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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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Washi Tape

The Artist Tribe is at it again today... Sandee Setliff is sharing a fabulous art journal spread called "Sense of Self."

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She's used several different styles of washi tape from the shop (did you know that there are more than 100 styles of washi tape available?) along with a mini woodblock stamp and my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen stencil.

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Make sure to head over to Sandee's blog to see more about her art journal spread!

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Make a File Folder Art Journal with Stencils & Tim Holtz Distress Oxides

Hi all! I can't tell you how excited I am to be participating in this week's blog hop... all of the members of the StencilGirl creative team are using some of Mary Beth's favorite Tim Holtz products with our StencilGirl stencils. 

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Today is all about the Distress Oxide Inks, and I'm so excited that I got to work with them! My friend Tracie owns Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, and when these ink pads first came out, she couldn't say enough about how awesome they were, so I couldn't wait to play with them. I was not disappointed... in fact, if you've seen my projects lately, you can probably tell that I'm more than a little bit addicted!

For today's project, I've made a file folder art journal and then used my stencils and Distress Oxide Inks to decorate the front and back covers and to make five different backgrounds on the inside pages.

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Here are all of the inside spreads, and rather than my usual photo tutorials, I've made six little videos showing you how I made each one of the backgrounds in the journal. Ready to get started?

For my first spread, I used lots of browns and had a lot of fun with the oxidized background effects! I used my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil, the X Rows stencil by Michelle Ward, and the Numbers and Inside Out stencils by Seth Apter.

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Here you can see a few close-ups of the finished backgrounds:

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For the second spread, I went much brighter! I did some reduction printing with my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil, then added a few layers of pattern with my Ornamental Peacock Feathers and Decorative Medallion stencils.

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Here's the video for this spread:

And of course, a few close-ups of the finished pages:

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I just love the way the layers of pattern blend together when you use these inks!

For the third spread, I tried out an idea I had to use the Distress Oxide Inks with some Distress Paint to do a page inspired by a piece of metal with lots of patina. In the video, I added a little Wild Honey Distress Oxide on the right-side page to add a bit of a rusty effect as well. I love how it turned out! On this one, I used my Art Deco Borders stencil along with the Numbers and Inside Out stencils by Seth Apter. 

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Of course, the video to go with this spread...

Here's a close-up of the effects I got on this background:

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For the fourth spread, I added in some Distress Glaze to do some resist effects using the Marrakech Mix stencil by Michelle Ward.  I also used my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil and the Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen to build up some layers of pattern and texture.

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Here's the video for this one:

It's a very subtle effect, but I really like how it turned out!

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For the final spread inside the book, I used the Distress Oxides to print directly from my stencils onto the background. On these pages, I used my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil along with the X Rows stencil by Michelle Ward.

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One more background tutorial video... 

With a close-up, of course! This technique was a lot of fun and I love how it looked with the stamped border!

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Last but not least, I have a tutorial for the front and back covers of the journal. This one used quite a few stencils! The focal point was my Art Deco Bookplates stencil, then I did the lettering with my Art Deco Alphabet stencil and the front also uses the word "inside" from Seth's Inside Out stencil. I added a bit of texture with my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil and my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen.

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The last video tutorial... in this one I show you the back cover from start to finish:

A few close-ups from both sides... did I mention how much I love the way the Distress Oxide Inks blend and fade into each other to make such gorgeous effects?

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Whew! That's it! I probably went a little overboard with this project, but I really loved using the Distress Oxides with my stencils. It was so fun to play and experiment!

The links for my stencils go to my own website, but of course you can also find all of my stencil designs on the StencilGirl website.

Of course, it's not a blog hop without a giveaway, and StencilGirl has an especially awesome prize this week!

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One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

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The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One winner will be chosen at random from The Scoop subscribers and blog comments! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Tuesday, October 24th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page on Wednesday, October 25th.

 

Here are all of the links for the posts that have gone up so far - make sure you comment to be entered for this awesome prize!

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From the Artist Tribe - Embellished Art Journal Cover

Kuchi madness continues today as Jackie Neal shares a fantastic art journal cover that she embellished using a beaded Kuchi medallion, my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil, sari ribbon, and some Japanese Chiyogami (Yuzen) paper

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Make sure to pop over to Jackie's blog for lots more photos and details about how she made her journal cover!

Of course, if you're inspired by the Kuchi projects and thinking about trying one for yourself, don't forget that all Kuchi patches are on sale for 15% off with the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches - just enter it at checkout!

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Kantha Quilting with Stencils and Kuchi Patches

Hi all, it's that time again... today I'm up on StencilGirl Talk with this month's edition of Gwen's Gems! For October, I used some of the things I learned in India about Kantha quilting to make some hand-stitched embellishments for a canvas handbag. I used some of my stencils as my patterns and embellished with Kuchi patches and sari appliques.

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Make sure to head over and see the whole post for more photos and a tutorial!

Also as a reminder, if you're feeling inspired by all of the projects with Kuchi patches that are being shared this month, they're on sale in the shop for 15% off all through October!

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Just use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)

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From the Artist Tribe - A Decorative Box with a Kuchi Medallion Lid

The Artist Tribe is back again with another super inspiring project! Today Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing her gorgeous decorative box...  she made it from an upcycled body butter container and it's covered in fabric, trimmed with all kinds of fabulous dangling beads and charms, and it's topped with a fabulous beaded Kuchi medallion!

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Here's another view so you can see more of the lovely dangles, including some Kuchi coin pendants and Turkmen jewelry parts. Linda also used chiffon sari yarn to wrap the edges of the lid.

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Make sure you stop by Linda's blog to see more photos and details about this beautiful project!

