Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Printmaking with Traci Bautista & a Book Giveaway

11/29/14 update - the winner is Jean, who wrote a song which impressed my grandsons. 
Thank you everyone for playing along!!!

When Traci Bautista gifted a copy of her book with me I had a feeling it would be fabulous. 
Indeed!
That girl manages to pack more ideas onto each page than you can ever imagine. It is the kind of book where you read and reread every single section because there is simply that much to absorb and because yeah, you want to try it all!! 
She sent me a pack of 'stuff' along with the book, so I could get an idea for the types of supplies she uses. Crazy stuff. Like a foam hair roller, pom poms, a square plastic mesh and an orange rubber thingamajig.  I have no idea what it is. Turns out I absolutely love it and now use it all the time.
Cause Traci is genius like that.
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Traci's book.
Step 1, I worked on my large Gelli Plate, setting up textures.
Golden Open Acrylics are perfect for Gelli Prints and create beautiful layers. 
Painted papers and painted journal pages.

My journal spread using some 'parts' that Traci drew (see my initials!).
Traci's collection along with her book and other supplies.

I am giving away a copy of Traci's book and a set of markers plus a few of her stencils so one lucky winner will be able to play till their heart's content. To enter, please leave me a comment below - say something really clever and creative. Seriously. I haven't done this for a long time, but I used to let my grandsons pick the winners on my blog contests. And yep, I am going to do it again! Woo hooooo!! You need to enter before midnight CST 11/26/14 because this will be a Thanksgiving Day project. 

Be sure and leave me your email too, you know the drill, right?
And.........fyi.....a couple months ago, I did a Webinar using Traci's latest book as my inspiration. Traci appeared as a guest during the live broadcast and we had a lot of fun talking about art and all sorts of things. If you want to check that out, you can click HERE to download the project video. You can also click HERE to see that uber cool package that North Light put together for her book - pssssst, there is a custom stencil. 
Last, but certainly not least, check out Traci's stencils with StencilGirl Products HERE.  I am fond of all of them but have to admit that Love Collage and Tropical Floral are favorites of mine, I just *love* them. 



71 comments:

  1. I would heart this so much! I have so many books, (including yours, wink wink) but don't have Traci's yet! Another reason to pick me: I am so excited to meet you at the workshop with Seth Apter next year in May! Seth posted some save the dates on his blog today and I already emailed him and told him I wanted IN! My first workshop ever with 2 artists I admire greatly, How awesome is that!! This is gonna be the longest winter ever to get thru!
    my email is ajzkinsey @ gmail .com

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  2. I always had a feeling you were a cool hippie chick and now I know for sure! heehee
    When I saw the picture of your journal spread- I said ..mmm this girls a flower child- then when I saw your favorite stencils- bingo! I knew it for sure!
    Anyway, I watched and have the download and I go back to it now and again- great webinar!
    I would love to win your giveaway and I would also love to see that foam roller! ha- I used to wear them as a kid! heehee
    fingers crossed and thanks for the chance Mary Beth! ")
    kampysgirl(@)(gmail)(dot)(com)

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  3. Oh the pressure to write something really clever and creative... I am working on trying to develop more looseness in my style and I think "unleashing" might help with that. That and turning off that critic in my head. Thanks for the generous give away! laneruthe at gmail dot com

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  4. The common denominator is to have fun and Traci certainly has that ability!

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  5. Sing to Jingle Bells --

    Gelli Print
    Gelli Print
    Print making today
    oh what fun
    it is to play
    with paint and stencils this way!


    Ok - that was my attempt at clever! What an amazing collection of goodies! Would love to give them a home!!
    mjmarmo@comcast.net

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  7. I have started saving things in a box that I can use for Gelli Printing. My family are amazed at all I save. I would love to have your book! raetino47@gmail.com

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  8. I have no wit tonight! Oh my. Unusual for me but I would love this book so very much. Adlopez77atgmaildotcom

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  9. Love the color palette! Nothing like some new toys to play with :)

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  10. Love this post. Such clever ideas and Traci is amazing. I am not good at writing interesting replies so I can just provide the facts. The seminar is so worth watching, everyone should see it. The stencils atre wonderful and versatile, get them. Enjoy!
    Sunmoongal at me dot com

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  11. What yummylicious toys you have!! Pick me pick me! Sandi M (kinsey_us@yahoo.com)

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  12. Mary Beth, you are a CARD! I <3 Traci's book and her stencils and all of her ideas. Mary Beth Shaw + Traci Bautista = a marriage made in heaven! ps - I adore your psychedlic journal pages!

    deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  14. "Crazy stuff. Like a foam hair roller, pom poms, a square plastic mesh and an orange rubber thingamajig." That's got to mean either Gelli printing or a very strange cheerleading competition! Thanks for sharing.

