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Gwen Lafleur
South Jordan, UT
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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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. 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! Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at Gwen
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It's that time again... when I make a new journal and assemble supplies so that I can document my next adventure while I'm on the road. This year I'm heading out on the trip of a lifetime (I feel like I've said that before... lol) as I start in China and follow along the Silk Road in the footsteps of Genghis Khan and Marco Polo. We'll be keeping mainly to the Northern trade route through Western China, starting in Xi'an and then traveling by private train through five of the seven "Stans." Of course, I'm going to need to document... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at Gwen
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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! 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! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Gwen
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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! 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! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2018 at Gwen
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Jackie Neal is jumping in from the Artist Tribe today with a stunning mixed media canvas! 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. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Gwen
This is so beautiful Jill! You're making me want to take another stab at encaustics! I love all of the layers... it turned out great :)
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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. 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. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Gwen
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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. 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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Gwen
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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: 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! Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Gwen
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Hi all, Jackie Neal is back today from the Artist Tribe with another art journal spread in her sari journal. 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! Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Gwen
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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! 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. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Gwen
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Hi all, and welcome to my stop on this week's blog hop with StencilGirl and Emerald Creek! At this point I don't think that it's really any secret that I love me some embossing powder. It's such a versatile medium, and you can use it in so many different ways! Of course, embossing powder also pairs perfectly with stencils, so I was thrilled to hear that StencilGirl and Emerald Creek were teaming up to do a second blog hop (we also did one in December of last year. If you missed it, make sure to check that out too for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Gwen
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Hi all - Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today, showing a few beautiful examples featuring one of her favorite ways to unwind... collage. 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! Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Gwen
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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... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at Gwen
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Over the last year or so I've received lots of questions about how to use woodblocks for printing, especially on paper. I love to use block-printed images in my work... they make beautiful focal points for collage, and there are also a lot of stunning patterns that are great for backgrounds and patterned papers. One of my favorite things about them is that they give you the ability to create your own unique collage fodder as you can change the colors of your paints and colors and types of papers, the arrangement and combination of the blocks when printing, etc...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Gwen
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We've got another fab project from the Artist Tribe today... Lynda Shoup is sharing her stitched boho bouquet art journal page! 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! Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Gwen
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Jackie Neal is jumping in from the Artist Tribe today with a fabulous ocean-themed mixed media panel, "Go Your Own Way." 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! Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Gwen
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Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with a stellar stenciled mixed media portrait! 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! Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2018 at Gwen
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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! 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! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Gwen
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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." 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! Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Gwen
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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?" 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... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Gwen
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Today Lynda Edkins Wyatt from the Artist Tribe is kicking off July with this fabulous turmeric flip journal: 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! 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###... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Gwen
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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: 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... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Gwen
This is awesome Jill! I love the finished book, and you're making me want to make my own pressed flowers! You made it look so easy! Love it :D
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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: Jill used several of my stencils, including the Decorative Stamen Medallion and Boho Birds stencils seen here, as well as some Mahjong Tiles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Gwen