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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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Hi all! Welcome to my stop on this week's fabulous blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts! I'm sure it's fairly obvious at this point that I'm a stencil addict, but I'm also a big fan of Imagine Crafts' products - I have a ton of them in my studio that I work with regularly, so it was fun to feature a few of my favorites along with my trusty StencilGirl stencils! For this project, I had an idea for a technique I wanted to try and dove right in - I was pretty pleased that my little experiment actually... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Gwen
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Hi all! I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with the July edition of Gwen's Gems. This month I used Aves Apoxie Clay and stencils to make a fun, decorative flower that you can use on an art journal cover, in mixed media projects, or add to home decor. You can even make a smaller version to create your own statement pendants to use in jewelry making! Here's my flower: Head on over to StencilGirl Talk for lots more photos and a full project tutorial. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Gwen
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Hi all, it's Mermaid Madness today at StencilGirl! The creative team is having a blog hop showcasing the fun mermaid stencils that were released last month. When I was working on my project for this hop, I'd just finished teaching my Boho Art Journaling class in Connecticut and I thought to myself, why not a boho mermaid? So that's what I did! I made a boho mermaid and then put her on an art journal page with some other mermaids silhouetted in the background (each with her own crown, of course!) For my page I used the Mermaidia and Crown... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi all! I'm over on StencilGirl Talk today with the June edition of Gwen's Gems. This month I'm using lots of stencils and even more molding paste to make a layered and textured cover for a new 9"x9" handmade art journal. Head on over to the blog for more photos and a tutorial on how I made the cover! Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks Seth! I think it's a busy weekend all around :) But I'll see you in November at Mary Beth's!
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Hi all! I've mentioned the classes I have coming up at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT, (in less than two weeks now!) but I thought I'd give a little more detail about each class and also share some videos I've put together that may help decide some of you who are on the fence about coming. Hopefully they'll also help those of you already signed up so that you have a better idea of what to expect, what I'll be providing, and what you'll want to bring to work on your projects. Here we go! First up, Friday morning (June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Gwen
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Things have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to work on much art, especially art that's just for me, so I'm pretty excited that I managed to finish the demo piece that I started in my Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class back on May 3rd at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut. Here you go - it's a seascape featuring a (mostly) handmade fishy! The box itself is decorated with stencils, paint, cool sequined and metallic trims from India, sari yarn, and of course, the old drawer handle on top! Here's the back, using my new Art Deco... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi all! I try to keep the salesy stuff on my blog to a minimum, but I realized that I haven't posted about my shop since it opened and there have been a LOT of new goodies added, including a huge update this week. I'll keep it short and sweet with lots of photos :D In keeping with my global eclectic boutique theme, I've added goodies from India, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Japan... maybe more? For those who missed it, here's a snapshot of April's updates: Woodblock stamps, Banjara tassels, adorable buttons, ceramic Chinese opera... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi all, I'm super excited to share that I'm a surprise guest instructor today in Nathalie Kalbach's FREE online class, Artful Adventures! We're celebrating the release of her new book and taking a Stroll through the Hood where we find inspiration based on fun prompts to help you look at your surroundings in a new way and interpret them in your art. My prompt was "cracks" and I've put together a 20ish minute video tutorial showing you how I interpreted my inspiration for the day and turned it into a fun piece of abstract art. Here's just a little peek... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks Stephanie! I really like how it turned out and I think I finished my ATCs in less than half the time it usually takes me. I don't think I'll do it every time, but I'll definitely make one again!
