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.

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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:


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

December 15:


From the Artist Tribe - Dresden Trimmings & Ornaments

Jackie Neal from The Artist Tribe is back again today with some stunning seasonal projects made with Dresden trim and English & German Scrap! Check out how fun and festive these are:

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Dresden trimmings and tidings (16)

Seriously, these mixed media paper dolls made from the sheets of cherub and angel scraps are amazing! (This first one has a skirt made from a sequined peacock feather applique! How creative is that?)

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Dresden trimmings and tidings (14)

I love the Dresden medallion halo on the last one, and her wings are from the Wondrous Wings downloadable collage sheet. Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see lots more photos and details!

If you're feeling inspired by Jackie's gorgeous projects, 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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From the Artist Tribe - A Keepsake Ornament from a Nicho

I'm love this fabulous bonus project from Linda Edkins Wyatt... she took one of the handmade Mexican Nichos from the shop and turned it into a keepsake Christmas ornament!

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It's such a simple, elegant way to display a favorite photo, or even a piece of artwork! Isn't that a fabulous idea? I love how she added a few little accents and got such great impact! Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details on how she made it.

If you're doing any last minute DIY Christmas projects, 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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From the Artist Tribe - DIY Holiday Tags

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt from The Artist Tribe is sharing some fabulous DIY holiday inspiration with her beautiful tags! She's created elegant simplicity with her black and white color scheme on these first four, just using paint, stencils, and ribbon with lovely results.

DYI Holiday Tags - Black - Linda Edkins Wyatt

(The above two use my Christmas Cardinal & Holly stencil as well as my Ornamental Petals Mask while the two tags below use my Christmas Cardinal & Holly stencil again as well as my Decorative Medallion stencil.)


DYI Holiday Tags - Black - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Linda also added a vintage touch with German Scrap Angels and German Dresden trim on these two tags:

DIY Holiday Tags - German Scrap and Stamping - Linda Edkins Wyatt
DIY Holiday Tags - German Scrap and Stamping - Linda Edkins Wyatt

(This second tag above also uses papers from my Marbled Paper Sampler Pack.)

Make sure you head over to Linda's blog to see lots more details about her beautiful project!

Ready to make your own holiday tags? All month long Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are 15% off with the coupon DresdenScrap-15. Plus, I just added three new styles of Dresden and three vintage scrap designs, most of which work perfectly for Christmas projects!

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From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Dresden

Today, Jill McDowell from The Artist Tribe is back again with another spectacular mixed media piece... this time she's focused on our December challenge to use Dresden and / or Scrap sheets

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Jill used Dresden Swans and the XL Angel Wings for beautiful, dimensional embellishments. I also spy my Decorative Filigree Medallion stencil in the background! Here's a little close-up so you can see part of her process on how she colored the gold swans for her piece:

Mixed Media Panel - Dresden Swans - Jill McDowell

Make sure you head over to Jill's blog to see more details from her gorgeous project and to find out more about how she made it!

If you're feeling inspired by Jill's project, you're in luck! All month long Dresden trim and English & German Scrap are 15% off with the coupon DresdenScrap-15.

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Mixed Media Seahorse Sculpture

The last few weeks I've had lots of energy and inspiration and have been working on quite a few projects! One of them is a new seahorse sculpture that I started before Thanksgiving and just finished up Friday night. I have to say, I absolutely love how this turned out!

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It was really hard to get good pictures of this guy because of his size and the darker paint colors I used, but hopefully you get the idea... personally I think he's even cooler in person :)

Over the last few years I've been working a lot with the idea of making 3D sculptures based on stencil designs; my original idea started with inspiration from a class I took at a Create retreat as well as some old grade-school art class techniques, but slowly I've been evolving my process as I find new supplies and tools and get more experience in this area.  At some point I'll probably make this into a class (most likely online or a 2-day in person class,) but for now I thought I'd share a very quick overview of how he was made. 

I started with the Seahorses stencil by June Pfaff Daley and inked it onto cardboard and then cut out the general shape.