Of course, October is Kuchi patch month for the Artist Tribe (and me!) so that means that they're also on sale in the shop throughout October. Use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches to save 15%!

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From The Artist Tribe - A Wall Hanging by Jill McDowell

 Today, Jill McDowell is sharing a fabulous project made with sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, and a Kuchi patch with seeds around the border. I was so blown away when I saw this... she used the sari yarn to do some latch-hook work around the patch in the center. This is such a stunning piece... I can only imagine how cool it looks hanging on her wall!

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Make sure you stop by Jill's blog for more photos and details about how she made this incredible mixed media wall hanging.

Of course, Jill's project today is part of the Artist Tribe's month-long challenge using Kuchi patches and to go along with all of that inspiration is a sale! For the entire month of October, you can save 15% off of all Kuchi patches in case you want to try any of these techniques at home.

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Just use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)

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October Artist Tribe Challenge: Kuchi Patches

This month, the Artist Tribe is working with one of my favorite products from the shop... Kuchi patches! I sent each tribe member 3 patches in their welcome kit and gave them the optional challenge to use one or more of them in one of their projects this month. They've been sharing peeks and I can't tell you how excited I am by the ways they're using them!

Our first inspiration post comes from Sandee Setliff, who took Kuchi patches to a place I never would have thought of... she used them to make an incredible mixed media portrait!

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Isn't that awesome? I was blown away! Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see more about how this all came together.

Of course, given how inspired the team and I have been, as you see what they've been up to I'm thinking you'll be inspired as well, so I've put Kuchi patches on sale for the entire month of October. You just need to use the coupon 15OffKuchiPatches when you check out to get 15% off! (It only includes patches specifically marked Kuchi, and doesn't include other Kuchi textiles or jewelry.)

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I hope you're as inspired as I am! Make sure to watch throughout the month for more amazing projects. 

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Introducing... Two New Christmas Stencils!

I'm super excited today to announce that I'm releasing two new stencil designs with StencilGirl! There are a whole bunch of new holiday stencils coming out today, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!

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My Christmas Cardinal & Holly stencil and the Christmas Poinsettias stencil are both hand-drawn designs that were inspired by Christmas with my family at my parents' home in Northern Virginia where I grew up (and still go back every year to celebrate with them!) You may also recognize this cardinal from a hand-carved stamp I made a year or two ago... I loved it so much that I took the original drawing, enlarged it, and made it part of this stencil!

The cardinal always reminds me of my mom, plus in Virginia, we see quite a few of them flying through the yard in the winter! Holly also grows wild along the paths in the neighborhood in sharp, tangled branches that reach out at you as you walk by. The Holly and the Ivy is also one of my favorite carols, so it seemed natural to include it here.

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Here you can see how I've used both elements from this stencil to make a colorful and elegant handmade greeting card.

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I stenciled the cardinal with black ink, then filled it in with colored pencils. Here you can see it a little more closely:

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In the background, I used layers of Distress Oxide and regular Distress inks along with some gold foil, then I stenciled the holly with gold pigment ink and heat embossed it with gold Emerald Creek embossing powder. I love the subtle impact - it's there and works with the feel of the card, but doesn't detract from the bird as the focal point.

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I also did a whimsical little "Dear Santa" page in my small art journal, using the holly design to frame the journaling space. (The journaling will come later, once I'm ready to add my Christmas wish!)

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I stenciled in black ink and colored in the images (and added some glitter glue berries, of course!) and then outlined everything with a gold gel pen.

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The Christmas Poinsettias stencil was inspired by all of the poinsettia plants - of all sizes and colors - that my mom always has around the house in December. Even in my own home, it's not Christmastime without at least one poinsettia as part of the decor!

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I designed these so that you could use them singly with the option of multiple sizes, or layer them. I made this "JOY" banner out of large manila tags and added stenciled and layered poinsettias on top. 

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Here you can see a close-up of one of the tags, where I again used pigment ink to stencil the design, then heat embossed it for a slightly dimensional tone-on-tone background.

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For the flowers, I stenciled them individually, then cut them out and layered them and added some glitter glue accents. For the center tags that spell "JOY," I used my Art Deco Alphabet stencil for the letters, then cut those out as well and adhered them on top.

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One final project with the Christmas Poinsettias stencil... I used it to make a border along the edge of a page in my large, 11"x11" art journal.

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I created masks for the two different sizes of flowers by stenciling them on copy paper and cutting them out, then I masked off some of the stenciled flowers and added others around them - I like the effect this gives so that it looks like they're overlapping.

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That's it for my projects... I'm so excited about these new stencils - I'm just thrilled with how they came out, and I hope you like them too! Make sure to stop by StencilGirl Talk today to see all of the other new designs being released - they're all wonderful!

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Blog Hop with The Artist Tribe Day 2

Hi all! Welcome to day 2 of the blog hop with The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios! Today we have three more fabulous projects to share, bursting with inspiration!

 

First up, Sandee Setliff is sharing some beautiful ocean-themed art journaling:

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The way she incorporated the Stupendous Sea Life collage cut-outs into the page with the stamped words and her fabulous background is super inspiring!

 

Next, Linda Edkins Wyatt made one of her amazing mixed media paper dolls:

Mixed Media Paper Doll by Linda Edkins Wyatt

Linda has discovered the healing and therapeutic value of participating in activities that made us happy as children, and for her this includes the simple joy of making paper dolls. Of course, her efforts have evolved into art dolls which come complete with crazy hats, crowns, shoes, mismatched clothing, and often with wings to help them soar!