Toggle Commented May 24, 2017 on May ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens at Gwen
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I wanted to post a little recap of the Mixed Media Shadow Boxes class I taught two weeks ago at Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut. It was such a fun day, and I was overwhelmed by how many people came out on a Wednesday during the day for a workshop! Here's a quick photo of my samples of what type of project we were going to do: We had six hours, and we did some dimensional stenciling on the inside and outside of our boxes, we worked on creating a sculptural focal point (which most everyone made themselves!) and we also... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks Jackie! I've had a few requests for the follow by email link... I used to have one and then Typepad stopped supporting that feature. I haven't been able to find a replacement that's simple enough for me to integrate and for others to use that doesn't also cost too much (seems like the better options require a monthly subscription.) Most of what I've seen so far involves setting up all kinds of feeds and things. I'm keeping an eye out for something that will work, though!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2017 on May ATCs - Mermaids and Sirens at Gwen
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It's ATC time! This month's swap theme was Mermaids and Sirens, and I slid mine in just under the deadline and got them in the mail with no time to spare. They just made it to Connecticut for tomorrow's swap! Whew! Here are my cards: Because I was running behind this month I decided to make a masterboard as the base of all of my cards instead of doing them individually; normally that's where I spend a lot of my time when I work on these. This was my first time doing a masterboard for ATCs, but I think I'll... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Gwen
Beautiful cards Terrie - I hope I get one!
lol, Thanks Sandee! I think I may be getting close to time for recharging, however :D It's fun though!
Toggle Commented May 15, 2017 on March ARTifacts Art Journal Pages at Gwen
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Hi all, I'm up on StencilGirl Talk today with the May edition of Gwen's Gems! This month I made a mandala-inspired mixed media panel using a whole bunch of stencils and some fun, new-to-me products. As usual, there's a tutorial, so make sure to head over for that and more photos of the finished project. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks so much! This is actually a monthly challenge / project that was started by Seth Apter - I thought he had a really a great idea to track art-related accomplishments this way. I'm loving it!
Toggle Commented May 1, 2017 on March ARTifacts Art Journal Pages at Gwen
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So, I know that April is almost over... (seriously? how?) but I thought - better late than never posting my March pages from my ARTifacts journal! They've actually been done for over a week, so I'm only really behind instead of incredibly behind. So without further ado, here's the title page for March along with my artsy goals for the month. For this page I used my new Art Deco Bookplates stencil along with the Acrylic MT washi tape, a very old rubon, alphabet stamps, and butterflies cut from my Beautiful Butterflies Collage Cut-Outs. Lots of paint pens, and deliberately... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone! Welcome to day 2 of this week's blog hop with StencilGirl Products and Amazing Casting Products! I'm excited to be joining in since I love using molds and resin in my work, and using them with stencils was even more fun! For this project I took some left-over packaging (it was the box from the ceramic Peking Opera mask that I used in a panel I shared last week,) and turned it into a decorated case for a mini handmade book. Can you tell where I used molds and resin with my stencils? I put together a little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone! I'm up on the StencilGirl blog today with the April edition of Gwen's Gems, which also happens to be a collaborative post with Canvas Corp Brands! This month I have a tutorial for this art journal spread using lots of awesome Canvas Corp Brands products (like a 7 Gypsies journal and papers, and some amazing Tattered Angels natural aging paints,) and using some of my new Art Deco stencils, of course! Make sure you head on over to see more photos and the tutorial. Also, there's a GIVEAWAY! Make sure you go to StencilGirl Talk to see the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone! Ready for a few more samples using my new Art Deco stencils from StencilGirl? I'll start with a pair of pretty classic Art Deco style jumbo ATCs. I took some old scrapbook journaling cards that are about 4"x6" and painted them, then stenciled and embellished. The first one uses my Art Deco Sun Medallion stencil and then I colored it with a gold paint pen and topped it off with a Dresden medallion and a butterfly cut from one of my Beautiful Butterflies Downloadable Collage sheets. The second one was stenciled with both sizes of the design on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Gwen
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I'm so excited... I have new stencils releasing today from StencilGirl! It's my Art Deco collection, and it includes ten new designs that I really love. I've been sitting on these for more than six months and I'm so thrilled that I finally get to share them! Without further ado... All ten designs are in stock and ready to ship... you can find them in my online store (along with lots of other global eclectic mixed media supplies, like the Chinese Opera figure in the sample below!) or you can get them directly from StencilGirl. Here are a few of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Gwen
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 Mar 27, 2017 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 Mar 25, 2017 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