From the Artist Tribe - Crazy for Sari Scraps Part 2

Jackie Neal is back again today with part 2 of Tuesday's post, showing more of her love for using sari scraps in her art journal.

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In addition to the sari scraps, Jackie used my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. (I'm really loving the texture and color she got with that one - check out this closeup!)

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Make sure to stop over at Jackie's blog today to see the rest of the photos and details!


From the Artist Tribe - Good Fortune Keeping

Lynda Shoup is back again today from the Artist Tribe sharing another project to celebrate Chinese New Year - a good fortune keeper!

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What a fun project! Lynda used one of the Chinese coin tassels from the shop, along with a metal wafer die (I only have a few left and my supplier is no longer carrying these designs, so first come, first served!) She's also using some sari yarn

Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see more details and get the background on how she's using this fabulous piece to celebrate the Lunar New Year!

Feeling inspired? Don't forget that you can save 15% off on orient-inspired supplies all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout!

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From the Artist Tribe - Crazy for Sari Scraps

Today Artist Tribe member Jackie Neal is kicking off part 1 of a 2-part series using embellished sari scraps in her art journal. Check out the spreads she's showcasing today!

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On this first page, Jackie used small pieces cut from sari scraps along with an embroidered Hmong star and my Art Deco Bookplates stencil.


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For this second page, I love the way she created a pocket for loose beads using another piece of a sari scrap! Underneath, she stamped and painted an elephant from a hand-carved woodblock stamp.

Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see all of the details for these first two pages!

 


Gwen's Gems - Add Some Glam to your Grunge!

Hi all - just popping in to let you know that it's time for Gwen's Gems again over on StencilGirl Talk! This month I'm sharing a pretty intuitive mixed media piece with a super textured and grungy background accented with pink, gold, and plenty of glam!

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Head on over to StencilGirl Talk to see the full piece along with a tutorial.


From the Artist Tribe - Art Matters

We have another inspiring project from the Artist Tribe today... Sandee is sharing some gorgeous mixed media artwork with a message that I couldn't agree with more...

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Isn't that beautiful? I love the way she's integrated Emerald Creek regular and Baked Texture embossing powders, washi tape (like the one on the bottom with Van Gogh paintings,) various papers, and my Art Deco Alphabet stencil all so seamlessly!

Make sure you stop by Sandee's blog to see more photos and details for today's stunning mixed media project!


From the Artist Tribe - A Mixed Media Spin on Chinese New Year

 We're continuing our celebration of Chinese New Year here at the studio with another stellar mixed media piece from Jill McDowell

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Can I say how much I love what Jill did with the Peking Opera mask she used here? The painting really transformed it! And I'm dying over how she used my Art Deco Bookplates stencil with embossing powder to make the collars on her figures. Too cool.

Chinese New Year Mixed Media Closeup 1 - Jill McDowell

Make sure to head over to Jill's blog to get more details on how this piece came together, lots more photos, and the full list of all of the products she used.

Feeling inspired? Don't forget that you can save 15% off on orient-inspired supplies all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout!

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From the Artist Tribe - The Year of the Dog, Mixed Media Style!

This month's celebration of Chinese New Year continues as Artist Tribe member Lynda Shoup brings us a fabulous mixed media wall hanging showcasing the year of the dog!

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Lynda used the Double Happiness Chinese wafer die (and my supplier doesn't offer these anymore, so there's only one left! Looking for replacements...) as well as a traditional good luck tassel, sari yarn, papers from the Exotic Orient Collage & Embellishment pack, and lots more goodies. Make sure you swing by Lynda's blog to see lots more details and get some background on how this piece came together!

Don't forget that you can save 15% off on orient-inspired supplies all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout.

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From the Artist Tribe - Vintage Inspired Valentines

 Today, Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us from the Artist Tribe with a gorgeous set of vintage inspired handmade Valentines

 
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I love all of the gorgeous details that she incorporated on these! The bases of the Valentines are from the Khadi Papers cotton rag hearts, and Linda has added stenciling with my Ornamental and Art Deco stencil collections, along with some beautiful pieces of English scrap and Dresden trim!
 