For this doll, Linda used Florentine paper sheets, (for smaller projects like this, the sampler packs would be ideal!) plus the Beautiful Butterflies and Wondrous Wings collage sheets.

 

Finally, Jill McDowell is back with a stunning art journal page! She, in her own words, has a tendency to become rather fixated on some things, (or so she's told...) One of those things is apparently my Ornamental Peacock stencil and today, along with her new project, she's sharing 9 other projects she's done with this stencil in the past! 

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In addition to the peacock stencil, she used four other designs from my stencil collections:

 

Whew! That's a lot of eye candy! I hope you're feeling as inspired as I am by all of the projects this week, and thanks so much for joining us on our first blog hop!

Of course, today also means you have three more chances to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky winner will receive $20 Gift Card to the Shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on any or all of the blog posts during the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm mountain time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the Gwen Lafleur Studios Facebook page on Monday, October 2nd.

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Artist Tribe Blog Hop - Making ATCs!

Welcome to the first ever blog hop for The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios! I'm so excited to see and share all of the fabulous projects from these talented ladies, and I hope you'll enjoy it just as much!

There are three posts today, and three tomorrow, and of course, there's a giveaway! But before we get to that, here's a summary of today's inspiring projects:

First up, we have Jackie Neal,  who's sharing some beautiful diary style art journaling!

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Here's what Jackie had to say about her project:

"Today I would like to share with you a journal spread I put together using some of Gwen's yummy products.
Most times I gather my inspiration from things around me, something in my studio or from the beauty out in nature.
For this journal spread, I was actually was inspired by Gwen and her travels to exotic countries where she procures these gorgeous papers, trims and embellishments!
Thank you and please stop by my blog for more details on how I put this together."
 
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Next up in today's lineup, Lynda Shoup is sharing another fabulous project! Lynda took inspiration from a recent outing where prayer flags and beautifully carved paving stones helped bring everything together.

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Lynda used some Turkmen jewelry parts, newspaper yarn, an image from the Enchanting Elephants downloadable collage cut-outs, and some hand-printed paper I sent to the team that's similar to the ones in my themed collage and embellishment packs to make her beautiful banner!

 

Last up for today... it's me! I'll show you how I used my stencils and some goodies from the shop to make a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for my latest swap.

Here are the cards - believe it or not, I made all of these in one sitting... it just took a few hours (which for me is pretty fast!)

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Ready for a little tutorial? I started with an 11"x14" sheet of heavy weight paper, then I blended some Distress Oxide Inks onto the surface, spritzed with water, and dried it. I wanted to do two different colorways so that I would have some variety in the backgrounds for my cards.

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Next, I pulled out my stencils and just started adding designs all over the background without much rhyme or reason. Here, I used two designs from my Art Deco stencil collection: Art Deco Sunburst Background, Art Deco Sun Medallion, then the Decorative Medallion stencil and Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen, and from my Ornamental stencil collection, the Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil, Ornamental Floral Screen, and Ornamental Embroidery. I stenciled all of those with Archival Inks - I wanted the slightly more soft and transparent look of inks for this, plus they give a nice, crisp image and no drying time. 

With that done, I cut the sheet down into 2-1/2"x3-1/2" cards, then took paper scraps and adhered them along the bottom or side with matte medium.

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Then I took different washi tapes and added those as another layer, sealing them with matte medium.

With the matte medium dry, I took some different Dresden trim border designs and added a small section on each card.

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Next I cut out nine images from the collage sheets (these were provided as part of a kit for my swap group, but you can find similar designs in my Irresistible India downloadable collage cutouts.) I decided which backgrounds looked best with which images and then adhered them in place with matte medium.

After that it was time to embellish! For this, I mainly used different trims, jewels, and charms from various ATC kits for my swap group and glued those in place.

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Finally, I used Sepia and Jet Black Archival Inks along the edge of each card, then finished them with a line of gold from a Pen-Touch paint pen.

That's it! The cards themselves are quite easy to make - the key is the background, which adds a lot of complexity and depth without a lot of work. Then you just add a few layers on top, and voila! Fun ATCs, all ready to trade!

Here are close-ups of each of the cards I made:

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And of course, one final look at all of them together:

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I hope you enjoyed my project today! Of course, wow it's time for the part everyone is waiting for... a GIVEAWAY!

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One lucky winner will receive $20 Gift Card to the Shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on any or all of the blog posts during the hop - the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, October 1st at 11:59pm mountain time to leave your comments. The winner will be announced on the Gwen Lafleur Studios Facebook page on Monday, October 2nd.

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ARTifacts Art Journal - June Pages

It's time for another catch-up post! Today I'm sharing the art journal pages I did in my ARTifacts journal to document my artsy endeavors in the month of June.

First up - opening page for the month, with a window flap that lifts up to show my StencilGirl project for June's "Gwen's Gems" post:

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On the left, you can see where I used the Tadanoori Yokoo Posters washi tape. I also added random texture stamping and rubons to the background as well as some paint skins from my palette. The tag is an old Heidi Swapp tag with a resist design on it, and I dyed it with some Tim Holtz stain. I backed the diecut frame with a scrap of an old Hambly printed transparency.

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To create the hinge that attaches the tag to the page, I used the Icons & Calligraphy washi tape from my shop. I just journaled directly on the background, then edged the entire page with Sepia and Jet Black Archival Ink as well as with a gold paint pen.

For the second spread of the month, I documented the weekend of classes I taught at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut.

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Here's a closeup of the left-hand side:

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You can see that I used some of the Calligraphy on Gold Japanese Chiyogami paper from the shop, along with rubons, some Plum Blossoms washi tape, and some old American Crafts Thickers (chipboard alphabet) that I painted and then distressed a bit.

