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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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Welcome to today's stop on the StencilGirl blog hop using some awesome products from USArtQuest! I've been a fan of their products for a long time, so for this project I was really excited to play with some of their product lines that I'd never used before. I've been in a collage / bookmaking frame of mind for a while now, so today I'm sharing a collage that I think will eventually double as a book cover. This was actually a lot of fun to pull together... here's a quick little overview so you can see what products I used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Gwen
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I was lucky enough this year to go back to Connecticut in May to spend a weekend taking classes with Dina Wakley at Papercraft Clubhouse. She came to teach in May 2014 just before I moved to Chicago and I got to go then and loved it so much that I couldn't resist going back for more! First up, I'm a notorious over-packer for artsy weekends. This time, I think I did a pretty good job! Since I'd taken classes with her before, I had a good idea of what I would and wouldn't use. All of Dina's paints and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Gwen
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Believe it or not, I'm coming back to my sadly neglected blog to post about something in a timely manner! (Don't get used to it... lol.) A few posts ago, I shared photos and descriptions of my latest classes that I just taught this last weekend at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. This time I made an effort to get more photos of my classes (which I'm typically pretty bad at remembering.) I did great the first night, then I went downhill very quickly! Friday night we had Stamp Carving 101 which was lots of fun. We learned basic carving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, I'm up on the StencilGirl blog today with a new project that uses fabric scraps and stencils for a different way to add faces into your art journal. For a quick little tutorial on how to do this, make sure you head over to StencilGirl Talk for more details. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Gwen
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I've been working on a bunch of different projects lately, including planning my next round of classes at Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, Connecticut. I'll be teaching there on Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th - registration is open now! Here are the classes I'll be teaching that weekend. Note that all students get a 10% store discount on the day of the class, and any supplies that aren't provided in your class kit will be available for purchase at the Clubhouse. Stamp Carving 101, Friday, June 5, 2015, 6-9pm Come join us and learn to carve your own rubber... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at Gwen
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Just popping in to share a project that I have over on StencilGirl Talk using the May stencils from StencilClub. This was a fun month, and I love how my sequined art journal turned out! If you want to see more, head over to StencilGirl Talk for more photos of the finished book, as well as some details on how I made the cover. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today with a new project using a stencil as the basis for my own Paint and Paper collage. I'm sharing a bit of the process with a few additional photos and close-ups, so make sure to head on over to StencilGirl Talk if you're interested in seeing more. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Gwen
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Just stopping by to share that I have a new post up over on StencilGirl Talk today - a mini art journal that I made with stencils and the new 4" and 6" round Gelli® plates (plus my 8" round plate) from Gelli Arts®. This is a fun little 16-page 6"x9" journal and all of the inside pages are made from a single piece of paper! Head on over to StencilGirl Talk if you want to see all of the inside pages and get more details about how to make your own. (Note: I received permission to use the Gelli®... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Gwen
Ouch! My mom just had that same surgery - that's not a fun one! But I'm glad you're feeling inspired... thank you! I hope you're able to get back to your art journal soon!
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2015 on Inspiration Wednesday Weeks 4-7 at Gwen
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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 Apr 18, 2015 at Gwen
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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 Apr 16, 2015 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!