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Be sure to stop by Linda's blog today to see lots more photos and to get all of the information on how she pulled these beautiful cards together!
 

From the Artist Tribe - Asian / Art Deco Mixed Media Fusion!

I'm just loving what Jackie Neal has in store for us today... she's taking the Artist Tribe's Chinese New Year challenge and mashing it up with some Art Deco flair for a gorgeous mixed media panel!

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Jackie used my Art Deco Medallion stencil along with embossing powder and one of the traditional Chinese metal wafer dies from the shop for some beautiful abstract art. Here's a close-up so you can see some more details from her work:

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Make sure you swing by Jackie's blog to get all of the details and lots more photos!

Don't forget that the Artist Tribe will be bringing you inspiration for Chinese New Year all throughout February using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop. Of course, that also means that all month long you can get 15% off those same supplies when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout.

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From the Artist Tribe - Setsubun, Mixed Media Style

I'm excited to share what Lynda Shoup has in store today as she kicks off our month-long celebration of Setsubun and Chinese New Year here at the Studios. Lynda is bringing us some of her experiences from living in Japan and sharing them mixed media style!

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Lynda incorporated embossing powders from Emerald Creek into this fabulous mixed media piece! Make sure you head over to her blog to see the whole piece and get all of the background on the Japanese observance of Setsubun (and while you're at it, check out her brand-spanking new website!)

Also, I mentioned it briefly above, but throughout February, the Artist Tribe will be bringing you inspiration for Chinese New Year (and Setsubun!) using products from the Exotic Orient section of the shop. Of course, that also means that all month long you can get 15% off those same supplies when you use the coupon ExoticOrient15 at checkout.

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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!

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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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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:

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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 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.

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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

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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!

 

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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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!

 


From the Artist Tribe - Fun with Dresden

Jackie Neal is back again today sharing some fabulous mixed media projects for the Artist Tribe using lots of different Dresden trims and shapes from the shop!

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In this first piece, Jackie mixed the Copper Archways with other bits and pieces to make a window for her stamped face.   Below, she's used the Altars along with pieces of the Myrtle branches and some cut up sections of various medallions to frame and embellish more stamped faces for a very cool free-standing portfolio!

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Make sure to stop by Jackie's blog for lots more photos and details!

While we're at it, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are all on sale for 15% off through the 31st! Just use the coupon DresdenScrap-15 when you check out.

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PS... there are only two more days to get into Creative JumpStart 2018 for the reduced price of $45! For just $1.45 per lesson, you can join me and 30 other teachers to get a jump on your creative year with daily mixed media video lessons. Plus, you can download them to keep forever! If you're interested, make sure to check it out soon as the price goes up to $50 on January 1st.

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling for the New Year

Today Sandee Setliff from the Artist Tribe is sharing a lovely art journal page with a sentiment for the new year that I definitely share!

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For her page, Sandee is working in the 8x8 Khadi Papers Sketchbook and she's incorporated come Dresden trim and English scrap. She also used my Decorative Filigree Ornament stencil and the Decorative Folk Flower Screen stencil.

Make sure you stop by her blog to see more photos and to get all of the details!

And of course, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are all on sale for 15% off through the 31st! Just use the coupon DresdenScrap-15 when you check out.

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journal Pouches

We have another fabulous project from the Artist Tribe today as Jill McDowell is sharing some little pockets and pouches that she made for her art journal.

Stenciled Art Journal Pocket Spread - Jill McDowell

Jill used my Art Deco Sunburst Background and Art Deco Alphabet stencils for the outside, and below you can see the insert she made to slip into the pocket on this particular page which uses the Heraldry stencil set I designed exclusively for StencilClub, as well as my Ornamental Peacock Feathers and Ornamental Petals Screen stencils and some hand-printed papers:


Stenciled Art Journal Pocket Spread - Jill McDowell

 Here are a few more of the pouches and pockets Jill made - these use my Ornamental Circle Clusters and Ornamental Compass stencils as well as my Decorative Folk Flower stencil.


