Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Feed Your Wanderlust for Art!

You can feed your Wanderlust for art techniques from the comfort of your own home or studio!

I hope you will join me and all the fabulous instructors for this journey:

Wanderlust 2018 from Everything Art on Vimeo.

Wanderlust 2018 is on sale at the Early Bird only until 31st of December 2017. (Approx $125 US Dollars, depending on exchange rate at time of purchase.) 
There are four free videos available on our Community right now!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Wanderlust 2018 - Early Bird Discount!

I am thrilled to be a part of Wanderlust and I hope you'll join me and all the other fine instructors!

Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you :
  • videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable),
  • access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered.
You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art.

Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers.

Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Wanderlust 2018 from Everything Art on Vimeo.

Wanderlust 2018 is on sale at the Early Bird only until 31st of December 2017.
There are four free videos available on our Community straight away:
  • Introduction to Wanderlust, Colour & Composition,
  • The Basics of Art Journaling and How to use the Community.
Plus for our Early Bird Adventurers we have:
  • a “Dynamic Paper Painting” class with Kasia and
  • a printable Eliza’s Collage Collection filled with some lovely ephemera.

Buy Wanderlust 2018 before 31st December 2017 and save 20%!

Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)

Sign up:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Creative JumpStart June Sale

Did you miss it the first time around? If so, you missed some really great material from me and loads of my friends - Pam Carriker, Jodi Ohl, Andrew Borloz (one of my favorite videos!) and Gwen LaFleur. Not to mention tons of others - Michelle Ward, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and of course Nathalie Kalbach. 
Just $40  for 27 videos that you can download and keep to watch over and over.  
Here is the link you need to sign up.

I don't think you will regret it. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reuse Repurpose Recycle - Sustainable Souls Project

I am honored to be working with the folks at Sustainable Souls Project for the month of May. I can think of no more important theme for LIFE than the idea of sustainability. That word has ramifications extending into every aspect of life. Harkening from: 
Sustain + Ability
I am kind of a word geek, ok, not kind of. At any rate, I did a bit of research to find out what this word means and it appears there isn't a true consensus. In a nutshell, it means, "the ability to be maintained at a certain level or rate." Of course, most people use this word in connection with our environment. The definition I really love is, "the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld or confirmed. " There is something about those words supported and upheld that ring true to me and I imagine our vast planet being held in hands and hearts worldwide.

But I digress and you probably stopped by to see what I made, not hear me blab on and on......this month, May 2017, we are talking about Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle, which are topics near and dear to my heart. 
For art making, I reuse materials such as paint stained paper towels, scraps of paper, garbage (ie, treasures) I find on the ground, old paper plate palettes, junk mail, magazines, well, I think you get the idea.

For this project, I pulled out some precious scraps and paired them up with existing paintings that needed something. You know, those unfinished pieces hanging around your studio? The ones that need a little sumpin' sumpin' to make them complete? Well, in my case, it was a couple of pieces I had done with oil and cold wax. I hadn't gotten around to completing them and the idea of adding some collage really appealed to me. 

Incredibly, I had JUST the perfect scraps for each painting, don't you love it when that happens?

I cut and tore snips here and there. Punches are my friend, especially making circles from the sturdy paper plates. You probably already know this but turn your punch upside down to 'crop' the best parts. And don't forget your old fashioned office hole punch, I love tiny little circles especially painted ones.

And before you know it, voila! A security envelope here punched circles and circle waste there, some deli discards.....who woulda thunk? They are done for now, but I reserve the right to continue to work on them.....ahem.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

StencilGirl and Amazing Casting Products

When I was attending Creativation (fka CHA) this year, I met up with my friend Cat Kerr at the Alumilite (Amazing Casting Products) booth. I was floored by the complexity of products she was making, from assemblage to embellishments for artwork to jewelry. She rocked my world with her artistry of the mysterious(at least to me) art of making molds and casting resin pieces. The idea of a Blog Hop was born.

In case you don't understand how a Blog Hop work, this is what happened. The lovely people at Alumilite sent my StencilGirl peeps some product and us, here at StencilGirl, sent their peeps some stencils.
Playtime ensued. At my house, this always includes a cat. Ahem.

But I digress, let me show you what I received. Keep in mind I had absolutely zero ideas what to do with these products.
Seriously. I learned by reading the box. First you mix up the putty and make a mold. Then you pour resin into the mold to make your object. It is really quite simple, I am sure a chemist could explain why this works, hahaha.
Naturally, I was interested to know if I could use stencils to make 3-dimensional objects. And voila! Yes, it can be done. The first picture below shows a Seth Apter stencil and the second shows a Rae Missigman feather mask. When you use a stencil or a mask, the result will be flat. In order to transform this into a mold (that will hold resin), you need to make a little wall about your imprint. The second picture shows the 'wall' which was made by rolling the putty into a little snake and then attaching it - it basically attached itself on contact, so this is super easy.
But I couldn't stop at stencils because I also wanted to make a mold of something else, something fun! I searched and searched for something cute, buttons, acorns, shells, hmmmmm, such potential. I settled on a tiny tube of paint that met my requirements and oooh la, who knew how much I would love making wee resin paint tubes.

Here is an images of my final products prior to painting and after painting.

Not sure what I am going to do with them as of yet. I am amazed they are quite strong and I am thinking a closure on the front of a journal for one of the feathers, wouldn't that be cool! 

After playing for several days, here are my tips:
  • Don’t be stingy with the product. I had a couple molds that were too thin just because I was trying to ‘save’ product. You will get much better results with a beefy mold that will stand up to multiple uses.
  • If you are using a stencil or a mask, pick an isolated image rather than one where the image is part of an intricate pattern. 
  • When using a stencil, first, use a brayer over the stencil (on the mold putty) and then use a thin palette knife to press the stencil even deeper.
  • After making your resin piece, you are easily able to trim off ugly edges. I found you could also trim the resin the next day too. I imagine you could also poke holes in it (to make jewelry).
  • To add color, I put the Alumidust in the mold prior to pouring the resin. Gorgeous! 
  • I forgot to do this a couple of times and my resin piece dried to solid white. No worries though because I was able to add color with Pitt pens, Acrylic paint (craft and Golden), Sharpie marker and Stayzon ink. Seems like nearly anything might work. 
All in all, I had a terrific time and know that there is more mold making in my future. Can you say paint tube earrings?????

Here is a list of the participants in our Hop and the dates you may read their posts:
April 19
Mary Beth Shaw (you are here)

And YES!!! There is a give away, of course there is!

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebookpage
on Monday, April 24th.