Join Me for Tinker Tailor Artist Maker!

Hi all! Just checking in to let you know about a new event I'm involved with...  I'm incredibly excited to share that I'm an educator at Tinker Tailor Artist Maker - an Eat Cake Create retreat. I've had the pleasure of attending their Art is You retreats as a student on three occasions, so I know how wonderful their events are and I'm thrilled to join the family!

TTAM19 Redwood City Badge

I'll be teaching three new, never-before-taught workshops at this amazing new event in Redwood City, CA (just outside of San Francisco): 3D Boho Collage, Stenciled Mixed Media Medallions, and Mixed Media Floral Still Life.

TTAM Workshop Teaser Photos - Gwen Lafleur

In addition to my classes, there's a fabulous lineup of over 50 studio sessions with some truly wonderful teachers. I hope you'll join us!

Registration will be open to Gold Pass members on January 11th and to the general public on January 12th. You can also sign up to receive an email as soon as registration is open, and workshops are going to fill quickly, so you'll probably want to do that. You can head on over now to get all the details and start planning your classes.


Creative JumpStart 2019!

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be participating for the fourth time as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2019, run for the 8th year by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019. 

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

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

CJS19 Promo Video from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.


Interested? Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up or to get more details.

You get 31 videos - over 5 hours worth of video content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 26 2018 11:59 pm EST. Afterwards it will be $45USD until November 30th 2018, and $50USD until December 31st 2018, before it goes to its normal sale price of $60USD on January 1st 2019. 

 So what are you are waiting for? Sign up today! I hope to see you there!


Black Friday Shop Sale & Cyber Monday Teasers

It's Black Friday, and you know what that means... sales! I've got a few deals to share if you're interested, starting with a sale + Black Friday coupon for my shop.

Black-Friday-2018-Banner

I'm downsizing my store, so most of the items are already on sale from 10-50% off, and for this weekend only you can also save an additional 20% (plus it's 20% off the non-sale items like stencils, embossing powder, and sari scraps) when you use the coupon BlackCyber2018 at checkout.

For all you stencil fans, here's a heads up that all of my stencils (and all stencils at StencilGirl) will be on sale starting Sunday, 11/25 through Tuesday 11/27 for 20-25% off - look for the details in the banner below and make sure to use the coupon codes!

StencilGirl 2018 Cyber Monday Banner

Finally, one more teaser... I'm an instructor in Art Walk Alchemy 2019 and there's going to be a little Cyber Monday sale for those of you who are interested in signing up... details coming Monday, but you can learn more about the course now.

Art Walk Alchemy Cyber Monday


Winter Wishes with Emerald Creek & Eileen Hull

Looking for this project and tutorial? This post has now moved to my website!

Heat-Embossed-Passport-Winter-Art-Journal---View-3---Gwen-Lafleur

The blog hop and giveaway are now over, but you can still also link through to more inspiration:

Fall Texture with Stencils, Molding Paste, and Acrylic Skins

Hi all! I'm up today on StencilGirl Talk with my quarterly blog column focused on paint and texture. This month I've taken inspiration from the fall season and made a mixed media panel with a tree bark-esque textured background, and fall leaves made from acrylic skins.

The-Dryad's-Tree---Mixed-Media-Artwork---Gwen-Lafleur

Of course, there's also a tutorial for both the background and the leaves, so make sure you head on over to check it out!

 


From the Artist Tribe - Boho Stenciled Clutch

Lynda Shoup from the Artist Tribe has a fun new project today that's going to make you want to run right out and make your own stenciled boho phone clutch!

Stenciled Boho Clutch - Lynda Shoup

Lynda used my Art Deco Borders stencil to create the pattern on the front of the clutch... make sure you head on over to her blog for more photos and details!


From the Artist Tribe - Rust, Embroidery, and Stencils

I'm excited about today's Artist Tribe project from Jill McDowell... she's combined two of my favorite things in this fabulous mixed media piece - rust and embroidery!

Rust and Embroidery - Jill McDowell

Here you can see where she's used my Decorative Folk Flower stencil as an embroidery pattern, along with a lot of other fabulous elements! Make sure to head over to Jill's blog so you can see the entire piece and read about all the details!


From the Artist Tribe - Splendor Mixed Media Canvas

Jackie Neal is jumping in from the Artist Tribe today with a stunning mixed media canvas!

Splendor by jpn (7)

Jackie used my Art Deco Sunburst Background stencil along with my Art Deco Borders stencil, Fabulous Florals skeleton leaves, and some embellished trims and fabric scraps from India to make this beautiful piece! Make sure you stop by her blog for more details and photos.


From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling for the Soul

Happy Friday everyone! Today we have Linda Edkins Wyatt from the Artist Tribe sharing a new art journal spread that shows how she uses her journal when she wants to relax, regroup, and re-center.