Stenciled Art Journal Pocket Spread - Jill McDowell

Make sure you head over to Jill's blog to see lots more photos and to get all of the details for today's project!

PS... there are only a few more days to get into Creative JumpStart 2018 for the reduced price of $45! For just $1.45 per lesson, you can join me and 30 other teachers to get a jump on your creative year with daily mixed media video lessons. Plus, you can download them to keep forever! If you're interested, make sure to check it out soon as the price goes up to $50 on January 1st.

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From the Artist Tribe - Boho Stenciled Paper Vase

The Artist Tribe is back again after a little holiday break, and Lynda Shoup is sharing a fabulous handmade boho style paper vase!

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For this project, Lynda used my Decorative Medallion stencil along with some Dresden borders and medallions. (I even spy some of the satin ribbons I use to wrap most of the shop orders!)

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Make sure you stop by Lynda's blog for all of the details and lots more photos!

And of course, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are still on sale for 15% off through December 31st! (Just a reminder that I'm taking some time off with the shop to spend the holidays with my family, so any orders between now and 12/29 will ship on 12/30. Thanks!)

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Dresden

Today, Linda Edkins Wyatt from The Artist Tribe is sharing a fun bonus project - she's doing some beautiful art journaling featuring Dresden trim from the shop!

Art Journaling with Dresden - Linda Edkins Wyatt

I love the Dresden wing and crown here and the facial features made with washi tape. Linda also used my Ornamental Petals Mask in the background. Make sure you head over to her blog to see more photos and get all of the details!

And of course, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are all on sale for 15% off through the rest of the month! (Just a note that I'm taking some time off with the shop to spend the holidays with my family, so any orders between now and 12/29 will ship on 12/30. Thanks!)

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Gwen's Gems - Translucent Mixed Media with Stencils!

Hi all, just popping in to let you know that I'm up on the StencilGirl blog today with the December edition of Gwen's Gems. This month I experimented with using translucent elements in a mixed media piece, and I'm loving the results!

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Here you can better see the translucent part of the piece:

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Head on over to StencilGirl Talk to see more photos as well as a tutorial!

PS... in case you haven't heard, I'm also going to be an artist instructor in Creative JumpStart 2018! Join me and 30 other teachers to get a jump on your creative year with daily mixed media video lessons... it says $50 in the image below, but from now until December 31st, it's only $45 - that works out to just $1.45 per lesson, and you can download them to keep forever!

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From the Artist Tribe - Celebrating Jane Austen!

Today Lynda Shoup from the Artist Tribe is using Dresden and some other supplies from the shop to help celebrate Jane Austen's birthday, which is today!

 

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Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the detail for her fun celebration!

And of course, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are all on sale for 15% off through the rest of the month when you use the coupon DresdenScrap-15 at checkout.

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From the Artist Tribe - An Art Box with Dresden & Scrap

Today Sandee Setliff from the Artist Tribe has a fun project in store... she's using Dresden trim to decorate the outside of this fabulous art box!

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Sandee also used one of the bronze Hamsa charms on her paintbrush embellishment. When the box opens up, there's even more awesomeness to behold!

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I love the way Sandee used the Children with Signs sheet of English scrap on the left side of the box and then added her own handwritten sentiment.

Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog for lots more photos and details! And of course, don't forget that Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are all on sale for 15% off through the rest of the month!

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Mixed Media Abstract with Stencils & Embossing Powder

I love embossing powder. Love it. So when I found out that the StencilGirl team would be doing a blog hop with Emerald Creek (who makes pretty much my favorite embossing powder ever,) I may have jumped up and down a little in excitement. (On the inside, at least!) I started heat embossing twenty or more years ago as I dabbled in other crafts, but as my interests have evolved, my love of embossing has remained. I never get tired of watching that powder melt, and in recent years I've found a few ways to make it even more fun to use! I've mixed a few of my favorite techniques together in today's project, which is an 8"x10" abstract mixed media panel with lots of EP and stencils.

