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shawn petite
Letting go mixed media birds nest 4-7-24
Posted Apr 7, 2024

It had been a stormy day and with lots of wind. Once the weather settled down, I went out to the backyard to straighten up chairs that had toppled over and I found a treasure.

A birds nest had fallen to the ground with all it’s magic and bits of life, twigs, thread, and fabric all woven together. I brought it inside to get a closer look and then quickly began getting things out to create my own.

As I was gathering ideas…I was wondering what happened to the bird and if it was ok. I also started thinking about this season of weather … when Mother Nature struggles to let go of winter and head into spring. So many meanings and thoughts from one little birds nest.

I share all about the process and more of the story in today’s video .

Supplies used:

  1. 8×10 wood panel
  2. Liquitex professional matte medium and Liquitex professional matte gel medium
  3. Liquitex gesso black and white
  4. Liquitex super heavy gesso
  5. Acrylic paint – unbleached titanium, burnt sienna, green gold, raw sienna,
  6. Grumbacher raw umber
  7. Daler and Rowney acrylic ink – sepia
  8. Brayer, Palette knife (set)
  9. Generals charcoal pencil, Koh-i-noor pastel pencil set, Stabilo All pencils, black soft pastel stick
  10. Round brush in different sizes
  11. Collage paper
  12. Collage material – twine, teabags, raffia ribbon, torn fabric

Stencils used:

  1. Budding tree 8×10
  2. Birds nest 8×10this will be on sale this week
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Posted Apr 7, 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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