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June Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse

I've been working on a bunch of different projects lately, including planning my next round of classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut. I'll be teaching there on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th - registration is open now!

Here are the classes I'll be teaching that weekend. Note that all students get a 10% store discount on the day of the class, and any supplies that aren't provided in your class kit will be available for purchase at the Clubhouse.

Stamp Carving 101, Friday, June 5, 2015, 6-9pm

Stamp Carving 101 - Gwen LafleurCome join us and learn to carve your own rubber stamps! Perfect for scrapbooks, cards, art journaling, and mixed media, hand-carved rubber stamps help you add your own unique mark to your work.  We’ll cover tools and supplies, drawing and transferring stamp designs, and of course, carving! We’ll make several stamps in class including geometric designs, repeating patterns, and word stamps. As a part of the class, you’ll get a stamp carving starter kit that includes a carving tool with blades and rubber. (If you already have carving tools and you tell them when you register they'll take $5 off the class; we’ll still provide the rubber.) There will also be sample designs for you to use, or you can design your own!    $40

Supplies You Need To Bring:

  • Cutting mat (glass is best if you have it)
  • X-acto knife
  • Pencil, ruler and ball point pen

Getting Started with Handmade Books, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:30am-1pm

Getting Started with Handmade Books - Gwen Lafleur

Have you ever wanted to make your own art journal? Or a hand-bound scrapbook? Or just hand-made books in general? Then this is the class for you! We’ll be discussing the basics of bookbinding as well as different types of binding stitches, and we’ll use one of my favorite binding methods to make our own completed book in class. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is! We’ll talk about different ways to make your cover, and I’ll show you an easy way to wrap your cover with paper or fabric.  $45

Supplies You Need To Bring:

  • Basic Tool Kit: craft mat, paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, bone folder
  • 12” or longer ruler (centering is best, but regular will work)
  • 20 sheets of paper sized 9”x12” or larger (can be plain cardstock, watercolor paper, patterned paper, etc… whatever you want for the pages of your book)
  • Gel medium
  • Gesso
  • 1” flat paintbrush
  • 1-3 colors of paint for your cover

Optional: black gesso, washi tape, stencils (for the spine of your book,) embellishments for your cover, paper to cover your book (if you don’t want to paint,) a heavy-duty awl (there will be a few to share, but if you have your own you won’t have to wait.)

Below are two different versions of the book we'll be making together in class.

Sample Handmade Books - Gwen Lafleur
Plaster Sculptures from Stencils, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 2-5:30pm 

Plastic Sculptures from Stencils - Gwen Lafleur

Get ready to take your stencils to a whole new level! We’ll be using stencils by StencilGirl as the basis for creating our own plaster animal sculptures. You’ll be surprised at how fun and easy it is as we work with cardboard and plaster to create our masterpieces. I’ll show you how to use a stencil to start the process, as well as how to go from there into making a pattern to turn it into a 3-D piece. We’ll make and decorate one sculpture in class, but you’ll go home with enough plaster to make more.  When signing up, please choose whether you’d like to make a seahorse, an elephant, or a bird.  $45

Supplies You Need To Bring:

  • Basic Tool Kit: craft mat, paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, bone folder
  • Sharp, heavy-duty scissors (like Tim Holtz)
  • Water bucket or cup with an opening that’s at least 4” wide
  • Flat paintbrush (1/2” to 1”)
  • Detail paint brush
  • Apron (optional)
  • Glue (Aleen's Tacky Glue or something similar will work)
  • Supplies to decorate your sculpture including: paint in the colors you’d like for your animal, any stencils or stamps you’d like to use, beads, liquid pearls, etc…  I will have stencils, stamps, and a few other goodies to share with the class.

These little guys are hard to photograph, but here are individual photos of the three options for class:

Plaster Bird Sculpture from Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

Stencil-Sculpture Elephant Final 3 - Gwen Lafleur

Seahorse Sculpture by Gwen LafleurI'm so excited for these classes - they should be lots of fun! I'll have class samples in the store next weekend for classes with Dina Wakley for those who want to see them in person.

Hope to see you there!

Sequined Art Journal with May StencilClub

Just popping in to share a project that I have over on StencilGirl Talk using the May stencils from StencilClub. This was a fun month, and I love how my sequined art journal turned out! May StencilClub - Sequined Art Journal 2 - Gwen LafleurIf you want to see more, head over to StencilGirl Talk for more photos of the finished book, as well as some details on how I made the cover.