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From the Artist Tribe - Glam Deco Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Jackie Neal is joining us today from the Artist Tribe with a stunning mixed media wall hanging!

Glam-Deco-Mixed-Media-Wall-Hanging---Jackie-Neal

Jackie has used my Art Deco Bookplates stencil along with some of the new sari scraps. She also used Deep Sea from the new Baked Texture embossing powders to get all that fabulous stenciled dimension! I just love what she put together here - it's so rich and detailed with the texture and textiles and the lovely jewel tones!

Don't forget to head over to her blog to see all of the details of today's project!

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Mixed Media Abstract with Embossing Powder Tutorial

You may have noticed that I've been using a lot of embossing powder in my recent work. I've actually been using EP in mixed media for several years, but started doing it with much greater frequency after discovering Emerald Creek last year. Their powders really lend themselves well to working with mixed media; from the fabulous colors and blends to the mix of textures, plus they melt quickly and most of the powders I've used can be re-melted over and over as you build layers. Of course, they also partnered with Seth Apter to release Baked Texture - a new line of embossing powder that just debuted last week at Creativation / AFCI. I may be just a little bit addicted. Or a lot. Maybe. (The Artist Tribe has also been playing with them recently and has referred to them as crack, magic dust, and a few other similar terms, so I know I'm not alone!)

With that said, in the spirit of enabling... err, sharing, I've put together a video tutorial using Baked Texture and one of the Emerald Creek Allure embossing powders to show you some of the techniques I used to make a piece of abstract art from start to finish. This was based on a project that I originally shared in last year's free online class from Nathalie Kalbach, Artful Adventures, so the process may be familiar to some of you. However, this rebooted version has some updates and additions that I hope you'll enjoy.

Here's the piece that I made in the video along with a few close-ups so you can see some of the details:

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Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-2---Gwen-Lafleur
Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-2---Gwen-Lafleur

And without further ado, here's the video! It runs just a bit over 30 minutes, so grab a drink and a snack and sit back and enjoy!

As you saw at the end of the video, I also went back and finished the panel that I used to demo the DAP - here are a few photos of how that turned out so you can see them a bit better:

Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-3---Gwen-Lafleur

Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-3-Closeup2---Gwen-Lafleur

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Finally, here's the original panel that I did in the workshop last year; you can really see how much I was able to amp up the texture with the new embossing powders!

Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-1---Gwen-Lafleur

Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder-1-Closeup---Gwen-Lafleur

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed it, and if you try this at home make sure to link me up so that I can see what you do!

 


From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Stencils & Embossing Powder

The heat embossing love continues from the Artist Tribe this week as Linda Edkins Wyatt shares a gorgeous art journal page featuring stencils and embossing!

  Art-Journaling-with-Stencils-and-Embossing-Powder---Linda-Edkins-Wyatt

Linda filled this page with layer after layer of mixed media goodness, including my Ornamental Petals Mask stencil and my Art Deco Flower Medallion Repeating Corner stencil. She's also using embossing powder from Emerald Creek and some Fabulous Florals washi tape.

Make sure you head over to her blog to get all of the details for today's project!

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From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Stencils and Embossing

Jill McDowell is up from the Artist Tribe today sharing a project she made using my stencils and Seth Apter's new Baked Texture embossing powder from Emerald Creek. Check out this fun little mixed media panel she created:

Mini Mixed Media Panel with Dimensional Stenciling - Jill McDowell

Jill used  Vintage Beeswax, Patina Oxide, and Chunky Rust embossing powders, along with my Ornamental Circle Cluster stencil. Make sure you head over to her blog for close-ups and details!

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From the Artist Tribe - A Friendship Book

Today Lynda Shoup is joining us from the Artist Tribe to share a beautiful friendship book!

Friendship-Book---Lynda-Shoup

Lynda is using sari yarn, sari scraps, and embellished sari trim (that's a lot of sari!) to make this beautiful journal cover. I also spy the flower design from my Decorative Folk Flower stencil! Make sure you stop by Lynda's blog to get more photos and lots of details.

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From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Boot Heels!

Today Sandee Setliff is sharing a pretty cool project using stencils and embossing powder... she stenciled the heels of her boots!

