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shawn petite
Finding inspiration with my gel plate 9-17-23
Posted Sep 17, 2023

I get asked all the time how I find inspiration and ideas, and how to find your own style.

I’m hoping that over the last year, I’ve been giving you ideas and permission to play.

In today’s project, I didn’t have any idea of what to create. I knew I was feeling like exploring fall feels. But that was it. And in the video, I show you exactly how I find ideas and inspiration.

But the number one thing to all of those questions, is you have to show up. You have to let go, make a mess, and make ugly things. And I do that today.

I hope you enjoy the process and the project. And always know that YOU are loved!


Supplies used:

  1. 12×12 wood panel
  2. Wet strength tissue and a variety of collage papers
  3. Medical Exam paper
  4. Gel plate 12×12 and 5×8
  5. Liquitex matte medium
  6. Liquitex acrylic ink muted violet, prism violet,
  7. Daler and Rowney sepia
  8. Acrylic paint – prism violet, black, titan buff, unbleach titanium, cad orage, olive green, teal, raw sienna, burnt sienna
  9. Grumbacher raw umber
  10. Brayer, Generals charcoal pencil in ex. soft, Soft pastel stick, Ruler


  1. Rambling branches 1 9×12
  2. Rambling branches 2 9×12
  3. Bold Big Font
  4. Fall leaves large
  5. Simple background 7
  6. Simple background 8
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Posted Sep 17, 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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