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Interests: travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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I have a few projects and updates that I haven't gotten around to posting here yet, so I'm doing a very quick round-up post... First up, a few art journal pages that I did last month. The smaller book is a vintage physics book I found at the used bookstore and I've been working on top of the pages. I used the September StencilGirl StencilClub stencils on this page. The page on the right uses the Moroccan Doily stencil, acrylic paint, and lots of Liquid Pearls. Next up, I got the chance to go to see the Black Keys in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Gwen
It's the start of a new month, and that means this month's StencilClub stencils have been revealed over at StencilGirl! I'm totally in love with this month's stencils... I've been playing with them since I got them. Today I'm sharing two art journal spreads that I made with them over on StencilGirl Talk... head on over for more details! A little hint... the one on the right uses my first (but not last!) homemade screen print. It turned out great! Anyway, hope you enjoy :) Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Gwen
Thanks Tammie! So glad you liked it! Make sure you link me up if you make your own... I'm sure it'd be gorgeous!
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2014 on StencilGirl: Stenciled and Shaped Books at Gwen
Thanks Cathy! So glad it helped to inspire you! And I'm a tiger, but I kind of gravitate toward the dragon too ;)
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on StencilGirl: Stenciled and Shaped Books at Gwen
Thank you Jeanne!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on Fall Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse at Gwen
Thanks Jessica!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on Fall Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today sharing a new project... a shaped hand-made book made from stencils! I can't tell you how much I love how this turned out... there are some better pictures and an outline of the process in the post, so head on over and check it out! P.S. This is one of the projects we'll be making in my stencil classes at Papercraft Clubhouse on October 17th-18th in Connecticut. So if you're in the area, get more class info in my last post and on the Clubhouse newsletter and Facebook page for more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Gwen
Thanks Mary! Hopefully one of these days we'll all get together and do a little in person playing!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on Fall Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse at Gwen
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've probably already seen me posting, but I wanted to put everything together in one place - I have three new classes that I'll be teaching on October 17th and 18th at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. So if you're in the area and interested, give them a call to sign up! Here are the classes... they're all mixed media, based on working with stencils (naturally!) Friday night from 6-9pm, I'll be teaching Beneath the Surface. I'm totally in love with these projects, and I hope we'll get plenty of people coming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Gwen
This week we're having a super fun blog hop celebrating all of the cool techniques that you can find in Mary Beth Shaw's book, "Stencil Girl Mixed-Media Techniques for Making and Using Stencils." This is a really great book, absolutely packed with great techniques and tutorials. This week, each member of the creative team is sharing a project inspired by one of the techniques in the book. I get to share my project based on the chapter "Spray it Again, Sam" (page 66) all about using spray paint with stencils. Yay! So fun! So with that, here's the project I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Gwen
Thanks April, that's so nice of you to say!