The front of the flap on the right side shows pictures I took of the amazing student work in my Mini Mixed Media Medallions class and it also has a Dresden medallion that was cut in half and then positioned on the top and bottom, and you can see stenciling from my Art Deco Bookplates stencil in the background, along with a blue skeleton leaf peeking out along the edge of the flap.

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The flap (which is actually the front of a mini file folder that I adhered to the page,) flips up to show the student projects from the other two classes - Boho Art Journaling and Of Angels and Icons.

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Nothing too exciting on the inside - lots of photos and journaling to help capture the highlights of the weekend!

That's it for June... I'll be back again soon to share July and August pages!

  

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From The Artist Tribe - Art Journaling in the Khadi Journal

We're back today with another post from The Artist Tribe... today Sandee is sharing some art journaling from her 8x8 Khadi Papers journal.

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Sandee is also using Tibet Jewels sari ribbon from Darn Good Yarn, paper from the Marbled Paper Sampler Pack, and some Turkmen jewelry parts mixed in with other charms and beads for some fantastic dangling bits!

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Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see more photos and details about her fabulous art journal spread!

 

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From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Asian Flair!

I'm excited to be back at last with another gorgeous project from The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios! Today, Jill McDowell is sharing a stunning art journal page with lots of gorgeous Asian elements, layers, stenciling, and more.

Art Journaling with Asian Flair - Jill McDowell

Jill is using my Ornamental Compass and Ornamental Petals masks, as well as their companion 6x6 stencils, along with beautiful papers, downloadable collage cutouts, and lots of other fun techniques and products!

Make sure you stop by her blog to see more photos and get details about how she made this beautiful project!

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Gwen's Gems - Using Stencils in my Travel Journal

Hi all! Today I'm up over on StencilGirl Talk with the September edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I'm getting ready to travel, so I'm showing how I use my stencils to help prep my travel journal so it's all set to go on the road with me :)

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Head on over to see lots more photos, as well as a little overview of how I used stencils to make the covers and decorate the inside pages of my journal. Enjoy!


From The Artist Tribe - A Shabby Chic Art Journal Cover

Today I'm excited to share another gorgeous project from The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios... Linda Edkins Wyatt has made a fabulous shabby chic art journal cover! Linda used the popular Khadi Papers 8x8 journal and then covered it with tea-stained fabric.

 

Art Journal Cover - Roses and Tea Stain - Linda Wyatt

Linda embellished by using paint with some mini woodblock border stamps and also took roses from my downloadable collage cutout sheets and distressed them before adhering to the cover! (PS... there's a coupon in the newsletter for all downloadable collage sheets throughout the month of September!)

Make sure you head over to Linda's blog for more photos and lots of details about how she made this gorgeous journal cover, including tips on printing on fabric!

 

 

 

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From The Artist Tribe - A Sage Shrine by Jackie Neal

Today I'm excited to share another fabulous project from The Artist Tribe! Jackie Neal has made a beautiful mixed media shrine using a whole bunch of shop goodies!

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Here you can see where she's used my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil as the main pattern, along with hand-printed papers and some jacquard ribbon from the Enchanting Elephants Mixed Media Collage & Embellishment Pack. She also accented the top with Turkmen jewelry parts and a bronze Hamsa charm.

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On the back, there's more from the Enchanting Elephants pack, along with some washi tape and images cut from the Lovely Lotus downloadable collage sheet.

Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see more photos, along with lots of details about how she made this gorgeous project!

 

 

May in my ARTifacts Art Journal

As I'm continually playing catch-up (where did August go? Seriously!) I wanted to make sure that I got another post up with more pages from my ARTifacts art journal. A busy year means that there's always plenty to document in my journal! May was no exception...

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 1 - Gwen Lafleur

I collaged some hand-printed papers in the background, then added a hand-printed tag and some fun washi tape and other embellishments, including a Dresden medallion peeking through.

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 1b - Gwen Lafleur

I really like the gold threads hanging down from the top! The tag flips up to show the painting I made for my mom's birthday present, along with some journaling:

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 1a - Gwen Lafleur

The next spread documents the week I spent out in Connecticut teaching and then taking classes from Lynne Perrella (what a treat!)

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2a - Gwen Lafleur

The left side documents my teaching - I had a full-day Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class at Papercraft Clubhouse, and was shocked to have 13 people come on a Wednesday!

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2 Left - Gwen Lafleur

There are multiple flaps on this side; I had a tag that was leftover from another project that I attached with some MT washi tape and then I added one of my boho collaged fish. That flips up to show my class demo piece:
May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2 Left a - Gwen Lafleur

That was all attached to a fun little 7 Gypsies folder that flips up to show the projects from the class members and a few photos from the day:

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2 Left b - Gwen Lafleur

The other side documents the weekend with Lynne - on the front is our class photo taken on the last day:

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2 Right - Gwen Lafleur

That tag flips up to show my class project and a few other memories...

May ARTifacts Art Journal Spread 2 Right a - Gwen Lafleur

May was obviously quite a busy month! Next up, documenting my StencilGirl projects for the month as well as the cards I sent for our bi-monthly ATC swap:

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On the left, I used an old library card pocket to do a little insert with my project, and the journaling is on the back:

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On the right, the tag with the ATCs on it flips up to show one of the cards that I got back in the swap, along with more journaling... I added some lace trim from my stash, stenciling with my Art Deco Borders stencil, and some old rubons. Of course, since it was a mermaid / underwater theme, I had to use mermaid washi tape!

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Finally, the last page documents my big shop update that happened that month... these are always a TON of work for me, so I like to add it in as a reminder of what all I was able to accomplish!

