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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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Hi everyone, I'm just popping in to let you know that I've got a project I'm sharing in today's group inspiration post for the new September StencilClub stencil kit. Here's what I came up with - going with this month's theme, I'm calling it "Hidden Messages." It's a 10"x10" mixed media canvas. There are a few in-progress shots over on the StencilGirl blog, as well as more inspiration from the rest of the creative team. I hope you'll stop by and check it out! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Gwen
Ooh... I must get my hands on these! They're all wonderful, but I think my favorite is Scenic Route... or Spring and Fall - I can't decide! They both have some of my favorite colors to work with. I think these are perfect for using with Prima stamps and stencils. Love!
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Give-Away Time! at Prima
Thanks Theresa! I just took a peek and it looks like you have some fun boards! Off to do some more exploring :)
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2015 on Typepad on Pinterest: Gwen Lafleur at Gwen
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Wow... what a surprise! Big thank you to Typepad for the shout out on their blog! I guess this is the part where I tell you to follow me on Pinterest ;) Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 23, 2015 at Gwen
Hi Tommy - thanks! And yes, you can paint over it... at least with these or similar paints. If you don't get enough patina the first time, just put another layer of metal paint on top and spray it with the patina spray. Although for the church windows, are you talking about the insides or around them? I didn't use any patina on the "glass" part of the windows. For the parts where I did patina, I didn't glob the metal paint on, but it was fairly wet. I also use a pretty good amount of the patina spray while the paint is still wet. Hopefully that helps! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful centerpiece for your show :)
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Hi everyone, welcome to day 3 of our blog hop! The StencilGirl creative team has been playing with the fabulous VerDay Paint and Patina kits from TENseconds Studio, and this week we're sharing our projects. For today's project, I wanted to do something with this cool wooden triptych that I had on hand from Paper Whimsy - I thought it would be a perfect substrate for adding a patina finish. Here's what I came up with, and below is a quick tutorial for those who want to see how to make it. Before I got into the project itself, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Gwen
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Picking up where I left off yesterday, today I wanted to share a quick recap of the projects I did as part of the bundle of Junque Journal classes I took online with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. The second of the two classes is called "30 Days in your Junque Journal," and I did a pretty good job of keeping up, I think! Especially since I was traveling during the class. So let's just dive right in, shall we? For most of the class, I didn't copy Julie's sample pages exactly (there was a video for every day of the 30... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Gwen
Thanks Janet! I was definitely lucky to go take classes with her... I'd wanted to forever! Her online classes are almost as good, though :) And thanks again! This was really fun to make.
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2015 on Junque Journal Classes Part 1 at Gwen
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In my never ending quest to get somewhat caught up with the list of "posts I want to put up on my blog," I bring you part 1 of my Junque Journal classes recap! I'd been eyeing these online Junque Journal classes by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer since she first put them up on her site, but I was hemming and hawing a bit over the price so I hadn't yet jumped in. Then, I went and spent a weekend taking in-person classes from her at the Papercraft Clubhouse in Connecticut, which I LOVED, and decided after seeing her journals in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, just popping in quickly to let you know that I have a project in today's August StencilClub Inspiration post over on StencilGirl Talk. Here are some quick peeks at my projects: Make sure you click over to see the whole post... I have a few step-outs so you can see how I painted the fan, and there are also two other projects from the creative team! Related articles Art Journaling with July StencilClub StencilGirl: Making a Mixed Media Kalaga StencilGirl Blog Hop - Seth Apter New Release! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Gwen
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In May and June, I had the chance to take a portrait drawing class at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - (my photo is even part of the rotating carousel up top!) I've taken several of their continuing studies classes over the last year, and it's really helped me make some good progress with my drawing skills. I missed the last day of class - I was in Williamsburg with my family, and since that class was the critique, I thought I'd do my own online critique. FYI, for this class, the teacher didn't use any kind... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Gwen
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I'm WAY behind in catching up... if that makes sense! But I thought I may as well start somewhere... this will be a bit of a big post, but I wanted to make sure I got it all updated. I've done seven Inspiration Wednesday challenges since the last time I posted an IW update, so without further ado, here they are! Week 9 - I loved playing with color and mark making on this one... the face is the Yearning Desire stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng, the words in molding paste are from the Picasso's Words stencil by Carolyn Dube.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi Everyone, welcome to today's StencilGirl blog hop showing off the new stencil release by Seth Apter! I was pretty excited to work with Seth's new stencils - I always love his designs, and these are no exception! I'm pretty sure these will all get lots of use in future projects, but for today I decided to do an art journal page using one of my favorite techniques - building up layers with little "windows" in them so you can see some of what's below. For those who are interested, here's how I did it. To start, I picked a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi all - I've got a post and tutorial up on the StencilGirl blog today showing details and instructions for this project: It's a mixed media kalaga! A twist on the elephant sculpture based off of a stencil that I did a few months ago (and taught last month at the Clubhouse!) and I used it to make my paper and glue version of the gorgeous embroidered wall hangings. Make sure you head over for details and more photos... this was a fun one and I love how it came out! Related articles This Weekend's Classes at Papercraft Clubhouse Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Gwen
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Hi everyone, just popping in to let you know that I have a new art journal page up over on StencilGirlTalk using this month's new StencilClub stencils. This was a fun one... I experimented with some more collage in my art journal. Head on over for more photos and a bit of explanation on how I did some of it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Gwen
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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