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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 - 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
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Today I'm excited to share a post by Jackie Neal from the Artist Tribe... she's been using a few of my stencil designs in her art journal to make some gorgeous pages! In today's pages, Jackie used my brand new Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles stencil along with some favorites from my Decorative stencil collection. She also added some embellished sari scraps and some collage images from my downloadable butterflies collage sheets. Make sure you head over to Jackie's blog to see lots more photos and details! Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Gwen
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We have another fabulous piece of inspiration from the Artist Tribe today... Lynda Shoup is sharing a gorgeous slow-stitched boho bracelet! She's using the ever-popular Turkmen / Kuchi jewelry parts along with some sari yarn. Make sure to swing by her blog to see the whole thing! Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Gwen
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Hi all! Linda Edkins Wyatt is joining us today with a fabulous nine-patch art quilt made from paper! She's using my "Not Afraid to Try" and Art Deco Sun Medallion stencils, along with a few others from StencilGirl. Make sure you stop by her blog to see her whole process as well as lots more photos! Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Gwen
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Wow, Jackie Neal is sharing a stunning piece today - she has a beautiful 2-sided mixed media sun medallion that she's hung on her front door with all kinds of fabulous beaded charms hanging from it (I'm thinking those would act a bit like wind chimes in a breeze!) Jackie used my Decorative Medallion stencil along with Fabulous Florals and Beautiful Butterflies Czech Glass beads and Turkmen jewelry parts. Make sure you stop by her blog for all the details on this fabulous project! Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Gwen
This is awesome Jill, and I love your French Knots on Steroids! It turned out just fabulous!
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I'm just loving this stenciled and embroidered tote bag that Jill McDowell is sharing today... I had the chance to see it in person last weekend and I have to say, it's even more awesome up close! Jill used my "Not Afraid to Try" and Art Deco Peacock Feathers stencils as the patterns for her embroidery. Here are a few close-ups so you can see some of the amazing details: Make sure you stop by her blog to see lots of photos and to get more details on how this gorgeous bag was made! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Gwen
Thank you Patty! I wasn't sure how the Boho animal stencils would go over, so it's great to hear how much you like the whole collection!
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Thanks so much Linda! I've been really excited about the designs in this release, and maybe even more excited about creating the samples! So glad you like them... can't wait to see how you use them!
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2018 on Introducing... My Boho Stencil Collection! at Gwen
Merci Edwige! I'm so glad that you like them... I can't wait to see what you make!
Thank you so much Pat! I suppose they are a little bit like children, especially given the time and detail that goes into crafting each design - a labor of love, for sure! I can't wait to see what you make with your new stencils!
Thanks so much Cathy! I can't wait to see how you use them with the techniques we played with in St. Louis!
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I'm just loving today's project from the Artist Tribe... Lynda Shoup made this fabulous bohemian cell phone case! Lynda used Irresistible India downloadable collage sheets, sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, Japanese Chiyogami paper, block printed paper from my Irresistible India Collage and Embellishment pack, and more goodies. Make sure you check out her blog for details on her project and lots more photos! Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Gwen