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From there, I used aluminum foil and masking tape to start to build up the armature. I found that the tip of a bone folder was really helpful for molding some of the details. When the armature was finished, I covered the whole thing with Aves Apoxie Clay and then once it was no longer water soluble, I went back in and added details. While the clay was still workable, I also made sure to insert a wood skewer so that he could be attached to a base later on and then let the whole thing cure overnight.

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Once it was cured, I coated it with gold gesso, then started adding layers of paints and washes as well as some waxes and gold leafing until I got it looking the way I wanted. It started to take a very metallic and steampunk-esque turn along the way, so I just went with it. When all the paint was dry, I continued along those lines and started adding some metal gears that I aged in Jax solution as well as some old watch parts and vintage watch faces. I also inserted some vintage rhinestones to tie in the broken Turkmen bracelet piece I had added as a collar.

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It still felt like it needed something, so I pulled out my collection of broken Turkmen jewelry (which is admittedly large and also pretty fabulous,) and started searching for the perfect finishing pieces.

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I found a few pieces of chain and the absolute perfect section of another broken bracelet to attach to the collar as a kind of pectoral piece. That was the exact detail it needed to feel finished. I added a bit of sari yarn around the skewer and inserted it into a vintage wooden spool that I'd glazed and waxed and accessorized with some embellished sari trim and more broken jewelry parts. (The skewer is held in place with more Apoxie Clay.)

Did I mention how pleased I am with the result? Here are some more photos so you can see details of the finished piece:

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The sculpture itself came out quite symmetrical, but I didn't want to have the embellishments the same on both sides so I mixed it up a bit.


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On the post, I added more chains and some bronze microbeads to cover the join with the sculpture. (And let's face it... I really just wanted to add more bling!)


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I've got plans to keep working on a series of these sculptures - maybe different sizes of seahorses, different animals... (an elephant for sure!) We'll see where it goes!

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 - Stenciled Holiday Gift Boxes

Lynda Shoup from the Artist Tribe is back again today with part 2 of Thursday's adventure... this time she's sharing how she used stencils for some stenciled DIY holiday gift boxes!

Stenciled Holiday Gift Boxes - Lynda Shoup

Lynda is using my Christmas stencils again, along with lots of other fun supplies. Head on over to her blog to see all the photos and details!

In the meantime, if you're looking for some fun supplies to make your own holiday boxes, tags, and cards, don't forget about this month's coupon for Dresden trim and English & German Scrap!

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Faces & Stencils

Today Artist Tribe member Linda Edkins Wyatt has some gorgeous art journaling to share using some of my stencils!

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I love how bright and colorful these pages are, as well as the cool ways that Linda used pieces of the various stencil designs! In the spread on the left, I spy my Decorative Medallion stencil, along with the Art Deco Borders and the Decorative Folk Flower Screen stencils.

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Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details on how these spreads came together!

 

P.S... it's December! (already! Eek!) That means that The Artist Tribe has a new product challenge and you have a new coupon available for the shop! This month, watch for posts featuring German Dresden trim / shapes, as well as German and English Scrap. Both of these products are versatile enough for year-round use, but they're especially fun for holiday projects! Just use the coupon DresdenScrap-15 to get 15% off!

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From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Holiday Fun

Today Lynda Shoup from The Artist Tribe is sharing the results of a fun and crafty party where she and some of her friends used my stencils and other supplies to make gift tags and all kinds of fun projects! Here's a little sneak peek of what they got up to using my Christmas Cardinal & Holly stencil...

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Intrigued? I know I am! Head on over to Lynda's blog to read about the party and see what they came up with!

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From the Artist Tribe - Gypsy Prayer Flags with Embellished Trims

Today Artist Tribe member Jackie Neal has created a stunning set of mixed media gypsy prayer flags!

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Jackie used lots of the embellished trims and ribbons from India available in the shop, as well as my Decorative Medallion stencil. Here's a close-up of one of the prayer flags - isn't it gorgeous?

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Make sure you stop by Jackie's blog to see lots more photos and get the details on how she made these beautiful flags!

The Cyber Monday sale may be over, but if you want to get a few trims to make your own prayer flags, they're still on sale for the rest of the month! Just use the coupon code FancyTrims10 to save 10%.