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This was a quick page with a painted background, then I collaged on some paint skins from my pallette and finished it with stenciling using my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil with some white paint. I also added on an old scrapbook border and some rubons, just to fancy it up even more... lol.

That's it for May's pages! Hopefully I can get caught up soon, but of course, September is another VERY busy month! (Aren't they all?)

 

 

From the Artist Tribe... A Beautiful Art Journal Cover!

We've got another fabulous post from The Artist Tribe today! Sandee Setliff is sharing the gorgeous artwork she's made to decorate the cover of her Khadi Papers 8x8 sketchbook / journal:

Khadi journal by Sandee Setliff for Gwen Lafleur

In addition to the Khadi Papers notebook, Sandee also used an Irresistible India Mini Woodblock Border Stamp, Handmade Newspaper Yarn from Darn Good Yarn, and Turkmen jewelry parts.

Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see more photos and close-ups of this beautiful art journal cover, and get more details on how the whole project came together!

 

PS... if you're looking for my stencils or other shop goodies, I'm having an end of summer Flash Sale in the shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios!

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I've extended the sale through Labor Day! From now until 9/4 you can save 10% off any order with this coupon code: WhereDidAugustGo

 

 

More Art Journaling from The Artist Tribe!

Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell is at it again... today she's sharing a gorgeous art journal page filled with collage, stenciling, and mark making!

Art Journaling with Stencils - August 2017 - Jill McDowell

Jill is using my Art Deco Borders and Ornamental Petals Screen stencils here, along with the flowers from the December 2016 set of Heraldry stencils that I designed exclusively for StencilClub! Make sure to head over to her blog for more photos, including some in-process shots and explanation on how she made this page!

 

PS... if you're looking for stencils or other shop goodies, I'm having an end of summer Flash Sale in the shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios!

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I've extended the sale through Labor Day! From now until 9/4 you can save 10% off any order with this coupon code: WhereDidAugustGo

 

From The Artist Tribe... A Gorgeous Embroidered Bag!

The Artist Tribe is at it again... today Tribe member Lynda Shoup is sharing a gorgeous handmade embroidered zipper pouch made with my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil as her pattern. Isn't it stunning?

Embroidered Bag with Stencil Pattern - Lynda Shoup

Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see more photos and learn more about how she made this beautiful project!

 

PS... if you're looking for stencils or other shop goodies, I'm having an end of summer Flash Sale in the shop at Gwen Lafleur Studios!

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From now until 8/31 you can save 10% off any order with this coupon code: WhereDidAugustGo

 

 

First Artist Tribe Project by Jill McDowell!

Hi everyone, I'm so excited to be sharing the first project from The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios! Today Jill McDowell is sharing a stunning mixed media art journal page on her blog... here are a few peeks to whet your appetite!

August Art Journal Sneak 2 - Jill McDowell - Gwen Lafleur Studios
August Art Journal Sneak 2 - Jill McDowell - Gwen Lafleur Studios

As you can see, Jill's project includes lots of intricate details and some very cool techniques, so make sure you head over to see her full project!

(In her peeks, Jill is using my Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil which is available in the shop.)

 

 

"Choose Love" Mixed Media Panel

Hi all! I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with this month's edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I'm making a large mixed media panel featuring clay, collage, painting, and lots of stencils, of course!

Here's my project:

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Make sure you head over for more photos and a tutorial!

(P.S. - for those who are interested, this piece is now available for sale on my website.)

 


Art Journaling with StencilGirl and Colourcraft

Hi all! Welcome to my stop on our blog hop with StencilGirl and Colourcraft! I was so excited to get to try some new-to-me products with stencils; I was able to just play and experiment and have a lot of fun in the process! 

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For my project, I used the Brusho starter pack with 12 colors along with Aztec Lustres Craft Paints in Aquarmarine and Dark Blue. I also got to try a very cool medium - EXpandit 3D Expanding Fabric Medium - you can see how I used them all with StencilGirl stencils in the tutorial below, but first... here's the art journal spread that I made:

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Ready for that tutorial?

I started with a spread in my handmade journal (my book is 11x11) and the elephant was actually a large patterned diecut that I bound into the book - it was fun to work that into the spread! I coated the pages and the elephant with gesso, then when it was dry I took out some of the turquoise Brusho crystals and sprinkled them on the background. I spritzed with water until it looked like they were dissolved.

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There was a good amount of water, which made for a great vehicle to move the ink around the page and get a cool look in the background. I dried that layer, then repeated with purple and dried it again.

I pulled out my Aztec Lustres Craft Paints and used a paper towel to dab them around the page - it added a subtle difference in color and some shimmer.

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With that layer dry, I took the EXpandit 3D Expandable Medium and mixed it on my palette with some Leaf Green Brusho crystals and then used a cheap bristle brush to stencil the mixture through my Ornamental Peacock Feathers stencil

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Then while it was still wet, I used my heat tool to do the magical expanding! I have no idea if this was what it was supposed to look like when I was done, but I really liked it - it feels like it's been flocked, and adds such cool texture to the background! (I think a thicker coat of the tinted medium would give you a more solid expanded surface, but I liked it this way.)    

Next, I mixed up some orange Brusho crystals and airbrush medium in a glass dropper bottle and dropped tiny puddles around the page. I waited a minute - just until I could see the color underneath start to reactivate and come to the surface, then I used a paper towel to blot it back off. This is a fun reduction technique; it pulled out the blue / purple colors but left a bit of an orange stain, which looks pretty cool!