BRAVE STRONG WORTHY FINAL

Linda used several of my stencils on this spread, including my July 2018 StencilClub collection, the Art Deco Floral Medallion, the Ornamental Compass Mask, and she used my Not Afraid to Try stencil to create her own words! Make sure you head over to her blog to see the full post with a step-by-step overview of her process.


Join Me for Art Walk Alchemy!

I'm excited to share that I'm an instructor in a new year-long online art retreat from Mystic Springs Studio called "Art Walk Alchemy 2019." The theme for the year is going to be focused on totems and talismans — those ideas, objects, and emblems that represent something significant in our lives, and I couldn't be more excited.

Instructor-Button---Gwen-Lafleur

Each month you'll receive two lessons - each with at least 1-1/2 hours of video, from two different professional artists... 24 in total! There's a diverse and amazing group of artist mentors joining us this year, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

I can't share peeks of my project just yet, but I can tell you that it's going to be part sculpture, part totem, a bit goddess-inspired, and chock full of some of my favorite mixed media tricks and techniques. We'll create a 3D mixed media piece that’s kind of a cross between a spirit doll and a totem. I'll share techniques for creating a basic armature by working with clay, foam, cardboard, a wooden dowel, and aluminum foil. Also, some alternatives for faces aside from sculpting – I’ll provide ideas and even a few sources. We’ll create some embellishments, including items for the totem that go through and inside the doll – starting with a headdress. We’ll embellish the entire structure using beads, trims, paints, fabrics, broken jewelry, small found objects, and paper. I’ll also share alternative ideas for representing the totems aside from creating them from scratch. The entire piece will be based on a pedestal of some kind, with options to be discussed in the class. I'll be providing patterns that you can download and use at home - it's going to be fabulous, if I do say so myself!

For just $99 (early bird price good through 12/31/18,) you get all 24 downloadable art lessons, a creative community, supply lists and early access to some course packs, plus downloads and freebies throughout the year. There's even a payment plan to make it a bit more budget friendly.

Here's a quick little intro video with a bit more information and a quick peek all 24 of the teachers:

 


Head on over to Mystic Springs Studios to get more details and register for the class!


From the Artist Tribe - Encaustic Painting with Stencils

Check out what Jill McDowell is sharing today from the Artist Tribe! She's done a gorgeous encaustic painting using several of my stencil designs:

Encaustic Butterfly Painting - Jill McDowell

Jill used my Boho Butterflies, Christmas Poinsettias, Decorative Filigree Ornament, and Not Afraid to Try stencils. Make sure you head over to her blog for more details and photos!


From the Artist Tribe - Art Journaling

Hi all, Jackie Neal is back today from the Artist Tribe with another art journal spread in her sari journal.

2 Sari JJ 8-18 (3)

Jackie used the Enchanting Elephants and Irresistible India collage cutouts and some of the embellished trim, a small Kuchi patch, as well as my Art Deco medallion and Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles stencils.

Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog for all of the details and lots more photos!


From the Artist Tribe - Patchwork Sari Scrap Belts

The Artist Tribe has been taking it a bit easy this summer, but today Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us to share how she made these fantastic patchwork sari scrap belts!

3 belt views

She's used embellished sari scraps and Turkmen jewelry parts to put these together, and the results are just spectacular! Make sure you stop by her blog for more photos and lots of details.


An Artist Book Cover with Stencils and Embossing Powder

My tutorial from this blog hop with StencilGirl and Emerald Creek has moved! You can now find it on my website.

Artist-Book-Cover---Stencils-and-Embossing---Gwen-Lafleur

Make sure to head over to my website to see the tutorial in its new home, plus you can still see all of the other fabulous posts from my day on the blog hop here:


From the Artist Tribe - Romantic Collage with Stencils

Hi all - Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today, showing a few beautiful examples featuring one of her favorite ways to unwind... collage.

IMG_2199 change crop
IMG_2199 change crop

Linda has layered a variety of papers and ephemera and then added journaling and stenciling on top. She used my "Not Afraid to Try," Art Deco Alphabet, Ornamental Compass Screen, and Art Deco Flower Medallion stencils.

Make sure you stop by her blog for more photos, and to hear more about her process for how she chooses the different papers and brings these lovely collages together!


My First Online Class - Boho Grunge!

I've had requests to do online classes for quite a while now, and I'm thrilled to share that it's finally become reality! Today I'm releasing my first online class, "Boho Grunge," with StencilGirl on their StencilGirl Studio website.

This course will walk through the creation of a mixed media panel, done in my signature Boho Grunge style, from start to finish . I didn't have the project pre-planned other than to bring some likely options to the shoot, so you get to see the organic process as it really happens in my studio!

Here's the project that I make in this class - it's called "Crossroads."

