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Mixed media journal page, acrylic inks and texture Sunday inspiration 8-1-21
Posted Aug 1, 2021

Even here, (when the door feels closed), you can still find light along the path. Your unknowns don’t define you, there is still more (joy) ahead of you. ~~Morgan Harper Nichols

I love it when a quote seems to fall in my lap at just the right moment.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I’ve got some things that I’m working on, processing and changes that need to happen. Choices to make… there’s just a lot on my mind.

The best place for me to process everything is in my journal…. In my regular journal I will write out all the things and it helps me get things out of my head and on paper and things seem clearer.

Then I usually will take that to my art journal and get lost in the process, thinking while I’m creating and allowing the pages to settle me.

And that’s what happened this week. I have Morgan H. Nichols app on my phone and each day I get a beautiful quote, poem, or writing that encourages my soul.

This one leaped out at me and it was exactly what I needed to hear.

This page has so much texture, it’s just delicious! And the inks just melted into the texture. I had a few mishaps and spontaneous moments of joy as I created it.

I’ll share more about the inspiration and how it all came together in the video.

Have fun watching!



  1. Cobblestone
  2. Bouquet of Flowers 1
  3. Numbers jumbled
  4. Arch 1 round large


  1. British Butterflies (Download) (Printed)
  2. Neutral Flower drawings 1 (Download) (Printed)
  3. Old doors (Download) (Printed)

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Posted Aug 1, 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. Sue DiPasquale

    Just had to tell you how lovely and inspiring your journal page is. Can’t wait to get my order. Also, we used to live in Broadview Hgts. Now in Virginia.

    • Shawn

      Hi Sue, thanks so much!! I hope you love what you orders! It seems so many are from Ohio!! Hope you’re enjoying Virginia! Thanks for being here and sharing the journey with me!

  2. Kathy

    This was truly so meditative with the gorgeous contemplative music and the magical creation happening. I love the words that peek through at the end. This quote and the door symbol is perfect for this time of Covid and the quarantines we’ve all been through, and all the unknowns to come. I appreciate being provided with the door graphic through our membership!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much so happy you enjoyed it!! So glad you’re here and super happy your in the membership!!


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