Stenciled-Boot-Heels---Sandee-Setliff

Can we talk about how much I love this idea and how wonderfully it came out? This is awesome! Sandee used my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen stencil along with some Mirror Gold embossing powder from Emerald Creek.

Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see the full post with all the details.

 

P.S. If you love embossing powder, especially Emerald Creek, you'll want to check the shop tomorrow - the new line of Baked Texture embossing powders from The Altered Page will be available and ready to ship!

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From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Home Decor

Hi all, Jackie Neal is back again today from the Artist Tribe sharing how she used some of my stencils in her recent (and ongoing!) home makeover, as well as for some fun art journaling!

First, here's a little peek at her stenciled wall... love seeing how she used my Art Deco Borders stencil here! (You can also see a little peek of my Art Deco Floral Medallion stencil.)

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I also spy a little peek of another recent project she's done for the Tribe... do you see it sitting on the shelf? So fun!

Jackie didn't stop with her walls, check out this peek into her art journal! This spread also uses my Art Deco Borders stencil

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Make sure you check out her post today for lots more photos and details!

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Gwen's Gems - 3D Collaged Boho Fish!

Hi all,  just popping in to let you know that I'm up today on StencilGirl Talk with the January edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I'm taking my collaged boho fish and making them 3D, using a stencil as a pattern.

3D-Collaged-Boho-Fish----Gwen-Lafleur

There are lots more photos and details in the post, plus a tutorial to show how I did both the fish and the background! I hope you'll head over and check it out!

 


From the Artist Tribe - Vintage Circus Art Journal Page

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt is up from the Artist Tribe sharing a fabulous new art journal page

Vintage-Circus-Art-Journal-Page---Linda-Edkins-Wyatt

Linda built up beautiful layers using my Decorative Medallion stencil and my Ornamental Compass Mask, along with some Turkmen jewelry parts (one of my favorite things ever!) Make sure you head over to her blog for more details about her beautiful page!

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Acrylic Skins

Hi all, Jill McDowell from the Artist Tribe is joining us today to share her fabulous art journal spread featuring lots of stenciling and some acrylic skins!

 

January Art Journaling 1 - Jill McDowell

In this spread she's using my Ornamental Embroidery stencil as well as my Ornamental Compass Mask, along with some really cool techniques to make those skins and incorporate them into her pages.

Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details!

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From the Artist Tribe - Wheel of Karma Drop Spindle

Today Lynda Shoup is joining us from the Artist Tribe with her Wheel of Karma drop spindle! She made this to use for making her fabulous hand-spun yarn.

Wheel-of-Karma-Drop-Spindle-View-2---Lynda-Shoup

Lynda used my Decorative Medallion stencil, along with all kinds of fun fabric and yarn scraps as well as some beads!

Wheel-of-Karma-Drop-Spindle-View-1---Lynda-Shoup

Make sure you stop by Lynda's blog to learn more about this project and to see a video with her drop spindle in action!

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From the Artist Tribe - Mistakes Happen Art Journal Page

Today Sandee Setliff is back from the Artist Tribe with a fabulous art journal page that has a sentiment I can definitely relate to!

Mistakes-Happen-Art-Journal-Page-by-Sandee--Setliff

Sandee is working in her Khadi Papers journal and using some of the extra large Dresden wings along with the Crystals MT washi tape. Make sure to head over to her blog to see the full post!

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Reviewing 2017: Mixed Media Art Favorites

Happy New Year! I'm very excited about all of the possibilities of 2018 - so much on the horizon! But before I dive into the new, I thought it would be fun to close out 2017 with a "best of" review of my year in art.

To start, I went to this year's "best nine" site to see my most popular posts on Instagram. This is always fascinating to me, and as usual, the top nine was about half filled with hand-carved stamps (most from Carve December, including the 2016 overview on the top-left. The bird was from earlier this year.)

2017 Best Nine on IG - Gwen Lafleur

Of course, as fun as that was to see, I wanted to take a little time to go through all of the things I've done this year and pull together my own Top 10 list. The order on these is a little loose... it's hard to pick favorites!

10. Translucent Mixed Media Assemblage

This one should look pretty familiar since it's a new project, just posted as my "Gwen's Gems" tutorial for December 2017. I'm really loving the translucent parts here - expect to see more of this in 2018!

