Home Decor Chipboard Initial with Momenta

 I recently had the opportunity to make a home decor piece using Momenta stencil paints and stencils along with a chipboard base from Hobby Lobby. I thought it would be really fun to do something that my nieces might like to hang in their bedrooms, and I thought the cool large chipboard letters and accessories would be the perfect base to make something personalized. The chipboard is about 1/2" thick, so it's perfect for this kind of project! It's a bit different from my regular work, but I knew this would be something that my nieces would enjoy.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial 4 - Gwen Lafleur

Here's a quick little tutorial for how I did this.

First, I gathered all of the supplies that I thought I might want to use for this project - the girls both love pink, so that was definitely going to be in the mix. I also added a container of In Bloom jewels from the jewelry section of Hobby Lobby since I knew I'd use them on the crown and maybe elsewhere.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Next, I put down a coat of white and then went over it with the requisite pink.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 2 - Gwen Lafleur

The paints are really smooth and creamy and worked perfectly! Once the pink layer was dry, I used the Momenta Chevron Adhesive stencil to add a layer of pattern in teal. The adhesive is nice and strong, so it's really good for making sure you don't get any paint seepage under your stencil.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 3 - Gwen Lafleur

Of course, I can't let things go without adding a little touch of gold - I used the gold Momenta paint and a fine-liner brush to outline the chevron pattern. I also painted the edges of the chipboard gold - I think it looks pretty cool from the side.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 4 - Gwen Lafleur

While I was at it, I painted the chipboard crown gold as well, then pulled out the Momenta 4"x14" Sun, Moon, and Stars diecut stencil and added some hearts with the red semi-gloss paint.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 5 - Gwen Lafleur

I decided I didn't like the pink hearts on the crown, so I painted over those and used more paint to embellish the large heart in the center. I also used the brown paint mixed with a bit of water to make a kind of wash to go around the edges of the crown for a bit of shading.

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 6 - Gwen Lafleur

Finally, I used a strong glue to adhere the crown to the letter and then added my In Bloom jewels to the crown and also to the hearts on the letter itself. My little princesses have to have their bling!

Momenta Stencils - Home Decor Girl's Initial - Step 7 - Gwen Lafleur

Voila! A quick and relatively easy way to create a customized decor piece. You could change up the paint colors, stencils, and embellishments to make something that would work in any room in your house! I just hope that my nieces think these are as cute as I do! 


Art Journaling with NEW Art-C Paints!

I was fortunate enough to be sent some of the brand new goodies that Art-C is debuting at Winter CHA this weekend. They're releasing paints! COOL paints! And some texture mediums as well.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint ReleaseWhoever packed my box, I think they knew how much I love gold and turquoise :D I got a few metallic paints, some cool chalk paint, some gel stains, their new Luxe paints (in the tubs) and some texture pastes. Before getting started with my project, I got out a piece of cardstock and tested how each one of them worked - opacity, draw-down color, how it worked on paper, etc...

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint Testing - Gwen LafleurIt's hard to see the texture and shine in a photo, but I was very pleased with all of them! I decided that I was going to use as many of them as I could on an art journal page. So here's the page I made with my goodies, and below is a little mini-tutorial to show you some of the steps on how it came together. (I just wish that I could capture the true color and the shimmer and shine and texture on this page... I really love it!)

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur

I started by using the pearl colored texture paste with a Momenta self-stick stencil and just spread it randomly in the background. Then when that was dry, I painted the entire background with brown gel stain. I knew that the texture paste and the paper would take the color differently giving me some nice variation. I used the gorgeous, deep brown Luxe paint with my Groove tool to start adding variations, then I did the same with the turquoise Luxe paint.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 1 - Gwen LafleurWhile the paint was drying (which it does extremely quickly here in Utah right now!) I pulled out various sheets of paper - some patterned paper from Art-C ephemera packs, some old maps and book text, some cardstock I'd stamped on to test handcarved stamps... I took different paints and stains and painted over them - most were transparent enough that I could still see words or patterns, some were quite opaque (like the chalk paint or the copper metallic paint.) That's totally cool too! I wanted lots of different looks.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 2 - Gwen LafleurOnce those were dry, I started cutting them into circles, then distressed the edges of each circle with Luxe paint. I layered them up, then I took some wooden buttons from an Art-C ephemera kit and stained them with the gel stain and glued some cute little Art-C charms on top.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 3 - Gwen LafleurI glued all the layers together and then adhered them on the background. Next it was time to add some details! You all know how I love my dots, so one of my favorite things about the metallic paints is that they came in tubes with fine tips! Not ultra fine, but enough to do dots and add some writing. I used the copper metallic paint to put dots around each circle, then I used the gold metallic paint to add some illegible journaling down the page in a few places. Those are actually words!

