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...

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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:

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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!

Of course, the part everyone is waiting for...

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

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Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment on their posts 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, July 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine Crafts’s Facebook page on Monday, July 24th.

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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!

 


Gwen's Gems - Textured and Layered Art Journal Cover

Hi all! I'm over on StencilGirl Talk today with the June edition of Gwen's Gems. This month I'm using lots of stencils and even more molding paste to make a layered and textured cover for a new 9"x9" handmade art journal.

Textured Stenciled Book Cover Angle 1 - Gwen Lafleur
Textured Stenciled Book Cover Angle 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Head on over to the blog for more photos and a tutorial on how I made the cover! Enjoy!


June Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut

Hi all! I've mentioned the classes I have coming up at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT, (in less than two weeks now!) but I thought I'd give a little more detail about each class and also share some videos I've put together that may help decide some of you who are on the fence about coming. Hopefully they'll also help those of you already signed up so that you have a better idea of what to expect, what I'll be providing, and what you'll want to bring to work on your projects.

Here we go!

First up, Friday morning (June 16th) I'm teaching my Mini Mixed Media Medallions class from 10am to 1pm. This class is $60, but it also includes 1/4 lb of Aves Apoxie Clay (normally $10) as well as a few other goodies I'll be supplying for you. (You can also click through to the class page where there are lots more pictures of the class samples, plus a full description and supply list. You can watch the video there as well.) The samples are very much in my style, but you can bring elements, colors, themes, etc... that are totally different and really make these medallions your own!

Mini Mixed Media Medallion Samples - Gwen Lafleur

We'll use clay, beads, metal findings, and more to create 1-2 medallions during this fun and fast-paced class. For those who have taken my Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class, there are some similarities in how the projects start, but then we diverge quite a bit from that approach with how our foundation evolves into a medallion that can be used on a book cover, in a shadow box or assemblage piece, or as a piece of statement jewelry.

Here's a 9 minute video that shows you more about the samples and talks about class supplies and some of what you can expect from this workshop.

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Also on Friday 6/16/17, I'm teaching Boho Art Journaling from 2-5pm... this class is $55.

Boho-Art-Journaling---Class-Preview---Gwen-LafleurIn this workshop, we'll learn a background technique to start our pages (or canvas - you can bring your own canvas or panel if you'd prefer that to working in a journal,) and then we'll use stamps, stencils, and some fun techniques to make boho style animals to go on our pages.

Here's a 7-ish minute video going over more about the class and what to bring with you.

Again, you can hop over to the class page for lots more photos of the class samples with the full description and supply list.

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Finally, on Saturday June 17th I'm teaching a full day class called Of Angels and Icons that runs from 10am-5pm with a one hour break for lunch. This class is $105 and includes the canvas, plus other supplies that I'll be bringing to share.

Of Angels and Icons Class Samples - Gwen Lafleur

We'll create an 11x14 mixed media canvas inspired by Russian Icons and Mexican Folk Art (with my own spin, of course!) You can go in whatever direction you want - lots of opportunities to really customize this for your style. We'll build the background for our canvas (different techniques from Friday,) as well as working on wings and halos and creating the paper doll itself, then we'll pull it all together.

I've got a video for this one as well - also about 9 minutes, that will talk much more about the samples and supplies.

As always, you can check the class page on my website for lots more details as well as many more photos of the class samples.

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Spots are filling quickly for these classes (especially Saturday's class which only has a few openings left!) so if you're interested, give them a call at the Clubhouse to sign up! (860-399-4443 - note that they're closed on Mondays.)

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or message me on my Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

 

 


Mixed Media Shadow Box - Seascape

Things have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to work on much art, especially art that's just for me, so I'm pretty excited that I managed to finish the demo piece that I started in my Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class back on May 3rd at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Here you go - it's a seascape featuring a (mostly) handmade fishy!

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene - Gwen Lafleur

The box itself is decorated with stencils, paint, cool sequined and metallic trims from India, sari yarn, and of course, the old drawer handle on top!

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Side 2 - Gwen Lafleur
Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Side 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Top - Gwen Lafleur

Here's the back, using my new Art Deco Borders stencil.

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Back - Gwen Lafleur

On this piece, I accessorized the front of the box with some sea themed goodies - I took store-bought jewelry components and beads and completely revamped them to use here.