    lindaleecr [at] yahoo {dot com}

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  15. If its been awhile since you had your grandsons pick a wunner - they must be big, strapping young men by now. It's a good thought that they will still help grannie with her contest.
    I hope they are treasuring the handmade gifts that grannie has given them through the years and will continue to do so in the future.
    I'd love to win this prize. I want to get messy and (hopefully) end up with a work of art. thanks.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  16. I love the bright colors! Seeing all the wonderful talents on the blogs I read inspires me to become a better artist. (just starting to learn). Sorry, but for now I will have to leave the creative and clever stuff to you! The book sounds great -hope your grandson picks me :)

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  17. I LOVE print making! You are such an inspiration. And you are so much FUN!!!
    ....Raine
    AquaLuna13@msn.com

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  19. Traci's book and stencils are great -- and so is her online class that corresponds to that book. I'm taking that class now.

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  20. This is such a great give-a-way. I took a free course by Traci at the Strathmore paper site and enjoyed it so much. This is a great opportunity for every to enter and have tiny little fingers pick a winner.
    Good luck to all.

    superb4@att.net

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  21. Whoa! This is great I would love to win! Traci is so coool, I call her the Mick Jagger of mixed media!! If I win, this would be one of the best Thanksgiving by far!

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  22. Yippee!! First, tx sooooo much for always being so generous, sharing and inspiring your fab art and all that goes with it, means so much esp to folks like me who only get to learn thru folks like u and the internet, yeah for u, traci, your grandson, and happy holidays to all! Aloha, angi in hana

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  23. I have been wanting this book, so would be thrilled to win it, love Tracis stuff. Penny
    rivingtn@bigpond.com

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  25. I'll be home alone for Thanksgiving so this would really make me so thankful! Such a wonderful gift for whoever wins - hopefully me... Thank you and wonderful wishes to all. Christine
    xtinepowell at verizon.net

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  26. I'm in! Am just finishing up Traci's Printmaking Unleashed class now...would love to win some of her stencils and a book (mine is a digital copy). You are right...that girl is amazing!

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  27. I love printmaking and love learning. I love her books too! Please pick me kiddos! LOL kyladog1_1999@yahoo.com

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  28. two of my fave artistes together...cant wait to see the webinar. I just bought 3 of Traci's stencils from Stencil Girl and cannot wait to win the book so I can use them like the two of you. Whoopie, hooray, fantabulastic giveaway. C'mon grandsons...you can pick my name. Thanks.
    suzschultz23@aol.com

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  29. Seriously, I am ready for some new fun stuff to do. I work way hard at my day job and need to a creative release! How I would love to be the fortunate one to win!!! Be especially blessed...

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  30. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    I have lots of plastic bits and pieces to experiment with but need the inspiration Traci's book would give me! Pick me!!! diane456@gmail.com

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  31. Paint, stencils, paper and ink
    Without these tools, the artist stinks
    So I’ll enter a comment to win
    If I do, it will make me grin!

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  32. Love that Traci uses everyday objects as tools. It inspires me to look everywhere for potential mark making tools. Yes, even the kitchen sink! Those scrubber puffs and pads are calling out to be pressed into paint or paste, or used to stamp with. "Unleashed" that's for sure! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. Mary Beth - I think it would be beyond fab to win this package. I've been drooling over the book and stencils for a while. Her hippie flower girl vibe is right up my alley. It's happy and cheerful yet so creative and boundary pushing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Stephanie sltresso at hotmail dot com

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  34. I love Traci's work. She hasn't lost that inner child, that so many have.
    This giveaway is just amazing.
    marikainen (at) windowslive (dot) com

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  35. I'd love to win and share with my crafty and hippie mama who is in a nursing center. She's only 52 so I'm always on the search for simple crafts for her. mrsjessicawerner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  36. Ok, large Gelli Plate, check...I have that...tools, have those, check... Paints have those, check.... book and stencils....oh no!

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  37. Would love to win this. Thank you

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  38. Love all those colors and textures. Beautiful work MB! Don't know if I can be in the running, but if so.... jessicasporndesigns at gmail dot com!

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  39. Traci has boundless creativity! Maybe some of that will rub off on me if I should be so fortunate to receive this giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity! rgsnews@gmail.com

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  40. Just imagine the masterpieces that could be created with such treasures... or at least some very nice therapy! ♥

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  41. Traci is one amazing artist. I love her work..... I taught my 7 year old grandson how to gelli print. We had a blast. He has a creative streak in him. If I had this book we could really have a lot of fun. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this. darlenebromberger9@gmail.com

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  42. I just love Traci's work!! I have Collage Unleashed and it is so inspiring! It would mean so much to me to win this. I've had to slow way down with mixed media due to having another baby (and a 3rd on the way) and starting a new business that took up less space than mixed media art. But, my heart and Soul are calling me back to it for my own healing. My email is narah (at) me (dot) com (trying to avoid spambots. 😍

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  43. Love Traci's work so fingers crossed!

