Wednesday, October 13, 2021

StencilGirl Explores Claybord

"Everything is an opportunity in art." 

~ Mary Beth Shaw

Claybord is a magical substrate for making mixed media art. In this project-based class, you will learn how to use ink, pens, pencils, paint, a silhouette, and StencilGirl® stencils as you decide what you want to build in each dramatic layer. 

  • Stylish silhouettes that work well for this mixed media project
  • Carve, paint, and ink a richly layered background
  • Enhance the artwork with pencil and pen marks
  • Add grunge and fluorescence 
  • Bonus 1: Delve deeper into carving
  • Bonus 2: Experiment with resist techniques
  • Learn to make stenciled elements yours

This is an online class via StencilGirl Studio. 
Students have lifetime access and may download the video and PDF.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Your challenge for the day is to s-t-r-e-t-c-h!

Monday, October 04, 2021

May your days be filled with hope!

Friday, October 01, 2021

Look who I'm teamed up with for StencilClub!

These are the stencils club members receive (shipped October 15, 2021):

Want to know some specifics about the Bits & Pieces Set Carolyn Dube and I created?

What are you waiting for? Join StencilClub.

Monday, September 27, 2021

What stirs your heart & soul?

Monday, September 20, 2021

What do you seek?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

My August 2021 VLOG: Encaustic Studio Organized!

Monday, September 13, 2021

What stage are you on your journey?

Friday, September 10, 2021

Creative Jump Start is $59 for a limited time!

Jump in now!

Although you won't be playing along in real-time as Jumpers did in January, you will still be able to access the classroom and download the
  • information, 
  • supply lists, 
  • webinar recordings, 
  • and galleries 
  • all 45 instructional mixed media videos 
until the program shuts down on November 15th, 2021. 

I don't want you to miss out on CJS '21.

Special pricing ends September 13th, 11:59 pm ET (NYC time).

Saturday, September 04, 2021

Adventure into Wanderlust now for $125 bucks!

Are you craving a year full of mixed-media celebrations? 

Would you like to dive into the freeing process of creating art alongside me and other Teachers on Wanderlust 2022? 

You get 57 lessons from nearly 30 instructors and I am so excited to be one of the Guest Teachers.

Jump on board now through September 26th and get Wanderlust for the special price of $125*. Save $50 because after the 26th, it goes up to $175.

* additional local tax may be charged at checkout 

You know you want to be an Adventurer.

Info/ Sign up now!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

$99 Wanderlust ~ Be an early bird Adventurer!

Have you seen the incredible Teachers line-up on Wanderlust 2022? 

I am tickled pink to be one of them!

This one-of-a-kind online mixed-media course is coming back and this will be its seventh year! 

Follow my link to find out all the details and don’t hesitate to join. We have only 2,000 places at the special Early Bird price ($99 US). After that, the price goes up to $175. 

Wanderlust means incredible art journaling adventure; that's why you are not a student, you are an Adventurer.

Deep dive into 57, yes 57, lessons you can download and keep forever!

Hosted by Kasia Avery and Jamie Aver

with Guest Hosts Laly Mille and Carolyn Dube

Plus 29 Guest Teachers.

All for $99* if you are one of the first 2,000 Adventurers!

Don't sleep in. Sign up this minute. Get your bonuses!

* additional local tax may be charged at checkout 

Monday, August 16, 2021

I'm on the STartIST Podcast!

Guess who is a guest on the Startist Society Podcast?! 

There's a one-minute preview below or you can head directly to Episode 36 via Apple Podcasts or on the Startist Society website 
(created by Laura Lee Griffin and Nikki May).

Monday, August 09, 2021

Painting = self nurture

Feast on color.

Wrap your heart in love.

Nurture your soul by creating something today.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

ICYMI: My June 2021 VLOG

Setting up for encaustics = proof there is never enough room for all the art supplies we adore!

Hope this made you smile and laugh with me.

Monday, August 02, 2021

Where the Page Intersects

An art journal intersection. 