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Front Angle 2 - Gwen Lafleur

And of course, a close-up of my fishy! He was based on a wood cut-out, but I modified that as well :) I cut parts of the wood, and then I used Aves Apoxie Clay as the basis for constructing the rest of it (as well as for most of the rest of the assemblage that I did on this piece.)

Mixed Media Shadow Box - Ocean Scene Closeup - Gwen Lafleur

I'm super happy with how he came out! It was really fun to make, and it's one of my favorite pieces in quite a while :)

Finally, If you haven't already heard, I'm excited to be going back to the Clubhouse in June for three more classes (June 16-17.) You can see the events on my Facebook page, or check out the class pages on my website.

Friday:

Mini Mixed Media Medallions  10am-1pm

(if you like my shadow box, or wanted to take that class but missed it, you'll love this class! It also uses the Aves Apoxie clay as a base for creating super fabulous embellishments - or even statement pendants!)

Mini Mixed Media Medallions - Gwen Lafleur

Boho Art Journaling 2pm-5pm

Boho Art Journaling - Class Preview - Gwen Lafleur

Saturday:

Of Angels and Icons 10am-5pm

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Space in the classes is filling quickly, so make sure to call soon if you're interested in joining us! Also, if you have questions about the classes feel free to message me, leave comments, etc...

 


Huge Shop Update!

Hi all! I try to keep the salesy stuff on my blog to a minimum, but I realized that I haven't posted about my shop since it opened and there have been a LOT of new goodies added, including a huge update this week.

I'll keep it short and sweet with lots of photos :D 

In keeping with my global eclectic boutique theme, I've added goodies from India, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Japan... maybe more? 

For those who missed it, here's a snapshot of April's updates:

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Woodblock stamps, Banjara tassels, adorable buttons, ceramic Chinese opera masks, Japanese washi tape, Turkish nazar charms, beautiful sari appliques...

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Czech glass elephant beads, lots of German Dresden, new sizes of vintage Afghan Kuchi patches (I absolutely can't get enough of these!) plus some of my essentials like my stencils from StencilGirl and Aves Apoxie Clay.

Finally, here's this week's huge shop update:

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Handcrafted nichos from Mexico, Emerald Creek embossing powder, Florentine papers, 70 styles of washi tape (seventy!) plus intricate Chinese paper cuttings, lots of stunning Indian sari trims (sold by the foot so you don't have to buy more than you need,) and I just debuted a brand new collage and embellishment pack called Birds of a Feather that includes Dresden, lots of trims, hand-printed papers, and a few other treats.

With all of the fun new goodies I've added in the last month, I also updated the shop navigation so you can browse the whole store, but also shop by product type or by theme. I don't know about you, but I'm super excited about all of these new products - after all, I'm my own best customer ;)

Enjoy, and let me know if you have questions or requests!

 


It's Time for an Artful Adventure!

Hi all, I'm super excited to share that I'm a surprise guest instructor today in Nathalie Kalbach's FREE online class, Artful Adventures! We're celebrating the release of her new book and taking a Stroll through the Hood where we find inspiration based on fun prompts to help you look at your surroundings in a new way and interpret them in your art.

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My prompt was "cracks" and I've put together a 20ish minute video tutorial showing you how I interpreted my inspiration for the day and turned it into a fun piece of abstract art.

Here's just a little peek at my project:

Cracked Pavement - Mixed Media Sneak Peek - Gwen Lafleur

I don't do pure abstract pieces a lot, but I really had a lot of fun playing with different products and techniques for this one, including a  few that might surprise you! Head on over and check it out! If you're not registered for the class, jump in and sign up - it's free! There's already a ton of great inspiration and lots of fabulous tutorials, with more to come. Hope you enjoy it!

 


Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class Recap

I wanted to post a little recap of the Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class I taught two weeks ago at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut. It was such a fun day, and I was overwhelmed by how many people came out on a Wednesday during the day for a workshop!

Here's a quick photo of my samples of what type of project we were going to do:

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Shrines - Class Samples - Gwen Lafleur

We had six hours, and we did some dimensional stenciling on the inside and outside of our boxes, we worked on creating a sculptural focal point (which most everyone made themselves!) and we also had a lot of fun embellishing the whole thing.

I did actually remember to take a few photos this time (I'm terrible about remembering to take photos during class!) and fortunately Patty also took several.