I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today with a post showing off this month's StencilClub stencils by Andrew Borloz. They're super awesome and extremely versatile! Hop on over and check it out! Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Gwen
The StencilGirl creative team is back again all this week with a new blog hop going with the team over at Viva Las VegaStamps. Without further ado, here's my project for the hop - a steampunk inspired index card art journal in its own little case. I got to use a fabulous plate of stamps - steampunk animals and lots of other fun images. I combined their stamps with a bunch of great StencilGirl stencils and used the steampunk theme as inspiration for the project. Here are the stencils I used: Warped 9 by Lizzie Mayne Industrial Fence by Jamie... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Gwen
This collection is just amazing! I love the colors and patterns... all of the gold and vellum, and that flower ephemera pack is awesome!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2014 on New for Fall: Open Book at Crate Paper
This week the StencilGirl creative team showcasing stamps and Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull! I was pretty excited about this, because I'm kind of going back to my roots with some stamping and scrapbooking. We got to work with some of Eileen's acrylic stamps and Sizzix ScoreBoards dies. For today's post, I'm using the Picket Fence stamp set, and diecuts from the Sizzix ScoreBoards Mini Album XL Die, and the Sizzix Bigz Flower Layers with Heart Petals Die along with a few stencils from StencilGirl. And without further ado, here's today's project: I used the mini album ScoreBoards diecut to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Gwen
Hi Jenn, I don't remember the exact colors, but they were all Golden acrylics - fluid and heavy body. I think maybe Dioxazine purple, purple oxide... there was a a lighter heavy body too. The vivid colors just come from the quality of the paint - they have a high level of pigment which makes a huge difference. Hope that helps! Gwen
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on StencilGirl and a New Mixed Media Canvas at Gwen
Just popping in with a quick post... things got crazy (again!) but I finally have a little time to start getting back to normal. I hope! Probably for just long enough to enjoy it before I get bored again. lol. So, last week was my final figure drawing class, and it went really well! I have a few things I might be able to post, but also a few class projects that I'd like to finish up now that I have a bit more free time. So hopefully I can share something soon. Also finishing up in the last week... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Gwen
This week we're showing how cool it is to use PanPastels with stencils... I love PanPastels - there are so many different ways to use them. I had a few different ideas that I wanted to try, but I decided to keep it fairly simple. I love all the work with faces that I've seen online lately, but I haven't really tried it myself... I decided this was a great way to start doing some of my own since PanPastels blend so well and work perfectly for this type of thing. Here's my final art journal page for this project:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Gwen
Hi Joy, Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it! And I didn't read it as snarky :) It would really be nice if we could edit comments, wouldn't it? Thanks! Gwen
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2014 on StencilGirl: Using Stencils to Make Windows at Gwen
Hi all... just popping in to let you know that I have a new project and tutorial up today over on the StencilGirl blog. Here's the project that I'm sharing: I had a LOT of fun making this page, so I hope you enjoy it! And if you try this technique yourself, be sure to link me up :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Gwen
I've mentioned before that I'm taking an online "kourse" from Sketchbook Skool, and now that the semester is half over, I thought I'd share some of my work from the first half of the kourse. I'm taking the "Beginnings" klass, which has been pretty good so far. If nothing else, it's gotten me to pick up my sketchbook a few days a week. I try to do something creative every day so even if I don't sketch I'm doing something, but since I want to build my drawing skills I really wanted to do more, and now I am! If... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Gwen
Hi Joy, thanks! That's funny, that's the same way I found Sketchbook Skool... reading one blog that linked to Danny Gregory that linked to Sketchbook Skool. It's definitely fun! I love the web... and thanks for reading! You've got some pretty cool stuff going on on your blog too :D Thanks! Gwen
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Catch-up post: Random arty stuff at Gwen
Hi Cathy, I was actually really intimidated by sketching too, still am! I was collecting books about sketching and gathering stacks of blank sketchbooks and never using them because I didn't think I could do it. But I've been surprised that I'm better than I think I am, and the classes have really helped me to be more confident and improve. I still have a ways to go, but I read a quote that said that your sketches are all much better than the ones that people never make. I think the original quote made more sense... lol. Anyway, I'll keep sharing, but I hope you just jump in!
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Catch-up post: Random arty stuff at Gwen
If you're stopping by for the Traci Bautista / StencilGirl blog hop, scroll on down to the next post! And now, I'm just doing a little catch-up post with some random projects I've done over the last 6 weeks or so that haven't been posted here yet. First up, an online mixed media class that I did in early June... I overdid the texture on the underpainting, but I do like it and I learned a lot. Next up, I downloaded the Art Journaling LIVE courses and went through the one by Dina Wakley. I ended up going with really... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Gwen
I'm so excited about today's blog hop! I love Traci's work and I was pretty psyched when I found out she had stencils coming out. For today's project, I received Circles Circles to play with. If you know me at all, you know I love me some circles! So I couldn't wait to use this. And I used it a lot! If you follow Traci's work, you know she has a new book that just came out called Printmaking Unleashed so, inspired by the idea of printmaking, I used this stencil to make a mini art journal with background pages... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Gwen