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Reflecting and documenting life mixed media journal page 6-30-24
Posted Jun 30, 2024

I think we forget sometimes that our journals are a document of our life. I can turn to any page, in any journal, even some that are 8 years old and know exactly what was happening during that time.

It helps us remember our journey, our story, our life. And because there’s ultimate freedom in our journals we can really be ourselves.

Our journals also helps us truly appreciate the things we’ve gone through, or should I say made it through. It’s a reminder that we kept going and are stronger for it.

Our journals help us relive beautiful moments and cement them in our memories.

Our journals help us express what we can’t say with words.

Our journals are us…. our soul…. on the page. And my journals are like gold to me. They’re a time capsule.

When my studio flooded a couple of years ago…. as I rushed into the water…. I went straight past, the supplies, the original art working floating in the water and gathered my journals and cried over the one that had been water logged.

Our journals are an intimate place to be without any judgement.

I hope you make time to create in your journal this summer and take some time to slow down and just be yourself. And if you don’t have a working journal…. maybe this is you season to start. It’s sooo good for the soul.

Enjoy watching the video and always know that you are loved!


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Posted Jun 30, 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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