Here are a few candids I took of class members, hard at work:

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class in Progress 1 - Gwen Lafleur
Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class in Progress 1 - Gwen Lafleur
Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class in Progress 1 - Gwen Lafleur
Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class in Progress 1 - Gwen Lafleur

A few more from Patty...

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Classroom Antics - Gwen Lafleur Studios

She also got a few of me during demos throughout the day:

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class Demos - Gwen Lafleur

Also a fun shot of our goody table where I spread out some of the embellishments, tools, and stencils that were available for the class to use:

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class Goodie Table - Gwen Lafleur

And, of course, there's all of the amazing and creative artwork that everyone did! I remembered to take pictures at the end, but I MISSED ONE! I'm so upset! There's also a gorgeous seahorse / ocean themed box that I somehow missed photographing (please send a photo so I can add it to the gallery!)

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Class Project Collage

I added a student gallery to the class page (scroll down) so that you can see each individual project and, if you'd like you can click through to a larger version. They were all unique, creative, and so beautiful! I was very impressed by what everyone did and how each person put their own style into their piece.

A few shots with friends throughout the day... me with the uber-talented Fran...

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes - Fran and I - Gwen Lafleur

Then Jill and I - (hi Jill!)

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes Class - Me and Jill - Gwen Lafleur

Finally, a fun little selfie with me, Patty, Kim, and Fran:

Mixed Media Shadow Boxes Class - Me-Patty-Kim-Fran

It was such a wonderful day and a great class where I think I learned just as much as the students! I've been working on finishing up my demo piece from class, so I'll share that in the near future :)

In the meantime, I'll be back at the Clubhouse in June for three more classes (June 16-17.) You can see the events on my Facebook page, or check out the class pages on my website.

Friday:

Mini Mixed Media Medallions

Mini Mixed Media Medallions - Gwen Lafleur

Boho Art Journaling

Boho Art Journaling - Class Preview - Gwen Lafleur

Saturday:

Of Angels and Icons

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Space in the classes is filling quickly, so make sure to call soon if you're interested in joining us! Also, if you have questions about the classes feel free to message me, leave comments, etc... 

 


May ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens

It's ATC time! This month's swap theme was Mermaids and Sirens, and I slid mine in just under the deadline and got them in the mail with no time to spare. They just made it to Connecticut for tomorrow's swap! Whew! 

Here are my cards:

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens - Gwen Lafleur

Because I was running behind this month I decided to make a masterboard as the base of all of my cards instead of doing them individually; normally that's where I spend a lot of my time when I work on these.

 

ATC Masterboard - Gwen Lafleur

This was my first time doing a masterboard for ATCs, but I think I'll do it again sometime! It was lots of fun and I like how the cards ended up having a unified look, yet they were each still different.

Here are close-ups of my nine cards:

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens Cards 1-2 - Gwen Lafleur

On the left I made a frame with patterned paper and wrapped it ribbon and added embellishments - all from our kit. On the right, I cut out two different collage images and layered them with ribbon, patterned paper, and some cool flattened metal beads, also from the kit.

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens Cards 3-4 - Gwen Lafleur

On the left of this one, there was a grungeboard sand dollar diecut in the kit that I painted and accented with Stickles, then I used a cutout collage image with some Dresden, patterned paper, and a strip of rhinestones. On the right, I used patterned paper with some lace stickers, thin Dresden, and some jewels and a charm from the kit. I framed the image with a chipboard frame from my stash that I painted and accented with glitter and some acrylic crystal thingies.

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens Cards 5-6 - Gwen Lafleur

Left, just a cutout image on the background with some gold wax and a corner sticker. I layered trims and beads and Dresden. On the right, some burlap trim, Dresden, and jewels from the kit. I just matted the cutout on patterned paper. Both of these were relatively quick and simple, but I really like how they turned out!

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens Cards 7-8 - Gwen Lafleur

Above left, I framed the collage image with patterned paper, a bead trim, acrylic embellishments, and a gold paint pen. Then just a bit of Dresden and ribbon. On the right, I had another grungeboard diecut - seahorse, that I also painted and glittered, and I cut the mermaid from the collage sheet and wrapped her around so she'd be riding the seahorse. Again, more Dresden and ribbon, and the frame was chipboard that I heat embossed and edged in gold.

Last but not least...