Close up. 


Delicious painted layers.

The slightest bit gridded.

More grids. Because you know how I love my grids!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

My July 2021 VLOG: How I Get My Ideas for Stencils

 Happy stenciling!

Monday, July 26, 2021

We all love watercolor

Celebrating World Watercolor Month with an ICAD:

He Loves Me Stencil

Thursday, July 22, 2021

ICYMI: My May 2021 VLOG

Using opposites:

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 19, 2021

Part floral, part citrus...

Celebrating World Watercolor Month with an ICAD:

Monday, July 12, 2021

Bloom true in watercolor

Celebrating World Watercolor Month with an ICAD:

Bloom True

Monday, July 05, 2021

True blue with hints of peach and gold

Celebrating World Watercolor Month with an ICAD:

At the Improv

Monday, June 28, 2021

Mad for Mosaics

A handy basket full of square and rectangular pieces of ephemera is handy to have when you want o make a mosaic card.

Monday, June 21, 2021

A Mixed Media Earth Song

What goes into your mixed media collage?

In addition to the mixed media paper base, my Earth Song collage has:
  • a bit of cheesecloth
  • torn sewing pattern
  • high flow acrylic
  • torn patterned napkin
  • a bit of burlap
  • acrylic paint, both stenciled and painted on

  • pick a theme 
  • use what you have in your stash 
  • collage to your heart's content

Monday, June 14, 2021

I love to paint!

You can see more paintings on my website.

Subtle in the background. A stencil. Not all of my paintings have a stenciled element but many do.

Monday, June 07, 2021

Grow Love

"Art is much, but love is more..."
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Monday, May 31, 2021

Get Complementary

Play with paint colors on a wheel gets me in the groove to art journal or paint a much more substantial piece.

The cool thing about creating color wheels on background paper is that you can use them as collage later on. It's definitely a win win.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Paint splatters make me happy!

Here is a bit of collage paper inspiration to make your day brighter.

Yes, of course, you can make paint splatters on your own or accidentally, but once in a while you want them placed a bit more strategically. Paint Splatters Stencil to the rescue!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Step into collage, a little Monday inspiration

Yes, there is a stencil hiding in this bit of collage paper. Do you see it? 

Hint: it is not blue or pink or orange. Nor is it white.

There is just a bit of green acrylic using the Wood Carving Stencil.

Monday, May 10, 2021

A bit of bright mosaic play

In addition to Twisting Beach Grass, do you spy an arrow from the Go Your Own Way Stencil by Mary C. Nasser? 

Friday, May 07, 2021

Art Bundle for Good #5 Summer Sale!

Hi there :)

The biggest and best Art Bundle for Good is back again for 3 days only, just in time for Mother’s Day. If you missed the sale this past November, you have one last chance to get it.

Bundle 5 includes 108+ art courses and workbooks, a $4,900 value for less than $1 per class!

Topics by the 75+ instructors include: 

  • watercolor painting
  • art journaling
  • sketching
  • mixed media
  • acrylics
  • stencils
  • collage
  • creativity
  • art journaling

Even if you have already enjoyed Graffiti Girl, Stencil 101, and Through the Looking Glass of Layers there are art courses galore that make this bundle a steal!

Look at the company you'll be keeping:

  • Happy Houses -- Tamara Laporte 
  • Jump Into Abstract Painting -- Tracy Verdugo 
  • Any Two Mini Online Course of Your Choice  -- Flora Bowley 
  • Graffiti Girl -- Mary Beth Shaw - 