Boho Grunge Full Promo - Gwen Lafleur

In the workshop, I'll share the background technique that I used for this piece, as well as some stenciling tips, how I created the layers, and how I selected and assembled the elements of the focal point. I'll even show how I made different metals look the same and applied a faux rust effect! You can use these techniques to create a similar piece on your own, or apply them individually to your projects.

I'm very happy with how the class came out, and it was a lot of fun to film it... I hope you'll enjoy taking the workshop just as much! You can check out the introduction video and intros to each of the course chapters for free, or register now! I hope you'll join me!


From the Artist Tribe - Stitched Boho Bouquet Art Journal Page

We've got another fab project from the Artist Tribe today... Lynda Shoup is sharing her stitched boho bouquet art journal page!

Stitched-Boho-Bouquet---Lynda-Shoup

Lynda used my new Boho Star Circle stencil along with my Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen and Ornamental Petals Screen stencils, peacock feather washi tape, Dresden medallions, and sari ribbon to make her fun and fabulous art journal page. Make sure you stop by her blog for more photos and details!


From the Artist Tribe - Mixed Media Under Water

Jackie Neal is jumping in from the Artist Tribe today with a fabulous ocean-themed mixed media panel, "Go Your Own Way."

Go-Your-Own-Way---Mixed-Media-Artwork---Jackie-Neal

Jackie used my Stupendous Sea Life Collage & Embellishment Pack (currently sold out, but more will be coming!) You can also find the individual handmade Boho Fish and downloadable collage cutouts in the shop available for purchase separately. I just love how she's captured that underwater vibe so perfectly! Make sure you head over to her blog to see all the details, including the ways she invoked the feeling and even some of the texture of water!


From the Artist Tribe - Stenciled Mixed Media Portrait

Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with a stellar stenciled mixed media portrait!

Stenciled Mixed Media Portrait - Art Journaling - Linda Edkins Wyatt

For this piece, Linda used the stencils from my July 2018 Ceramic Tile collection for StencilClub (these have already shipped to members, but you can always order any of the older sets after joining the club!) She also used several other StencilGirl designs as well as the Ornate Border Dresden trim from the shop. Make sure you head over to Linda's blog to learn more about her beautiful art journal page!


From the Artist Tribe - Boho Embroidered Pincushions

Lynda Shoup is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with some gorgeous embroidered pincushions that she made using one of my stencils as a pattern!

Traditional vs. Bohemian pincushion

She used my Boho Star Circle stencil for these - personally, I think it looks pretty fabulous this way! Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog for all the details and lots more photos!


Textured Abstract Art with Paint, Stencils, and Embossing Powder

I'm up today with my first quarterly column on the StencilGirl blog, focusing on paint and texture. Today I'm sharing a tutorial for this abstract mixed media piece called "Sands of Time."

Sands-of-Time---Mixed-Media-Abstract---Gwen-Lafleur

Sands-of-Time---Closeup-3---Gwen-Lafleur

I've used stencils along with a few different acrylic mediums and paints, collage, embossing powder, and a few other fun dimensional elements. Make sure to head over and check out the step-by-step tutorial and lots more photos!


From the Artist Tribe - Dimensional Stenciling

I'm excited to have Jackie Neal jumping in from the Artist Tribe today with her stunning mixed media panel called, "Are the Stars Out Tonight?"

Are the Stars out tonight.. (1)

Jackie is doing all kinds of fabulous dimensional stenciling using my new July StencilClub collection, "Ceramic Tiles." (This set of three stencils is available exclusively to StencilClub members, so if you're interested in getting your hands on it, make sure to check out the club! If you join before July 15th, you'll start with this set, and it comes with a mini online class too!)

Jackie has also added and then totally transformed some Dresden trim, and she's also thrown in some Turkmen / Kuchi jewelry parts.

Make sure you stop by her blog to see lots more photos and details!


From the Artist Tribe - Turmeric Flip Journal, & A Stencil Sale!

Today Lynda Edkins Wyatt from the Artist Tribe is kicking off July with this fabulous turmeric flip journal:

Stenciled Turmeric Flip Journal - Linda Edkins Wyatt

Linda used my new Boho Striped Circle stencil along with some our our Tribe favorites, the ever-popular Turkmen jewelry parts. Make sure you stop by her blog to see lots more photos and details about this fabulous journal!

And... I'm excited to share that it's time for Mary Beth's Birthday Sale over at StencilGirl!

Stencil sale stencilgirl gwen lafleur
 

Receive 14% OFF all my StencilGirl stencil designs! Make sure to use code MBS14 at checkout.

  • $100+ orders** CHOOSE 1 FREE Large STENCIL***
    • ***You MUST put the L### in the comment box at checkout. Sorry, no exceptions.
  • **6 of the same size 10% discount is applied first! $100+ orders post-discount.
  • *Sale does not apply to wholesale accounts or StencilClub membership.
  • The stencil sale begins July 6th and ends July 8th at 11:59 p.m. CST 

Introducing... Ceramic Tiles!