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens Card 9 - Gwen Lafleur

This one was lots of fun... the three little mermaids came from one collage image, and I cut out the coral image from a different sheet. More burlap trim, blue Dresden, and a few rhinestones. I thought this one was super fun!

May 2017 ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens 2 - Gwen Lafleur

That's it for this swap! I hope the group members who get one will like them, and I can't wait to see what everyone else did and which ones I get back! It's always so fun since we have such a great, really talented group :)

 


Gwen's Gems - Boho Stenciled Mandala

Hi all, I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with the May edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I made a mandala-inspired mixed media panel using a whole bunch of stencils and some fun, new-to-me products.

Boho Stenciled Mandala - Gwen Lafleur

As usual, there's a tutorial, so make sure to head over for that and more photos of the finished project. Enjoy!

 


March ARTifacts Art Journal Pages

So, I know that April is almost over... (seriously? how?) but I thought - better late than never posting my March pages from my ARTifacts journal! They've actually been done for over a week, so I'm only really behind instead of incredibly behind.

So without further ado, here's the title page for March along with my artsy goals for the month.

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 1 - Gwen Lafleur

For this page I used my new Art Deco Bookplates stencil along with the Acrylic MT washi tape, a very old rubon, alphabet stamps, and butterflies cut from my Beautiful Butterflies Collage Cut-Outs. Lots of paint pens, and deliberately bright colors! (I've been pretty dark lately...)

First full spread... lots of interactive elements!

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

The background uses Tattered Angels Natural Aging paints (love them!) and some old Basic Grey rubons. (I've been hoarding these for years - it was a big moment when I forced myself to finally use them!)

The left side has photos attached to a journaling card that flips up (attached with the Crystals MT washi tape,) and I used a scrap from a Spellbinders diecut as the tab.

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 2 - Gwen Lafleur
March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 2 - Gwen Lafleur

On the right, I have a VERY old stitched diecut from L'il Davis Designs and then I attached a tag with more washi tape - this is the Jakten pattern. There are more diecut scraps here, scraps of fiber trim, and a punched tab.

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On the back side of the tab I included one of the ATCs I got back from our swap.

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 3a - Gwen Lafleur

Here's the last spread for March - the background is paint and ink with tissue paper, stamping, rubons, stenciling with my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil, and another butterfly from my Beautiful Butterflies Collage Cut-Outs.

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Pages 4-5 - Gwen Lafleur

On the left, I have a pull-out card with photos of my StencilGirl projects for the month tucked into a Chinese New Year envelope with Double Happiness foil stamped on it in sparkly red foil.

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 4 - Gwen Lafleur

the back side of the card...

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 4a - Gwen Lafleur

Finally, the right side of this spread has lots of hidden parts! The basis is a mini file folder that I attached with the Tadanori Yokoo Posters washi tape, and on top of that is a tag attached with Tadanori Yokoo Eye and Mouth MT washi tape and then I used a faux-rusted diecut from Spellbinders to frame a photo of my boho fishies. The background is stenciled with my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil,

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 5 - Gwen Lafleur

Here you can see the different layers of this page:

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 5c - Gwen Lafleur

Here you can see it with the tag flipped up to reveal photos and journaling...

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 5a - Gwen Lafleur

Then with the folder open for even more - I did a lot of work on handmade elements for the opening of my online shop, and I wanted to showcase that here!

March ARTifacts Art Journal - Page 5b - Gwen Lafleur

That's it for March... I've already started printing out photos for April in the hopes that I can be less behind for the next month.

As always, all of my ARTifacts pages can be seen in this gallery on my website.

 


Deco Book & Box with Stencils, Molds, Resin, & Shrinky Dinks!

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 2 of this week's blog hop with StencilGirl Products and Amazing Casting Products! I'm excited to be joining in since I love using molds and resin in my work, and using them with stencils was even more fun!

For this project I took some left-over packaging (it was the box from the ceramic Peking Opera mask that I used in a panel I shared last week,) and turned it into a decorated case for a mini handmade book. Can you tell where I used molds and resin with my stencils?

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - View 5 - Gwen Lafleur

I put together a little tutorial for you, including a fun technique I came up with using Amazing Casting Products mold making putty and resin with a few of my stencil designs.

