Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Mary Beth Shaw's VLOG: October 2021

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We hope you enjoyed this episode of Mary Beth's VLOG!

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Mary Beth Shaw will be back again next month with another new VLOG post!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Big Impact - Small Project with Natalie May

I love me some bright, punchy color and creating Art Journal pages that are quick and simple
PLUS have a big color impact is one of the things I love!

I used my 6x6" Dina Wakley journal to create this page - Big Impact - Small Project!

Using a Catalyst Tool (my fave tool ever), I applied a couple of shades of orange paint across
the whole top of my page, swiping down towards the middle of the page.

I then used a couple of shade of hot pink & magenta swiping up into the orange,
gently overlapping them to meet in the middle.

Once dry, I used the Tall Flowers Stencil designed by Margaret Peot with a super cute little
blending tool to layer paint over the top. I loved that I could pull certain elements from
the stencil and layer them across the page.

Next I used the Serendipity Floral, was designed by Jennifer Evans from the StencilClub April 2017 release.  This is one of my fave floral stencils. 
I was wanting to use it as a stamp rather than a stencil so using my gel plate, I loaded my
plate with white paint using a brayer, then 'kissed' the stencil into the paint to transfer
the white to the stencil.
I then pressed the paint loaded stencil onto the art journal page to create the stamped look.

I completed the project by adding a few splatters of white paint, a little white along
the edges and a thin little phrase.

Simple and effective and packs a pretty punch!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day

Natalie May

Serendipity Floral from StencilClub April 2017
Tall Flowers Stencil designed by Margaret Peot

Monday, October 25, 2021

StencilGirl® Affirmation and Tarot Card Collaboration

Hello! Tina Walker here with my latest StencilGirl® collaboration!

This month, I challenged our participants to create an Affirmation or Tarot Card Deck and the results are fantastic!  The variety and breadth of creative ideas astounded me and I can't wait to share their finished projects!

I'll share a picture of their entire deck + 1 of their favorite cards.  It could be imagery, the words, or both.

First up is Martha Richardson.

Favorite Stencils Used:


ATC MixUp Sacred Hearts


Next we have Leigh Ann Bierman.

Favorite Stencils Used:

Doodle It Bigger

Journal Texture

Next up is Linda Wyatt.


Favorite Stencils Used:

Lemurian Leaves 

Wildflowers Lace

ATC Mix Up Sacred Heart

Next is Kristen Peterson.


Favorite Stencils Used:

 Four Point

Stars with Stars Mask

Bittersweet Mini

Next we have Susan Brown.

Favorite Stencils Used:

Mix Up Kerr

Mix Up Evans

Art Deco Wallpaper

Next up is Tracy Krueger.

Favorite Stencils Used:

Mosaic Flowers Repeat

StencilClub April 2021 

Next we have Martha Christopher

Favorite Stencils Used:

Inky Circles


Rembrandts Words

Let's check out Ann Barnes. 

Favorite Stencils Used:

ATC Mix Up Sacred Hearts

Four Sacred Hearts 

Next Up is Eleaca Young

Favorite Stencils Used:

ATC MixUp Missigman

Large Bubbles

Pressed Leaves

Lets check out Megan Quinlan.

Favorite Stencils Used:

StencilClub Feb 2021

Journaling Right Hand 

Arani Goddess

Next we have Dee Dee Catron.

Favorite Stencils Used:


Garden Flowers Tile

Interesting Dots Repeating

Last, but not least, Kerry Molina.

Favorite Stencils Used:

The Dance Of This Life

Marbles 6. 

Layered Salad 

I also participated in the challenge.  I had been wanting to make a Tarot Card deck for a long while, (which is what actually prompted the idea of the collaboration), so I used a deck of playing cards as my base.

In order to keep the project manageable, I created 22 cards, representing the Major Arcana.  Using vintage german die cuts as a guide I painted over them for my own astetic.  I wanted a crow or blackbird on each card to create a theme.  I am calling my deck the Winged Ancestors.  They have a bit of whimsy combined with my love of old, vintage things.

Favorite Stencils Used:

StencilClub May 2021

Three Crows


If you hop on over to my Instagram Page >> Tina Walker (adogslife13) I will also be sharing a short video flip through of each card.

I hope you enjoyed all of the wonderful Affirmation and Tarot Card Decks.  Each one is unique, individual, and personal to each creator.

Until next time!



Friday, October 22, 2021

Fall Leaves

Fall is by far, my absolutely favorite time of year. Just the other day, I was wandering around our yard with my children and we were admiring the fallen leaves on the ground. I was picking up my favorites to show all the different color examples to my 3 year old, and then I had a "Eureka" moment. "Why don't I photocopy these so we can make some art with them?" 
I began by using a glue stick on the back of all the leaves, and then gluing them down to white cardstock. This would help the leaves lie flat when I took them over to my printer to copy.
Then I sprayed a piece of white yardstick with Dina Wakley Acrylic sprays in Olive and Syrup. I allowed to dry. 
I then stenciled with the StencilClub stencil designed by June Pfaff Daley. I chose this one because it had swirly organic images that reminded me of wood. I stenciled with Dina Wakely Acrylic paint in Cheddar, Medieval, and White Gesso on the page to get some patterns. I used the white gesso to tone down the brighter colors. 
Using the StencilGirl© Remember Girl stencil by Pam Carriker, I stenciled the face on to my sprayed cardstock. I tore out the face and glued it down to my page. I also cut out my flowers and glued those down around my focal image. 
I then doodled and added some depth with gel crayons. I finally stapled a quoted tag from the Ricki Ticki Tavi line. I love having pages in my journal that tell me about what time it was while I was creating. It is my way to create a timeline on the page. This page will remind me of the time I spent collecting the Autumn leaves with my children.

Megan Whisner Quinlan is a mixed media artist who has been working in art journals and handmade books for over 20 years. Stencils are her favorite tool and she truly believes it is the one art supply (next to paint and paper) a person needs to create almost anything! If you feel inspired to create from this project, please tag her as she loves to see what you make. You can find Megan on social media on Instagram: Megan _Whisner_Quinlan and on Youtube: Megan Whisner Quinlan