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shawn petite
Creating for the joy of it 3-31-24
Posted Mar 31, 2024

Today I had no idea what to create so I decided to just show up and create for the joy of it.

This is also how I go about getting new ideas and techniques that I will then take to a workshop or a new piece of art.

Showing up for our soul and for the time out of real life can do so many things. And as I will always say…. Any time we show up to create we get something. Whether it be joy or ideas…. the simple act of play… with no end result, is the best!

So I got my gel plate out… which is always my go-to when I don’t know what to do… because you never know what you’re gonna get when you do a gel print. So it helps me to completely let go of perfection.

I share my journey to this journal page in the video, along with some encouragement to just come and create with me.

Enjoy the process and always know that you are loved!

Supplies Used:

  1. Art journal
  2. 12×12 gel press plate
  3. Tissue paper, collage paper
  4. Liquitex fluid matte medium
  5. Liquitex gesso – white
  6. Acrylic paint – olive green, green gold, teal, dark teal, prism violet, burnt sienna, cad orange, cad yellow, titan buff, unbleached titanium, raw umber
  7. Soft pastel sticks, Charcoal pencil ex. soft
  8. Liquitex acrylic ink – deep violet, raw umber
  9. brayer

Stencils used:

  1. Flowing leaves 8×10 
  2. Flowing flowers 8×10
  3. Budding trees 9×12 & 8×10
  4. Geometric flower 5 & 6 5×8 
  5. Geometric flower 8×10 1 & 2
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Posted Mar 31, 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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