Surprise! I bet you thought that with last month's stencil release that I was done for a while, right? Nope! I'm thrilled to share that I'm the StencilClub designer for July! This month's collection is called Ceramic Tiles - I think you can see why. Here's a little peek at the stencils that will ship to members on July 15th:

July-2018-stencilclub-gwen-lafleur-ceramic-tiles-stencilgirl-1080-x-1080

I also filmed a quick introduction where I share the background on the design inspiration as well as a few fun little tips and tricks about how the stencils can work together:

Of course, I also have few samples using this months designs... (and seriously, now that the cat is out of the bag, I'm going to be using these all over the place!) First up, I've started yet another new artist book, and the first two spreads both use these new stencils. This is a handmade book, and the pages are a bit under 8" x 8." On the opening page, I used the 6" x 6" Fleur de Lys tile and cut out the center - that's backed with a vintage letter written in a beautiful Slavic script, and then I used the center of the 4" x 4" design in the middle.

July-2018-StencilClub---Art-Journaling-Angled-View---Gwen-Lafleur

On this second spread, you can see where I used one of the medallions from the 9" x 12" repeating Circle Tile stencil as part of the focal point:


July-2018-StencilClub---Art-Journaling-Angled-View---Gwen-Lafleur

One of the perks of StencilClub is that each month's collection comes with a mini online class... you get a sneak peek in the video above, but here are a few photos of the project we'll make in the class, which is a mini art journal made from a single sheet of paper.

July 2018 StencilClub - Mini Art Journal Closeup - Gwen Lafleur

In the close-up here, you get a better idea of what the 4" x 4" stencil looks like when you repeat it to create a full medallion:

July 2018 StencilClub - Mini Art Journal Closeup - Gwen Lafleur

During the video, I also create one of my collage papers as part of the process:

July-2018-StencilClub---Collage-Paper---Gwen-Lafleur

These stencils are exclusively available to StencilClub members, but it's only $25 a month and there's no commitment. You get all three stencils, plus the online class and downloadable PDF! Not to mention the fabulous and supportive Facebook group and a monthly coupon. If you're interested and you aren't already a StencilClub member, you can sign up before July 15th and this will be your first kit. (Plus, club members can order any previous StencilClub collection, including my December 2016 collection, Heraldry.) So what are you waiting for?


From the Artist Tribe - Translucent Art Journal

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to teach a few classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, and Artist Tribe member Jill McDowell was there to join in the fun. Today she's sharing the translucent art journal that she made in class and then finished up at home (we only did the backgrounds and the front side of the accordion journal in class, so she added a lot!)

Here are a few peeks at her journal:

Translucent Art Journal 1 - Jill McDowell
Translucent Art Journal 1 - Jill McDowell

Jill used several of my stencils, including the Decorative Stamen Medallion and Boho Birds stencils seen here, as well as some Mahjong Tiles washi tape from the shop.

Make sure you head over to her blog to see the whole thing, including a video flip-through!


From the Artist Tribe - Textured & Stenciled Art Journaling

Today I'm excited to share a post by Jackie Neal from the Artist Tribe... she's been using a few of my stencil designs in her art journal to make some gorgeous pages!

Art-Journaling-with-Stencils-and-Butterflies---Jackie-Neal

In today's pages, Jackie used my brand new Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles stencil along with some favorites from my Decorative stencil collection. She also added some embellished sari scraps and some collage images from my downloadable butterflies collage sheets. Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see lots more photos and details!

 


From the Artist Tribe - 9 Patch Paper Quilt

Hi all! Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today with a fabulous nine-patch art quilt made from paper!

Wyatt-9-patch-final

She's using my "Not Afraid to Try" and Art Deco Sun Medallion stencils, along with a few others from StencilGirl. Make sure you stop by her blog to see her whole process as well as lots more photos!


From the Artist Tribe - Boho Cell Phone Case

I'm just loving today's project from the Artist Tribe... Lynda Shoup made this fabulous bohemian cell phone case!

Bohemian-Cell-Phone-Case

Lynda used Irresistible India downloadable collage sheets, sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, Japanese Chiyogami paper, block printed paper from my Irresistible India Collage and Embellishment pack, and more goodies. Make sure you check out her blog for details on her project and lots more photos!

 


From the Artist Tribe - A Mixed Media Journal Cover

Jackie Neal is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with a truly mixed media creation! She's combined lots of different types of products and techniques to make a journal cover full of fabulous details!

Mixed-Media-Journal-Cover---Jackie-Neal

Jackie has used embellished sari scraps, my Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil, block-printed elephants from my Enchanting Elephants Collage & Embellishment Packs, and some Chiyogami papers. Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details and lots more photos!