StencilGirl® Creative Team

StencilGirl® Creative Team ~ 2020-21

Geri Beam


Geri Beam's love of art was first expressed through participation in high school performing arts programs. Active in Community Theater for twenty years, her commitment led to membership in the Actors’ Equity Association in 2002. Concurrently, Beam explored oil paints, ceramics, and fused glass, but found her focus in 2009, after taking textile classes with Laura Wasilowski and Jane Dunnewold. Accepted into Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program in 2012, she chose to retire from her ‘day-job’ after twenty-six years of working in the Information Technology field. She is currently a member of several sewing and quilt guilds in California, and devotes her time to teaching and creating art.

Artist's statement:

I am compelled to create. If a day goes by without creative release, dark, mental clouds gather. Making art clears the air, brings light, and relieves the stress of everyday life. My goal is to express my deepest feelings and to help others to do the same. There is nothing so sweet as to see someone experience an ah-ha moment. An inner voice guides me. I work quickly and intuitively - letting myself get lost in the moment of creation. My preferred materials are luxurious natural fibers that feel good to touch. Tactile textures and rich color add the complexity I seek, yet simple lines, capable of expressing movement or feeling, are what I value most. I use sparkle and shine to generate realism; but sparingly! I am currently honing my craft and clarifying my artist's voice. Expanding the tools in my creative tackle box helps avoid boredom. Incorporating computer technology and software programs balances any weakness in manual processes. I continue to create classes and lectures to teach others how to tap into their creative voice. I hope to inspire and influence the lives of others through my art, and through sharing the gifts I have been given.




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 17-year-old girl child!


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. 

One of the things that keeps me inspired and teaching is that I love to create in all styles.  
As much as this industry likes to ‘Pigeon Hole’ people, I am a versatile artist – I regularly teach & create not only scrapbooking layouts but also Cards, Mixed Media Layouts, Paper-based Layouts, Art Journaling, Abstract Canvas Art, plus Kids classes and whatever else I can come up with. As an Educator for Lindy Stamp Gang, I especially love to create with their products and love to educate people about mediums, textures and general products.   


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 …www.happydaks.blogspot.com and find me on Instagram under happydaks and Facebook as well.


Wendy Baysa




Wendy says, “she is thrilled, honored and ecstatic to be invited to participate with the talented and inspirational SGCT and is so looking forward to the year.”

She lives in Michigan with her husband of 24 years, 3 young adult children, and miniature Aussiedoodle named Luna.

Her creative journey started long ago with exposure to many different mediums. Over the years she is self-taught in sewing, canvas expressionism along with a little realism painting, paper crafting, recycling furniture, and home décor just to name a few. Although she does admit to not being able to roller paint walls or knit. Sssshhh, lol. Wendy also enjoys outdoor time which includes grilling, gardening, campfires, and skiing.

Discover Wendy:
Instagram @wendy_baysa
YouTube   
Facebook My, Wendy Baysa, Crafting Journey


Jennifer Gallagher



Jennifer Gallagher is an artist and art instructor currently living in West Virginia with her husband and two sons. She has been involved in the arts her entire life in one way or another. After studying fashion in college, Jennifer found herself drawn to new art forms and techniques. She now enjoys painting, collage, art journaling, and mixed media. Geometric shapes and patterns are her greatest source of inspiration and joy. 

Discover Jennifer: 

Blog
Facebook
Instagram 




Linda Edkins Wyatt


Linda Edkins Wyatt, a mixed media artist living in the heart of New York City, has been making art since childhood. Whenever she was bored, her mother or older sisters would teach her a new skill such as mending, hand and machine stitching, embroidery, crochet, needlepoint or knitting. Her first creative memory was making a doll dress fashioned from an old white sock and trimmed with thick turquoise yarn. 

Linda started her professional art career as a textile designer and print stylist, and later transitioned to layout and graphic design. She enjoys using bits of paper, original fabric scraps, and recycled materials in her journals, collages and paper dolls, and loves creating digital designs, collages, and patterns in Photoshop.

