Creative Team

Top row: Renee Day, Nancy Curry, Natalie May; Middle row: Kirsten Varga, Sarah Gardner; Final row: Anouk Karssen, Martice Smith III, Laura Dame



ANOUK KARSSEN


Anouk Karrsen is an all-around creative from The Netherlands. 

For Anouk, art journaling is a way to process her thoughts and emotions. Her style can be described as soft and feminine with a raw edge. In her creative journey, Anouk tries to let go of her perfectionism by creating on a more intuitive level.

Instagram: @cranouk


Check out a previous guest post by Anuok.


KIRSTEN VARGA


Kirsten is a wife, mother, and artist living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States. She has been creative for as long as she can remember. She has a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Visual Communication and Illustration and has worked as a graphic designer and elementary art teacher. She enjoys teaching all ages to discover their own creativity, a quality, she believes, everyone has. Her art interests are varied as she enjoys learning and trying new artsy things. Her favorites are bookmaking, mixed media, collage, and pen & ink drawing. She gravitates towards themes of home, family, and whimsy in her artwork. She has dreams of starting a shop to sell her art and one day, see her work displayed in a gallery. She balances her time between her artistic dreams, raising four sassy daughters with her husband, and working as a dog midwife(!) and substitute teacher (with hopes she can have her own classroom once again).

Instagram: @KirstenVarga

Website: SmilingEyeStudio



LAURA DAME


Hello, my name is Laura and I am a mixed media artist based in Austin, TX. I love to play around and experiment in my art journals, and also enjoy dabbling in abstract, collage, and floral artworks. My favorite thing about art is that there are no rules - the only requirement is that whatever you create makes you happy! My main goal when I began sharing my art was to show people that you don't have to be classified as an artist to pick up a paintbrush. Your art doesn't have to be perfect, or even 'good' - it's the act of creating that matters. 

I am married to a wonderful husband, who is the person who first nudged me down my artistic path about 7 years ago (although he probably didn't realize how much money I would spend on art supplies!).  I am also the mother to two (almost teenage!) boys, and a full-time Sonographer.

Website: LauraMixedMedia



MARTICE SMITH II


Hey, y'all! I'm Martice, a multi-media creative, photographer, and designer from Kansas City, Missouri. I have an insatiable craving for neon colors and texture! I'd describe my artwork as a visual symphony of bright colors, patterns + florals with an abstract, graffiti twist. Sometimes, I like to go off-beat and combine traditional media (acrylics and watercolors) with digital techniques.  

I teach creatives how to bear hug their artsy superpowers by infusing a playful vibe into their art process. I do this by creating online courses, videos, and offering one-on-one creativity coaching sessions. In my free time, you can find me taking care of my mini jungle of tropical houseplants or watching cute panda videos.

Website: MarticeSmithArt.com


Check out a previous guest post by Martice.


NANCY CURRY


Nancy Curry is a nationally known mixed media artist, Certified Ranger Educator, and author of Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping. Nancy divides her time between her studio pursuits, designing for Nancy Curry Art, teaching mixed media workshops, and is very happy to be part of the StencilGirl family. For years her work has been published in many of the trending magazines and featured in several industry books. Her easily recognizable style has matured, yet is timeless in its use of varied applications of media. The results are pieces containing both visual and tactile textures that are rich in composition. Nancy resides in Lake St. Louis, MO 

To find Nancy live in your area or online, go to her website, http://www.nancycurry.com


Check out a previous guest post by Nancy Curry.


NATALIE MAY



I’m lucky enough to be a full-time paper crafter and I couldn’t be happier! I’m happily married to the awesome Clever Trevor & have a beautiful daughter! 

One of the things that keeps me inspired and teaching is that I love to create in all styles. 
I teach around 15 classes a month in Australia and absolutely LOVE what I do – turning my hobby into my job & passion. I am the Australian Ambassador for Lindy's Stamp Gang, a member of StencilGirl's Creative Team, I design chipboard for Imaginarium Designs, am an Intermediate Certified Copic Designer, and love everything inky & colour based.  
     
