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Say hello to curiosity mixed media series 6-18-23
Posted Jun 18, 2023

Today’s inspiration for this series of 12×12’s came from Uppercase magazine which showed e bond’s artwork and some of Morgan Harper Nichols quotes from her book- You are only just beginning.

It always amazes me when I get a visual inspiration and then the quotes and meaning just fall right into place.

I was looking for a quote to write out as collage paper and happened on a whole section in MHN’s book about curiosity.

I share many quotes in today’s video, but one in particular that says it all about curiosity.

It says “A new way of thinking. A new way of living. A new way of living a meaningful life… Let the process be joyful and hard and awkward. Let it be you.”

The thing about curiosity is it calls us to do something that we’ve never done and won’t do right the first time. That thing that we’re trying to do will feel awkward, but if we infuse ourselves and passion into it .. it will be uniquely you (me).

The projects I did as I put them together today felt awkward at the start… but I found my groove and learned so much!

I’ll share all about it in the video. I hope you enjoy it and always know that you are loved!


Mixed media floral abstract art series

Originals and prints from the Curiosity series are available HERE.

Supplies used:

  1. 12×12 wood panel
  2. 11×14 copy paper, Collage paper, newsprint any kind of paper will work.
  3. Any kind of acrylic paint in all the colors you love–including Blick matte black paint
  4. Krink markers
  5. Posca mop’r pen
  6. Posca large broad tip pens
  7. Liquitex fluid matte medium and matte gel
  8. Brayer and palette knife
  9. Dough scraper
  10. Stabilo all pencil, Generals charcoal pencil
  11. Scissors and black soft pastel stick
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Posted Jun 18, 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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