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New stories are waiting to be woven 2-6-22
Posted Feb 6, 2022

This journal page took on a life of its own.  From the very beginning I was weaving it together, just like my inspiration quote says.

I was reading again this week in Morgan Harper Nichols’s book “All along you were blooming” and this quote leaped out and touched me.

“Go in search for more. When you are unraveling into severed threads, new stories are waiting to be woven, and you can hope for new beginnings.

This doesn’t mean your journey will be easy, but moving forward is an act of faith, step by step even when you can’t imagine the tapestry on the other side of this.” MHN

There is so much meaning in these few words. But one thing I know to be true, over and over in my life, is that when things feel like they’re unraveling and in my hardest days–there is wisdom that is gained.

I’m not saying that it happens right away, or that healing doesn’t need to happen first. But time and time again, I know that I can endure and know that new beginnings happen.

I share more about it in the video and the amazing layers that are woven together in the journal page.

I hope you enjoy it, you are inspired, and that you always know you are loved!




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Posted Feb 6, 2022
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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. Debbie F

    This is quite a piece with the softness in the background and the grunge woven in on top! I love the introduction of the burlap and especially love the single strands being woven into the piece. Nifty idea!!!! Is there a difference between using gesso or white paint to tone down a color? Or did you just grab gesso because it was there?!! I just wrapped up a piece last night (waiting for it to tell me whether it’s done or needs something else) that’s different for me and kind of the reverse of what you did. A ballerina is the focal point. I intended for the whole thing to be soft, shabby chic, etc., but it came out that the background is darker than I usually do and sort of vintage/grunge while the focal point is feminine, light, soft and graceful. The dichotomy is rather stark and yet stunning to my eyes. Since beginning an exploration into mixed media a couple of years ago, I have really struggled with backgrounds. I’ve watched you and other people, listened to talk about them, realized some of my sticking points and yet still couldn’t push past a block. Well, something finally got inside (shifted?) b/c the background on this piece is not like anything I’ve tried/done before and I feel like something finally clicked about backgrounds for me. Thank you for doing these videos every Sunday. It’s helped me and I could hear you in my head sometimes (uh-oh!!!!!!!!) and tried some things I’ve seen you do. Very different outcome. Thank you, Shawn.

  2. Gez

    So true!
    Good on you Shawn.
    MAy this year be a better one for you and your family.

  3. Penny Brown

    I watch your videos every week, and love them. This week, for the life of me, I cannot find the video. I’ve clicked on everything and it hasn’t shown up. I guess it’s me, but I’m very disappointed.

    • Shawn

      Penny, we are having technical difficulties and I’m in contact with our tech people. Hopefully it will be fixed today. Thanks for your patience while we get it worked out.


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