Art is…Wood Icing and Mary Beth Shaw

The last day of Art is You I spent in class with Mary Beth Shaw playing with her new line of stencils StencilGirl Products and wood icing. I couldn’t wait to take this class after 3 days of assemblage as I was looking forward to getting back to painting, painting, painting.  Little did I know that this would be the most challenging class of the weekend. We started off working with wood icing which was developed by a friend of Mary Beth’s and it is indeed an amazing product. It took to the stencils like butter and formed a crisp, clean line.  We were limited to a palette of colors I never work with and when I began the underpainting process I got bogged down in muck and mud. I had to hold back some tears I was so frustrated until I tossed the brushes and got my hands into the painting.  Fingers whirring, I began to see the beauty in these complimentary hues and got my mojo bubble working. In the afternoon the liquid acrylic treatments made the panels come to life and I was hooked.  Now I am thinking of cutting some stencils of my own and trying this with other color pathways to see where it will take me.  Do check out Mary Beth’s stencils though, they are wonderful and some came home with me along with the wood icing.  You can find it all on her site. Thanks so much to Mary Beth for being gracious, open and full of constructive criticism.  It was a blissful end to a fabulous weekend of opening and creating in new ways.


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16 Responses to “Art is…Wood Icing and Mary Beth Shaw”

  1. Kimbucha October 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    I bet it’s opening up a whole new world of possibilities for you. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this when you’re making your own stencils and getting into your Corrinetastic colors!

  2. Terrie -Creative Explorer October 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    You’re right, I wouldn’t have immediately recognized these as yours, but that said, they are stunning. I LOVE the hearty textures and lighter stenciled textures. And though it’s not my preferred palette either, I do often find myself drawn to other work in these colors – I just don’t seem to be able to get the richness of color. Now, I may give it another try – and I’ll definitely have to look into the wood icing – looks delicious! So glad you found a way to make it your own…..

  3. jan October 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    What a wonderful weekend of art you had! I love MBS and I love this piece you created. Thanks for sharing the ups and downs.

  4. Barbara Dunn October 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    Mary Beth Shaw’s process looks like so much fun. I am curiuo about the wood icing. Beautiful piece! I am so happy for your fun weekend!

  5. jill eudaly October 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    It all came together in the end, weel done!

  6. Dorthe October 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Those colours are the ones of warm golden love- -compassion and spirituel energy-
    So beautiful Corrine-
    The wood icing looks interesting and something to wish for……I better go read about it 🙂

  7. Jo Murray October 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    It’s great to have a stretch… you did well.

  8. Pamela October 12, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Love that beautiful glowing rich gold!

  9. Jessica Sporn October 12, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    Your pieces are beautiful. The texture, the colors, the warmth and depth — amazing. I had a chance to speak with Mary Beth at the trunk show. She seemed so genuinely nice and warm. I hope that I’ll have a chance to take a class with her one day soon. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog too. xo

  10. Carolyn Dube October 12, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    These are rich! The colors with the textures – so fall. I can’t wait to see what you create with these techniques!

  11. Suzy October 12, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Corrine You should be so proud of your achievements. This work looks truly amazing and am now looking forward to see where you go with these techniques!

  12. Chris October 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Oh, I’m so jealous. I love Shaw’s work! And being able to work with the stencils?! You are so lucky, and You Deserve It!

  13. Chris October 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    And these are GREAT!

  14. Marilyn J. Rock October 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I would love to touch this piece! It’s magnificent and so textural ! So happy you enjoyed MBS class. I will be playing with my wood icing soon 🙂 xxoo

  15. Judy Shea October 15, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Corrine.. these are so deep. I LOVE them.. I took a class with Mary Beth the day before you; she is wonderful. Such a different style for us to take on. Great pieces. J

  16. Emma October 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    It’s you showing thru these colors – I can also see it in burnt orange, tuquoise & smokey pink beneath the gold !

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