Seasons of letting go fall mixed media sunday inspiration 9-26-21

A lesson in letting go, never giving up and simple techniques 9-26-21

September 26, 2021 | 7 comments

As simple as this project was…. and I looove stamping with my stencils….but It took me three tries to get what I wanted. Somedays things come easy and some days… it just doesn’t.

But I keep trying and I learn the lesson and get new ideas from the pieces that didn’t work.

I wasn’t going to share the ones that didn’t work… because they’re sooo bad… I laugh every time I look at them… but it’s worth sharing because it’s proof that EVERYONE has a creative roadblock every now and then.

It also was a simple example of the quote….I didn’t plan that, but I thought “how appropriate” for letting go.

I dive in deeper in the video about the lessons I’m learning in this season of my life and it might just be an encouragement to you too.

I hope you enjoy the project… Have fun watching.

This original is available HERE  

The prints are available HERE

Supplies used:

12×12 mdf board, Liquitex fluid matte medium, Utrecht gesso, Lukas cryl acrylic (Caramel, Raw Umber) Golden acrylic (burnt sienna, Titan buff) Blick matte acrylic (teal green , blue red deep), Stabilo all pencil, Generals charcoal pencil, Rice paper, soft pastels, brayer, collage paper

Stencil used: Large Fall leave stencil mask

Collage pak used: Vintage papers – THESE WILL BE ON SALE THIS WEEK – Printed or downloadable


Also the quote that I used in today’s project is free to you in the subscriber library. If you’re not a subscriber you can sign up here

New Stencils fall 2021

You can see all the new stencils HERE


This week a did a fun video creating this journal page, playing and having fun with the new stencils. Hope it inspires you!



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  1. Evelyne Wasselin

    Hello Shawn, thank you for showing us the three pieces… of course the first one is “so” different, perhaps too “compact” but I like the second one either and love the perfect one.
    Love, Evelyne

    • Shawn

      Evelyne, Thank you and sometime beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. we’re all just learn new things every day!

  2. Linda Cardillo

    Thank God! You’re human! I can’t tell you how many prom I’ve deconstructed haven’t finished because of the mess I made. Ugh. Thank you for sharing and for being willing to show vulnerability.

    • Shawn

      Thanks Linda, we’re all just learning on the journey!! Hugs!

  3. Raine

    I sincerely love #1 and #3 ! One of my earlier canvas paintings that I wanted to remove out of a gallery due to a ‘bad mistake/regret’ area, actually sold right away and after that initial shock, realized that beauty is truly seen differently to each of us! Thank you for sharing all pieces!

    • Shawn

      You’re so right! Every time I list a piece that I don’t care for … it always sells right away! Thanks for being here and sharing the journey!! Hugs!

  4. Lynne

    Hello , I think this piece was good why because we all screw up . If not perhaps you should teach me ! I think you did a really big thing ! That was showing EVERYONE THAT WEVARE GOING TO SCREW UP, I do constantly.. I learn then move on, it’s really humbling when a teacher/artist can show its viewers that everyone isn’t perfect. There always be issues when creating. I feel it just makes you a stronger person and a better artist, I learn so much from your teachings and as you the person. I thank you very much for your lessons.
    PS ? I Do have a question about the stencils that I ordered there are 2 . I purchased the Leaves /with masks. I can’t find one . What can I do ? I also purchased the Trees w/ masks and one of them so ripped. I have it taped to a card tag not working out. ..My Question is can I just re order the masks for both.. I hope so. I don’t need the stencils. Just the masks. So hopefully you can have a good outcome.
    Please respond to me . I would rather you could please just tell me at
    Appreciate it


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