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From the Artist Tribe - A Winter Wreath with Sari Ribbon

Today, Sandee Setliff from The Artist Tribe is joining us with a bright and festive winter wreath made with sari yarn / ribbon!

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I love how bright and fun this is... and of course, I'm a fan of anything with teal / turquoise and peacock feathers ;) Sandee used all different kinds of sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn - make sure to check out her post for more details on how it all came together!

P.S., if you're interested in sari yarn to make your own wreath, the whole shop is on sale through the end of the day - save 20% off your entire order with the coupon CyberMonday17.

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Announcing... Creative JumpStart 2018

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be returning for the third year in a row as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event designed to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018. 

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters! 

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself in this fabulous preview video:

 

 Here's the break-down of what you get when you sign up:

You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD. 


So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

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It's Time for Cyber Monday!

I just wanted to pop in quickly with two Cyber Monday announcements...

First, for today and tomorrow (11/27 - 11/28/17,) as my "thank you" to all of you during this time of Thanksgiving, you can save 20% off of your entire order in my shop! This includes jewelry and original artwork as well. (I offer payment plans on artwork, so message me if you're interested! You just need a down payment to get the sale price.)

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Just use the coupon CyberMonday17 at checkout to get your 20% discount. 

As if that wasn't enough, today through Wednesday StencilGirl is also having a sale - you can save 20-25% on all of my stencil designs, plus hundreds more!

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Happy shopping everyone!


From the Artist Tribe - Handmade Choker Necklace & Giftbox

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt from The Artist Tribe is sharing a duo of projects that are perfect for this time of year when gift-giving is top of mind! 

Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

First up, Linda blew me away with the creativity in this handmade choker necklace - she used three of the vintage embroidered Hmong star patches for a simple but effective and beautiful piece!

Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Of course, every necklace needs a gift box, and she used some of the embellished trim from the shop to make this one extra special:


Choker Necklace with Hmong Embroidered Patches - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Make sure you stop by Linda's blog for lots more photos and details on how she made these two lovely projects!

P.S., in case you haven't heard, I'm having a Cyber Monday sale in the shop on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28. I'll be posting details first thing Monday morning here, on Facebook, and in my newsletter. (Plus there will be another surprise announcement you'll want to watch out for!)

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From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Buttons and Trims

Wow! Today Jill McDowell from The Artist Tribe is sharing an amazing mixed media panel using lots of dimension with buttons plus embellished trims from the shop.

Mixed Media with Buttons and Trims - Jill McDowell

Isn't that just stunning? She used several of my stencils, including the Decorative Folk Flower Screen, Decorative Medallion, and the Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil. She's also used an image from the Irresistible India collage cutouts, and some of the embellished sari trims.

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Make sure to check out her post for lots more photos and details showing how this project came together.

P.S. Just a little heads up... I'll be having a Cyber Monday sale in the shop on Monday and Tuesday, November 27-28. Watch here and on Facebook for details; they'll also be in the newsletter.

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Gwen's Gems - Winter Art Journaling

Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that I have a new project available over on StencilGirl Talk... this month I'm sharing a tutorial showing how I made this page in my art journal featuring my new Christmas Cardinal and Holly stencil.

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Be sure to check out the full post for lots more photos and that tutorial I mentioned :)

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At the Improv with Mary Beth Shaw and Seth Apter

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis and join eleven other women for a fabulous 2-day workshop with Mary Beth and Seth Apter. It was called "At the Improv," and it was literally kind of an improv'd class! They demonstrated different techniques and processes that they typically use in their work, playing off of each other and sometimes even working on the same canvas. We were then able to take those ideas and inspiration and apply them in our own work. Mary Beth was super generous - she had a huge stash of canvases, collage papers, paints, and other supplies that we were free to use. 

One of the most enjoyable parts for me was meeting people I've only talked to online - like Mary Nasser! She and I have worked together with StencilGirl for several years now, but this is the first time we got to meet in person! We sat at the same table and it was so much fun to hang out in person!

Mary Nasser and Gwen Lafleur

We worked on making parts and pieces that we'd be able to incorporate into our work throughout the weekend - I grabbed lots of different papers, paints, stamps, stencils, and just had a blast! (Photo courtesy of Seth, since I forgot to take any!)

