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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! 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 1 hour ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 7 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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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