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  44. If i were to win this awesomely rad giveaway, it would unleash the printmaking mojo that i know is currently hiding within...thanks for the chance!
    dljoy (at) sbcglobal (.) net

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  45. I now have my husband trained to ask BEFORE he throws anything away to see if I want it for my art. He doesn't want to get in "trouble" for discarding something I need! I am always looking for things to make impressions for gelli printing and mostly use "found objects." One of my favorites is a Lunchable container. The print pulled looks like a Metro map. . .very cool. Thanks for the chance to win Traci's book, stencils and the set of markers. What a generous giveaway! Should I be the lucky one your grandson chooses, please email me at bkisrael (at) gmail (dot com).

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  46. I own the book and love it. Playthings or a list of products you adore appreciated. I love your book which came with a slight learning curve. I did take a few notes or used post its. But Traci's I reread, take notes, and talk to myself. I also periodically use a four letter word, and no I don't mean the color blue.

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  47. How do I join your blog? I don't see a way. I got this because we are FB friends.

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  48. Traci Bautista
    a creative sista
    when I saw her book I could have kissed her!
    So much fun and colourful stuff
    if I win I'll be SO chuffed!!
    Thank you so much for the chance
    I look forward to doing a happy dance! :)
    anitatillman@hotmail.com

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  49. I love finding odd items to create texture. One of my favorites is the packaging from some truffles last Christmas. The bottom of the individual plastic wells that held the candy. Now I go out of my way when shopping to find unique textural patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. Something really clever and creative. ;)

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  51. I would Love to win this as I am not able to go to workshops anymore as I am disabled and I learn through books, videos, e courses and watching any you tube I can. I love making books and am waiting for Traci's new book to come out so this would be so great to win, thank you for putting it up, Love Light and Laughter, Jude

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  52. stencilgirlproductc@bigpond.com

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  53. Im not as creative or clever as i'd like to be....this book would help...maybe.

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  54. i think you're adorable!!! how's that for a comment? oh wait…and you're smart and talented and have the best cats ever and since you're married to a "john" like me, we're like sisters…and let's not forget your LAUGH…oh you have a great laugh!!!….xo {and honestly, i really want to art journal like a pro and i suck at it and it saddens me deeply}

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  55. YEs, yEs and yeS please. Glad to know that many others "see" things to use in almost every place- that's what art is about to me- seeing potential! AmandaJKuykendall at gmail dot com :D

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  56. Traci's book is top of my Amazon wishlist!
    gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

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  57. Another awesome giveaway. I love Traci B, and I don't mean in a way that would make my husband blush, but for her unabashed creativity and open, sharing spirit. . Both Mary Beth and Traci are ... just... da.... bomb!
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot)(com)

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  59. An artist named Mary Beth Shaw
    Invited her fans to a draw
    Please take a look
    You might win a book
    And stencils by Traci Bautista

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  60. Stencils & Colors & Prints, OH MY! Traci & Mary Beth are true wizards. Pick me, pick me!
    Bynstershopatgmaildotcom

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  61. I just ordered my first Gelli plate. I have a collection box of things to use with my new plate. My husband refers to my space as a crap place. I think he just found my box of goodies. mapperlmutter@hotmail.com

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  62. Ooh pick me please! I love printing with " junque". I think that orange thingy is part of a sink protector.

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  63. What an awesome giveaway! Yay!
    Here is my "witty" for the entry for your grandsons:
    "Time goes by fast when you're avoiding homework"-author unkown

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Traci has always inspired me by the "tools" she uses for her fabulous art. I really like the collage stencils too. They are like a mish mash of a bunch of those tools to be used all at once! Love them.

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    1. Oh heck. That whole address thing. I forgot. Huntla1 at MAC dot com. Thanks again!

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  65. I just love the variety of printmaking techniques Traci shares! I played along with her printmaking unleashed challenge and had a blast! MB, I always enjoy visits to your blog. You know how to sling that paint, girl! It makes me happy to see other artists create with no limits. Thank you for the chance to win!
    msmith2illustration (at) gmail (dot)com

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  66. I would love to win this book- it is on my Christmas list and as it is sooooo long I know I won't get half of it!
    Thank you for the chance to win
    Alison

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    1. Not sure how to send my email so just add it! Alison.rumble@gmail.com

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  67. Love Traci's blog. She inspired me to get my Gelli plate out again and start making lots of colorful prints.
    P.S. - Also follow Carolyn Dube and love what she does with your stencils. Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! jerigale@comcast.net

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  68. So excited! Thank you so much!!!!

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