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Blooming in the difficult places mixed media journal page 9-5-21
Posted Sep 5, 2021

Bloom in the unexpected places

I wasn’t going to do a video this Sunday because of the flood, and most of my equipment is hard to get to.

I’m set up in my dining room with just a few things…. It reminds me of when I started creating.

There are so many lessons, reminders, and moments that are happening in the midst of all the chaos.

There’s also exhaustion from cleaning out and rebuilding… but I feel deep down in my soul that there is lots of inspiration coming from this. I’ve already started making notes of the things that are stirring inside me.

This journal page is one of those inspirations… I needed a break from all the things and kept thinking about the wildflower that I talked about in my video, when we discovered the water and how heartbroken I was.

And yet that little wildflower that showed up at just the right moment gave me a reason to smile.

And then all the beautiful emails, comments, and notes from everyone just gave me more reasons to be grateful.

This is a simple video, and yet so meaningful to me. I hope you enjoy it! You are loved!!


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Hopefully next week I’ll have a better set up, but if not…. I’ll still create from my heart. I hope your week is filled with peace and THANK YOU all for the notes of encouragement this week!!

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Posted Sep 5, 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. Evelyne Wasselin

    I do love this art journal pages, this way of painting, the colours etc…
    Thank you for giving us this time of creating.

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. PJ Dietsche

    So glad that little flower showed up again!!! Beautiful! Life goes on… 🙂

    • Shawn

      I’m glad my little flower showed up too! Have a great week!

  3. Charlotte Grossarth

    Thank you Shawn…thank you for YOU!
    You create the beauty in my days. Sometimes inmy days there are clouds…hard to see the beauty but you come thru on Sundays and other times in my life you lift the clouds ….with your words and your beautiful art.
    Thank you…to you YOU ARE LOVED!
    Charlotte Grossarth

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad that I can be an ecouragement. Your words have encourage me today! Hugs and I hope you see some sunshine this week instead of clouds! Hugs

  4. Lynne

    Hello , just wonder I have been a loyal customer!!
    What happened you took a the 10 percent. And you could not even have answered me.? Why?
    Just curious
    Thank you

    • Shawn

      Lynne, I have no idea what your talking about. Could you please email me at shawnpetiteinc@gmail to explain. Thank you.

  5. Cecile

    This was lovely! Thank you!

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much Cecile! have a great week!

  6. Sandra Gill

    Hi Shaw : ) Love-love-love this journal layout – it’s just beautiful !!!!! Just placed my order for your stencils and thank you for your generosity and love : ) Blessings, Sandra : )

    • Shawn

      Thanks so much!! I hope you enjoy the stencils and your creativity is inspired!! Have a great week! Hugs

  7. Lorie Higgins

    Watching you create is the highlight of my week. You create a very comfortable, safe space. Thanks!

    • Shawn

      Lorie, Thanks so much, It’s always my desire to create that safe place to just be ourselves, the good the bad the uncomfortable. Thanks for being here!

  8. Denise Knobloch

    I just love watching you bring magic to your journal pages! You always inspire me! Thank you! Hugs to you, you are loved!

  9. Nancy Thompson

    Shawn, thank you for your lovely tutorials. I look forward to them every Sunday. I just signed up for your Flowers workshops. I can’t wait. What type of brush do you use to paint the stems and leaves of the flowers in this tutorial? Thanks!

    • Shawn

      Thanks Nancy… so glad you’re here! I’m using a simply simmons filbert #2 brush. I use super cheap brushes, because I’m so hard on them…. but when I’m needing something a little better I use Simply Simmons. they’re not exspensive but are better than the super cheap brushes that I usually use.


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