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Blog Hop with The Artist Tribe Day 2

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


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

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!

Dear Diary (29)

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 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.


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!


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





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 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!





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.

Sage box 1st post (31)

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?)



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