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.

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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:

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

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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!

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

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

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

 

 

"Choose Love" Mixed Media Panel

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

Here's my project:

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

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

 


Art Journaling with StencilGirl and Colourcraft

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

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

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Ready for that tutorial?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

GIVEAWAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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August 17 

August 18