  • Little Book of Whispers -- Laly Mille 
  • Figures in the Mist Watercolour -- Colin Bradley 
  • Whispers of Nature -- Katrina Koltes 
  • Petit Papillon --Olga Furman 
  • Draw Owls: Designed for the Dark -- Val Webb 
  • Sun, Snow & Flowers in Watercolor -- Angela Fehr 
  • Illuminated Pages April -- Renata Loree 
  • Finding Joy in Abstraction -- Dina Wakley 
  • Queen of the Scene - Bee Queen -- Andrea Gomoll 
  • The Beauty of Black & White -- Juna Biagioni 
  • Watercolour Fast and Loose -- Andy Walker 
  • Darling Human Art Journaling E-Course -- Effy Wild 
  • Loose & Sketchy Abstract Blooms -- Jessica Sanders 
  • Angel Wings Constellations -- Kassi Martin 
  • Past, Present & Future Self - Mixed Media Class -- Iris Fritschi-Cussens 
  • Activating The Canvas -- Nancy Hillis 
  • Watercolor Pixie -- Jenny Manno 
  • Field Pumpkins On Pastelmat -- John Middick 
  • Faces of Flow - Black on White -- Jenny Grant 
  • Fanning the Flames of Fall - Watercolour for Beginners --  Alison Fennell 
  • How to Add Power to Your Paintings -- Malcolm Dewey 
  • Working in Relief on the Painted Surface -- Lisa L. Cyr 
  • Love Your Life Creative Journal Class -- Andrea Schroeder 
  • Create Connections with Joyful Snail Mail -- Consie Sindet 
  • Bird Collection -- Josie De Meo 
  • BLACK and GOLD -- Ildik√≥ Karsay 
  • C.R.E.A.T.E. Embracing a Creative Habit -- Christa Forrest 
  • A Walk to the Lake -- Richard Robinson 
  • Sketchbook Express -- Jerney Marisha 
  • Ladies with character -- Yvonne Morell 
  • Digital Marbling: Create Stunning Abstract Art in Procreate -- Rich Armstrong 
  • Alla Prima Oil Painting -- Nataliya Gurshman 
  • Winter Birch Trees in Watercolor -- Leslie Lambert (Redhead) 
  • Intuitive Collage For Emotional Insight -- Shelley Klammer 
  • Creative Art Journaling -- Addie Hirschten 
  • A Certain Darkness is Needed to See the Stars -- Tamara Laporte 
  • Exploring Watercolor 101 LITE - Kolbie Blume 
  • Abstract Journey mixed media workshop -- Shawn Petite 
  • Dry Brush Lettering: How to Create a Textured Style the Easy Way -- Shelley Hitz 
  • Abstract Watercolor Painting Backgrounds -- Chris V 
  • Painting Bees with Alcohol Inks -- Kellie Chasse 
  • Beyond the Layers, Creating Figures in Oils & Cold Wax -- Marina Teding van Berkhout 
  • Art Journaling Flow -- Irit Landgraf 
  • Artist Websites that Sell -- Cory Huff 
  • How to Find Your Art Style: A Hands-On Guide! -- Patricia Caldeira 
  • Coach Yourself to Creativity -- Nadia Arbach 
  • Animal Magic Journaling Coloring Kit -- Amanda Jessie 
  • Chaos Mixed Media -- Christina Miles 
  • Washi Tape Mixed Media Girl -- Karen Campbell 
  • Unicorn Bliss - Find Your Bliss Mid in the Chaos -- Alexandra Kleinichen 
  • Mermaid Muse -- Tiare Smith 
  • Through the Looking Glass of Layers -- Mary Beth Shaw - 

