Blog: Mary Beth Shaw

Jumping with… Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, & Carolyn Dube – A CJS Interview Series

So happy to share with you today some video interviews I did with some of our Creative JumpStart 2020 teachers: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, and Carolyn Dube. Wow what an amazing group to hear from :)

First up is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, who I have known now for many years as a friend and colleague. Her artistic style is unmistakable and her talents cover so many areas so chatting with her is always fun and informative. In this interview we talk about how to manage time in our busy lives, how her fiber art connects with her mixed media work, and how she loves to try new things and explore her curiosity for creativity.

Next we have Mary Beth Shaw, who has been a teacher with Creative JumpStart now for a long time and is a wonderful artist with an abstract style. Mary Beth is also the woman behind Stencil Girl Products so she is very busy with everything that she does. In this interview Mary Beth discusses ways to carve out time for artmaking even when time is tight and how her art journal helps with that. She also talks about different phases she’s gone through in her abstract work, and the importance of knowing what other art is out there (past and present) to be an informed artist.

And finally we have Carolyn Dube, who has been a part of CJS for a few years now and who always brings color and play to the world through her art and personality. In this interview she talks about her current obsession with gelli plate printing, the liberation and fun that comes from embracing “mistakes”, and how she found confidence working with color. Carolyn also hints at what her cjs video will be about and describes it as that glorious moment where chocolate met peanut butter :)

And now it is your turn to go after a fun and inspiring challenge beginning this January: Sign up TODAY for Creative JumpStart 2020 and get 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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Creative JumpStart Interviews with Rae, Mary Beth, Mystele, and Sandra

The final batch of interviews is in!!! Here are your Creative JumpStart Artists chatting about art, life, and so much more :)

“Jumping with” is an interview series that I like to do to showcase some of the CJS artists. Each year we always have some new faces or folks that I haven’t spoken with in a while and it’s a fun way for us to get to know the artists a little more before January. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a few interviews with some very talented people.

You can learn more about Rae here:

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You can learn more about Mary Beth here:


You can learn more about Mystele here:


You can learn more about Sandra here:


Early Bird pricing for Creative JumpStart 2019 is available for just a couple more days!!! Don’t delay, sign up now and get ready for 2019 to be a year where you JumpStart YOUR Creativity. The workshop begins on January 1st and you can sign up TODAY for just $50:

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Artful Adventures – Interview with MaryBeth Shaw

MaryBeth Shaw is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • The Perfect Artful Adventure
  • Jazz
  • Inspiration from Books
  • #IseeStencilsEverywhere
  • Her Artwork in the Book
  • The Fascination of Triangles

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Mary Beth Shaw from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Joi@RR


    DELIGHTFUL – this was just FABULOUS to see and hear. Thanks bunches two you both. Xj.


  • JoAnn


    Wonderful interview – thank you for sharing. I never heard of Diebenkorn – didn’t even know how to spell his name – but will definitely check him out……and maybe use more triangles. Look forward to your book – it sounds fabulous!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      JoAnn, glad you liked it. Let us know what you think of Diebenkorn and also how the triangles go :) Hope you will like the book- thank you so much for your support!


  • Sherry Canino


    Oh I can’t wait to listen to this video I love these and listening to you talk. Thanks for sharing with all of us !!!❤❤❤


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