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shawn petite
Bold Curiosity 4-9-23
Posted Apr 9, 2023

Over the last few months, I’ve been using my fun books to create from. To gather ideas and inspiration. So today I’m taking the things that I’ve loved and learned and bringing them together into something that I would call “my style”.

One of the reasons I use things like the books I’ve been using is to get me out of my comfort zone, learn a few new things, and to confirm what I love.

There are constant things that I’ve done over the last few months that continue to show up in my work. And I’m going to share that in the video. How all of this experimenting is showing me my style, what I love, and how I like most to create.

It all serves a purpose for growing your artistic muscles. I hope you enjoy the projects and can see some of what I’m talking about in your own work.

Oh, and YOU are loved!


The original of “Bold Curiosity” is available HERE and prints are available HERE.

Supplies used:

  1. 12×16 canvas
  2. Liquitex fluid matte medium and matte gel
  3. Liquitex gesso – black and white
  4. Liquitex acylic gouache – quin magenta, burnt sienna
  5. Nova color acrylic – quin violet, paynes gray, fluorescent magenta
  6. Lukas acrylic – teal
  7. Golden fluid acrylic – titan buff
  8. Grumbacher acrylic – raw umber
  9. Soft pastel pencils and Generals charcoal pencil (ex. soft)
  10. Soft pastel sticks
  11. Dough scraper to smooth out papers
  12. Collage paper
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Posted Apr 9, 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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