Transparent-Mixed-Media-Abstract--Tilt----Gwen-Lafleur

9. Lynne Perrella Workshop Project

I think this was only posted on Instagram, but I was fortunate enough to take a 3-day workshop with Lynne Perrella last May. I loved it... so fun to learn her process, and I'm thrilled with my project! I still need to finish the second one I started in class, but that's another story...

Class Project - Gwen Lafleur

8. Seascape Shadow Box

This was a demo piece that I started during the Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class I taught in Connecticut last June. I brought it home and finished it off and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Front Angle - Gwen Lafleur

7. "Balance" Art Journal Spread

This is another project that I only shared on Instagram. It began as an experiment with some new chalk pastels that I'd purchased recently - I wanted to see how they'd work on the cotton rag paper in this journal, so I used pastels to do the Buddha portrait on the right, then it ended up morphing into an entire spread. The lotus is from a silkscreen that I designed earlier this year and then printed onto rice paper. (In case you're wondering, the Chinese characters on the right are from one of my hand-carved stamps and mean double happiness.)

Balance-Art-Journal-Spread---Gwen-Lafleur

6. Mixed Media Seahorse Sculpture

Another fairly recent project, this is part of an ongoing series of 3D sculptures based on stencil designs. My favorite parts are definitely the finished paint job and all of the broken jewelry and metal pieces I added.

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5. Flowers for Mom (Mixed Media Floral Still Life)

Ostensibly I made this to share as a second sample for an in-person class I offer, but in reality was was created as a gift for my mom's birthday. She loved it... I got to watch her open it over Zoom and my nieces and nephews were with her... one of my nieces said "wow, you're an even better artist than my teacher!" I'll take it. LOL.

Boho-Floral-Still-Life-Collage---Gwen-Lafleur

4. Winter Cardinal Art Journal Page

I did a tutorial for this art journal page as my November "Gwen's Gems" post for StencilGirl using one of my new Christmas stencils. I just love the layers of texture and the dimensional look I was able to get here... it's one of my favorite pages to date.

Winter-Cardinal-Art-Journal-Page--Gwen-Lafleur

3. Mixed Media Abstract with Stencils & Embossing Powder

I'm a long-time fan of heat embossing, and I love using embossing powder in mixed media so this blog hop project with StencilGirl and Emerald Creek was definitely a favorite of mine. Look for lots more fun with EP in the coming year!

Mixed-Media-Abstract-with-Embossing-Powder---Gwen-Lafleur

2. Seth's Paper Artsy Creativation Release

Last January I had the opportunity to work with some of Seth Apter's new products from Paper Artsy - I had a lot of fun with this one, revisiting the project I'd done in Seth's "Library of Memories" class at Art is You in 2015. This is a mixed media case with some assemblage on the inside as well as a handmade art journal (all of the inside pages and many more details are in the full release post on StencilGirl Talk.)

Library of Memories Take 2 - Gwen Lafleur
Library of Memories Take 2 - Gwen Lafleur

1. November Workshop Projects

While the other projects on the list are fairly loosely ranked, this is definitely number one - the 2-day workshop I took at Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis taught by Mary Beth and Seth Apter. I learned a ton, and I love the work I did in this class... I also came home completely rejuvenated! I couldn't narrow this down to just one of the two pieces I did during the weekend, so my favorite project of the year is the combination of both pieces.

Abstract Mixed Media Collage - Gwen Lafleur

Fish Food - Mixed Media Canvas - Gwen Lafleur
Honorable mention... I have to include my pages from the ARTifacts project. It's rare for me to stick with something like this for an entire year, but this was a lot of fun to do and it's cool to look back over my year in art and see how much I was able to accomplish!

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Pages 2-3 - Gwen Lafleur

I really enjoyed going back through the year and seeing how much things have changed since last New Year's Day. I don't really do resolutions per se, but I had a lot of goals for 2017 - both personal and art-related, and I was able to check several off my list and make significant progress on a few more. It was a crazy, hard, exciting, and unusual year. And now I'm enjoying the anticipation of all of the potential that 2018 has to offer - I think it's going to be a good one.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year... may all of our hopes and wishes for 2018 all be granted!