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I've put together a little tutorial so you can see how I used the various products in this piece and hopefully give it a try yourself!

To start, I took a plain 8x10 canvas panel and coated it with black gesso.

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I set that aside to dry and pulled out a few sheets of deli paper that had some paint on them and not much else - I formed my color palette as I looked through what I had that was already painted and ended up with yellow, teal, dark gray, and a kind of blend of all of the colors with a bit of stenciling already on it. I pulled out a few different stencils, inked through them with a foam applicator and pigment ink, then heat embossed the designs.

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I used the X Rows stencil by Michelle Ward along with Mirror Gold embossing powder, my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil with some Fractured Ice Embossing Crystals, and two StencilClub stencils by Mary Beth Shaw: the one on yellow is the 6x6 from the April 2016 StencilClub collection used with Oil Rubbed Bronze EP, and the one on teal is the 9x12 from the January 2016 StencilClub kit along with Northern Lights EP.

I wanted to have each paper be roughly one quarter of a wonky circle, so I made a template from a piece of copy paper and used it to cut the pieces I wanted from my embossed deli paper, then adhered them onto the panel with matte medium. When collaged, deli paper wants to wrinkle much more than regular paper - sometimes I want that look and let it happen, but here I wanted it smooth so I used an old hotel room key and scraped it over the top to force out all of the bubbles.

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I let the panel dry thoroughly at that point since I was going to add more embossing powder, which would stick to anything that was still wet. Once dry, I used some soft gel medium and painted a thick outline around my circle of patterned papers, then used Charred Gold EP on that. I did not let that dry - if you melt embossing powder on a wet acrylic medium, it will bubble... and I love to make it bubble. (However, it will also create some not-so-lovely fumes - protect your nose and mouth or even better, use a respirator while doing this - especially for extended periods of time.) You have to be careful that you don't burn it, but this process makes a really fabulous texture in your work.

With the circle done, I got out the Verdant Moon stencil by Carol Wiebe and used gold pigment ink to stencil parts of the border designs into a slightly skewed cruciform over the seams of my papers. I embossed that with more Charred Gold EP.

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To create a bit of a halo effect around the circle, I just used some teal fluid acrylic paint along with acrylic glazing medium and my finger and spread the paint around the edge of the embossed circle.

Next, I glazed the patterned sections with gray, then used some gold paint in a fineliner bottle to scribble an echo of the embossed circle.

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I wanted to add a touch of contrasting dimension and texture, so I used some Pebeo relief paste to add tiny gold glass seed beads into the center of my Xs.  (As you can see here, I generally use a needle or hatpin to place beads.)

With that, the background was done and it was time to start building my focal point. I started by stenciling my Art Deco Sunburst Medallion stencil onto deli paper that had been painted black, then I embossed it with Mirror Gold EP. Next I took a shape from the Periscope Die Set by Seth Apter that had been cut from a thin sheet of teal colored aluminum and added some alcohol inks, then glued it on top.

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I cut around the diecut piece and then adhered it onto my panel. To go on top, I rounded up a few found objects - a metal clock face, some broken jewelry parts, and a glass Turkish Nazar. I assembled those into a focal piece and adhered it in the center of the diecut.

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Finally, I added a sprinkling of Pyrite Gemstones around the border of my focal piece, and it was finished!

Here are a few closeups so you can see some of the details of the embossing - it's such a natural pairing with stencils!

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Whew... that's it! I hope you enjoyed today's project as much as I enjoyed making it :) 

Now for the best part... we have two amazing giveaways this week!

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One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Emerald Creek!

Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post, then be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and comment since the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! One winner will be chosen at random from all blog comments. (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, December 19th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, December 20th.

AND

Seth Apter is also generously giving away his original artwork which he created for this blog hop!

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 Head over to Seth's blog and leave a comment on his post to be entered to win this piece. You need to do this by Tuesday, 12/19 at 11:59PM Central Time to be eligible.

Here are all of the posts so far:

December 13:


December 14:

And... don't forget to come back tomorrow for the final four projects!

December 15: