"I Rise" 18x18 mixed media art

Shawn Petite
January 29, 2018
January 8, 2018

This piece is so dimensional... the texture and layers are just so yummy! and this 18x18 has lots of meaning to me.

The modeling paste, crackle paste and pumice gel add so much depth and interest, that it takes a few looks to really capture all of the grungy goodness!

The quote is from Maya Angelou, she is one of my favorite authors/poets. It reads "You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt but still like dust I'll rise, I rise, I rise"

So often we can come against adversity and others that try to discourage our dreams.. And this work is served as an reminder to keep going... never ever, ever give up!

Also... The winner for the Poetry of the Earth series is Jana Boettcher! Thank you all for participating and sharing!!

Let's get creating!

Enjoy the video


I love using modeling paste, crackle paste and the pumice gel, I try to not think about where I'm putting it so that I can have unexpected texture in some surprising spots. Also watering down some of your paint works well when working with all this texture, it allows the paint to settle in the cracks and and around the paste.

Supplies Used: 18x18 wood panel, scraps of vintage paper, Large #17 palette knife smaller palette knife # 5, charcoal pencil, cardboard scraps

Golden Mediums: gesso, crackle paste, modeling paste, coarse pumice gel, matte medium, glazing medium

Golden heavy body paints: Titanium white, teal, quinacridone blue violet, alizarin crimson hue, Yellow ochre, quinacridone crimson, neutral gray, carbon black

Golden Fluid acrylics: pyrrole red, cobalt turquois, yellow oxide, raw umber, quinacridone magenta, Phthalo green, permanent violet dark, paynes gray, Phthalo Blue

Donna Downey Stencils: keyhole splatter, star, scribble script, 

My stencils: mandala, scribbles, scribble squares, scribble circles, cracked

Thanks for hanging out with me for the month of January... It was great to be with you! I will be back again this year... And there's more fabulousness coming from the other Curators... Have fun creating!!!

Shawn Petite

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I'm a mixed media artist living my dream of creating every day and my passion for art has been with me from childhood. I've been teaching and painting for over 26 years in many different mediums, but found my art soul mate in mixed media.

I have been published in several magazines, and have been part of Donna Downey’s Artist Gang and Deco Art Media Design team for several years.

I produce my own line of stencils and create soulful and informative workshops on mixed media.

You can see more of my art, workshops and stencils at www.shawnpetite.com . You can also find me on Instagram @artgirl38 & Facebook.  You will also find me creating everyweek on YouTube

My favorite quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. " Maya Angelou