We are elated to introduce our
StencilGirl® Columnists!StencilGirl® Products Founder Mary Beth Shaw and her staff are thrilled to introduce our blog Columnists! Mary Beth created the Columnist positions for professional and established artists and has paired up each selected Columnist with what she believes to be their mixed media specialty.
Be on the lookout for these amazing artists and their recurring quarterly Columns on the blog:
Debi has been involved in the art industry for more than 40 years. Her experiences include mixed media, home and party decor, calligraphy, watercolor, floral arranging, set stylizing and photography as well as paper crafting. She has been featured in Somerset Studios, Where Women Create, Cloth Paper Scissors, and a myriad of other magazines and books. A teacher by degree but an artist at heart, Debi is a California native, pursuing her dream of "self-employment" and looks forward to a variety of opportunities to support her passion.
She enjoys traveling, spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, and “junking” at garage/estate sales and thrift stores. You can view her work on her website, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Jennifer spent thirty years in the children’s book industry as a writer, absorbing many visual design principles from the illustrators and art directors she worked with along the way. When she decided to retire from writing, she rekindled a long-neglected relationship with scissors, glue, and paper. In no time at all, stencils, stamps, and paint crashed the party, and - long story short - she no longer has a dining room, but she does have a big sunny studio with a very large table not far from the kitchen. Creative expression has always been her way of interacting with the world, through writing, gardening, cooking, and making art. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she also works part-time as a children’s bookseller in a large independent bookstore.
You can follow Jennifer on Instagram.
Anne Marie has engaged in the creative arts for more than fourteen years and has earned terminal degrees in the humanities and the fine arts. She has studied polymer clay, beading, painting, jewelry design, and mixed media, and stays abreast of the most current developments in the arts and crafts markets. Her work has been sold at juried markets in Illinois and she has been successful in creating and selling custom jewelry. A co-owner at Mystic Spring Studios, her responsibilities are to envision creative options, create a strategy for branding, manage the many course offerings available, and to steer the design philosophy of the company.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Gwen Lafleur is a mixed media artist currently living in South Jordan, UT. She works full-time in the eCommerce industry and spends as much free time as possible in her studio playing and making art and teaching the occasional mixed media class. She loves to get her hands dirty with paint, inks, glue, and all kinds of mediums and is a certified art and craft supply junkie. Gwen is a stencil addict turned stencil designer who adores their versatility and the fact that she can use stencils with just about any medium or project. See more on Gwen's website, blog, Instagram, Facebook Page, and Pinterest.
Jill McDowell is a college administrator whose creativity was reawakened in 2015. Since then she’s developed a passion for learning, exploring different art genres, experimenting with new techniques, and transforming what she’s learned into her own style. Most evenings and weekends you’ll find her stowed away in her studio creating mixed media projects and playing in her art journal. Visit Jill's blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Claudia Neubacher lives in Vienna, Austria with her husband, their son, and their much-loved dog girlie, Bluna. She was an art teacher before she became a stay at home mom. Now, she happily paints and crafts away in her studio. Claudia has been creating ever since she could first hold a pencil. Discover Claudia on her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Megan Whisner Quinlan is a Mixed Media Art Journal Artist. She has been working in journals and making handmade books for over 20 years. She has also been creating mixed media tutorials for Ranger Ink for the past 2 years. Megan is constantly exploring different techniques and styles in her journals that encourage playing with art. She has taught several workshops and is active on her IGTV and YouTube channels making lots of free tutorials and encouraging other artists. You can find her work on Instagram and YouTube.
Tina Walker is a creator, wanna-be photographer, and dog lover. ♥ Art keeps her sane and is a retreat from her daily career responsibilities. She loves all things mixed media, including art journaling, assemblage, and bookmaking. She believes mixed media is a perfect discipline, encompassing multiple products, mediums, and design techniques. Her project selection and medium choice are always changing and you will frequently see her hosting on-line collaborations and challenges. She is a frequent contributor to Stampington publications and you can discover more about her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube:
Marsha is a freelance craft professional from the Netherlands, who creates craft video tutorials, writes blog posts and magazine articles, and teaches online classes. She loves printmaking and mixed media art journaling, but she’ll just as easily have a go at kids’ crafts, crochet, jewelry making, porcelain painting, candle making, glass etching, stamp carving, or paper mache. Bright colors make her happy and her inspiration comes from anything from a walk around the block to films, books, magazines, patterns, materials, and works of art. Coming from a family of makers and crafts(wo)men, she believes the ability to make 'something' out of 'nothing' runs in her blood. She has also been interested in art history, modern art, and photography for as long as she can remember. Marsha is a regular contributor to the Gelli Arts blog and is a former member of Nathalie Kalbach's Creative Squad. See more of Marsha's art on her website, blog, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.
Kristin Reese Williams has spent a lifetime playing with yarn, embroidery floss, glitter, clay, rubber stamps, paper, paints, and glue (you get the picture). She was lucky to have an incredibly talented craftswoman for a mother who saw great value in children’s art and craft classes. That planted a seed for lifelong learning and craft supply hoarding. Collage using abandoned quilt squares, StencilGirl® stencils, acrylic paint, embroidery floss, and found objects is her current obsession. Kristin is the owner and operator of Ephemera Paducah (her 50th birthday present to herself after a career in economic and community development), an art & craft workshops space for adults located in Paducah, Kentucky. In its 5th year of business, Ephemera Paducah was featured in the Winter 2018 Where Women Create Business. Kristin was thrilled to partner with StencilGirl® and hosted the wildly popular StencilGirl® & Friends Retreat in September 2017. See more about Kristin on her website, Facebook Page, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Kate has been dabbling in art since she was 6 years old when she took her first mixed media painting class. She loves all types of crafts but mixed media and art journaling are her favorite. She discovered mixed media 8 years ago and has been hooked to stamps, stencils, and paints ever since. Kate draws inspiration for her art from vintage photographs, Asian, Egyptian and Indian culture, as well as her love for tea. She loves layering and creating textured backgrounds in vibrant colors and drippy paint. Kate is a nurse, wife, and mother of 3. Kate loves Celtic music, global decor, drinking tea, and spending time with her family. View more of Kate's art on her Website, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook Page.