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shawn petite
Playful mixed media floral with collage, pastels and acrylic
Posted Aug 8, 2021

I was needing to feel a bit carefree, playful and to let go.

So this is what came out this week.

I don’t know about you but I feel like I’ve been carrying a heaviness for about a year and a half now. There have been so many things going on in the world.

And I really need to take off the backpack of heavy things and lay it down for a bit. To feel some lightness in and around me.

And the only way I can do that is to be super deliberate about it.

So I just played today. I used all the things. Reached for a few things I haven’t used in a while and had so many supplies out on my table it was a bit out of control. BUT that was the whole point.

I made collage papers, put polka dots everywhere and even broke out the oil pastels.

To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how it looks being carefree and playful after a very stressful year… but I’m determined to find it!

I share more about it in the video. Have fun watching!

This original is available HERE and the prints on wood HERE

Stencils used:

  1. Terra Cotta Pots
  2. Scribble Marks 4
  3. Flower Silhouette 2
  4. Hydrangea Trio
  5. Tulips Trio
  6. Garden 2
  7. Old Type Text

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Schedule of sale for Birthday week


Sunday August 8th – All stencils 25% off – use coupon code: bd21stencils

Monday August 9th – Prints to be framed, prints on wood, clearance and overstock prints all 30% off – use coupon code: bd21print

Tuesday August 10th – All clearance and regular originals 40% off – use coupon code: bd21originals40

Wednesday August 11th – All workshops 50% off – use coupon code: bd21workshop50

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Posted Aug 8, 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. Celise Mclaughlin

    Loved the upbeat music today!

    • Shawn

      Thanks Celise!

  2. Fiona Whitehead

    Love the collage bits Shawn – Happy Birthday and thank you for the discount – I have purchased eek!

    • Shawn

      Thanks Fiona! So glad you some some goodies! Hope you enjoy them!! Hugs!

  3. Debbie F

    So much fun in this piece! I really like the different way you used collage; the colors; the tip on using “ugly” scrapaper (I definitely have some of that); and the quote. And … Yup. I’ve been feeling similarly and then some. One word you mentioned that spoke volumes to me — trust. I suffer with a lot of anxiety; have difficulty trusting and that shows up in my creative life. I haven’t been creating for a while now … maybe I just need a break and maybe there’s some trust issues. You have given me something to explore within myself, and I very much appreciate that. Happy Birthday and thank you for the sales.

    • Shawn

      Debbie thanks so much, soo glad you enjoy it! I love using my ugly paper like this!! So glad that my words resonated with you and that maybe you can use them to encourage your journey. Thanks so much for being here! Have a great week!!


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