First up, my new technique. I wanted to use some of my new Art Deco stencils (here I'm using my Art Deco Borders stencil,) but I wanted to work with a smaller size. So, I inked the part of the design I wanted to use onto a piece of Shinky Dink film.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 1 - Gwen Lafleur

Next I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the inside pieces. Since this was going to shrink a lot, and since it takes a fair amount of effort to cut through the film, I only cut out the details I really wanted to have show that were big enough to look good in a much smaller size.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 2 - Gwen Lafleur

Then I cut around the outside of the design with a pair of sharp scissors. I repeated this process using my Art Deco Medallion stencil, then followed the instructions on the package to shrink them in my oven. It did take a few tries reheating and uncurling the plastic for the medallion, but in the end, they both worked!

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 3 - Gwen Lafleur

Now that I had my stenciled designs in a smaller, 3D version, I could move on to the next step - making molds so that I could create multiples! (Please keep in mind that all of StencilGirl's stencil designs are copyrighted, so you should only do this for your personal use, or for use in one-of-a-kind artwork that you sell.)

I took my Amazing Mold Putty and made molds of both of my mini stencil designs.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 4 - Gwen Lafleur

Then I took some white casting resin and cast both molds. When they were cured (which only takes about 15 minutes!) I cleaned them up a bit and then they were ready to use!

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 5 - Gwen Lafleur

Before I started I had a few ideas for how I'd planned to use these, but once I got to this point I realized that the shapes I'd picked would fit together perfectly to make some really cool embellishments! I got out my Aves Apoxie Clay and mixed up a small amount to start connecting things together and then to start adding to the structure.

  StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 6 - Gwen Lafleur

You can see above (middle photo) where I added thin ropes of clay around the edges as a border and then used it to start adding other bits onto the structure. I also put dots of clay in a few spaces and then indented the middles in order to create a space to add a jewel or pearl or something later on.

Next up, I painted it. I used gold and bronze metallic acrylic paints as well as a patina colored paint to make it all more cohesive. I also added a metal gear and a random piece of Turkmen jewelry and painted those as well so they'd all go together.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 7 - Gwen Lafleur

You can see in the photo above right that I did end up adding some jewels, and also glued one of my embellishments to a scrap of Chiyogami paper so that you could see some of the color and pattern through the holes.

With that done, I set my new embellishments aside to dry and started working on the box. I taped off the metal corners and spine (it had a cool design I wanted to keep) and then gesso'd the whole thing.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 8 - Gwen Lafleur

Then I used metallic gold and turquoise paints... you can see where I used my heat gun to bubble them a bit (I love the texture it adds!)

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 9 - Gwen Lafleur

Once the paint was dry, I used my Art Deco Sunburst Corners stencil and some gold embossing paste and added a bit of dimensional pattern to the cover of the box.

With the outsides of the box painted and ready to embellish, I started working on the inside. First, I stenciled a piece of blue mulberry paper with my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil and bronze paint.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 10 - Gwen Lafleur

I tore those down to the sizes I want and then adhered them (inking the edges of the piece for the inside cover first.)

To embellish the inside cover, I decided to use another molded piece. This time I made a mold of an old vintage metal face that was sent to me from Latvia and then cast that with resin and painted it to look like the original piece.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 11 - Gwen Lafleur

The resin takes paint so well - it was actually almost hard to tell which was the original when I was done!

Once dry, I took my new embellishment and layered it with some other metal pieces and adhered them to the inside of the cover.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 11a - Gwen Lafleur

Next up, to embellish the back of the box, I taped off a section of my Art Deco Borders stencil so that I could just stencil the middle circle I wanted to use. I stenciled on deli paper with pigment ink and then heat embossed with a mix of Emerald Creek embossing powders.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 12 - Gwen Lafleur

I cut that out and adhered with matte medium. 

To finish off the inside of the box, I attached some different trims, then added a bit of gold dimensional paint.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 14 - Gwen Lafleur

Whew... that's done. Back to the outside of the box!

With my resin & clay medallions cured and dried, I could finish up the cover. I adhered the medallion with the Turkmen jewelry pieces to the front in the center, then used a Tsukineko irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to fill in some of the stenciled sections.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 13 - Gwen LafleurVoila! The cover is done!

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 15 - Gwen Lafleur

While that dried, I moved on to make the handmade book that would fit inside. I measured to see how big it could be, then cut down some pieces of Davey board and made a little 3"x5" book using the single-sheet Coptic binding. I painted the covers with a turquoise background paint by Matisse, then used a section of my Art Deco Bookplates stencil and some gold pigment ink to stencil the cover.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box Step 16 - Gwen Lafleur

I heat embossed the stenciled area with gold embossing powder, then adhered my other resin and clay medallion into the center and embellished it with some acrylic rhinestones.

