Monday, August 17, 2015

Hello VerDay, meet StencilGirl

Welcome to Day 1 of our blog hop. 
I can't remember when I first heard about VerDay paints, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. Needless to say I was thrilled when TENseconds Studio sent our StencilGirl team paints to play with.
These paints come in four finishes - copper, bronze, iron & brass. There are actual metallic flakes in the paint and when used with the VerDay Patina they will turn anything (yes, anything!) into a metallic finish. I swooned over the results I saw in the videos on the TENseconds Studio site. 

Oh my oh my.
Kit with four metallics & Patina

As someone who picks up rusted parts off the street, you can imagine the idea of creating rust in my journals rocked my world. 
I followed the instructions that came with the product and am happy to say, it's easy peasy to use.

Original journal page
  1. Apply metallic paint and allow to dry (the instructions say an hour, but it didn't take that long for me)
  2. Using a stencil (ok, the instructions didn't mention a stencil, but what do you expect from moi?), apply a second layer of the metallic paint
  3. While the second layer is still wet, spritz with the Patina and wait for the magic to begin.
Beginning journal page

I found that you need to be fairly liberal with your paint application to get a 'pop' of rust. The first go-round, I hadn't used enough paint on step #2 and nothing much happened. I was adhering to my typical 'keep it dry' stencil approach and that really isn't the best way to achieve this fabulous result; think 'make it gloppy'. And good grief, I was very much wowed by the effect - can't wait to use it in some of my abstract painting.
Check out this closeup below, be still my rust loving heart.

Wonderful rusted accents.

Closeup of rust, ooh la la!!!
And for my second trick I used Copper.
MBShaw Journal Spread

Journal spread with VerDay Copper accents

I seriously love this product  - thank you TENsecond Studio!!!
And........don't ya know, we are having a contest. 
4-piece VerDay Kit of Reactive Metal Paint & Patina
and a $25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate to one lucky winner!

All comments left on the hop list participants’ posts will be entered. 
One comment per blog. 
Comments close on August 21st @ 11:59PM Central.
(be sure and leave your email so we can contact you)

(In addition, Cheryl will be giving away a set of paints and leather coasters.)
TENseconds Studio homepage:
TENseconds Studio Facebook Page:
VerDay Paint and Patina Video and Supplies for Purchase:
In case you are wondering, I used the two stencils below, both by Carolyn Dube. They are available on StencilGirl Products, right here. 

Sunday, August 09, 2015

All right, I gotta beg forgiveness here, I messed up the Resist Video. I'll have it up in a couple of days. Stay tuned.

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Location:Resist Video

Monday, August 03, 2015

How to Store Your Stencils

We recently did a survey over at StencilGirl and this was our number one question. Thought I would share the video with all of you here as well. It took me awhile to find a system that worked for me and now I hang all sorts of things where I can see them.
There are links to the products mentioned on StencilGirl Talk. 
Hope you enjoy!
Be sure and share your ideas too, I love to hear other ideas.

Monday, July 20, 2015

StencilGirl and Seth Apter Blog Hop

You know what I like about Seth Apter's stencils?
Lots of things really.....
but mainly the itty bitty parts,
the words,
the shapes, and
the versatility.
Those little parts - weird shapes, circles, squares, grids. Those parts are what I call "integrators". That probably isn't even a word, but I'm talking about design elements that can help pull your art together, be it a journal spread, a greeting card or a canvas. Tiny detail can work wonders to link up sections of the art and to help the piece flow.
And the Words, these are words for thinking people. The type of words that have a lot to say. Double meanings and prefixes and suffixes with lots of variety.
Here's a journal spread I recently completed using Seth's and also one of my new stencils.
Mary Beth Shaw journal spread with StencilGirl Products stencils.
 See Seth's new stencils on the StencilGirl Products WEBSITE:
We are having a give away too. But you probably knew that, didn't you? Just leave me a comment along with your email address. 
$25 StencilGirl Gift Certificate to one lucky winner!
All comments left on the hop list participants posts will be entered. 
One comment per blog. 
Comments close on July 24th @ 11:59PM Central.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Seth has Rubber Stamps!!

Stamps by Seth Apter for Impression Obsession
Psssst, guess what? My friend Seth Apter has rubber stamps, woo hoo!!! I was lucky enough to receive a set from him, these beautiful constellation based deeply cut rubber stamps. You know I'm a stencil girl at heart but I always love a good stamp and I will have to say Seth's designs are so.....well.....Seth! Which means they are terrific and versatile. They work perfectly with his stencils too!
Using the stamp on vintage paper. 
Before using a rubber stamp on my work, I like to try stamping it on plain paper to see how it looks. In this case, I happened to have some vintage medical papers in my stash and I grabbed one. I LOVE how well these intricate stamps work. Sometimes I am kind of a doofus with a stamp, I think it is because I use stencils so much, but I was excited that these stamps looked perfect the very first time I used them.  
Collage part
So off and running I went........gluing the collage part into my journal.
Paint and Collage on journal page
I developed a ton of layers, paint, collage, repeat. The stamps added a lovely circular effect and you know how I love my circles. I felt like they created a nice sense of movement. And naturally I used some of Seth's stencils too.
To check out more about Seth, go to his blog, he is one of my favorite bloggers and provides regular content that I find quite interesting;
It you are interested in Seth's stamps, you can find them here, at Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps:
Final journal spread
Here is a list of the others participating on this blog hop, I can't wait to see what everyone made! 
You can find Seth's stencils at StencilGirl Products, but you knew that, right?