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My New Peacock Stencil in Action

Happy Cyber Monday all! In honor of today's awesome Cyber Monday sale at StencilGirl, I thought I'd share another project using my new stencils. This is actually one of my favorites - I knew I couldn't do my first stencil release without a peacock, after all!

Peacock-and-Ornamental-Screen-Stencils---Gwen-LafleurThis one started out as a way for me to test my sample stencils before they went into production, but I was having so much fun that I turned it into a full page in my journal. I used the Ornamental Peacock Stencil as the main image, of course! This is actually a mask, and I'm looking forward to playing with this one on the gelli plate. But for now, I wanted to just see how decorative I could make it. I'll still play with this more to see what I can do, but I love how it turned out! In the background you can also see all four of my 6x6 designs.

I can't wait to play with all of these some more - especially that peacock! I have some ideas for just the feathers... I'll have to see how that turns out :) 

Stencil Giveaway Winner!

Since StencilGirl is having an awesome Cyber Monday sale that starts in just a few hours, I thought I'd announce the winner of my stencil giveaway so that everyone who commented would know if they won before shopping.

Here's the result from the random drawing...

Gwen Lafleur Stencil Giveaway Winner - 11-29-15

The 23rd comment belongs to Laura Snow! Congratulations Laura! I sent you an email.

Happy Cyber Monday shopping, everyone!

Ornamental Circle Cluster & Ornamental Petals

(Psst... there's a giveaway at the bottom of this post!)

Now that the cat's out of the bag about my new collection of stencils with StencilGirl, I thought I'd show some close-ups of the projects I've been making with them. Today I'm focusing on four of them - my Ornamental Circle Cluster 4x4 and 6x6 as well as the Ornamental Petals 4x4 and 6x6.

Here's a closer look at some of the stencils:

Ornamental Circle Cluster Stencil by Gwen Lafleur

Ornamental Circle Cluster Screen Stencil by Gwen Lafleur

All of my stencils are hand-drawn designs, so if you look at them closely, you'll see that they're not perfect, but I like them for that reason :)

The Ornamental Circle Cluster 4x4 stencil and the 6x6 stencil are based on my love of using circle and dot motifs in my work. I wanted them to be complimentary and versatile, and I definitely wanted the 6x6 to be repeating. It lines up great for you to create a repeating pattern across large areas. It's also fun to just use pieces of it like I did here.

Something New Art Journal - Circle Cluster Stencils - Gwen LafleurFor this art journal page, I started with a page in my notebook where I'd cleaned paint off of my brushes (a lot of my favorite pages start that way!) and I just started stenciling on top of it. This was pretty exploratory, which is actually a bit unusual for me - I typically have an idea of what I want to do, but this time I just played.

I had tinted some heavy gel medium / molding paste (it comes as a combo which is pretty cool!) with gold paint and had a bunch leftover from another project (which you'll see next!) I just started spreading that through the stencil around the page and it grew from there.

Something New Art Journal 3- Circle Cluster Stencils - Gwen LafleurThen I randomly stenciled through the 6x6 with paint and ink, then added some marks with pens, paint markers, and Liquid Pearls.

Something New Art Journal 2- Circle Cluster Stencils - Gwen LafleurI also added a colored Chinese papercut that I've been hoarding, along with a little scrap of fabric and some vintage price stamps. Once I felt like it was done except for the writing, I just wrote was I was thinking - it was "something new!"

The other two stencils I wanted to highlight in this post are my Ornamental Petals Mask and the Ornamental Petals Screen - these are two of my favorites. (Oh, the 4x4 is a mask, and it works great with a gelli plate!)

Ornamental Petals Mask Stencil by Gwen Lafleur

Ornamental Petals Screen Stencil by Gwen LafleurThis design was based off of a handcarved stamp that I made a few months ago - I loved it so much that it became the basis for me deciding to try my hand at designing stencils.

This led to one of my favorite projects with these so far... I had a handmade book from a class I taught a few months ago where I'd never decorated the cover. The perfect thing to work on!

Stenciled Handmade Book Cover - Gwen LafleurThere are actually three stencils on this one - this was the original project using the Ornamental Circle Cluster stencil - I used that tinted heavy gel / paste on a blue pearlescent cardstock, then when it was dry I coated the whole thing with Diamond Glaze and let it dry overnight, then cut it out.

Getting back to the Ornamental Petals stencils, here's a better look so you can see how I used the 6x6 screen:

Stenciled Handmade Book Cover Step 1 - Gwen LafleurI love the texture from that black embossing paste! I repeated the design on the front and back covers, then put it on the spine with a tinted molding paste. Look at all that gorgeous detail!

Stenciled Handmade Book Cover close-up 2- Gwen LafleurFor the layering on the front cover, I stenciled the 4x4 mask onto deli paper with gold ink and cut it out, then cut it into two pieces. I added a beautiful gold frame made with a Spellbinders die and then distressed.

Stenciled Handmade Book Cover close-up 1- Gwen LafleurThen I painted the end papers on the inside black and used the 6x6 Ornamental Petals Screen to add a pattern with gold.

