Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Welcome to my last VLOG of 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Painted Paper 3

Collage paper stenciled with:

old book paper
washi tape
transparent acrylic paint
Neighborhood Map by Mary Nasser and StencilClub Private Collection 16.2 by me.

Happy New Year!

Mary Beth

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Painted Paper 2

Subtle lines, squares, and rectangles.

A street scene from above.

Collage paper to tear.

Painted paper with the Open Buildings Stencil by Carolyn Dube

Thursday, December 16, 2021

It's a Mixed Media 2022 with Creative JumpStart and Wanderlust

Make creating art a priority in 2022 with these two fabulous courses.

One will jumpstart each day during January and one will send you to your art journal each week.

Creative JumpStart is curated by Nathalie Kalbach and I am one of the instructors. 

Creative JumpStart is for everyone!

When you join, you’ll receive tips to tackle each lesson based on your personality and personal goals. 

To get you prepared, let's figure what kind of Jumper you are right now!

In general, you will have a very successful JumpStart if you do the following:

Commit – Carve out time for your creativity.

Join Our Community – Be an active participant in the CJS22 forums. The forums are your space
to interact with other Jumpers and instructors. You can share your work and be inspired by what
others are creating with one another.

Reward Yourself – Treat yourself to something nice to reward yourself when you complete a new

Now, there are two types of Creative Jumpers in the world: CJS Explorers and Climbers.

CJS Explorers are new to the mixed media world, but they are excited about it nonetheless! They
join CJS to learn about new tools, materials, techniques, and to gain more confidence in their
abilities. We've heard from several Explorer alumni that the CJS experience was new and exciting
for them and that they loved learning various ways to make art.

CJS Climbers tend to be folks who have been mixed media artists for a while now. They have taken
tons of classes and tried tons of new things, but they are now finding themselves stuck in an
uncreative rut, or have hit a plateau. Climbers join CJS to cultivate their practices and take their
creative habits to another level. Past Climbers have reported that taking CJS introduced them to
new artistic techniques.

No matter where you are in your artistic journey, the CJS22 workshop has plenty of lessons
available for you to get inspired, learn new techniques, and jumpstart your creativity!
Learn more about CreativeJumpstart and sign up for the next cohort - starting January 1st!

Sign up before December 31st to save $10 and get Early Bird Pricing of $69.

Wanderlust is curated by Kasia Avery and I am one of the instructors.

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? 

Wanderlust2022 is 57 mixed-media lessons from experienced teachers, all downloadable and yours to keep forever. Plus handouts, community, and a private group.

If you act before December 24th you can get it for $140, that's $35 off the regular price.


Mary Beth

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Painted Paper 1

Mark making makes me happy.

Mark Making by Traci Bautista

"Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!" 
- Author: Tim Ferriss

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Be Epic


Being epic is all about building your story. Your narrative.

What colors will you choose today? Shapes?

ICAD with the ATC Mixup Stencil by Andrew Borloz

Are you journaling? Making stacks of cards?

Yours is the perfect perfectly imperfect tale to tell.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ten, etc.

Jump into Creative Jump Start with me!

Five weeks to a creative habit for 2022.

Feel like tapping your creative side but judging, time constraints, and over-thinking are getting in the way of your sparkle?

Whether you’re just getting started in the mixed media world or are a mixed media veteran, CJS is a magical and interactive experience created just for you.

$55 when you sign up today, November 30th, after that, the price goes up to $69. SIGN UP HERE.

My class is called "Between the Pages" and I hope you’ll be inspired by it to work on the patchwork of your own life as you move forward with mixed media.

Just look at all of the superb artists who you'll be learning from this year:

Sunday, November 28, 2021

SAVE 25% on StencilGirl Stencils!

I don’t want you to miss out on StencilGirl's ONLY STENCIL SALE in 2021. 

Now is your chance to save 25% (or more) on the best Designed by Artists for Artists stencils! 


now through November 30th!



PLUS! If you buy 6 stencils of the same size StencilGirl’s 10% everyday discount is automatically applied to those stencils. This discount is taken before your 25% off.

The best part: FREEBIES!

  • $100+ the Exclusive 4-Pattern Stencil by yours truly
  • $300+ a StencilGirl Studio class taught by me & the exclusive stencil

SAVE 25% or more SHOP NOW

Please note: 

  • Freebies are calculated after the discounts are applied. 
  • Sorry, the International shipping fee does not apply toward the $100.
  • 25% off does not apply to wholesale orders or StencilClub subscriptions.
  • StencilClub loyalty coupon does not apply during the sale.
  • Sale does not apply to wholesale-priced orders.

The sale begins Sunday, November 28th. You can take advantage of the colossal stencil savings until Tuesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CST.