By day, Linda works for NYC Health + Hospitals. Evenings, weekends and holidays she spends painting, journaling, sewing or making unique paper dolls. She also teaches monthly mixed media classes at The Ink Pad NYC in Greenwich Village.

Linda has had artwork and articles published in the books Mixed Media Self Portraits, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, and Quilts and Health. Her mixed media work and art quilts have appeared in the magazines Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, and Scott Publications’ Just Mixed Media, Just Swap Art, and Just Steampunk.

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Shel C and Peg Robinson



Shel C is a self-taught mixed media artist with a love of all things paper. 
The focus of her paper obsession shows itself in lots of collage artwork as well as art journaling, card making, bookmaking, and the occasional dimensional art piece.

She is inspired by the shapes and colors surrounding her in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. She also is inspired by the many nature scapes she has seen and photographed while traveling.


When not in the studio gluing paper to stuff, Shel spends her time caring for a multigenerational family of six.



Shel has a very active YouTube channel and also collaborates in a weekly live show on YouTube with Peg Robinson. ART Joy of Sharing

Discover Shel: https://linktr.ee/paperocotillostudio




Peg Robinson has pursued multiple creative avenues for many years. She makes things from stuff others throw away and enjoys collage, assemblage, and journaling along with other arts and crafts. Her friends labeled her the craft encyclopedia because when they need to know something about arts/crafts and supplies, they ask her first. 


After retiring from full-time employment Peg has focused on creative pursuits for about five years and settled into an artistic life. As a Helping Hand Artist with DecoArt, she finds great satisfaction in helping others find their own artistic voice. I find art is a true healer and can easily share the spirit of joy that comes from creating.

Peg collaborates in a weekly live show on YouTube with Shel C. ART Joy of Sharing


Discover Peg: https://linktr.ee/pegarobinson






Sue Plumb


Sue Plumb comes from the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland, Australia where she lives with my hubby Shannon; their three kids - daughter Brielle aged 11, and twin sons Hunter and Kaden aged 6; and our cat, Genghis.

Sue began scrapbooking approximately 10 years ago, shortly after the birth of her daughter. Since that time, her work has evolved from a very simplistic paper-based style, to where it is now - far more artistic and often incorporates bright color, mixed media, and eclectic elements. Besides scrapbook pages, she also enjoys creating artworks on canvas; art journal and traveler's notebooks spreads, and sometimes off the page items and cards. Put simply, Sue just loves to create!  


She is currently on several design teams including Australian manufacturers Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Colour Blast; and US manufacturer Viva Las VegaStamps. I am also a design team member for the Scrap the Girls challenge blog.


She says, "I am a huge fan of StencilGirl® designs and am thrilled to be joining the team. I am SO looking forward to creating and sharing with you this coming year!"


Discover Sue:

Instagram
Facebook
Blog
YouTube





Dots to Lines ~ Sunila and Aditi


Mother-Daughter team, Sunila Mahajan and Aditi Mahajan are entrepreneurs. As part of Dots to Line, their home decor business, they handcraft home-decor products using techniques of mixed media and decoupage. 


Sunia and Aditi are into paper-crafting, layouts, journaling, album making and scrapbooking. Their style of arts and crafts is a fusion of techniques and use of vibrant colors as they keep learning and try to incorporate variety into their creation.


They aim to spread joy. Documenting memories, especially through scrapbooking, album making. and paper crafting makes them happy. 



Discover Sunila & Aditi:

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

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: 



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 as 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. 

Recently, she exchanged her glass slippers for dances in the kitchen with the love of her life, quite barefoot. Carol writes from a mountain hamlet with a noisy white cat at her feet and a fat striped cat that fiercely guards her closet full of hats. 




Mary Beth Shaw, Artist & Founder, StencilGirl® Products 

aka Girl Boss



Mary Beth Shaw is author of "Flavor for Mixed Media" and "Stencil Girl", 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 I 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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We feature new stencil projects by the team once a week on StencilGirl Talk!