Monday, October 5, 2015

Mary Beth's Monday Musings...October 2015 Edition

Do you ever feel like you are a small rodent on a wheel? 
Yep, that has been me as this year whirls by at an ever increasing speed......I imagine a fluffy Mary Beth guinea pig running ever and ever faster until............stop! 
Yes, let's take a break, shall we?
I stepped back from teaching gigs this year in order to be more involved with our growing company. StencilGirl is a real deal, to the point I need to manage things (aaaack, perish the thought, I'm not a manager, I'm an artist!). I find that my days are filled with a variety of activities, some which are freeform brainstorming things (yay, I am good at that stuff) some that are mind numbing computer things (boo hiss, I whine the whole time). It all must be done. There are days when making my art seems more remote than ever. 
Have you been like that too? 
It is easy to become derailed from your calling.  
Thus, perfect timing for Life Book 2016. Today is the sign up. This is a great opportunity for students and teachers alike; we all need more contemplative time. Life Book will offer that. There is a very thoughtful lineup of people and topics planned; this is going to be good. I would sign up even if I weren't part of it. Yeah, it's that good. 
It's the first time I've been involved in one of these year-long classes and I am jazzed beyond belief (honored really). You can find out lots of details here. I am looking forward to it and hope to see you all there. 
You know how I see stencils everywhere?
Ahem. Yes, I realize it might be an illness. Here are two pics I took recently. 
Paper, I think?
Wine crate
And finally, in the words of Mary Oliver, 
"Tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?" 
I'm going to go make some art. 
How about you?
Tell me in the comment section below.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reveal of the October 2015 StencilClub Designs from StencilGirl

The Private Collection 15.4
Designed by....

Do you love patterns??? 
Well Mary Beth does!
This collection is all about making an endless array of patterns to use in your Mixed Media artwork, cards and scrapbooking projects.

Here to show you them is Mary Beth herself!!!! 
Take it away....

Watch on YouTube

Are you a member of StencilClub???!!
If not, this would be a FUN month to try us out!!!!

Here are some samples Mary Beth made to show you, but remember......the sky is the limit!!!! You could make hundreds of patterns with this set!!!!

Ready to get started???
Get all the information about becoming a member on our website.

As a member of StencilClub, each and every month you will automatically receive THREE EXCLUSIVE stencils delivered right to your home. You will also receive a newsletter each month with a video link and PDF to do a project with us using the stencils. Not only that, there are other member perks including our thriving and growing group of members that inspire each other daily in our private Facebook Group.

Make sure you watch back here on the blog on October 7th because our Creative Team will be showing you what they made with the stencils!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mixed Media Art Journaling with Mary Beth's Stencils!

Hi! Mary Nasser here!
Today I'm playing with two of Mary Beth Shaw's new StencilGirl designs in my art journal:

You might think Mary Beth gets to design stencils all the time,
but she is one busy woman owning and running StencilGirl Products!
So when she does get to design stencils, it's always a delightful treat!
As she wrote on her blog recently: "The stencils I design are the ones that I want to use." Whee!!

Below is my first journal spread, layered with papers, paints, rubberstamps, inks,
and Little Eddy Rose on black gessoed pages:

And below is a detail:

This is my second spread, with both stencils, this time on white gessoed pages:

And a detail:

My third spread includes both stencils again, playing with both the positive and negative shapes
of Little Eddy Rose! This is on black gessoed pages as well:

And one last detail:

Other supplies incorporated:

Art Pops™ by Roben-Marie Smith

I'm in love with these two new stencils, and I haven't put them away since they arrived!
Happy art journaling and stenciling!!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Exploding Box by Terry Garrett!

When I was asked to be a blog guest I said yes – not knowing where I would go with this.
Then I decided I wanted to do something 3D. I don't do that often and so wanted to challenge myself.
I have long been curious about the exploding box. It's a fun way to have something be both flat and 3D.
I found a template online for the exploding box and there were several to choose from.

The photo below is of the blank pieces. I used a 140# watercolor paper for this project.
I decided I wanted to make my box look like an old city building with brick showing out from peeling paint.
This I thought was perfect to use some of Seth Apter's stencils.

So I started with a coat of some light colors put on with a credit card and then using
Carolyn Dube's Buildings stencil I stenciled on the bricks.

 Once that was dry I used a technique I learned from a friend of mine, John Arbuckle.
I put Vaseline over parts of the brick pattern and other areas and then painted a mixed gray over it. 

When that was dry I rubbed off the paint that was on top of the vaseline revealing some of the brick pattern. Then I found some windows and door online that I wanted to use and glued those down. 

Next I worked on the inside insert. The photo below is the back side of the insert. I painted the background and stenciled with some of StencilClub stencils and collaged with some things from TumbleFish Studios. 

Then I flipped it over and using my eBrush – I used Seth's stencils
and used rubber stamps for the center message. 

The next photos are of the finished exterior.
I used my eBrush with Seth's stencils for what I feel is an authentic looking graffiti.
The eBrush is an airbrush that uses art markers – it takes several different kinds – I used Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Here is a link for the eBrush. 

The photo below is of the inside of the exploding box.