When all was dry, I put the book into the box - all ready to have the pages filled and to be a fun display piece when I wasn't using it.

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - Inside - Gwen Lafleur

Here are a few more photos and close-ups of the finished project so you can see some of the details:

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - Inside with book - Gwen Lafleur

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - Inside with book 2 - Gwen Lafleur
StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - Inside with book 2 - Gwen Lafleur

StencilGirl - Amazing Casting - Deco Book and Box - View 6 - Gwen Lafleur
There you go! I hope you enjoyed today's project and tutorial. Of course, this wouldn't be a blog hop without a  GIVEAWAY!

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

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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, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page on Monday, April 24th.

 

Here's the lineup of blogs for this week - make sure you visit and comment on all of them to increase your chances to win!

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April 21 


Gwen's Gems - Art Journaling with Canvas Corp Brands

Hi everyone! I'm up on the StencilGirl blog today with the April edition of Gwen's Gems, which also happens to be a collaborative post with Canvas Corp Brands!

This month I have a tutorial for this art journal spread using lots of awesome Canvas Corp Brands products (like a 7 Gypsies journal and papers, and some amazing Tattered Angels natural aging paints,) and using some of my new Art Deco stencils, of course!

StencilGirl-Canvas Corps - Art Journal Spread - Gwen Lafleur

Make sure you head on over to see more photos and the tutorial. Also, there's a GIVEAWAY! Make sure you go to StencilGirl Talk to see the giveaway instructions. You need to leave a comment over on that post (not this one) in order to be entered to win. Enjoy, and good luck!

 


Art Deco Stencil Samples Round 2

Hi everyone! Ready for a few more samples using my new Art Deco stencils from StencilGirl?

I'll start with a pair of pretty classic Art Deco style jumbo ATCs. I took some old scrapbook journaling cards that are about 4"x6" and painted them, then stenciled and embellished.

Art-Deco-Stencils---Jumbo-Butterfly-ATC---Gwen-Lafleur

Art Deco Sun Medallion Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

The first one uses my Art Deco Sun Medallion stencil and then I colored it with a gold paint pen and topped it off with a Dresden medallion and a butterfly cut from one of my Beautiful Butterflies Downloadable Collage sheets.

Art-Deco-Stencils---Jumbo-Gold-ATC---Gwen-Lafleur

Art Deco Sunburst Corners Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

The second one was stenciled with both sizes of the design on my Art Deco Sunburst Corners stencil and then I heat embossed those with a gold mirror embossing powder from Emerald Creek. In the center I added another Dresden medallion (I really love those things!) which I glazed, and I used gold-foiled leaf MT Washi Tape on both ends. I finished it with Golden Gold Mica paste.

Next project... another spread in my 3"x5" mini art journal. This one was pretty simple... I used gold acrylic gesso on the background, then stenciled across the middle with my Art Deco Borders stencil. I used paint markers to just start adding layers of color in the background until I liked it, then added some journaling. Easy peasy!

Art Deco Stencils - Mini Art Journal Spread 1 Angled - Gwen Lafleur

Art Deco Borders Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

How about one more for today... this one was really fun and slightly unexpected to pull together!

Art Deco Stencils - Monogram Tag - Gwen Lafleur

This is the inside cover of a small 6"x8" handmade art journal. The patterned paper background was already there - that's the endpaper of the book, but it was still pretty plain so I added this tag. I had been cleaning off my stencils on it as I worked on other projects, and at one point I looked at it and realized that it had a pretty fun composition! So I started defining the images and added color with paint pens.

Art Deco Stencils - Monogram Tag Closeup - Gwen Lafleur

The stencils I had cleaned off on here were my Art Deco Flower Medallion and its matching Repeating Corner stencils. I added the circle frame from my Art Deco Alphabet stencil to a scrap of painted deli paper and put my initial in it to make a monogram, then cut it out and adhered it to my tag. I love how this one came out!

Art Deco Flower Medallion Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

Art Deco Flower Medallion Repeating Corner Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

Art Deco Alphabet Stencil - Gwen Lafleur
That's it for today... I hope you're enjoying the projects!