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We also got to experiment with several supplies that I don't use too often, like fiber paste! Here Seth was showing us some of the ways he likes to use it in his own work:

Seth and Mary Beth - At the Improv Day 1

At the end of day one, I'd made a good start on two different canvases, I had a fabulous pile of art parts, and I had some fiber paste experiments drying in the kitchen.

At the Improv - My WIP end of day 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Day 2, we were back bright and early and dove right in! We went straight to work with more fabulous demos throughout the day, like this one where Mary Beth showed us how she does line work in her abstract art.

Mary Beth Demo - At the Improv Day 2

The day went by way too quickly! It was amazing to go around the room and see what everyone else did during the weekend - there was some awesome work! Here's the whole class - a pretty good looking group, if I do say so myself!

At the Improv with Seth and Mary Beth - Class Photo - November 2017

I also got a photo of the StencilGirl crew - me, Mary Beth, Mary Nasser, and Seth.

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Of course, I can't forget about the artwork! Here's where I ended up at the end of class on day two... one completed 8x8 canvas, one mostly complete 9x12 canvas, and the start of an art journal page (right-hand side.)

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I also had my fiber paste background - it's not done, but I like where it's going!

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After class that night, I was still feeling the itch to create, so I pulled my journal back out and worked more on the page I'd started in class. I happened to have these stained-glass-esque figures that had been pulled off of something else and tucked into the journal, so I took one of those and added it onto the page. Here's where it ended up:

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A closeup that shows the texture from the background elements I'd added in class:

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Now that I'm back home, I've been able to get into the studio quite a bit this week and finished up my canvases. Here's the first one - this was pretty much done in class and I really like it - it was so much fun to build up all those layers!

Abstract Mixed Media Collage - Gwen Lafleur

Here are a few closeups so you can see some of said texture a bit better...

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Finally, the second canvas... I just put on a few finishing touches with paint and glaze after getting home, and I really like this one too! The coloring is similar - you can tell I was working on both of them at the same time so I used pretty much the same paint palette on both of them.

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Of course, a few close-ups of this one as well... I used some textured elements and some fiber paste skins and I love the dimension that it adds!

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Whew! That's a lot for just one weekend, don't you think! I'm so glad that I got to go - I had a great time reconnecting with friends and meeting some wonderful new people, and happily, I'm also feeling re-energized and ready to get back to spending more time in the studio!

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Tiny House Swap

For a bit over a year now, I've been participating in bi-monthly swaps for an ATC group based in Connecticut - most of whom are friends from when I lived there a few years ago. Every now and then we do something different instead of making cards to swap, and this month was one of those occasions. Our project this time was to use the Tim Holtz Tiny House Sizzix die to make at least five different decorated houses to trade. We also got a kit with Christmas and winter themed collage images and supplies.

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I knew this wasn't going to be something I could knock out in a few hours, and since I ship mine I have to work a bit ahead of schedule. I'm not going to lie... I struggled to get going on this project. My first attempts were kind of blah, and I had the thought - more than once! that maybe I should sit this month out. But I pushed through and in the end I'm pretty happy with them! They made it safely and on time, and last night they were traded with the group.

Here are some individual photos so you can see how each house turned out, starting with the first two:

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Close-ups of both the front and the back:

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Finally, the fifth house (which was actually the first one I made.) You can see on most all of these that I was also able to do a little stash-busting with old holiday paper-crafting supplies in addition to the fun kit for the swap.

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I'm glad that I was able to finish these - I got to try something new and I had a lot of fun in the process! Now I'm excited to see which five houses I get in return... that's always nearly as much fun as making them to begin with :)


From the Artist Tribe - Handmade Jewelry Using Embellished Trims!

The Artist Tribe continues to make beautiful and inspiring projects, and today is no exception! Lynda Shoup has a super creative idea to share using embellished trims, stencils, and other goodies to make some fabulous handmade jewelry!

