Mary Beth worked in the insurance industry for 18 years before one day she went crazy and quit her job. While exploring her creativity, she re-ignited her inner artist. She is now ecstatic to support herself as as full time mixed media painter and nationally known workshop instructor. Her mixed media process utilizes pastel, ink, marker and acrylics layered with various collage and texture materials; she welcomes so-called "mistakes" because they lead to wonderful opportunities and discoveries. She enjoys helping students find their voice and teaching them to critically assess their own work so they can grow as an artist.
Having hand-cut her own stencils for years, Mary Beth dipped her toe into the stencil design business in 2010. Expanding StencilGirl to team up with other artists is the fulfillment of her dream to provide the highest quality artist designed stencils for the mixed media world.
Mary Beth is the author of Flavor for Mixed Media published by North Light and is also a Columnist for Somerset Studios. Living in Wildwood, MO with her husband and 3 cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.
Our stencils are designed by artists who know and love stencils and use them regularly. What does this mean to you?
We use 7 mil mylar, a plastic film that is heat resistant. The stencils are thick enough to be strong and long lasting, yet they are thin enough to provide a seamless look in your art. StencilGirl demands this 'cause she is a picky little girl who doesn't like a bulky stencil. These stencils are also laser cut - can you say precision!! - right here in the USA.
Use the stencils with paint or texture medium. They will work with encaustic products and you can clean them on your hot palette if you are quick about it, Stencil Girl does it all the time when her palette is cooling. You can use them for rubbings or as a template for drawing, incising or stitching.
- Design Strength
Have you ever bought a stencil only to find it has weird openings that interrupt the design? This has happened to Stencil Girl and she doesn't like this, nope, not at all, so she personally tests every single stencil for the strength of its design.