Course Description

Join me as I show you step by step ways to creating successful backgrounds. For the beginner all the way to the advanced artist.  Let me help you gain more confidence in forming luscious layers of depth and texture. 

Let's explore new ways to create and jump into a place of discovery, as we do that, I share 14 of my go-to techniques that I use over and over in all my backgrounds. 

Then we'll take all of our play and practice and put it all together creating 6 backgrounds. PLUS... a bonus background that is a grungy as you can get!

 I know that creating great backgrounds comes with play and losing your fear of a bad outcome and I share how to overcome those fears and give you practical steps to let go of any hesitancy you might have.

You will have instant access to all the lesson with real-time videos, downloadable collage elements, and helpful tips for encouraging you on your creative journey.

Below are the backgrounds that we'll be creating



What you can expect when  you sign up

~This is a work at your own pace workshop 

~Unlimited access to my user-friendly classroom - compatible with all your devices.

~All downloads and full hd (real time) videos are available as soon as you purchase.

~Supplies are few, most you will already have but there is a downloadable supply list.

~Real time instruction to help you discover and explore lovely layers and beautiful texture.

~There is a Q&A section in the classroom or I'm always available to answer questions.

Frequently asked questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I have to be at my computer at a certain time? No, this is a self-paced workshop, so you can learn when the timing is right for you.
  • How long do I have to take the workshop? You have lifetime access.
  • Can I share my workshop with a friend? No, these are for personal use and really honor your integrity to keep these as just yours.
  • Can I get a refund? No, because once you register for the workshop you will have access to all the information.

I hope you'll join me!

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Artist/Creative Soul

Shawn Petite

Well Hello There! My name is Shawn Petite and I’m a mixed media artist, living my dream of creating every day. I've been teaching and creating for over 26 years in many different mediums but found my art soul mate in mixed media.  I’ve been published in several magazines, I produce my own line of stencils, and create soulful and informative workshops on mixed media. But most importantly, I try every day to encourage and inspire. To show love with my paintbrush. To leave my little corner of the world a better place. One of my greatest joys is to know that I've encouraged YOU on your creative journey 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 Always know that you are loved!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome and let's talk about the workshop

  • 2

    How to get the most from this workshop

    • Steps to creating successfully

  • 3

    Gather your supplies

  • 4

    Collage elements downloads

    • downloadable images

    • download info

  • 5

    A non boring approach to color and color placement

    • Helpful tips for successful color

    • color and color placement

  • 6

    Let's begin Technique #1 Collage, thinking outside the box

    • Technique #1 collage

    • Helpful tips for collage

  • 7

    Techniques #2 and #3 Decollage and image transfer specific for texture making

    • De Collage

    • image transfer

    • Helpful tips for de-collage and image transfer

  • 8

    Technique #4 Mark making to simplify or to add interest

    • helpful tips for mark making

    • Mark making for backgrounds

  • 9

    Technique #5 Gesso is your friend, dry brushing and wet brushing

    • gesso, dry brushing and wet brushing

  • 10

    Technique #6 Glazing and Washes - the benefits to cover lots of texture

    • Glazing and washes

    • Helpful tips for glazing and washes

  • 11

    Technique #7 Alcohol fun

    • Alcohol a necessity in my art supplies

  • 12

    Technique #8 modeling paste, crackle paste and gesso

    • all over texture with gesso, crackle and modeling paste

    • stamping and stenciling with modeling paste

    • Helpful tips with gesso, modeling and crackle paste

  • 13

    Technique #9 watercolor look

    • water color with acrylic

  • 14

    Technique #10 Palette knife painting

    • palette knife painting

  • 15

    Technique #11 pressed paper

    • pressed paper technique

  • 16

    Technique #12 Using a brayer to push back and simplify

    • Using a brayer

  • 17

    Technique # 13 Gelli plate printing for backgrounds

    • Gelli plate printing for backgrounds

  • 18

    Technique #14 Scraping technique

    • Scraping for a quick background

  • 19

    Contemporary Background start to finish

    • Helpful tips when creating a contemporary background

    • Contemporary background part 1

    • contemporary Background part two

  • 20

    Intuitive background start to finish

    • Helpful tips when creating an intuative background

    • Intuative background part one

    • Intuative background part two

  • 21

    Abstract background with gelli plate, acrylic and gesso start to finish

    • Helpful tips for abstract background

    • Abstract with gelli plate, acrylic and gesso part one

    • abstract with gelli plate, acrylic and gesso part two

  • 22

    De collage textured background

    • Helpful tips for De collage background

    • De collage textured background part one

    • De collage textured background part two

  • 23

    Rustic textured collage background

    • Helpful tips for this rustic look

    • Rustic textured collage part one

    • Rustic textured collage part two

  • 24

    Extreme grunge background

    • Helpful tips on extreme grunge background

    • extreme grunge part one

    • extreme grunge part two

  • 25

    Bonus background - everything but the kitchen sink

    • !Background Bonus !- everything but the kitchen sink background

    • Pictures of the bonus background