From the Artist Tribe - Glam Deco Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Jackie Neal is joining us today from the Artist Tribe with a stunning mixed media wall hanging!


Jackie has used my Art Deco Bookplates stencil along with some of the new sari scraps. She also used Deep Sea from the new Baked Texture embossing powders to get all that fabulous stenciled dimension! I just love what she put together here - it's so rich and detailed with the texture and textiles and the lovely jewel tones!

Don't forget to head over to her blog to see all of the details of today's project!




From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Stencils & Embossing Powder

The heat embossing love continues from the Artist Tribe this week as Linda Edkins Wyatt shares a gorgeous art journal page featuring stencils and embossing!


Linda filled this page with layer after layer of mixed media goodness, including my Ornamental Petals Mask stencil and my Art Deco Flower Medallion Repeating Corner stencil. She's also using embossing powder from Emerald Creek and some Fabulous Florals washi tape.

Make sure you head over to her blog to get all of the details for today's project!




From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Boot Heels!

Today Sandee Setliff is sharing a pretty cool project using stencils and embossing powder... she stenciled the heels of her boots!


Can we talk about how much I love this idea and how wonderfully it came out? This is awesome! Sandee used my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen stencil along with some Mirror Gold embossing powder from Emerald Creek.

Make sure you head over to Sandee's blog to see the full post with all the details.


P.S. If you love embossing powder, especially Emerald Creek, you'll want to check the shop tomorrow - the new line of Baked Texture embossing powders from The Altered Page will be available and ready to ship!




From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Home Decor

Hi all, Jackie Neal is back again today from the Artist Tribe sharing how she used some of my stencils in her recent (and ongoing!) home makeover, as well as for some fun art journaling!

First, here's a little peek at her stenciled wall... love seeing how she used my Art Deco Borders stencil here! (You can also see a little peek of my Art Deco Floral Medallion stencil.)


I also spy a little peek of another recent project she's done for the Tribe... do you see it sitting on the shelf? So fun!

Jackie didn't stop with her walls, check out this peek into her art journal! This spread also uses my Art Deco Borders stencil


Make sure you check out her post today for lots more photos and details!




Gwen's Gems - 3D Collaged Boho Fish!

Hi all,  just popping in to let you know that I'm up today on StencilGirl Talk with the January edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I'm taking my collaged boho fish and making them 3D, using a stencil as a pattern.


There are lots more photos and details in the post, plus a tutorial to show how I did both the fish and the background! I hope you'll head over and check it out!


Reviewing 2017: Mixed Media Art Favorites

Happy New Year! I'm very excited about all of the possibilities of 2018 - so much on the horizon! But before I dive into the new, I thought it would be fun to close out 2017 with a "best of" review of my year in art.

To start, I went to this year's "best nine" site to see my most popular posts on Instagram. This is always fascinating to me, and as usual, the top nine was about half filled with hand-carved stamps (most from Carve December, including the 2016 overview on the top-left. The bird was from earlier this year.)

2017 Best Nine on IG - Gwen Lafleur

Of course, as fun as that was to see, I wanted to take a little time to go through all of the things I've done this year and pull together my own Top 10 list. The order on these is a little loose... it's hard to pick favorites!

10. Translucent Mixed Media Assemblage

This one should look pretty familiar since it's a new project, just posted as my "Gwen's Gems" tutorial for December 2017. I'm really loving the translucent parts here - expect to see more of this in 2018!


9. Lynne Perrella Workshop Project

I think this was only posted on Instagram, but I was fortunate enough to take a 3-day workshop with Lynne Perrella last May. I loved it... so fun to learn her process, and I'm thrilled with my project! I still need to finish the second one I started in class, but that's another story...

Class Project - Gwen Lafleur

8. Seascape Shadow Box

This was a demo piece that I started during the Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class I taught in Connecticut last June. I brought it home and finished it off and I'm really happy with how it turned out!

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

7. "Balance" Art Journal Spread

This is another project that I only shared on Instagram. It began as an experiment with some new chalk pastels that I'd purchased recently - I wanted to see how they'd work on the cotton rag paper in this journal, so I used pastels to do the Buddha portrait on the right, then it ended up morphing into an entire spread. The lotus is from a silkscreen that I designed earlier this year and then printed onto rice paper. (In case you're wondering, the Chinese characters on the right are from one of my hand-carved stamps and mean double happiness.)


6. Mixed Media Seahorse Sculpture

Another fairly recent project, this is part of an ongoing series of 3D sculptures based on stencil designs. My favorite parts are definitely the finished paint job and all of the broken jewelry and metal pieces I added.


5. Flowers for Mom (Mixed Media Floral Still Life)

Ostensibly I made this to share as a second sample for an in-person class I offer, but in reality was was created as a gift for my mom's birthday. She loved it... I got to watch her open it over Zoom and my nieces and nephews were with her... one of my nieces said "wow, you're an even better artist than my teacher!" I'll take it. LOL.


