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Gwen
Connecticut
Interests: travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Hi Joy, Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it! And I didn't read it as snarky :) It would really be nice if we could edit comments, wouldn't it? Thanks! Gwen
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Hi all... just popping in to let you know that I have a new project and tutorial up today over on the StencilGirl blog. Here's the project that I'm sharing: I had a LOT of fun making this page, so I hope you enjoy it! And if you try this technique yourself, be sure to link me up :) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gwen
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I've mentioned before that I'm taking an online "kourse" from Sketchbook Skool, and now that the semester is half over, I thought I'd share some of my work from the first half of the kourse. I'm taking the "Beginnings" klass, which has been pretty good so far. If nothing else, it's gotten me to pick up my sketchbook a few days a week. I try to do something creative every day so even if I don't sketch I'm doing something, but since I want to build my drawing skills I really wanted to do more, and now I am! If... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gwen
Hi Joy, thanks! That's funny, that's the same way I found Sketchbook Skool... reading one blog that linked to Danny Gregory that linked to Sketchbook Skool. It's definitely fun! I love the web... and thanks for reading! You've got some pretty cool stuff going on on your blog too :D Thanks! Gwen
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Catch-up post: Random arty stuff at Gwen
Hi Cathy, I was actually really intimidated by sketching too, still am! I was collecting books about sketching and gathering stacks of blank sketchbooks and never using them because I didn't think I could do it. But I've been surprised that I'm better than I think I am, and the classes have really helped me to be more confident and improve. I still have a ways to go, but I read a quote that said that your sketches are all much better than the ones that people never make. I think the original quote made more sense... lol. Anyway, I'll keep sharing, but I hope you just jump in!
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Catch-up post: Random arty stuff at Gwen
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If you're stopping by for the Traci Bautista / StencilGirl blog hop, scroll on down to the next post! And now, I'm just doing a little catch-up post with some random projects I've done over the last 6 weeks or so that haven't been posted here yet. First up, an online mixed media class that I did in early June... I overdid the texture on the underpainting, but I do like it and I learned a lot. Next up, I downloaded the Art Journaling LIVE courses and went through the one by Dina Wakley. I ended up going with really... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Gwen
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I'm so excited about today's blog hop! I love Traci's work and I was pretty psyched when I found out she had stencils coming out. For today's project, I received Circles Circles to play with. If you know me at all, you know I love me some circles! So I couldn't wait to use this. And I used it a lot! If you follow Traci's work, you know she has a new book that just came out called Printmaking Unleashed so, inspired by the idea of printmaking, I used this stencil to make a mini art journal with background pages... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Gwen
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Maria, Thanks! and you should totally look into the classes! There were quite a few people who drove in from a ways out or who took the Metra. My next class is Mon / Wed evenings, though... Saturday classes would be totally worth it!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Artist & the Sketchbook Class at SAIC at Gwen
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For those who haven't joined in yet, you have until tomorrow night (Sunday, 6/29) to leave a comment on Monday's blog hop! Scroll down 2 posts for my project if you haven't seen it yet. And now for today's post... I got the rest of Orly's StencilGirl stencils in the mail this week and really wanted to do something else with them. I started flipping through my notebook where I clean off my stencils thinking one of those pages would make a good background. I found one that was just perfect for what I had in mind. I went ahead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Gwen
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(If you're looking for the StencilGirl blog hop, scroll down to the next post!) You may have seen a few photos on Instagram / Facebook from the class I've been taking... I was in Drawing: The Artist & the Sketchbook at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC.) They have a really good continuing studies program and I happened to find out about this class and was able to sign up the day before it started. It was a 5 week course, 9am-4pm on Saturdays. My professor was leaving for Korea before the end of the class, so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Gwen
Hi Denise, I fused with the stencil in place, and then after I removed it I used the heat gun to soften it up just a touch. Thanks! Gwen
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I have to say, I was pretty excited when I found out that Orly Avineri had stencil designs coming out with StencilGirl... I've been following her work for years! And I was doubly excited to participate in today's blog hop sharing her new stencils... available starting today! This is the stencil I received to work with... it's called Soft Bones and I kind of love it. When I saw it, I immediately thought that I wanted to do something in encaustics with it. Why, you ask? Well seeing as I've never done any work with encaustics, it seems like the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Gwen
