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Interests: travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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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 3 days ago 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
Hi Kimmie, Thanks so much! I can't imagine how tempting it would be for me to live so close to Donna's studio... it's bad enough that I have a Blick nearby! On the plus side, it would be great to be so close for some of the classes she has at her studio! One of these days I want to come down and visit. Anyway, thanks again for your comment and following! Much appreciated :) Gwen
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2015 on Catching Up: Inspiration Wednesday at Gwen
I've shared all of my Inspiration Wednesday pages on Instagram / Facebook, but I wanted to get them all in one place, so here they are... up through the February 4th pages. Starting out, I made my own inspiration journal. I had some turquoise canvas and this cool embroidered linen cloth that was leftover from some curtains I made for my house in Connecticut. I followed the same pattern as the ones Donna makes and then made two signatures for the inside - that should be enough for the whole year. The first week was just the front page -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Gwen
Just popping in to do a little catch-up on posting recent projects. I've shared all of these on Instagram / Facebook, but I wanted to get all of my pages so far this year that I've done for The Documented Life Project posted here as well, including the cover that I did months ago. I started this back in July of last year, thinking I'd start half-way through 2014 and then do all of this year. I did the cover, prepped all the pages in my 18-month Moleskine planner, and then did 4 layouts and never really got back to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Gwen
Hi All, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today sharing a new project that uses this month's StencilClub stencils. Believe it or not, I actually did a scrapbook layout! Head on over for more details :) Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog again today. This time, I've got a post showing how to use your stencils to create templates for paper quilling. This was a fun project! Hope you like it! Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Gwen
Hi everyone, welcome to day 3 of the StencilGirl - Craft Attitude blog hop! All this week the StencilGirl creative team has been sharing projects using stencils and Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film. Lately I've been inspired by all of the gorgeous Artist's Trading Blocks that I've been seeing around the web, so I decided to make one for today's post. Here's what I ended up with: I used my stencils along with polymer clay and lots of beads and other trinkets and then used the craft film to apply photos to the clay. It worked out really well! Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl blog today with a post showing my first spread of the year from my Documented Life Planner... we'll see if I can keep it up this time! Hop on over for more photos and a short tutorial :) Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Gwen
I think I'm finally starting to get caught up after the holidays... so much going on for the last few months! Anyway, one of my goals for this year is to make more of an effort to post things besides my StencilGirl scheduled posts. Looking back at my blog recently, I think that's all I've posted! So I'll try and mix it up a little more :) Now that Christmas is over, I can share one of the big projects I worked on last year. My mom had been saying she wanted one of my paintings to hang in her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Gwen
I'm up on the StencilGirl blog again today with a post combining magazine pages with paint, ink, and stencils to create a fun little collage. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Gwen
Thanks Patty! You should definitely check them out... I thought they were at least as good as the Blick / Utrecht artist grade fluid acrylics, and maybe even as good as Golden, only cheaper. Most of the same colors available and they were nice and vibrant with a good sheen. On the whole I think they were a bit more transparent, but they work well as you layer them. I think they have a pretty good deal on a starter kit if you're interested.
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on New Mixed Media Painting - DecoArt Media at Gwen
Today I have a new mixed media painting to share. It was so much fun to get back to this after weeks of traveling and craziness with holidays and work and classes... I finally had a chance to relax and do one of the projects that's been floating around in my head! Background for this project: early last month I was contacted to see if I would be interested in playing with some new products. Um... yes!!! So when I got back from Thanksgiving, there was a wonderful and extremely generous box from DecoArt waiting for me with lots of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at Gwen
Just a quick FYI... I have a post up today over on StencilGirl Talk showing a technique and a project using for December StencilClub. I'm doing mono-printing with a handmade printing plate made from this month's stencils: I hope you'll stop by! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Gwen
Just popping in to let you know that I'm over on the StencilGirl Blog today with a cute little project I did to celebrate Thanksgiving. Head on over for details on how I made him, along with a link to get the pattern to make the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving! Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Gwen
I'm so excited to be participating in this week's blog hop with Leslie Riley and StencilGirl! I've always loved the look of transfers, especially photo transfers, so I was excited to use Leslie's Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) along with stencils for this week's project. I frequently audition ideas for bigger pieces of art in my art journal, and I had an idea I wanted to try out using TAP to transfer a photo and embellish with stenciling. So my project today is my art journal "prototype" using a picture of my niece Aubrey that was just begging to be played... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Gwen
Just popping in for a fun little announcement... the latest issue of Mixed Media Art Magazine just came out, and I have an article in it! It's a 13 "page" product review of a variety of IMAGINE Crafts / Tsukineko products. I have several small projects and tips that are shared in here where I used and reviewed the various products they sent me. The magazine is digital only... you can download their app for free and either subscribe our purchase individual issues. You can check out the MMAM Facebook page for details, links, and fun posts. Anyway, I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Gwen
Hi everyone, I'm over on the StencilGirl Blog today with a post and tutorial on making a stenciled Halloween portfolio (I turned it into a mini album.) Stop on over and check it out! Lots more photos, inside pages, and an overview of how to make it are all in my post. Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Gwen
This week the StencilGirl creative team is joining up with Clearsnap for a fun blog hop full of great projects and inspiration! I had so much fun putting together my project for this, and I got to play with some fun supplies that I've been wanting to try with my stencils for a while now! My project is a faux-ceramic tile treasure box with "tiles" made from cardboard (you all know how I like my cardboard!) I started with a wood box I found at Joann that has a recessed top, perfect for filling in with tiles or some other... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Gwen
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