  • Fall Truck with Pumpkins Painting Masterclass -- Pamela Groppe 
  • Moments in Time -- Katrina Koltes 
  • Next Jeneration Friday Creation's -- Jenny Manno 
  • Watercolour Tutorial Mini Bundle -- Kerrie Woodhouse 
  • Color Theory for Illustrators: a Fun Beginner's Guide to Creative Colour -- Brooke Glaser
  • Create your own: Mixed Media Inspiration Cards -- Consie Sindet 
  • Cosmic Colours Intuitive Art Workshop -- Michelle Mann 
  • The Nature heArt Journal -- Francisca Nunes 
  • Your Art Biz Refresh + Refocus Retreat Ecourse -- Bonnie Glendinning 
  • KuanYin, an Oil Pastel Class -- Lucy Morningstar 
  • Key to Luminous Paintings -- Layne Johnson 
  • Watercolor Leaves -- Nicki Traikos 
  • Discover Nature Sketching -- Christine Elder 
  • Sculpting Solana -- Suzette Hussey 
  • Flora the Chook -- Anna Battle 
  • 10 Minutes to Take-Off! -- John Middick 
  • Simple book-making & eco-printing on paper -- Ellie Beck 
  • How To Paint A Landscape Mural -- Joe Cornelius 
  • Mixed Media Abstract Book Page -- Jenny Manno 
  • Watercolor Wonderland: Rainbows, Abstracts, and Mark-Making, Oh My! -- Kimma Smith
  • Acrylic Painting Introduction -- Rod Moore 
  • Painting the Shoreline in Watercolour - The Beachcomber's Bounty -- Alison Fennell 
  • King Charles Spaniel -- Colin Bradley 
  • How to make it POP! -- Mimi Bondi 
  • Mastering the Basics of Handmade Journals -- Kiala Givehand 
  • Illuminated Pages May -- Renata Loree 
  • Creative Soul LIVE - She Is One with The Elements -- Christa Forrest 
  • Ocean's Poem: a Creativity and Art Journal Course -- Melanie Rivers 
  • Wander Journal -- Lorraine Bell 
  • Loose Watercolor Florals -- Kolbie Blume 
  • 7 Day Doodle Challenge -- Jane Snedden Peever 
  • Mixed Media Canvas Collage Class -- Keren Tamir 
  • Art Journal Playdate with Jennibellie -- Jennibellie 
  • Autumn Leaves in Watercolor -- Leslie Lambert (Redhead) 
  • Intuitive Painting: Organic Collage -- Beth K. Bedbury 
  • Queen of the Scene - Forest Queen -- Andrea Gomoll 
  • Abstract Flowers -- Dina Wakley 
  • Creative Dream HOLYDay -- Andrea Schroeder 
  • Making Alice -- Tamara Laporte 
  • Hands Reference Pack for Artists -- Patricia Caldeira 
  • Journal With Me! 2020 Taster Session -- Sue Young 
  • Create your own: Prayer Pocket Flags -- Consie Sindet 
  • Introduction to Faux-Calligraphy and Modern Calligraphy -- Essy Chen 
  • Rock Your Art Journal -- with colouring books) -- Amanda Jessie 
  • Paint Loose Watercolour Flowers - Glorious Gladioli -- Alison Fennell 
  • Next Jeneration Friday Creation's #2 -- Jenny Manno 
  • Stencil 101 -- Mary Beth Shaw -

Sneak Peek!

  • Illuminated Pages June -- Renata Loree 
  • Snail Mail Art with Love -- Kelli May-Krenz 
  • How to Paint Flesh -- Kimberly Brooks 
  • Creative Soul LIVE - Mindfulness is Magical -- Christa Forrest 
  • Miniature Food with Polymer Clay for Beginners -- Maha Atef 

Twenty-five percent of the profits from the sale are going to Courageous Kitchen, a Bangkok based charity helping refugees. 

Art Bundle Reviews:

"I loved the Art Bundle for Good experience and the amazing classes, prompts, tips, and inspiration that came with this opportunity to learn from so many of today's top creativity teachers, and all for one low price. Each class was literally like opening a gift." ~ Renae L.

"What I really love about these bundles is that you get emerged in so many ways of working. You see so much more possibilities you can discover and develop. It's like a big basket of creative fruits." ~ Antonyeta D.

Get Art Bundle for Good #5 for $97 before it is gone for good.

(Sale ends at 11 p.m. CST 5/10/21.)

Monday, May 03, 2021

Use a quill in your art journal today

With subtle backgrounds and layers, people will wonder how you achieved that look rather than ask what stencil you used.  But I'll tell you it was the small stencil from StencilClub more than 7 years ago.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

I am mashing it up for StencilClub with Debi Adams!