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I can't get over how amazing this turned out! (Plus, how cute is Lynda? Seriously!) Here's a little close-up so you can see the bottom part of the necklace:

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Talk about out of the box... I would never have thought about that, but now my head is dizzy with all of the new possibilities! Make sure to stop by Lynda's blog to see more photos and get all of the details on her awesome new statement jewelry :D

P.S... if you're loving the trims Lynda used, throughout November all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off  with the coupon code FancyTrims10.

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From the Artist Tribe - Upcycled Shoe Box with Embellished Trims

Today Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing a stunning upcycled shoe box using some of the embellished trims from the shop!

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Linda has been painting, collaging, stamping, stenciling, and decorating shoe boxes for years, and she happened to have an empty box on her design table was just the right size for this project. She used some yellow embroidered floral trim and patchwork sari silk trim along with an embroidered sheer sari silk remnant from her stash. (Watch the shop updates for similar fabric remnants that are coming soon!)

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On the front, you can also see a beautiful piece of vintage Turkmen jewelry that came in a selection of random jewelry parts (these are sold by weight - each ounce comes with a special piece like this, randomly chosen from the mix I get from the Middle East.)

I'm absolutely in love with this idea... I have a stack of empty shoe boxes in my closet just waiting to be transformed and I'm feeling inspired! Make sure to stop by Linda's blog to see lots more detail and background on her beautiful project!

FYI, if you're loving the trims Linda used, throughout the entire month all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off  with the coupon code FancyTrims10.

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From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Mixed Media Wall Hanging

The Artist Tribe is back again today! This time, Jackie Neal is sharing a beautiful patchwork mixed media wall hanging that she created as a housewarming gift.

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Jackie used my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil along with my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil as well as papers from the Marbled Paper sampler pack, sari yarn, and Czech glass flower and elephant beads. There's also a bit of Emerald Creek embossing powder to add beautiful highlights throughout!

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Make sure to check out her blog post for lots more photos and details about her gorgeous project!

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From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Underwater Inspiration!

Today Artist Tribe member Sandee Setliff is sharing a gorgeous mixed media project called "Be Yourself." She started with what she called a "failed" acrylic pour, then worked on top of it for what's now one of her favorite pieces!

Be Yourself Mixed Media Panel by Sandee Setliff

Sandee used some of my handmade Boho collaged fish along with one of her own, and I love the way she used the beaded Kuchi trim to represent underwater plants!

Make sure you stop by Sandee's blog for lots more photos and details about her project!

P.S. If you love that beaded trim in Sandee's project, that and all of the beaded and embellished trims in my shop (actually, all ribbons and trims except for sari yarn!) are on sale for 10% off all month with the coupon code FancyTrims10.

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From the Artist Tribe - A Secret Journey Journal from Lynda Shoup

Today Lynda Shoup from The Artist Tribe is sharing a gorgeous handmade art journal and box!

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I love the Coptic binding, and she's used some marble paper from the Irresistible India Mixed Media Happy Pack along with Dresden trim on the cover. The inside pages also use my Ornamental Compass Screen stencil.

Lynda has also made this gorgeous accompanying box that's wrapped with some Irresistible India Mirrored Gold Embellished Trim, along with some sari scraps (look for similar fabrics to be available soon in my upcoming textile packs!)

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Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to get lots more photos and details for her gorgeous project.

P.S. Are you just loving that trim she used on the box? This month's product focus in the shop is embellished and beaded trims! You can save 10% on trims and ribbons all month (with the exception of sari yarn and samplers,) with the coupon FancyTrims10.

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The Artist Tribe will be posting more projects with embellished trims throughout the month, so make sure to check back here, on my Facebook page, or through my newsletter (you can sign up below if you'd like to get it.)

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Jill Part 2!

Today Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell is back with Part 2 of last week's art journaling post. She's sharing more about the photo transfer technique she used!

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In addition to the transfer technique, Jill is also using my Decorative Medallion stencil to embellish the page:

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Make sure you stop by her blog to see more photos as well as details on how this art journal page came together!

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Birthday & Halloween Sale in the Shop!

I'm in the mood to celebrate, so in honor of my birthday and Halloween, I'm putting my entire shop on sale for two days only! Today and tomorrow (10/30 through 10/31.)