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All this week the creative team for StencilGirl Products has been joining in with Craft Hoarders Anonymous for a fun blog hop using the mixed media supplies we're all hoarding in our stashes. I know I have more than my fair share, so this particular challenge was made for me and I was super excited to join in! The challenge: show off your inner mixed media diva using spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalks, etc... Pull out the "messy stuff" in your stash and get to playing. Um... I think I have some of that stuff!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Gwen
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Thanks Mary Beth! I'm just excited to have so many awesome stencils to play with... so thank you for designing / producing such awesome products to use!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
Thanks so much Mary! I love your designs (I adore maps too :) and I was excited to start using them!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
Yay! You'll have to post what you do... I can't wait to see!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
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I shared a few sneak peaks of this last week on Instagram and Facebook, and I finally got all of the photos taken and edited so I can share the entire book. So here you go... my latest cardboard art journal - this one is almost entirely stenciled. Just a warning... tons of pictures in this post! I'll share the pictures and a few close-ups as well as links to the stencils. I didn't think to take pictures from the very beginning of the project, unfortunately. But I took 7 pieces of cardboard, picked out 12-13 stencils, and grabbed several... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Gwen
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Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that my first blog post as a member of the StencilGirl Products creative team is up on the StencilTalk blog today! Here's my project - it's an 18"x18" mixed media canvas with acrylic paints, molding paste, and of course... lots of stencils! I have a little tutorial to show how I made this, so if you have a chance, head on over and check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Gwen
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... a homemade colored pencil case this way comes! Yes, corny... but in this case quite literal! I lost track of how many times I pricked (or in one case gouged) my thumbs, fingers, hands, etc... with stick pins while I was pinning various sections of the project I did last night. Trying to pin fabric in place through chipboard? Not so easy, it turns out. Background: I've wanted to get a case for my colored pencils for months now, but haven't been willing to cough up the money for a big enough case to hold all my pencils (they're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Gwen
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I've been sitting on a little secret since the end of April... I was asked to join the creative team for StencilGirl Products and I couldn't be more excited! I had been slowly collecting their stencils and then I joined the monthly stencil club and really got hooked. So when Maria asked me if I was interested in joining the team, I was super psyched! I haven't said anything before now since we decided I would officially start today (June 1st) so that I'd have time to move and get settled in. And now that I'm settled, I'm can't wait... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Gwen
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I was just going through this month's photos to pull out the ones I needed for this post, and thought to myself... how on earth did I manage to do so much stuff in one month and still move on top of it all? It's been quite a month! And it's not over yet... I'm starting a new series of classes tomorrow... more to share after I start. It was a last minute decision - I just barely made it into the class! I can't wait, though :) In the meantime, I have three new tangles that I've done this... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Gwen
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Pre-move, while I was half packed, I went to wrap a gift I was sending to my mom for Mother's Day and realized that all of my wrapping supplies were already in boxes. Oops! However, I still had about half of my craft supplies out including stencils and ink, as well as a roll of kraft paper that I'd kept from something or other. So I pulled out my stencils, my Ranger blending tool, and some ink pads and made my own wrapping paper. I used the Rose Window and Border, A Rose by Any Other Name, and Circle 9... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at Gwen
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When I drove out to Chicago, I brought a few supplies with me in the car so I'd have something to do while I waited for my stuff to come (and when I say a few supplies, it was pretty much the entire back seat. Just the essentials ;) So during my evenings before delivery, I started working my way through the technique exercises in Dina Wakley's book "Art Journal Freedom." I decided to make a little mini art journal like the one we'd done in class and do one of the exercises on each spread. I ended up tweaking... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Gwen
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So I've had tons of requests to share the setup / decorating in my new condo... I finally got around to taking a few pictures. If you've visited me at all in the last 8 years or so, this will look pretty familiar, just a few updates / additions as I've moved from Virginia to Utah to Connecticut to Chicago (I'm tired just thinking about it!) I had to be a little creative with this place, though... I downsized a lot coming from Connecticut. The real estate agent was telling people the place I just moved out of was 1700... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Gwen
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Whew! I sort of dropped off for a while there... got finished with all of the packing and loaded up the truck on the 9th, then drove out to Chicago the 10th-11th to get into my new place and wait for my delivery. They had to do a shuttle on both ends so it ended up taking an extra day before my stuff was delivered to the new condo, but everything went smoothly! While I waited, I did some art journaling in my kitchen with the stuff I brought in my car. I'll be sharing that soon - I want... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Gwen