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The layers of hope and layers of paper art journal page 12-11-22
Posted Dec 11, 2022

I hope you’re ready for some layers. I used very little paint on this journal page. It was all about the papers, the old and crumbly ones, and the new created ones!

I just had the most peaceful time cutting and gluing all the parts.

I was also inspired by Edith Eger again this week. Whenever I need a lift or a dose of encouragement her book is one of the ones I go to.

I’ve referred to Edith many, many times. Her book is dog-eared, bookmarked, sticky noted with lots of bright colored tabs sticking out. You know it’s a good book if it looks like that!

Edith writes … (I’m gonna paraphrase a little bit)…” To ask how hope is possible in the face of dire realities is to confuse hope with idealism. Idealism is when you expect that everything in life is going to be fair or good or easy. … That’s a defense mechanism and denial.

There is no freedom in denying reality or trying to cloak it in something sweet…….. Hope isn’t a distraction from darkness. It’s a confrontation with darkness.

Hope is the boldest act of imagination I know.”

I want you to re-read this:  There is no freedom in denying reality Just like I shared last week. When we sit with the uncomfortable, it is only then that we can begin to see hope.

There is so much within just the few lines that I’ve shared, and they continue to inspire me every time I read them.

I tried in this journal page to capture the uncomfortable and the hope and the journey to it.

I hope you enjoy the project…. YOU are loved!


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Posted Dec 11, 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!


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