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You can save 15% off of all mixed media supplies and kits, as well as original artwork and also my new handmade beaded jewelry! Just enter the code Birthday15 at checkout (it's case-sensitive.) Hope to see you there!

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July in my ARTifacts Journal

My attempts at catching up with posting pages from this art journal aren't happening quite frequently enough for me to actually BE caught up... lol, but I'm trying! Here are the July pages from my ARTifacts journal :)

For the first spread, I just used a few colors of paint in the background, then stenciled lightly with ink and my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil. I added some washi tape along the spine and to attach the tag, then used a bunch of old Basic Grey rubons to embellish.

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The tag on the left flips up to show photos and journaling for my July StencilGirl projects...

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The tag on the right side pulls out to show the Christmas stencils that were released earlier this month - I had gotten the test stencils and was checking them to make sure they didn't need edits before going into production.

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Here's the second spread for the month...

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On the left side, I used an old enveloped and stenciled my Art Deco Flower Medallion Repeating Corner on the inside of the flap, then added some stamping, old rubons, and a Dresden crown.

The card pulls out of the envelope to detail my insane bead buying spree (which is now, finally, resulting in some handmade jewelry being made! That was the intent, so at least I'm following through, even if it's slow in coming!)

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The envelope flips up to show the design from my Art Deco Bookplates stencil that I'd stenciled and then heat embossed with the Emerald Creek Mirror Gold embossing powder.

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The right side shows the collage image for the HUGE shop update that I did that month... I also used a few kinds of washi tape, and the marbled paper is from my Going Global Collage & Embellishment Pack.

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That lifts up too for some journaling about the shop update...

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Whew... that's it for July! Now I need to get back in the studio and get busy catching up on new pages, and then try and do better about getting them blogged!

 

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From the Artist Tribe - Deco Dreams Art Journaling

Today, Linda Edkins Wyatt is rounding out a bunch of fabulous October projects from the Artist Tribe with a beautiful Art Deco inspired Art Journal page!

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Linda used my Art Deco Borders stencil and took the Chrysler Building-inspired pattern as the focal point of her art journal page, which is about the inspiration she gets from all of the people - like her - who come to New York following their dreams.

On this spread you'll also see some gorgeous Chiyogami paper, Chinese book paper from the Exotic Orient Deluxe Collage and Embellishment Pack, a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Downloadable Collage Cutouts, and some scraps of hand-printed paper from various kits. (There are even scraps of the peacock feather tissue paper I use to wrap orders!)

Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details about her gorgeous art journal page!

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Jill!

Today Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell is sharing part one of some gorgeous art journaling she's been working on with lots of stenciling, mark making, and layering!

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She's using my Decorative Medallion stencil along with my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil on this spread. Here you can get a hint of all of the fabulous layers she achieved:

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Make sure you stop by Jill's blog for more photos and details on how the whole thing came together!

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From The Artist Tribe - Upcycled Cuff with a Kuchi Patch

Hi all! The Artist Tribe is at it with a vengeance this week - Lynda Shoup is up today sharing how she upcycled some leftovers into a fabulous mixed media cuff!

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Wait until you see all of the details on this project - there's a ton of fabulous texture and pattern! The focal point is that beaded diamond Kuchi patch, but Lynda has also used stencils... all kinds of goodies! Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and and a tutorial for her project.

P.S... the cat's out of the bag... I'm going to be having a birthday and Halloween sale in the shop next week! In celebration of my birthday, I'm having a sale on the entire store on sale for two days only - October 30-31! (Coupon required, the sale will also include original artwork and jewelry!)

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First thing Monday morning, you can check my Facebook page or my newsletter (you can sign up below) to get the coupon!

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From The Artist Tribe - Mixed Media Wind Chimes

Today, Jackie Neal from The Artist Tribe is sharing an absolutely fabulous project... mixed media wind chimes!

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Jackie has used different papers from the shop along with some of my stencil designs, a beaded Kuchi patch (which are still on sale this month for 15% off with the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches,) sari yarn, and downloadable collage cut-outs. She combined them all with some other goodies and bells for a truly gorgeous set of meditative chimes.

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Make sure you head over to her blog for lots more photos and information about this awesome project!

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