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shawn petite
Beautiful Scars and intuitive art journaling
Posted Jul 16, 2023

Today I did things a little differently. I created my journal page first and then came to you and shared the why and how of it. I used an old piece of mine for inspiration. And I’m putting that piece in the subscriber library as a free download in case it might inspire you.

Today’s process for me was about processing. I needed a safe place to put my feelings and to get it all out. Of course, I’d written it out in my journal, but then I tore those pages out of my journal and used them as my first layer of texture.

It felt so good to cover them up, and typically I would do this in my personal art journal, but I want to really show you that our journals are the place we let it go.

Too many times I’ve been told that someone has stopped creating because of trauma, or a diagnosis, or hardship… and that’s the last thing we should do.

I know, I know…. we may have to pause (just for a second) but the benefits to our mind, body and soul, when we scratch out, paint out, or collage out our emotion is sooo beneficial.

I’ll share a little bit more of my story and the journey to this page and why our scars are beautiful in the video.

I hope you enjoy the project and that it inspires you to pull up a chair and get it out.  YOU are loved!


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Posted Jul 16, 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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