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Gwen
Connecticut
Interests: travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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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 2 days ago at Gwen
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Maria, Thanks! and you should totally look into the classes! There were quite a few people who drove in from a ways out or who took the Metra. My next class is Mon / Wed evenings, though... Saturday classes would be totally worth it!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2014 on Artist & the Sketchbook Class at SAIC at Gwen
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For those who haven't joined in yet, you have until tomorrow night (Sunday, 6/29) to leave a comment on Monday's blog hop! Scroll down 2 posts for my project if you haven't seen it yet. And now for today's post... I got the rest of Orly's StencilGirl stencils in the mail this week and really wanted to do something else with them. I started flipping through my notebook where I clean off my stencils thinking one of those pages would make a good background. I found one that was just perfect for what I had in mind. I went ahead... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Gwen
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(If you're looking for the StencilGirl blog hop, scroll down to the next post!) You may have seen a few photos on Instagram / Facebook from the class I've been taking... I was in Drawing: The Artist & the Sketchbook at the School for the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC.) They have a really good continuing studies program and I happened to find out about this class and was able to sign up the day before it started. It was a 5 week course, 9am-4pm on Saturdays. My professor was leaving for Korea before the end of the class, so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Gwen
Hi Denise, I fused with the stencil in place, and then after I removed it I used the heat gun to soften it up just a touch. Thanks! Gwen
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I have to say, I was pretty excited when I found out that Orly Avineri had stencil designs coming out with StencilGirl... I've been following her work for years! And I was doubly excited to participate in today's blog hop sharing her new stencils... available starting today! This is the stencil I received to work with... it's called Soft Bones and I kind of love it. When I saw it, I immediately thought that I wanted to do something in encaustics with it. Why, you ask? Well seeing as I've never done any work with encaustics, it seems like the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Gwen
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All this week the creative team for StencilGirl Products has been joining in with Craft Hoarders Anonymous for a fun blog hop using the mixed media supplies we're all hoarding in our stashes. I know I have more than my fair share, so this particular challenge was made for me and I was super excited to join in! The challenge: show off your inner mixed media diva using spray mists, inks, paints, modeling paste, embossing powder, pastels, chalks, etc... Pull out the "messy stuff" in your stash and get to playing. Um... I think I have some of that stuff!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Gwen
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Thanks Mary Beth! I'm just excited to have so many awesome stencils to play with... so thank you for designing / producing such awesome products to use!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
Thanks so much Mary! I love your designs (I adore maps too :) and I was excited to start using them!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
Yay! You'll have to post what you do... I can't wait to see!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2014 on Stenciled Cardboard Art Journal at Gwen
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I shared a few sneak peaks of this last week on Instagram and Facebook, and I finally got all of the photos taken and edited so I can share the entire book. So here you go... my latest cardboard art journal - this one is almost entirely stenciled. Just a warning... tons of pictures in this post! I'll share the pictures and a few close-ups as well as links to the stencils. I didn't think to take pictures from the very beginning of the project, unfortunately. But I took 7 pieces of cardboard, picked out 12-13 stencils, and grabbed several... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Gwen
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Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that my first blog post as a member of the StencilGirl Products creative team is up on the StencilTalk blog today! Here's my project - it's an 18"x18" mixed media canvas with acrylic paints, molding paste, and of course... lots of stencils! I have a little tutorial to show how I made this, so if you have a chance, head on over and check it out! Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Gwen
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... a homemade colored pencil case this way comes! Yes, corny... but in this case quite literal! I lost track of how many times I pricked (or in one case gouged) my thumbs, fingers, hands, etc... with stick pins while I was pinning various sections of the project I did last night. Trying to pin fabric in place through chipboard? Not so easy, it turns out. Background: I've wanted to get a case for my colored pencils for months now, but haven't been willing to cough up the money for a big enough case to hold all my pencils (they're... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Gwen