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shawn petite
What started as Valentines turned into an exploration of creativity
Posted Feb 11, 2024

What started as Valentine’s for my grandkids and family, turned into a journey of exploration.

You see anytime that we show up and play something happens.

I was creating a background for my valentines and I loved it so much that I could see it being part of something else.

I wasn’t sure what that would be, but just had to play and see what would happen. I wasn’t planning on a finished piece and when I had the camera on, I thought, this is going to be nothing, and not sure what I will say in the video, BUT… it began to transform before my eyes.

I scraped, scratched, stenciled, and at one point I was tearing off the layers. I just kept asking myself  “What would happen if I did this?”

I’ll share how I made my valentines and the floral in today’s video. And of course more about the journey through this. Enjoy the projects. And always know that you are loved!

The original is available HERE and the print is available HERE

Supplies used:

  1. 160lb mixed media paper
  2. Liquitex gesso – black and white
  3. Utrecht professional gesso white
  4. Pan pastels, soft pastels sticks
  5. Acrylic paint – cobalt teal, dark teal, green gold, cad yellow, cad orange, quin magenta, unbleached titanium, titan buff
  6. Daler and Rowney acrylic ink sephia
  7. Polychromos colored pencils
  8. Stabilo woody pencils
  9. General charcoal pencil
  10. Palette knife, credit card
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Posted Feb 11, 2024
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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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