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Next I used some white acrylic paint with my Ornamental Floral Screen stencil and randomly added some pattern to the background. I like white for this since it brightens up the page and unifies everything all at the same time. 

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With the background pretty much done, I moved on to the elephant inclusion. I used sepia and black Archival Inks to edge it on the outsides...

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Then on the inside - when I opened up the diecut, I painted it with aquamarine Aztec Lustres Craft Paint, stenciled "TIME" from the Story Time stencil by Seth Apter and added the rest of the title with small alphabet stamps.

I decided that the title area needed something more, so I used my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil and sepia ink to add a bit of pattern.

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I had originally planned to do my journaling on the background of the spread, but after some trial and error I decided to add it as an outline around the elephant instead which I think worked really well. From there, I pulled my orange Brusho acrylic ink back out and added a few splatters, then let it dry.

To finish up the entire spread, I pulled out my washi tape - I love to use this to add just a little something to the edges of my pages.

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I sealed the tape with a coat of matte medium, and voila! Completed art journal spread with fun new techniques and products.

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Here you can see either side of the spread when the elephant is folded over:

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 Just a few close-ups so you can see some of the cool effects I got with the Colourcraft products...

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That's it! I hope you enjoyed my project for today. Now, without further ado, it's time for the giveaway!

 

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Colourcraft!

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Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! (One comment per person per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, August 20th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Colourcraft’s Facebook page on Monday, August 21st.

In case you missed it, here's the list of all of the blogs in this week's hop: 

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Announcing... The Artist Tribe at Gwen Lafleur Studios!

I am so incredibly excited to announce The Artist Tribe! The first creative team for Gwen Lafleur Studios! I'd thought about whether or not to do this for months, and finally decided to go for it. I started with one member, then opened up a call to grow the team, and I was seriously blown away by the response! I wasn't expecting to get very many applications, so I was shocked at how many came in and how much talent I had to choose from! In the end, I had to make some difficult decisions... I really wish I could have found a way to make the team bigger, but I ended up choosing a few people who felt like the best fit for my stencil designs and shop products.

That said, without further ado... I present the Artist Tribe!

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Let's get to know these talented ladies, shall we?

I'll start with my friend Jill McDowell - she just had to be a member of the team...

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I've said more than once that she uses my stencils better than I do, and her artwork is diverse and totally incredible! Here are just a few samples of her work...

First, a beautiful textile collage that she did as a member of StencilClub Voices (you can see my Ornamental Petals Screen stencil peeking through the background!)

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Second, Jill makes these super cool Infinity Books - art journals where the pages flip to reveal different spreads. I haven't wrapped my brain around making these, but I love to look at them!

Infinity Flip Art Journal by Jill McDowell

Next, I'd like to introduce Linda Edkins Wyatt!

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Linda is a trained surface and textile designer (she even has a Tommy Award under her belt!) and has immersed herself in art quilting and mixed media since discovering them about eleven years ago. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including a fabulous book I just got - Mixed Media Self Portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato.

Check out her beautiful art journal spread about her inner warrior princess:

Warrior priestess by Linda Edkins Wyatt

And this... sigh... I'm absolutely enamored of the textile work that she does! This is from an art quilt called "The Eye of Panic."

Art quilt art journal - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Next, a big welcome to Lynda Shoup!

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Lynda spent some time studying art in college before earning a degree in Communications and eventually a Masters in Library Science, and she also lived in Japan for ten years where she worked as a copy editor for Japan Publications Trading Company in the Japanese traditional crafts division. She translated three books The Joy of Flower Arranging, Rice Bowl Recipes and  The Joy of Antique Beading.  How cool is that?

I love the way Lynda uses monoprints in her work - check out this creative project where she used a few of them to make origami boxes!

Monoprint Origami Boxes by Lynda Shoup

I also love her writing style, her art journaling, and check out these amazing hand-bound "mood books" that Lynda made from upcycled magazines!

Handmade Mood Books by Lynda Shoup

Next, I'm pleased to share that Sandee Setliff is joining the Tribe!

Sandee-Setliff

I know Sandee from the StencilGirl creative team and I was thrilled that she was interested in joining the Artist Tribe as well! Sandee is quite a talented artist... she draws beautifully, and I love her sense of exploration and the diversity of techniques and mediums that she uses in her art.

Don't just take my word for it on her drawing skills, check out this beautiful watercolor sketch she did!

Watercolor by Sandee Setliff

And with this one, see what I mean about variety? This is one of Sandee's most recent pieces - a gorgeous mixed media canvas!

Divine Messenger Mixed Media Panel - Sandee Setliff

Last but definitely not least, I'm excited to introduce Jackie Neal!

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Versatility in techniques and mediums seems to be the theme for the Artist Tribe, and Jackie is no exception to the rule! She combines color, layers, and textures to create beautifully detailed artwork - everything from mixed media panels to art journaling to ATCs to assemblage.

Here you can see lots of gorgeous layers of texture - the more you look, the more you can see how many details went into making this stunning piece, and of course we all know that I'm a sucker for any kind of heat embossing in mixed media!

Mixed Media Panel by Jackie Neal

Of course, my jaw literally dropped when I saw this masterpiece! A gorgeous Marie Antoinette shrine!

Marie Antoinette Shrine by Jackie Neal

Whew... are you as excited as I am? I absolutely cannot wait to see what these talented ladies do with my stencils and the products from my shop, and I hope you're excited too! I know that whatever it is, it's going to be totally fabulous!

Make sure you're following my Facebook page and signed up for my newsletter to keep up with all of the happenings with the shop and The Artist Tribe! Of course, you'll also want to be sure to follow all of the new members of the Artist Tribe - you can get all of their blog links above (click their names in the introductions,) and blogs and all social media links are also on my website.