I love this industry … the opportunity to teach a new technique…. Meeting so many amazing people…..and to be able to CREATE every day is quite a blessing.

You can view more of my work at …Happy Daks and find me on Instagram under happydaks and Facebook as well.


Check out a previous Creative Team post by Natalie May.


RENEE DAY


Renee Day is the author of “Creative Journaling” and content creator for thediyday. She’s been fortunate to create crafts and how-tos for various companies in the art and craft industry and considers herself lucky to do what she does every day.  

Renee has always loved journaling as a means of communication. When she was interning as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she would implement journaling and art journaling into her sessions when clients had a difficult time using their voice. 

Aside from journaling, Renee’s other favorite crafts include- calligraphy, crocheting, and all kinds of papercrafts.  Although born and raised in California, Renee and her husband James moved to Michigan in 2018.  When she isn’t creating, she is likely on a road trip, hiking, exploring The Great Lakes, or spoiling her dog Cinco.         

See more of Renee’s work: Blog  |  Instagram  |  YouTube  |  Facebook



SARAH GARDNER aka Juicy*S



This is Sarah Gardner, aka, Juicy*S. Juicy*S is her DJ name. She's not a DJ. She would love to be a DJ. It's one of her fantasy dream jobs, really. She got this name when she was slinging paint and working in her art journal with a couple girlfriends,, drinking wine and keeping track of the funny things they were saying on a "sign-in" sheet...just craziness. They all ended up with a DJ name that day. She started her first blog with this name, and she's had it ever since. She's the girl (yes, even though she's fifty-something, she's still a girl!) who has a Tutu Dance Party and makes every one of her guests their own tutu!  She's the kind of person who thinks a lot (maybe too much) about things. She's a voracious learner, and wants to be this way always. She's also a lawyer, a wife, and a mom of two. She lives with her family in Southern California, in a small surf community called Cardiff by the Sea.

For Sarah, art journaling is self-care: time she takes for herself to tap into her creativity, get into flow, and just play. She loves experimenting with and indulging her curiosity about mixed media art in her art journal; it’s a way to keep learning and growing.

Website: Juicy*S Art


Check out a previous guest post by Sarah Gardner.



Behind the Scenes or Out in Front (as needed):

Carol Baxter






Carol Jean Baxter is the product of a delightful childhood filled with the meter of poetry, the warmth of quilts, and the deliciousness of home-baked rolls. 

Among her variety of StencilGirl® responsibilities, Carol manages the Creative Team. 


She's made her living as an office manager, a massage therapist, and an award-winning reporter and editor. She is a practical joker, listens to a lot of rock and roll music, is an avid science fiction fan, and loves to splash in the sea with her daughter or dance in the kitchen with the love of her life, quite barefoot. 

Mary C. Nasser



Mary C. Nasser is an artist and art educator living in the Greater St. Louis Area. She's had over 30 solo shows since 2002 and has been awarded numerous residency opportunities. Since 2007, she has participated in three public art projects in St. Louis, too. Recently, Mary's mixed-media map paintings and interview appeared in Featuring magazine. She is also a contributing artist in the book Stencil Girl by Mary Beth Shaw. 
Learn more about Mary and her mixed-media art on her blog: Mixed Media Map Art



Mary Beth Shaw, Artist & Founder, StencilGirl® Products 

aka Girl Boss



Mary Beth Shaw is the author of "Flavor for Mixed Media," and "Stencil Girl." She is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine and a Golden Artist Educator. She is the founder of StencilGirl® Products, LLC.

Mary Beth worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before she quit her job in 2000 to re-ignite a childhood love of art. Since then, she has spent all her waking hours exploring life as a painter working in mixed media, primarily acrylic, encaustic, and collage. She initially put lots in lots of hours as a road gypsy, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one very blurry year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor and finds pleas helping students find their own voice as a painter. She welcomes mistakes because they so often provide a delightful detour into new territory. 



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once a week on StencilGirl Talk!