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 4 - Gwen LafleurSo there you go! My finished art journal page with the fabulous new Art-C paints. They have them in lots of colors, and I can't wait to get my hands on more of them!

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Close-up 1 - Gwen LafleurLook at all the wonderful sparkly grungy texture I got in these layers! I'm in love...

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Close-up 2 - Gwen LafleurA huge thanks to the team at Art-C / Momenta for letting me work with more of their products! This was a lot of fun, and I absolutely LOVE the new paints!

A Mixed Media Project with Art-C Mini Pallets

Not too long ago I got a chance to work with The Groove Tool by Art-C (Momenta) for a blog hop with StencilGirl. That was tons of fun, so I was super flattered and excited when Art-C contacted me and asked me to do a project and a tutorial with more Art-C products. This time, they sent me some of their mini wood pallets and paints as well as some of their embellishment packs. I've always loved the crafts I've seen online using pallets, so I was super intrigued and excited by the idea of having mini craft pallets.

Without further ado, here's the project I created:

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project by Gwen LafleurI have to say, this was so much fun for me to make... I got so caught up in playing that I literally couldn't stop! If you'd like to get a few mini pallets and try something similar at home, here's an overview of how I put this together.

First, I knew I wanted to stack my two of the pallets together, so I picked them out and put down a base color with the Art-C Chestnut gel stain. I just rubbed it in with a paper towel; I love how it brought out the texture in the wood. I used a Q-tip to make sure I could get into the tight areas.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 1 by Gwen LafleurI also added the stain to a wooden frame from an embellishment pack. Then I used some of the Art-C gold metallic paint to add a slightly distressed effect to the wood and a paper butterfly embellishment.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 2 by Gwen LafleurFollowing that, I went through and used some Art-C white chalk paint for another layer of light distressing. Then I took the same paint and some of their fun stick-on stencil packs to start putting down the background where I was going to build up my layers. I love letters and numbers as a design element, so I picked out some numbers and randomly placed them in a few areas of the background.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 3 by Gwen LafleurNext, I started building up my layers with papers and embellishments from the collage packs. I laid them out on the desk to audition, then once I had the ones I wanted I used the Art-C Chestnut gel stain and the gold paint and distressed the edges of each piece. I added in a strip of embroidered ribbon and a few jewels and laid it all out to see how it would look.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 4 by Gwen LafleurI decided it still needed a little something... this was my "a-ha!" moment of the project. I pulled out some Art-C mini glass bottles and sand packs. Then I grabbed the blue Art-C gel stain and stained my white sand blue (put a few drops in a cup, pour in the sand, and stir!) then let it dry a bit and funneled it into my bottles.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 5 by Gwen LafleurOnce the sand was in, I put the corks firmly back into the bottles and used a hat pin to poke a hole in the center of each cork. Then I took two blue paper roses out of my stash and pushed the wire stems through the holes.

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project Step 6 by Gwen LafleurI used the Art-C gold metallic paint and blue gel stain to add some final distressing to the flower petals, the pallets, and a few other little touch-ups. Then I used some strong glue to adhere the bottles to the 3x5 pallet. I wrapped the gold ribbon around and glued that in place, then glued everything together and let it set overnight. And voila! A finished mixed media piece made with Art-C wooden craft pallets that will be perfect to hang on the wall.

Here are a few more details of the finished project:

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project close-up 3 by Gwen Lafleur

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project close-up 2 by Gwen Lafleur

Mixed Media Art-C Pallet Project close-up 1 by Gwen LafleurIf you'd like to get some of these pallets and paints / stains for yourself, they're currently sold at Michael's, or you can contact Art-C directly and they'll hook you up. I hope you enjoyed today's project! Make sure to visit and like Art-C Mixed Media Products on Facebook for more ideas and inspiration.


