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Chicago, IL
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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In an effort to not get so behind in my posting, I thought I'd pop in and share my pages in my inspiration journal from this week's Inspiration Wednesday video with Donna Downey. This week was a lot about texture, and I went ahead and followed along with Donna to get some darker colors on the page. I used a bit more green and kept mine a bit more opaque than hers, but I really liked it. Donna used thin wooden letters on her pages, but I didn't have any of those. What I do have is a TON of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gwen
Wow... I've been meaning to get this post up for weeks and it just kept slipping! But I'm finally getting around to knocking stuff off of my to-do list, and here we are - the last six weeks worth of art journal pages for The Documented Life Project. Again, most of these were posted on Instagram / Facebook, but I like to get them all in one place :) Without further ado, my pages for March and the first half of April. The theme for the month was mark making and doodling, and the first week was to incorporate doodling... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Gwen
Thanks Seth! I've had a lot of fun keeping up with the challenges this year, but I have to say... being able to flip through the book when it's done is probably my driving motivation :D
Toggle Commented Apr 8, 2015 on Inspiration Wednesday Weeks 4-7 at Gwen
Just dropping in to let you know that I have a post up on StencilGirl Talk today where I share several projects I made using the new April StencilClub stencils. This month I got the embroidery bug - it's been a while, but I had a lot of fun pulling these together. I also included some fun tags showing how you can take the same technique and use it with paint and paper if you're not in the mood to sew. If you're interested, head on over to see more photos of the individual pieces along with some details. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Gwen
I just realized that it's been a while since I did a round-up of the pages in my Inspiration Wednesday art journal, so I thought I'd post the new ones since my last IW2015 post. All but the most recent one have been shared on Instagram & Facebook, but I have a few additional views below, and week 7 is hot off the press! First up, week 4 - working on book paper with stamping, molding paste, and glazing. I had picked up a book of vintage French comics at the Create vendor fair last summer (I'm so sad that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Gwen
I just love how the Color Bursts worked with the fish fossil stencil - your canvas is just beautiful!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2015 on Day 5 blog hop day . . . at Art From The Heart
Two weeks ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend taking classes from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut. I had been looking forward to this for a long time! It was so fun to go back and see friends, make art, shop, play, and of course, to meet and learn from Julie! She was just as fun in person as I'd imagined from her videos. The first day was an all day class called Art Journal Playground. It was so cool to see Julie's art journals in person - they're stunning! I was so inspired,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Gwen
Thanks Barbara! The feathers were just done on watercolor paper.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2015 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
Hi Elizabeth - thanks! And the ink pads are another product of Ken's. You can see him use them in his videos. They're dye ink (very reactive to moisture,) and they slide out of their holder and kind of flip over and click into place - the pad itself is about 1"x1" and on a kind of hinge so it moves back and forth - it makes it really cool for distressing edges and other things there it's hard to get a normal stamp pad to go where you want it. Hope that helps!
Toggle Commented Mar 26, 2015 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
Do you mean the dimensional paints? I use TONS of these in my projects... mainly Liquid Pearls by Ranger, or the dimensional fabric paints you can get at the craft store - Tulip or Scribbles are the ones I use the most. They're great for getting some extra color and texture into your work. I also used Diamond Glaze mixed with yellow Color Burst to make a dimensional glaze - you can find that online or use Glossy Accents. Hope that helps! Let me know if it doesn't.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2015 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
Beautiful layout! Love all of the layers and details :)
ha! Well, the good thing is that the powders aren't super expensive and they only come in 6 colors (so you can mix to make more) and they're really versatile! That should help justify it, right? I'll have to think about a class along these lines... this particular project took a while and needed lots of drying time, but there's probably something we could do!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2015 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
Thanks April! I mostly use either Liquid Pearls from Ranger or Tulip or Scribbles - the ones you get at the craft store.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2015 on StencilGirl & Ken Oliver Blog Hop at Gwen
Hi everyone, welcome to day 2 of the blog hop with StencilGirl and Ken Oliver! Today I'm sharing a project I did using Ken's awesome products with StencilGirl stencils. I'm mostly going to be using the Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst collection, along with some of his very cool Click It stamp pads. If you want to see more, Ken has put together a great video on Color Bursts showing how to use them. For my post, I've wanted to play with one of the Tim Holtz Folios for a while and this seemed like the perfect time to do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Gwen
This must be the bigger collage piece you mentioned in class on Sunday - it's AMAZING!!! I think the biggest I've done so far is 18x36, but I've got some larger canvases in my studio just waiting to be used! I might just have to use one of them for a collage :)
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2015 on 100 Canvases: Canvas #30 at Balzer Designs
This was so much fun! I had a fabulous time this weekend - it was great to meet you and the classes were amazing!
I've got a new post up over on the StencilGirl blog today, sharing how I made this fun little gift box :) The entire thing is made from scratch, including the box! There's a tutorial with photos that walks you through all the steps, so I hope you'll stop by if you have a minute. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Gwen
Just popping in to post February's art journal pages for The Documented Life Project. Personally, I'm pretty excited that I've managed to keep up so far! I've posted these on Instagram / Facebook, but I like to gather them together here whenever I can find a few minutes to sit down and post an update. February's theme was all about layers, and for the first week the challenge was "when not to stop." All about knowing when to push it and when enough is enough. I used a LOT of layers on this one! Acrylic paints, some watercolors, ink, pen,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today with a post highlighting the new March StencilClub stencils. I've got several new projects that combine stencils with hand-carved stamps. Head on over to StencilGirl Talk if you want to see the full projects and get more details on how I made them :) Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Gwen
Thanks so much Rebecca! I've actually got a video camera picked out, I just need to get it and figure out how to edit the videos and all that. :)
Thanks so much! And I know I've already said it too, but thanks for letting me play with your awesome new stencil!
I'm pretty excited to share this project... it's been under wraps for a while! A month or so ago, I got a chance to work with Maria's new stencil from StencilGirl called Doodle It Borders. Pretty cool, huh? I thought this would be awesome to use with some of the Pergamano techniques I've been playing around with, so I pulled out some vellum and my embossing tools and started playing. In the end, I decided to make all the pieces into a book and I LOVE it! And, in my first ever blog video, here's a walk-through of the inside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Gwen
Thanks! And that would be so fun! We need to get together and have a retreat with the whole team or something. It would be a blast!
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Another Sculpture from a Stencil - Seahorse! at Gwen
Following yesterday's post with my plaster elephant sculpture made from a stencil, I had another sculpture I wanted to share that shows a different sculpture technique and using a different shape. This time I used the Seahorses stencil and the Coral stencil, both by June Pfaff Daley. For this one, I started out the same way as my elephant sculpture - trace the design onto the cardboard and build the armature. Of course, seeing as how seahorses don't have any legs, I had to come up with an alternate way to get it to stand up (but you could also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I've got a post up on the StencilGirl blog today showing more details about how I made this fun plaster elephant sculpture! I loved this project... I'm thinking about turning it into a class. Would anyone be interested in that? I've got a few more ideas for possible shapes. Just let me know :) In the meantime, make sure to head over to StencilGirl Talk! Related articles Another Sculpture from a Stencil - Seahorse! Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Gwen