Stenciled Handmade Book Cover End Papers - Gwen LafleurEven though the stencil designs are hand-drawn, I tried to make sure that the ones that were meant to be repeating would actually work really well - I absolutely LOVE how this one came out! You'll be seeing me use this one in particular quite frequently, I think.

So that's it for today... I hope you enjoyed seeing some more projects and detail using these stencils from my new collection!

Before I sign off, how about a giveaway? I happen to have an extra of each of the four stencils featured in this post. If you'd like to win all four of them, just leave a comment here telling me how you'd use them. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you if you win! Comments will be eligible for the giveaway from now until midnight Central time on November 29th. Good luck!


Surprise! My Stencil Release!

So I've been keeping a little secret for the past few months... today I have NINE new stencil designs being released at StencilGirl! I'm so excited to be joining the ranks of the StencilGirl designers, and I absolutely love working with my own stencil designs - it's so fun! Here's a little peek at my stencils:

Gwen Lafleur November 2015 Stencil ReleaseHead on over to the StencilGirl blog to see more, or you can browse my new stencils in the shop. Make sure you check back in here on the blog over the next little while as I'll be posting projects, and maybe even a giveaway or two! (In fact, my first giveaway is up now in the next post!)


November StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal

Hi Everyone, today is our creative team post sharing projects for this month's StencilClub stencil collection. I say it every month, but this is my new favorite StencilClub release. Take a peek at this month's stencils designed by Seth Apter:

NOVEMBER SC-MAIN(Here's a little plug... if you sign up for the club before November 15th, you'll start your membership with this collection! Just sayin'...)

I may have gone a teensy bit overboard this month. (Cough cough...) Of course, I was sitting in my empty house with nothing to do but play with the stencils and a few bags of art supplies I brought with me from Chicago in the trunk of my car. Thus my file folder art journal was born! I took three file folders, nested and bound them to make the journal (I just used a pamphlet stitch with some waxed thread.)

Without further ado, here's my project... starting with the cover.

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal Cover - Gwen LafleurI used the 9x12 and 6x6 stencils for this... I took the "TRU" from "TRUTHS" and then the "E" from another word to spell "TRUE" and then stenciled "story" from the 6x6. Word stencils don't always have to say exactly what's on them - you can mix it up!

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal Cover Close-up - Gwen LafleurSince I'm still working out of boxes, I pulled out a few random things to collage onto the cover that I ended up loving. A piece cut from some Chinese ephemera (it's probably a good thing I don't know what it says.) Also some fussy cut glittery pieces from a fancy paper scrap, some rubons, some dicrofibers (hard to see in the photos) and more stenciling. I love how much depth you can get while keeping the actual project relatively flat.

Next up is the first spread:

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 1 - Gwen LafleurOn the left I used a lot of repetition from the 9x12 stencil (my favorite of this set) with paint, ink, and a little collage. On the right, I used the textural elements on the stencil with molding paste and paint. I also added a little window that's framed with a chipboard slide holder (I believe it's a Maggie Holmes embellishment from Crate Paper.) It's backed with a piece of 7 Gypsies printed transparency.

Here are a few close-ups so you can see more of the stenciling on these pages:

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 1a - Gwen Lafleur
Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 1a - Gwen LafleurMoving on to the second spread...

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 2 - Gwen LafleurBoth of these pages use the 6x6 stencil - words and textural elements (plus a few details from the 9x12.)

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 2a - Gwen LafleurI also used some of Seth's stamps with acrylic paint to get layers of texture into the background. On the right I just used a very old library card pocket and a shipping tag along with a strip of beaded and embroidered ribbon.

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 2b - Gwen LafleurFor the third spread I kept going with the 6x6 stencil and more of the textural elements on all of the stencils.

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 3 - Gwen LafleurThe butterfly is a Chinese papercut that I picked up in Beijing a few years ago. I added some old Basic Grey rubons, paint (most of this actually came from cleaning my brushes on a spare folder that I ended up using,) very light stamping in the background, and lots of stenciling!

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 3a - Gwen LafleurNext up, the fourth spread. I used a mix of the 4x4 and 9x12 stencils for this one.

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 4 - Gwen LafleurBits of collage, ink, paint... I really loved using the stencils to create repetition with the words - I felt like it made a powerful statement on the pages.

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 4a - Gwen Lafleur
Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 4a - Gwen LafleurLast but not least, the final spread in my mini journal (which I actually did first!)

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 5 - Gwen LafleurI felt like using the entire 9x12 stencil on the right side was begging for an interactive element. It's a little literal, but I couldn't resist.

First, the left-hand side using the 4x4 stencil on the back of my peacock tag and the 6x6 underneath it (the design in the background is from one of my handcarved stamps.)

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 5a - Gwen LafleurAnd my overly literal but fun interactive flap on the right hand side:

Nov2015 StencilClub - File Folder Art Journal 5b - Gwen LafleurSo there you go... that's my project for this month! I hope you enjoyed it, and for you StencilClub members, I know you're going to adore this month's stencils!

Don't forget to visit the StencilGirl blog for our group post - there are several other awesome projects using this month's stencils that you won't want to miss!