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Gwen
South Jordan, UT
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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lol, thanks Martha! I kind of felt like there was a hole in the US market for more boho / exotic mixed media supplies. We'll see how it goes!
Toggle Commented yesterday on Open for Business! at Gwen
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Over the past several weeks, I've shared photos here and there of things I've been collecting with the intent to sell them. I'm not entirely sure what I was thinking - I'm super busy with all of the obligations I've already taken on, but this is something that I really felt driven to try and do. So I've jumped straight in to starting my own business. A small one. Very small. But I've thought many times over the years how much I would love to be a buyer since I really enjoy the process of seeking out unique items and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Gwen
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Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that I'm up today on StencilGirl Talk with the latest installment of Gwen's Gems. This month I went a bit crazy with different texture pastes and stencils to make a mixed media canvas centered around a vintage Afghan Kuchi patch. There's a tutorial along with lots more photos over on the StencilGirl blog, so make sure to check it out! Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Gwen
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Lately I've been working here and there on putting together one more half-day class to offer as an option when scheduling in-person classes (for now, at least... I'm sure there will be more later!) The original plan was to make collaged elements, but about half-way through my first sample the boho spin popped out of nowhere and insisted on becoming the theme for the workshop. I'm so glad I followed my inspiration on this - I love this new class which is now, quite appropriately, called Boho Art Journaling with Stencils & Stamps. Here's the first sample - a boho... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks so much! I'm so glad Seth thought of starting this... it's been fun to do so far :)
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2017 on February ARTifacts Art Journal Spreads at Gwen
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Hi all! I'm excited to be joining in with the StencilGirl / Walnut Hollow blog hop today! This was a very fun project for me as it gave me the opportunity to try something entirely new with my stencils. I knew as soon as I saw these decorator plaques from Walnut Hollow that I wanted to make a diptych and do some wood burning with my Versa-Tool. Here's what I made - a diptych photo frame for me to display in my house - I love it! I've got a quick tutorial to show you how I made this piece.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Gwen
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Thanks so much Sandee!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on February ARTifacts Art Journal Spreads at Gwen
Thanks Mary Beth! It's been a great project to work on :)
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on February ARTifacts Art Journal Spreads at Gwen
Thanks Sandee! I honestly have more stash than I will ever get through, but it does feel good to use some of it! If only I could do more using and less buying, then I'd really be on to something ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2017 on March ATCs - In the Garden at Gwen
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It's time for the next monthly installment of the #ARTifacts 2017 art journaling project! (Details about the project and the first month's pages are in my original post.) February was a very busy month - lots of projects, lots going on! I managed to squeeze all of my photos into just three spreads, though. I did them more by theme this month instead of chronologically since that seemed to make the most sense. For the first spread I focused on introducing my artsy goals for the month, then featured my February StencilGirl projects (stenciled and embroidered handmade book using Kraft-Tex,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Gwen
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It's time for another ATC swap! The theme for our group this month was "In the Garden," and it came with another fabulous kit to play with. I managed to work ahead enough that I didn't have to do all nine cards the night before they went in the mail, so that's a win for me! Here's what I sent in for our swap this month: I dug into my old scrapbook supplies a bit to try and do some stash busting. Here are close-ups of each of the cards and a little description of what I used: Both of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Gwen
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If you follow me on social media, I'm sure you've seen that lately I've been a bit obsessed with printmaking. I'm block printing, making my own "blocks" to print with, and I even dipped a toe into screen printing! Why, you ask? Well, more and more I want something really customized in my work, and if it's also a pattern that's unique or special, or even better, something I've designed myself? All the better! I started by experimenting with some of my previously unblemished Indian woodblocks and tested out the best papers and paints. I'm really liking printing with rice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Gwen
I'm just impressed that you're doing encaustic! That's something I want to try eventually. Can't wait to see what you do for this class too!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2017 on Wanderlust 2017 Weeks 1-5 at Gwen
Yes, I'm enjoying it so far! It's always good to just get different perspectives and processes, even if it's not something I'd normally do. So far it's mostly stuff I'd like to incorporate, though!
