Friday, October 9, 2015

StencilGirl Artist Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch!

StencilGirl Products is DELIGHTED to have StencilGirl Artist
Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch on the blog today!!
Take it away, Patricia!

Way back in the beginning of time….
StencilGirl time that is!
I got the privilege of designing stencils for Mary Beth.
Having just reconnected at my first annual EncaustiCamp,
Mary Beth invited me to design some stencils that would reflect the art I am passionate about: encaustic!
(2010 encausticamp with MB and I front and center)

Thus, way back in 2010, I designed five stencils for her newly established StencilGirl line.
And look what’s happened since!
EncaustiCamp has seen its fifth anniversary and international venues added into the Seattle location,
and StencilGirl is nearing the 800-designs mark for their incredible line of artist-designed stencils.
Milestones. Beautiful milestones!

This past week I was in New Orleans for the first time,
graciously attending a week-long workshop with Golden Artist Colors.
My love for my stencils was relit as printmaking in the Golden way set my creativity alight~
Today I begin my first workshop in my new studio and home in Lexington, Kentucky; the encausticastle.

Participants are thrilling over these five designs put to mylar those five years ago, in new and beautiful ways.
It never ceases to amaze me the beauty possible in the willingness to explore and try new things.

(workshop attendee Patti creating on wax with stencil and PanPastel!)

Stencils were that for me nearly six years ago.

They showed me that again this week.
The beauty is possible and evolving and I look forward to the playtime and all that comes!

You can find all of Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's StencilGirl stencils HERE, and for TODAY ONLY...
receive 10% off any purchase of Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's StencilGirl stencils!!

Use coupon code SEGGEBRUCH10

Be sure to visit Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch's website at
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October StencilClub Creative Team Inspiration

It is time to show you what some of the members of our team did with the October StencilClub stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw.  Three stencils.......but wait! They magically turn into NINE stencils and make an endless amount of patterns. 
Here are just some of the ideas our team came up with:

I had TONS of fun with this month's StencilClub stencils in my mixed-media art journal!
I loved experimenting with these stencils and the resist technique Mary Beth Shaw shared in this recent video!
Below are two spreads I created and detailed photos, too:

My turn to show you how I used this month's 
StencilClub Stencils.

First I just played.
These grid patterns remind me of quilt blocks...
So I layered them and played with the patterns.

And then a spread in my Daily... 

This started with the wonky chevron stamp right through the 6" grid stencil.
Then it was doodling and playing with blending colors.

This last project is near and dear to me.
It was a gift to my nephew at his Eagle Scout Ceremony.
I am so proud of his huge accomplishment.
I made the book from scratch...
and wanted it to look masculine....yet well loved and worn.

I used Nathalie Kalbach's Crackle Stencil as the base
and then the 6"grid stencil over top,
 layering different metallic brass paint and several brown paints.

I loved how it turned out!
Thanks for looking and have fun playing with these grids!

I had a great time using this month's awesome stencils to make a fun, layered art journal spread. Rather than use them to create patterns, I went for a more random look.
I love how, even when I'm using them randomly in the spread, they still bring a cohesiveness to the page! Here's a quick overview on how my art journal pages were made. I started by just gessoing the pages of an old book and then blocking out some color on top.
In the second photo above, you can see where I started layering the stencil designs using ink until I liked the way it looked. Then I used some of the larger squares in the various stencils to pencil in squares in little clusters around the page. Once that was done, I outlined the squares and filled in around them with Payne's Gray paint. This is one of my favorite techniques - creating little windows into what's underneath.
Once all the paint was dry, I doodled borders around the pages and the squares with an irRESISTible Pico Embellisher, then I added journaling and used rubons for the word "Breath." (I seal those with matte medium.) That's it! I love how versatile this month's stencils were - they made it so easy and my pages came together fairly quickly, and I love the result! I hope you're inspired and excited to get this month's stencils as well.
Rounding out the ideas with some experimental play and a tip!
I just sat down for a bit with theses stencils to see what patterns I could come up with. 
Oh the fun!

Ready for the tip?? After you cut all the stencils to make your 3 morph into 9 stencils, clip them together. You don't loose those little baby ones because let me tell you they are FUN!

This is a great month to try StencilClub if you aren't already a member. 
Who wouldn't LOVE NINE exclusive stencils!!!!
Didn't see the video reveal? You can watch it HERE.
Want more information on how you can become a member of StencilClub?
Just head on over to our WEBSITE!
Hope to see you in the club!

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!