 
 

April in my ARTifacts Art Journal

Whew, I'm very behind in sharing my ARTifacts updates on my blog... I've managed to keep up with the project itself, but my posting has been abysmal!  I'm trying to get caught up before I get any further behind, so without further ado, here's April!

First spread... it started out really dark - I tried to bring some Spring back into it by adding a butterfly, but I think the color palette doomed me from the start! LOL. Between that and the huge wave on the left (cut from origami paper,) I think my subconscious was trying to share how overwhelmed it was feeling!

ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 1a - Gwen Lafleur

My Art Deco stencil collection was released in April, so of course I had to use the Art Deco Alphabet stencil as the title for this page!  On the right, the tag pulls out to show my StencilGirl projects for the month:

ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 1 Closeup 2 - Gwen Lafleur

The second spread is all about the new stencils, including some interactive pages to showcase all the projects I'd made for the launch:

ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 2 - Gwen Lafleur

On the left, you can see lots of stamping and paint, some old Theresa Collins diecuts that I painted, and I used the Myrtle Branch Dresden trim to frame the stencil collage.

The right side flaps were made with two oversized ATCs that'd I'd made as samples for the release - why not include them as part of the journal to document the event?

ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 2a - Gwen Lafleur

The ATCs use the new Art Deco stencils, obviously, along with some Dresden Medallions and some gold foiled leaf washi tape from MT.

Flipping through the flaps:

ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 2b - Gwen Lafleur
ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 2b - Gwen Lafleur

Then the final page - I used my Art Deco Bookplates stencil on the left, then covered along the spine area with some Wide Peach Chinese Calligraphy washi tape.
ARTifacts April 2017 - Spread 2b - Gwen Lafleur

Obviously, that finished off the little hand-made journal I'd been working in... all of those dimensional pages really add up! Look how thick this volume turned out!

ARTifacts 2017 - Volume 1 January through April - Gwen Lafleur

It's lots of fun to flip through this first little book and revisit the first four months of my artistic year... on to the next volume!

As always, you can see my ARTifacts journal pages in their entirety on my website.

 

 
 

Gwen Lafleur Studios Creative Team Call!

Hello friends! For a few months now I've been thinking about starting a creative team for my stencils and shop and have finally decided to go ahead with it!

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I currently have a team of two (me and one fabulously talented lady soon to be announced,) and I would like to expand that just a bit... (Limiting it to US and Canada for now, just because of shipping!)

So... I've just posted a call for a few new team members! The details are on my website, but the short version is that I'm looking for 2 projects a month using my stencils and shop products. Those will be posted to your blog and social media, and then I'll share them as well. In return, I'll send you some awesome free goodies monthly, plus you'll get a shop discount for the duration of the term. Depending on what I add as we go, there may be some other benefits as well!

Make sure to read through the details - I'm looking for a few different styles to showcase my stencils and the funky global-eclectic supplies in my shop - that could be YOU!

Hope to hear from you soon! Deadline is August 12th.

 


July Shop Update - Lots of Goodies!

Whew... I looked at the dates and it's been two months since my last update! For most of that time, new goodies were piling up in my spare room, which made me feel guilty for not working on getting it all online every time I looked at it. So after travel, classes, more travel, and getting through some deadlines, I set aside time (a LOT of time... lol,) over the last few weeks getting it all photographed, packaged, edited, and posted. So now I'm mostly caught up and ready to share!

Here's a little visual overview for you:

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Ready for some details?

First up, I'm excited to share a new theme, with lots of gorgeous products to go with it! Fabulous Florals has hit the shop and it includes a collage and embellishment packeleven embroidered and embellished trims from India, two styles of washi tape, beautiful flower appliques, and two styles of English scrap, direct from the manufacturer in England.

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Next, it's been on my list for a long time to do some type of mini kit, and I'm pleased to share the first four - my Mixed Media Happy Packs! These are available in four themes: Exotic Orient, Irresistible India, Enchanting Elephants (with two colorways to choose from,) and Going Global. Each one comes with a fun matching pouch that can store supplies, be used for gifts, help organize a purse, etc...

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I've also added a bunch of beautiful Japanese Chiyogami (Yuzen) papers - available in sheets, as well as some sampler packs that I've made up, and some samplers from the manufacturer.

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There are also seven new Florentine papers available by the sheet, as well as some new sample packs that I've put together so you can get a variety of patterns in smaller sizes.

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I've added ten new travel washi tapes, great for traveler's notebooks and travel journals... this includes USA, the UK, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Greece, Egypt, and a few more in addition to the ones already on the site (make sure you look in Exotic Orient Scenery & Buildings washi tape as well as the Irresistible India washi tape for more travel designs.)

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I also added some fabulous new Turkmen and Kuchi products... tribal textiles and beaded trim, gorgeous repousse fish pendants, coin pendants, and I have a new stock of jewelry parts that are perfect for mixed media and assemblage.

Vintage Turkmen Jewelry Parts - Bulk - Gwen Lafleur Studios

There's so much that I can't fit it all in one post! I also added:

Plus, I've restocked the sold out Stupendous Sea Life and Irresistible India Deluxe Collage and Embellishment Packs. I also restocked my collaged Boho Fish!

Whew! That's a lot, and it took me a while to get it all done, but I'm excited to have it all available and I hope you love it as much as I do! Now that I can walk past my spare room without feeling guilt from piles of unlisted products, I can get back to making art :D

 


A Dimensional Mixed Media Panel with StencilGirl & Imagine Crafts

Hi all! Welcome to my stop on this week's fabulous blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts! I'm sure it's fairly obvious at this point that I'm a stencil addict, but I'm also a big fan of Imagine Crafts' products - I have a ton of them in my studio that I work with regularly, so it was fun to feature a few of my favorites along with my trusty StencilGirl stencils!