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2017 on Wanderlust 2017 Weeks 1-5 at Gwen
Thank you! I definitely love to use color... makes things so much more fun, I think :)
Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2017 on Wanderlust 2017 Weeks 1-5 at Gwen
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Hi all! As you probably know, I've been working hard over the last few months to get new classes available to be scheduled for in-person workshops. I'm excited to announce that my first workshop of 2017 is now open for registration! I'll be teaching Mixed Media Shadow Boxes / Shrines at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. The class will be Wednesday, May 3 from 10am to 5pm (there's a 1-hour break in there for lunch,) and the class is $100 for the day, which includes the cost of the supplies I'll provide (clay, shared tools, a few other goodies...) Hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Gwen
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This year I wanted to challenge myself to do another year-long class; the last two years I did Inspiration Wednesday (although I stopped in August 2016 and haven't yet finished - too much traveling the last half of the year!) but this year I wanted to try something different. I liked the idea of Wanderlust from Everything Art, since it looked like a good mix of teachers, techniques, and learning about different tools that I want to try. So I signed up and as the lessons have begun, I've been trying to keep from getting too far behind! The first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks Stephanie! I've got that marked down... sounds like a few people are hoping for this one. Hopefully I can get to it in the next few months :) Thank you!
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on Art Journal Design: Stamp, Stencil & Collage at Gwen
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Over the last month I've slowly been working on filling out my list of available classes to offer to stores or groups interested in having me come teach in person. I finally finished up the sample and class write-up for the last one that I had planned for now; I'm calling it Art Journal Design: Stamp, Stencil, & Collage. This project is for an art journaling class where we make a simple art journal from watercolor paper and then decorate the cover and do 2-3 spreads. Of course, it's not just any old random art journaling... this workshop is structured... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, it's time for Gwen's Gems again over on StencilGirl Talk! This month I'm tackling a new technique that I've wanted to try for a long time... I used ICE Resin to coat stenciled papers (so fun and cool!) and then used those papers to make a handmade art journal with window pages and covers. Make sure you head over to StencilGirl Talk to see the full post with instructions and more photos of the finished book! Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks! For the 4-station pamphlet stitch, I could have sworn this was the one I'd learned as a version of the pamphlet stitch, but maybe it had a different name? Maybe I made it up? In any case, this one makes it so that you cover the gap between the holes on both the inside and outside of the spine (if that makes sense?) You go in through the 2nd hole, out the 1st, back in the second, out the third, in the fourth, back out the third, and then tie off in the middle. Not sure if that made any sense, but making it so you don't have gaps is what makes it require the extra station :)
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I'm still at it, working feverishly in my studio as I try and finish up the samples for all of the prospective in-person classes I'm offering. The latest samples are for a class I'm calling Mini Mixed Media Medallions. I've used clay, metal findings, beads, and other goodies to make "medallions" (for lack of a better term) that can be anything from a funky statement pendant to an elaborate version of a Lover's Eye (or not so elaborate, but I like everything pretty over the top!) Here are the three I made as samples: Of course, I have individual photos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Gwen
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I've been on a total creative roll over the last few weeks! So many ideas are running through my mind, and I've been lucky to spend pretty much all of my free time in the studio getting those ideas out of my head and into my art. One of the larger ongoing projects I've been working on has been making samples for the new in-person workshops I'm offering for stores or groups who are interested in having me come teach. The latest is a sample for another new full-day workshop - Mixed Media Floral Still-Life paintings, and I was actually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks Denise! Um... the embroidery took a while - I worked on it a little at a time over a few weeks so I'm not sure how long it took. 8-10 hours, maybe? I'm not fast with that stuff. Actually assembling the book and doing the inside ones was a few hours. For the elastics, the ones I used on the inside I found at JoAnn, and I ordered the one-end elastics from Amazon (they're both Tim Holtz.)
Thanks so much Gracie! Those are two of my favorite stencils... can't wait to see how that turns out! It's a fun technique :)