The following is a guest blog post from mixed-media artist Mary Beth Shaw
Last year I was thrilled to be included in Art Journaling Live 2, a one-day workshop featuring four instructors that’s part of the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas.
Last year’s event rocked—the participants and teachers learned so much because they got to experience four separate classes. Plus, everybody got swag—the kind of swag you want to keep.
Flash forward, and imagine my delight to be invited back for 2016, Art Journaling Live 3! I will be teamed up with Nathalie Kalbach, Jodi Ohl, and Gina Rossi Armfield, all wildly talented artists with completely diverse specialties, which will make the event extra amazing.
If you’d like to hear more about the event, join me and Nathalie for a live webinar on May 5 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM (Eastern Time). We’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes stories from last year’s event, and talk about what we’ll be teaching this year.
At last year’s Art Journaling Live event I was in a doodle phase, as referenced by the photo to the right. But this year, as you can see from the photo at the top, I’m totally into a limited palette. You can see that the new artwork has a completely different look and feel.
I can’t wait to share my ideas with you, which include how to layer stencils to create foregrounds and backgrounds. And fluorescents … I’m kind of into fluorescents, too. Bring those bad boys on, because there is nothing better that popping a neutral page spread with an unexpected bright. If you’ve shied away from using fluorescents in your art journal pages, I’ll show you how easy it is to incorporate them.
Bio: Mary Beth Shaw (www.mbshaw.com) 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 of her waking hours exploring life as a painter, working in mixed media. She worked as a road gypsy for five years, exhibiting at outdoor art fairs and selling as many as 300 paintings in one year. She transitioned into being a workshop instructor and finds pleasure helping students find their own voice. She 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. She has a tattoo of a shooting star on her right shoulder.