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Gwen
Chicago, IL
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that today I'm the guest artist over at the Journaling with Mindfulness blog. It's a new blog that has a weekly prompt to get you thinking about including meaningful subjects in your art journaling. They have a wonderfully supportive Facebook group as well, and all styles and experience levels are represented in this group. The prompts so far this year have been great! My prompt this week was about the place I've visited that has left the longest lasting influence on me. I chose my visit to Soweto when I was... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Gwen
Thanks Elise! This is one of my favorite projects I've done in a while... the stencils this month are fabulous!
Thanks so much Mary - I think I got a bit carried away this month... no surprise! LOL. So glad that you like it! I really loved yours and Janet's this month as well... so cool to see everyone's interpretation of the same stencils!
Thank you so much Denise!
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Hi everyone, today is inspiration day for the February 2016 StencilClub stencils from StencilGirl! This month's stencils are from StencilGirl Artist Carol Wiebe, and they're pretty fabulous. Here's my project for this month... one of my all-time favorites. I actually ordered a frame for her - I love her so much she has to go up on the wall to be admired all the time! I was very inspired by the work of Andrea Matus deMeng for this project - I picked up some great tips while taking classes with her in Stamford back in October. Check out the post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Gwen
Thank you! So glad you like it!
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Thanks so much Judith - much appreciated!
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2016 on Mini Handmade Art Journal at Gwen
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I realize that I've been a slacker about posting the projects from the rest of the classes I took at Art is You Stamford back in October. I posted all the photos from my masterclass, but none of the others! So I'm starting with my little mini evening class that Patty and I took with the awesome and talented Michael deMeng - Dirty Rotten East Coast Eggs (based on his Dirty Rotten Eggs series.) In the class, we took a regular old plastic Easter egg along with some Aves Apoxy Sculpt and sculpted our own characters. Because of the time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Gwen
Ha! That's great! I hope you have a great time playing :D
haha... yeah, it can be a bit confusing! They do sell inchies as well, I just knew I wouldn't work as well with that size. The Art Squares are awesome!
Thank you so much Mary! I had a lot of fun working on this one :)
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2016 on Mini Handmade Art Journal at Gwen
Thank you so much Carol! Didn't Maria do a fantastic job designing that stencil? I love that one :)
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On Tuesday in my post for the StencilGirl and Inchie Arts blog hop, I shared the covers for two mini handmade art journals that I made using the 4x4 Art Squares from Inchie Arts. Today I thought I'd share the inside pages for one of them (I was originally going to put them in Tuesday's post, but that seemed like it was just too much!) Here are the books again: I used the one made from the black 4x4 Art Squares (but the other one is going to get filled too!) Here are the inside pages. I had a sheet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Gwen
What a fun canvas! I love the mix of stencils you used together, and your colors are gorgeous!
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Thank you Elise! The little ones are some of my favorites too :D
haha... it was a polite term for what I really wanted to call it :D Thanks Lisa!
Thank you! The images in this batch were part of a kit for a monthly ATC swap group. They were put together by Terri at Lost Art Creations. https://www.etsy.com/shop/lostartcreations My most recent post with ATCs has images from photos I took myself. I've also just searched online for free use images - lots of the sites for this can be searched by theme or country and have good stuff in them. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2016 on Indian Summer Themed Artist Trading Cards at Gwen
haha... so that's what that was! ;) Thanks Denise!
Thank you so much for letting us use your awesome products for this hop! I love your project... just beautiful! And now I must go home and try Pan Pastels and heat embossing on my Art Squares :D
I know! I was going to come over to your blog and say the same thing... I bet we even used the same Coptic binding type :D And thank you!
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Hi everyone, welcome to my stop on this week's blog hop with StencilGirl and Inchie Arts! Talk about products that are made to work together... I got to use black and white sets of 4x4" Art Squares, cream colored ATC Art Squares, and a lovely gray 2"x2" set of Art Squares along with my StencilGirl Stencils. I love that Inchie Arts makes their products from mat board - that makes them perfect for pretty much whatever I wanted to do with them! In fact, they were so much fun to work with that I couldn't stop with just one project.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Gwen
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Thanks Gloria! I have a small set of drawers where I put scraps and ephemera, and a whole basket of fabric scraps! I've gotten to where I use scraps before I use a full piece of anything (although eventually I'll have to make more scraps. LOL.) So glad you're feeling inspired! Can't wait to see what you do with all of your scraps :)
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2016 on Today on Creative JumpStart 2016... ME! at Gwen
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Yup! Today is my day on Creative JumpStart! This year's theme is "Art in Translation," and our artist of the week whom I got to translate into my own work is Picasso! If you look closely, there's a sneaky peek of my project from the video :) For those who have already signed up, I hope I'll see you in the classroom! If not, it's definitely not too late to join in the fun. The videos this year have been fun and inspiring with a large variety of styles and techniques. You get 25 videos from 24 artists (not counting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Gwen
Thanks SAM! I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!
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I've got a new project over on StencilGirl Talk today - it's my monthly installment of Gwen's Gems! (I still giggle a bit when I type that.) This month I've made a mini art journal out of a manila file folder. I've wanted to do this for a while, so I used my stencils along with my winter Art Bento Box to make this month's project. Make sure you head over to read my post on StencilGirl Talk to see more photos and details as well as a tutorial so you can make your own! Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Gwen