Traveler's Notebook Junque Journal

Welcome to today's stop on the StencilGirl and The Groove Tool blog hop!

Groove-StencilGirl-Blog HeaderI'm super excited that I got to work with The Groove Tool for this... you know how much I love anything I can use with my stencils!

For today's project, I thought I'd try something that's been kicking around in my head for a while. Traveler's Notebooks are super hot and trendy, and I've seen some homemade art journal inserts, but I thought I'd like to make a stenciled Junque Journal insert, so I did!

Traveler's Notebook Junque Journal - Gwen LafleurHere you can see mine inserted into my notebook. My cover is actually by Chic Sparrow and I use the wide one that fits the Moleskine Cahiers instead of the original, thinner Traveler's Notebooks (although those fit in here too!) With that, here's a very quick overview of how I made it, and how I used the Groove Tool to pull it all together!

First up, I did the cover. I used a sheet of very thin chipboard because I knew I'd want it to be somewhat sturdy after it's full and I take it out of my traveler's notebook. I cut it to the size of a Moleskine book - 8"x10.5." Then I used the brush attachment on the Groove Tool to stencil the Butterfly Duo stencil by Maria McGuire with acrylic paint.

TN Junque Journal Step 1 - Gwen LafleurI did both butterflies, spreading it across the whole cover so that both sides would be decorated.

TN Junque Journal Step 2 - Gwen LafleurThe brush attachment really works great for this - I just popped it off and cleaned it in water when I was done.

To finish the cover, I added lots of detail to the butterflies and then used pieces from a travel themed ephemera package from Art-C (makers of the Groove Tool) to embellish. I used one of the sanding attachments for the Groove Tool to do a little distressing around the edges of my cover. That's definitely a lot handier than trying to sand by hand!

TN Junque Journal Step 3 - Gwen LafleurNext, I made the inside pages of my journal. There were several very cool sheets of 5x7 patterned cardstock in the ephemera pack, so I combined those with paper scraps and some thin, black masking tape to make each folio - there are five of them, all sized 8"x10" when I was finished assembling.

TN Junque Journal Step 4 - Gwen LafleurI punched holes and bound them into the cover and then started decorating. The backs of most of those pages were pretty blank - perfect for stenciling, of course! This time I used the sponge attachment (I need to get a few refill packs of these!) These work great with ink, but I also really liked using them with paint.

TN Junque Journal Step 5 - Gwen LafleurHere you can see all of the completed inside pages:

  • TN Junque Journal Page 1 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 2 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 3 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 4 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 5 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 6 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 7 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 8 - Gwen Lafleur
  • TN Junque Journal Page 9 - Gwen Lafleur
TN Junque Journal Page 9 - Gwen Lafleur

I used some of my hand-carved stamps in here to alternate with the stencils. Here's the list of stencils I used in the order they appear in the book:

Finally, the back cover so you can see how it looks inserted into my notebook:

TN Junque Journal Back Cover - Gwen LafleurThere you go! I now have a portable Junque Journal, ready for me to work in on the go (or at home!) I hope you enjoyed today's project and that you've enjoyed our blog hop this week.

Make sure you leave a comment below and on all of the other posts this week since one lucky winner will get their own Groove Tool plus a $25 gift certificate to StencilGirl!

Groove GiveawayComments will close at 11:59PM Central on September 26th, so make sure you get to all of the blogs and leave your comments for your chance to win! (One comment per person per blog post, please.)

Today there's one more stop for you to visit, and make sure to visit StencilGirl Talk to get the list of any posts you might have missed on Monday and Tuesday.

For those who are interested, The Groove is available now at EVERY Hobby Lobby store.  Most Michaels and Joann Fabric and Craft stores have it now, as well. At Hobby Lobby and Michaels, it is in the stamping isle.  At Joann, it is in the paint and stencil aisle, near the unfinished wood.  Of course, it may be ordered directly from Art-C by calling Customer Service at 800-448-6656. (You can also ask your local independent store if they carry it or will order it - I know I'll be calling mine to see about getting more sponge attachments!)
Thank you Art-C for letting me play with this awesome tool! So much fun!