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shawn petite
Mixed media journal page with oil pastels and acrylic spray paint 9-12-21
Posted Sep 12, 2021

Today’s art journal was a true expression of all the things happening in me and around me.

The studio is still in the process of being reconstructed after the flood, and this week we got heartbreaking news of the loss of a friend.

Sometimes things happen all at once and it can feel like too much. (Not to mention all the rest of the things happening in the world)

So when I approached my journal, I just asked myself what I needed, I blurted out these words…

” I need to find the beauty in all this turmoil, to find my peace in all the unknown (hard for a control person), Healing for the hurt that myself and the hubby were feeling, and rest. When I lay down because of exhaustion, sleep doesn’t seem to come easily.

So this page is all those things. There is a lot going on on the page but the striking beauty of the flowers stand out and I just let it all go and got lost in the process.

It’s super simple but sometimes that’s best …. I hope you enjoy the project and I hope that you always know YOU are loved!

Supplies used:

  1. Handmade journal
  2. Collage paper
  3. Gesso Utrecht
  4. Acrylic paints – Liquitex basics (light olive green, Deep violet), Blick matte acrylic (green blue medium), W&N burnt sienna, Lukas acrylic beige
  5. Color shaper silicone brush
  6. Brayer
  7. Pentel and Gallery oil pastels
  8. Black soft pastel
  9. Generals Charcoal pencil
  10. Tissue paper to print my words on


  1. Old type text
  2. Vintage wallpaper 1

Collage pak used: 19th century documents – THIS WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK

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Posted Sep 12, 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. Anne Lahr

    I always enjoy your art creations. This particular one really spoke to me because I lost my younger brother this week to cancer. I am feeling the turmoil of grief. You have inspired me to turn to my art. Thank you for always sharing what’s in your heart with all of us.

    • Shawn

      Anne, I’m so, so sorry for your loss. There arent words to express loss. I’m so glad that you can turn that grief over to your are a little bit. It’s such a great way to process and let it out instead of holding in all the feelings. Saying a prayer for you now for healing in your own time. Hugs!

  2. Julia

    Lovely! How do you create the quote on tissue paper? Thanks,

    • Shawn


      I tape tissue paper to copy paper and run it through my printer. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

  3. Honora Hill

    Thank you for sharing your talent and wisdom. You havehelped me get through so many difficult issues. I hope that you never stop sharing both talent and wisdom. THANK YOU ♥️

    • Shawn

      Thank you and I think I will always share what I’m learning. It truly gives me joy and why I started doing what I do. To encourage others. Thanks for being here and I so honored that I can encourage YOU. YOU are loved!

  4. Denise Knobloch

    I’m so sorry for the loss of a friend. You have had such a challenging time lately but here you are, showing up & sharing the way forward. You are so loved! I appreciate all you share with us. Thank you!


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