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Trust your journey 3-26-23
Posted Mar 26, 2023

Today I did a little traveling… Inspired by another book by Sibella Court, “Nomad”. In her book, she traveled for a year and documented the styles, colors, influences and stories of each area.

I love the layout of this book. It reminds me of my days (way back) when I was in the design field and we put story boards together for our clients. This was before computers, or digital anything (I know I’m old!).

But those boards were my first introduction to mixed media in a way. I would layer fabrics, pictures of furniture, tiles, all the things to bring a room to life. And it was one of my most favorite parts of the job.

I took a trip down memory lane and realized that that was the start of my creative journey. It has lead me in so many different directions…. and then to right where I am today.

There were times that I thought that I didn’t make the best choices on my journey but now… I wouldn’t change a thing.

So trust your journey, even when it doesn’t feel like it’s the place you “thought” you’d be.  It all serves a purpose.

I hope you enjoy the project and my attempt to create with that story board idea from back then.

And always remember YOU are loved!

Supplies used:

  1. My handmade journal
  2. Liquitex matte gel
  3. Liquitex gesso black and white
  4. House paint in dark blue teal and taupe
  5. Nova color paynes gray
  6. Grumbacher raw umber
  7. masking tape, ruler
  8. Charcoal pencil, soft pastel pencils,
  9. Soft pastel stick – paul ruben
  10. Posca pen
  11. dough scraper to smooth out paper
  12. collage paper


  1. Vintage Crosses 8×10
  2. Numbers 2
  3. Paris Flourish 1
  4. European Lines
  5. Parish Flourish 2
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Posted Mar 26, 2023
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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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