4. Winter Cardinal Art Journal Page

I did a tutorial for this art journal page as my November "Gwen's Gems" post for StencilGirl using one of my new Christmas stencils. I just love the layers of texture and the dimensional look I was able to get here... it's one of my favorite pages to date.


3. Mixed Media Abstract with Stencils & Embossing Powder

I'm a long-time fan of heat embossing, and I love using embossing powder in mixed media so this blog hop project with StencilGirl and Emerald Creek was definitely a favorite of mine. Look for lots more fun with EP in the coming year!


2. Seth's Paper Artsy Creativation Release

Last January I had the opportunity to work with some of Seth Apter's new products from Paper Artsy - I had a lot of fun with this one, revisiting the project I'd done in Seth's "Library of Memories" class at Art is You in 2015. This is a mixed media case with some assemblage on the inside as well as a handmade art journal (all of the inside pages and many more details are in the full release post on StencilGirl Talk.)

Library of Memories Take 2 - Gwen Lafleur
Library of Memories Take 2 - Gwen Lafleur

1. November Workshop Projects

While the other projects on the list are fairly loosely ranked, this is definitely number one - the 2-day workshop I took at Mary Beth Shaw's studio in St. Louis taught by Mary Beth and Seth Apter. I learned a ton, and I love the work I did in this class... I also came home completely rejuvenated! I couldn't narrow this down to just one of the two pieces I did during the weekend, so my favorite project of the year is the combination of both pieces.

Abstract Mixed Media Collage - Gwen Lafleur

Fish Food - Mixed Media Canvas - Gwen Lafleur
Honorable mention... I have to include my pages from the ARTifacts project. It's rare for me to stick with something like this for an entire year, but this was a lot of fun to do and it's cool to look back over my year in art and see how much I was able to accomplish!

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

I really enjoyed going back through the year and seeing how much things have changed since last New Year's Day. I don't really do resolutions per se, but I had a lot of goals for 2017 - both personal and art-related, and I was able to check several off my list and make significant progress on a few more. It was a crazy, hard, exciting, and unusual year. And now I'm enjoying the anticipation of all of the potential that 2018 has to offer - I think it's going to be a good one.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year... may all of our hopes and wishes for 2018 all be granted!


Gwen's Gems - Translucent Mixed Media with Stencils!

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


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


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

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



Mixed Media Abstract with Stencils & Embossing Powder

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Here are all of the posts so far:

December 13:

December 14:

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

December 15:

From the Artist Tribe - DIY Holiday Tags

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

DYI Holiday Tags - Black - Linda Edkins Wyatt

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

DYI Holiday Tags - Black - Linda Edkins Wyatt

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

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

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

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

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





From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media with Dresden

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


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

Mixed Media Panel - Dresden Swans - Jill McDowell

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

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





From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Holiday Gift Boxes

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

Stenciled Holiday Gift Boxes - Lynda Shoup

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

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





From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Faces & Stencils

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


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


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


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





From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Holiday Fun

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


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



From the Artist Tribe - Gypsy Prayer Flags with Embellished Trims

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


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


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

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




It's Time for Cyber Monday!

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

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


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

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

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Happy shopping everyone!

Gwen's Gems - Winter Art Journaling

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


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



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

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

Art Journaling View 2 - November 2017 - Jill McDowell

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

Art Journaling - November 2017 Stenciled Closeup - Jill McDowell

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



July in my ARTifacts Journal

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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




From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling with Jill!

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

October Art Journaling Part 1 - Jill McDowell

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

October Art Journaling Part 1 Closeup 1 - Jill McDowell

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



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."


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.


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



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.


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.


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


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.


Here's the video for this spread:

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


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. 


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

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


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.


Here's the video for this one:

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


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.


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!


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.


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?


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!


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

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Sign Up for The Scoop for your chance to WIN!

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Visit the blogs of Team StencilGirl and comment for MORE chances to win!

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!

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads 

Check tomorrow to get the links for all of the posts using Distress Crayons!







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


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!







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.



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!


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.)







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!


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.

Christmas Cardinal and Holly Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

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


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


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.


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!)


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.


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!

Christmas Poinsettia Stencil - Gwen Lafleur

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. 


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.


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.



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.


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.


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!





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:

Ocean adjectives Art Journaling by Sandee Setlff

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! 

Blog Hop Art Journal Page - Peacock Mania - Jill McDowell

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.

 Today's posts:

Did you miss yesterday's posts? Make sure to check them out and comment to increase your chances to win!

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."
Items from Gwen's Mixed Media Supplies store:


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.

Mixed Media Elephant Banner - Lynda Shoup

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!)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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


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.

 Today's posts:

Make sure to come back again tomorrow to see the next three projects!




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:


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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!





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!



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 :)


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 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:


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:


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!


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!


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?)