I teamed up with Debi Adams to create the May 2021 Mash-Up Set exclusively for StencilClub members!

We mashed and resized some of our stencil faves and came up with three fantastic stencils:

The mini 4" x 4" stencil features an abstract pattern under a larger botanical cutout.

Architecturally gridded circuits with a border comprise the small 6" x 6" stencil.

The large 9" x 12" stencil has four quadrants so you can make marks and backgrounds.
Mushroom stems, abstract marks, or grass
Circles afloat on a grid in this geometric design
Coffee cup rings
Repeating, somewhat architectural design 
Tip: Cut the quadrants apart - easier to stencil and store.

Here is a sneak peek of the card making project Debi and I have created for StencilClub members:

StencilClub membership is full of perks in addition to the 3 exclusive stencils!

Members receive:
A project video and PDF by the designer that you can download and keep.
20% off stencils in StencilGirl's public collection all the time.
You have the option to join our secret club group on Facebook - we share, swap, and have a lot of fun!

StencilClub stencils ship each month on the 15th.

Reading this after the 15th? No worries! StencilClub members may purchase past StencilClub sets.

I invite you to join us in StencilClub!

Saturday, May 01, 2021

You could win $4,900 worth of art classes!

Hi there!

If you missed Art Bundle for Good Number 5 back in November 2020...

Hint: it included my classes Graffiti Girl, Through the Looking Glass of Layers, and Stencil 101 as well as 105 other classes...

the good news is you have another chance to win it!

Go to the Art Bundle Giveaway for the chance to be one of 3 people to win 
more than $4,900 worth of art-related courses, workbooks, 
and other great resources.

Courses include:
  • watercolor painting
  • art journaling
  • sketching
  • mixed media
  • acrylics
  • stencil art projects (of course!)
  • collage
  • creativity
  • art journaling
  • and much more! 
There are more than 108 art courses and resources in this amazing bundle. It doesn’t cost anything to enter, so don’t miss out. 

I wish you good luck!

The winner will be contacted via email by the curator of this annual event, John Bardos.

Even if you aren't one of the lucky 3, you can still claim savings on 108+ classes because Art Bundle for Good #5 will be back on sale May 7 for 3 days only!

Friday, April 30, 2021

April 2021 VLOG - Ask Me Anything

Go behind the scenes in my home to find out if there's anything you can't stencil on!

Comment for a chance to win free stencils via this blog link.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Just 3 Spaces Remain: Beyond the Surface

Want to take a class with Mary Beth in person?

She is teaching at 2KatStudio in Prescott, Arizona in 2022. Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.

ONLY 3 student spots remain as of today, April 28th, 2021! 


Explore printmaking and surface design with a specific focus on making elements to be used for your Art Journal and any of your mixed media creations.
  • On Day 1 we will make a Collagraph plate and experiment with several types of printmaking, to create unique component parts to use in our journals.
  • On Day 2, we will discover ways to design a layout, ramp up the visual interest and fully integrate the page. We will use acrylic products including paint, ink, texture medium, pencils, and pastels.
Hope to see you in Prescott! INFO/SIGN UP

Monday, April 26, 2021

The treasure is in the layers

Luscious layering makes me smile! I hope you uncover treasures as you paint today.

Monday, April 19, 2021

An imperfectly perfect nest

The large stencil in this StencilClub set is my assistant Carol's favorite StencilClub stencil. She thinks it is wonderfully psychedelic. The Layers of Scallop part of the stencil exists in a smaller version. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

How do you feel?

I hope you are inspired to make art.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Small flock, headed home to sing

I still love this painting.

Take a look at some of your older artworks. Do you love them still? Has your art journey taken you to new places?

Monday, March 29, 2021

Relax into hues of green and gold

Why not blend some colors that add a shimmer to your collage paper or art journal spread today?

Monday, March 22, 2021

Stitching adds dimension

Dimension and depth. Don't you love it sew?