This was a lot of fun!
To see more of Terry's work, please visit his BLOG at!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

I’m so enjoying popping up here regularly as one of the Guest Designers for StencilGirl. We’ve had a pretty dismal summer here in Scotland but this spread is a reminder that there were a few sunny days in among all the rain as it was made outside in glorious sunshine. And for me it’s also a way to show you just how very versatile StencilGirl stencils are. Maria McGuire's Just Breathe, A Serene Goddess stencil is one of the best ones to demonstrate this, filled as it is to the brim with different patterns and textures. Hope you will get to love it as much as I do.

Here are the step by step instructions:

1.       Gesso pages in Dylusions Journal
2.       Scrape on blue and green paint and rub back with a baby wipe through Now is the Time stencil.
3.       Repeat step 2 using purple paint and stencil Just Breathe, a Serene Goddess.

4.       Using grass green paint, stencil through parts of Just Breathe and Now is the Time.
5.       Repeat step 4 using white paint.

6.       Glue on vintage music and imagery as shown.
7.       Glue on images from paper napkins (using only the top layer of the napkin).
I used two different ones, one featuring pink birds and butterflies, and one featuring vintage postcards.

8.       Using a wooden block spiral stamp and purple paint add spirals as shown.
9.       Glue on magazine images (poppy seed heads and flower). 

10.   Let yellow Liquitex ink as well as purple pearlescent ink (from F&W)
drip down the pages encouraged by water spray.

11.   Spray using Just Breathe stencil and Tropical Blue Mica Mist for that extra bit of sparkle.

12.   Outline with black and white markers and a black Stabilo Pencil.

(c) Frieda Oxenham, 2015-09-01. To see more of Frieda's work, please visit her BLOG.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Stenciled Spider Web Pillow

by June Pfaff Daley
Halloween is without a doubt my very favorite project holiday. What gets me is that mix of the whimsical, mysterious and sometimes creepy themes along with the bold color palette that often includes bright orange, black, white, neon purple and even lime green.
I had an idea in my head for this project, but it didn’t really come together until I found the spiders. I flipped when I found these purple glittered gems (Halloween aisle at Hobby Lobby.) If you can’t locate glittered spiders, it would be easy enough to take a plain plastic spider, apply adhesive and glitter it up yourself. After the spiders, finding the perfect trim was on my list. I loved how this particular white trim reminded me of a thick spider web. I already had the black fabric on hand which had a light pattern, but plain black fabric would work just as well. With these key elements in hand, here’s how I put it all together.
StencilGirl Spider Web Stencil
white fabric paint
stencil brush or paint brush
54 inches of white trim
11” x 14” preprinted black fabric
11” x 14” white backing quilting fabric
11” x 14” cotton batting
11” x 14” pillow back fabric
Polyfil pillow filler
glittery purple spiders (2)
sewing machine
fabric scissors

1)  Center the 9” x 12” spider web stencil on the black fabric. You will have a 1” border on all sides of stencil. Use a stencil or paint brush and white fabric paint to stencil the design on the fabric. Stencil unevenly to get a rich effect of light and dark values.

tip: I often use a product called Stencil Stik to spray on my stencil when stenciling on fabric. This helps the stencil stay firmly in place.

2) After the paint is dry, make a quilt sandwich: stenciled fabric, batting, backing fabric. Pin together with safety pins. Then quilt with purple thread using a sewing machine following the black lines of the web.

3) After the front of the pillow is quilted, make another sandwich. This time pin together the pillow front with wrong side facing out, trim with the edge lined up with edge of fabric, and pillow back with wrong side facing out. Sew approx. ¼” all the way around leaving an opening large enough to turn pillow and fill with Polyfil. Hand stitch the remaining opening shut.

4) Finally stitch the spiders around the middle of their bodies to the front of the pillow.
The spooky pillow is complete. Happy Halloween!
For another fun Halloween project, click here to check out Maria McGuire's spider web designed pumpkin.
 June Pfaff Daley is a mixed media artist who creates with everything from wood to fabric. She enjoys transforming thrift store treasures and favors whimsical motifs. June resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with three fantastic kids, one supportive husband, a darling dog and a charming cat. Visit her website:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Get Your Groove On with StencilGirl...LAST DAY!

Welcome to
Blog Hop!

Welcome to the last day of Art-C's Groove Tool & StencilGirl Blog Hop!
What fun we've had!
Hasn't the inspiration been fabulous!
A great BIG thank you to Art-C
for sending each of our StencilGirl Creative Team members The Groove Tool to play with!

We aren't done yet! Follow the links below to see today's projects.

Gwen Lafleur
Check out Gwen groovin' in her travel journal!
See all the details on her blog HERE.

Janet Joehlin
Janet created this lovely Documented Life Project journal page!
See all the details on her blog HERE.

Today's Blog Hop Order

**If you missed any of the projects so far from this week, keep scrolling down the page.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!
StencilGirl Products will be picking one lucky winner
to receive The Groove Tool along with
$25 StencilGirl Products Gift Certificate!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through Wednesday and leave a comment.
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
One comment per blog please.
You will have until Saturday, September 26th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page on Sunday, September 27th.

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