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For this project, I had an idea for a technique I wanted to try and dove right in - I was pretty pleased that my little experiment actually turned out a lot like I'd envisioned! I used stencils, cardboard, and some of the irRESISTible products, along with a few others that I'll mention below to make a dimensional mixed media panel: 

StencilGirl-Imagine Crafts Mixed Media Panel - Gwen Lafleur

It's hard to really capture in photos how this project looks in real life, but it's actually pretty cool looking! You can get a better sense for the details in the tutorial photos.

Ready to see how I made this piece?

My idea was to do something that would create depth, so that I could have pools of color that were reminiscent of enamel or stained glass. I had a few different ideas on how to do that, but decided to go with cardboard to create the dimension. I started by tracing the Ripples Small stencil by Michelle Ward onto the surface. Since I had decided I was going to layer this on a 6x8 panel, I then flipped the stencil and lined it up so I could continue the pattern and make it taller.

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Step 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Then I used an x-acto knife to cut it out. (The lines on the stencil were where I wanted to have "channels" on my piece, otherwise I could have just used molding paste. This gives me a reverse of what I would have gotten by just stenciling.) You can also see that I added a few bridges to the design so that my circles would still be attached after they were cut out.

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Steps 2-3 - Gwen Lafleur

Again, there were several methods I could use to adhere the cardboard to my panel and then cover the raw edges, but I decided to use masking tape because it's cleaner, a bit faster, and has the bonus benefit of no drying time! You can see above how I took small pieces and laid them over the cardboard, adhering to the wood panel on either side. 

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Steps 3a-4 - Gwen Lafleur

Above, you can see how I used the tip of a bone folder to trace along the edges of the cardboard and make sure the tape got worked into the corners and was flush with the wood along the lines of the cardboard. This gave me much cleaner channels for the next steps.

Next, I wanted to create a metallic surface across the whole panel. I painted the entire thing with white gesso, and then while it was still wet I coated the entire piece with gold embossing powder from Imagine Crafts. Without waiting for the gesso to dry, I used my heat gun to melt and bubble the embossing powder. (The bubbling happens because of the wet acrylic medium under the embossing powder. I love to do this! You can also use gel medium, matte medium, paint, etc...) I should note that because of how long it took to heat something this large, I covered my nose and mouth to help minimize any unhealthy fumes that might come from this process.

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Step 5 - Gwen Lafleur

This gives you such cool texture! I continued heating and bubbling until the whole thing was done, then I started adding color. I took my irRESISTible sprays (I took the sprayer off and poured as you see below,) and my irRESISTible Pico Embellishers and started flooding some of the channels with color. (I used Paris Dusk, Copper, and Morocco.) I love these products because they look so much like stained glass when they're dry.

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Step 6 - Gwen Lafleur

In the last photo above, you can see where I also used some of the StazOn Studio Glazes to add color to some of the smaller areas (I used Ganache and Gothic Purple.) Once all of the color was in place, I set the panel aside to dry overnight.

With all of the color in place (and looking pretty cool, I think!) I wanted to add some last accents. I started by taking one of my medium sized Kuchi Patches (which was also the inspiration for my color palette,) and putting it in the center of the top set of circles.  Then I added one of the Imagine Crafts Ancient Dynasty Coins on top of that.

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Steps 7-8 - Gwen Lafleur

I decided that the sides of my panel needed a little something extra, so I pulled out my Art Deco Borders stencil and used some Royal Purple StazOn ink to add the pattern on all four sides.

It felt like the front of the panel was still missing something, so I dug through my stash and pulled out one of my Beautiful Butterflies tassels from India and hooked the loop around my coin and adhered that in place, letting the tassel itself hang free. Then I used my purple StazOn Studio Glaze and my finger to add a little color along the edges, as you can see below.    

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Step 9 - Gwen Lafleur

Finally, I took my StazOn Studio Glazes out again and used them to add some dots throughout the design.

Voila! A finished dimensional mixed media panel with some fun new techniques, and some unique accents!

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Side View 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Here are a few close-ups of the project so that you can see some of the details:

Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Closeup 5 - Gwen Lafleur
Dimensional Mixed Media Panel - Closeup 5 - Gwen Lafleur

I hope you enjoyed today's project and tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it!

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Making a Decorative Clay Flower with Stencils

Hi all! I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with the July edition of Gwen's Gems. This month I used Aves Apoxie Clay and stencils to make a fun, decorative flower that you can use on an art journal cover, in mixed media projects, or add to home decor. You can even make a smaller version to create your own statement pendants to use in jewelry making!

Here's my flower:

Stenciled Clay Flower - Gwen Lafleur

Head on over to StencilGirl Talk for lots more photos and a full project tutorial. Enjoy!


Boho Mermaid Art Journaling

Hi all, it's Mermaid Madness today at StencilGirl! The creative team is having a blog hop showcasing the fun mermaid stencils that were released last month.

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When I was working on my project for this hop, I'd just finished teaching my Boho Art Journaling class in Connecticut and I thought to myself, why not a boho mermaid? So that's what I did! I made a boho mermaid and then put her on an art journal page with some other mermaids silhouetted in the background (each with her own crown, of course!)

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For my page I used the Mermaidia and  Crown and Scepters stencils by June Pfaff Daley.

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Make sure you head over to StencilGirl Talk to see more projects, plus all of the links for the blog hop. Get ready to be inspired!