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:

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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?

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ask Me Anything Vlog (Feb. 2021)

Please put your question and info in the comments section of the YouTube video

Monday, March 15, 2021

Crocodile Collage Paper

I was at play with alcohol inks for this piece of collage paper. I do love this Crocodile Pattern Stencil.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Focus, a Monday Motif

Random Lace Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw

Sunday, March 07, 2021

The Shaw-Nasser Mash-Up for March StencilClub

I am mashing it up for StencilClub this March with Mary C. Nasser. Her is what we have in store exclusively for StencilClub members:

We had a blast choosing favorites for the StencilClub exclusive Mash-Up!
Mary's Sea Map and Mary Beth's Shape Shifter Masks merge in a big way for the 9" x 12" stencil.
Mary's Neighborhood grew into a 6" x 6", large enough to enclose a rose from Mary Beth's Web of Roses.
The lines of Rafters, one of the original six stencils created when Mary Beth launched StencilGirl, are emboldened in the mini 4" x 4" stencil.
Get ready for irresistible techniques with these three abstract stencils. They are exclusively for StencilClub members along with the ‘irresistible’ video tutorial and accompanying PDF!

Join the art community that is StencilClub and 
explore techniques with two art mavens as Mary teaches Mary Beth!
Check out these sneak peeks!

Mary Beth

Mary Nasser

Join StencilClub byMarch 15th, 2021 to get these exclusive stencils.

Monday, February 22, 2021

A Monday Motif in Teal and Neutrals

Oval Grate Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw

Monday, February 15, 2021

Forest, a Monday Motif

Klimt Forest Stencil by Cathy Taylor

Monday, February 08, 2021

The Listening Rabbit, a Monday Motif

ATC Mix-Up 2 Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw

Monday, February 01, 2021

A Monday Motif in Cranberry and Neutrals

Mini Checkers Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

My VLOG - January 2021

Monday, January 25, 2021

Inside Collage, a Monday Motif

Inside Out Stencil by Seth Apter

Monday, January 18, 2021

Mixed Media, a Monday Motif

Gridded Stencil by Rae Missigman

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

My Periodic Table Set & a Mad Scientist Deal

Each periodic table stencil or mask has 118 squares so users can make a table of the known chemical elements however, I plan to use these three in an artfully abstract way.

My Periodic Table Set, perfect for mixed media artists and science teachers, includes:

Periodic Table Stencil – Line it up and use it to outline the Framework or on its own.

Periodic Framework Stencil – Line it up and use it with the Periodic Table Stencil to add colored boxes or on its own.

Periodic Framework Mask – Designed to be used artistically or scientifically. Snip the central motif out and use it in your abstract painting (shown in the video below) or you could line up this mask and use it with the Periodic Table Stencil.

You could purchase the stencils and mask individually but I have a Mad Scientist Deal for you:

I am so excited about the Periodic Table Stencil, Periodic Framework Stencil, and Periodic Framework Mask I am offering them as SET13 for $35!

If you are in StencilClub you can use the discount code and get them for $28!

Happy painting!

Mary Beth

Monday, January 04, 2021

Building, a Monday Motif

1700s Building Stencil by Carolyn Dube