then I just played, wanted to have happy colors to contrast the grungy. I love how it came together in a spur of a moment.

I can’t wait to share the process and all the goodness in this project.

Have fun watching!

The original is available HERE and the print is available HERE


  1. Feathers
  2. Rainbows
  3. Retro pattern 3


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Posted Jul 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

    Loving today’s message. Learning to be content with the NOW and accepting our talents and not looking to others to compare ourselves to is so difficult. I limited my time looking at other artists on Pinterest because I felt, “Oh, I maybe can do that” or “That’s so much better than my work”…and will I ever get there? It defeats creativity and most importantly our feelings of self worth. Your interpretation and video always inspiring. Thanks. BTW, I’m signed up for the “membership”. When does the fun begin?

    • Shawn

      Hey There, so glad your part of the membership. The fun begins now. There’s all kinds of things to do in the membership. Art challenge, art journaling, techniques… and then the monthly project live is next week. so check it all out.

  2. Christina Boertje

    Hi Shawn,

    Beautiful project. Just a quick question: what are you putting your paints onto for mixing? Looks like layered paper…?

    • Shawn

      I use a clipboard that has dollar store parchment paper on it. It’s a roll of parchment paper that I cut to fit the clip board. I can then just throw it away or most often I save the paper for future collage.
      Thanks for being here!


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