StencilGirl has speedy (not to mention handsome and lovely) shipping elves so please, double-check your order.

Changes to Your Order
If you need to make a change to your order email and we'll do our best to handle the update. All changes to orders will be addressed the week of Dec 6th. Thank you for understanding.

  • USA: $50+ orders (after discounts) ship FREE, otherwise $5
  • Canadian postage: $8
  • International postage: $12. 
International shipping may take longer than usual to go through the United States Postal System and that of the destination country.

SHOP the Best Stencil SALE

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

No coupon code needed! Sale begins the 28th!

StencilGirl® Products' BIGGEST & ONLY sale of the year is November 28-30, and Mary Beth is sharing some of her favorite StencilGirl® stencils:

Monday, November 22, 2021

Say yes to creating art!

Monday, November 15, 2021

Make time to set your inner child free :)

Monday, November 08, 2021

Be Epic! Get the Art Bundle for Good now!

Continued education is how we grow. 
I buy this Bundle every year because I always find value and bits of information that help me as an artist. I like being introduced to new teachers. As I perused the list of classes today, I wasn’t even through the first twenty when I found several I want to explore. 
#8 Leslie Lambert on perspective studies 
#9 Malcom Dewey on moving from acrylics to oil
#14 Roben-Marie because I love everything she does
Yep, I earn some money off this 
which is one way I make my income. 
And yep, I still bought it because I believe in education 
and I always will. 
It’s what I do and who I am.

Thursday, November 04, 2021

$97 gets you 3 of my art classes plus 101 others!

More than 100 virtual art courses and resources, valued at more than $5,000+ bucks, and you'll have a few bucks still in your pocket.

That's right, $97 gives you access to boost your art skills with a broad range of classes in Art Bundles for Good #6. That's less than a buck per course!

Bundled in this amazing virtual class resource:
art journaling
pastel pencils
mixed media
and more!

Level up your art practice with my 3 classes, Soul Mantras, Layers of Stencils, and The Gift of the Present plus 101 more! Even if you've already taken my classes, the bundle is still worthwhile.

Art Bundle for Good #6 is on sale beginning at 11 a.m. EDT and 
ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 8th, 2021.

You'll be doing good with your purchase. 25% of the Art Bundle profits are going to support Courageous Kitchen, a Bangkok-based charity helping refugees.

P.S. The Art Bundle is backed by a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Try out the courses for a couple of weeks. If you are not happy, John, from the Bundles for Good, will refund your money. 

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

MB Makes Marks 4-Up Stencil

Small swooping swirls, rain-like dots, curved marks, and not quite linear lines will make my new MB Makes Marks 4-Up Stencil one of your go-to faves.

This 6" x 6" small stencil is perfect to take when you travel.

I hope you love it as much as I do and can imagine the possibilities.

Monday, November 01, 2021

You have the courage to create.

Seth Apter and I reveal StencilClub for November 2021


I am mashing it up for StencilClub with one of my favorite people.

  • The mini mask is all about a bit of chaos contained in a circle.
  • The small stencil, well, you may have a decision to make with this one. Cut the shape out from its square container or leave it be and allow the funky corners to pop with color or negative space.
  • The large stencil features movement on a grand scale with its swooping lines, crosses, dots, and fat hash marks.
These stencils ship to StencilClub members on the 15th of November and that same day members will get the exclusive technique video by me and Seth along with a PDF. Both are downloadable.

And this month I have a bonus project for members!

Are you ready to have some fun? Oh good. See you in StencilClub!

Want to purchase StencilClub as a gift for the special artist in your life?
Email john (at) with the date you want to begin and the giftee's mailing and email addresses and he will invoice you for a 6 or 12-month gift membership.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

It's the Art Bundles for Good #6 Giveaway!

Enter to Win the Art Bundle
filled with more than 100 virtual art courses and resources, 
valued at more than $5,000. 

Three lucky winners will have a chance to win the entire Art Bundles for Good #6 including $5,000 worth of art-related courses and other great resources. There are over 100 art resources from more than 85 of your favorite artists this year. 

It doesn’t cost anything to enter, so don’t miss out. 

The Art Bundle Giveaway only lasts for 1 week, starting today! 

Art Bundles for Good #6 Goes on Sale November 4th. A superb value at $97 and 25% of profits go to charity.

  • watercolor painting
  • art journaling
  • sketching
  • pastel pencils
  • mixed media
  • acrylics
  • stencils
  • colored pencils
  • collage
  • and so much more!
The Gift of the Present, Soul Mantras, and Layers of Stencils are included in Bundle #6.

You can enter the Giveaway beginning at 11 a.m. EST on November 4th. The Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on November 3rd.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Keep the promises you make to yourself.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Because nice matters.

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!