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Gwen
South Jordan, UT
Interests: mixed media art, travel, scrapbooking, crafting, watching sports (especially ice hockey), reading, cooking
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Hi everyone, it's time for Gwen's Gems again over on StencilGirl Talk! This month I'm tackling a new technique that I've wanted to try for a long time... I used ICE Resin to coat stenciled papers (so fun and cool!) and then used those papers to make a handmade art journal with window pages and covers. Make sure you head over to StencilGirl Talk to see the full post with instructions and more photos of the finished book! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gwen
Thanks! For the 4-station pamphlet stitch, I could have sworn this was the one I'd learned as a version of the pamphlet stitch, but maybe it had a different name? Maybe I made it up? In any case, this one makes it so that you cover the gap between the holes on both the inside and outside of the spine (if that makes sense?) You go in through the 2nd hole, out the 1st, back in the second, out the third, in the fourth, back out the third, and then tie off in the middle. Not sure if that made any sense, but making it so you don't have gaps is what makes it require the extra station :)
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I'm still at it, working feverishly in my studio as I try and finish up the samples for all of the prospective in-person classes I'm offering. The latest samples are for a class I'm calling Mini Mixed Media Medallions. I've used clay, metal findings, beads, and other goodies to make "medallions" (for lack of a better term) that can be anything from a funky statement pendant to an elaborate version of a Lover's Eye (or not so elaborate, but I like everything pretty over the top!) Here are the three I made as samples: Of course, I have individual photos... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Gwen
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I've been on a total creative roll over the last few weeks! So many ideas are running through my mind, and I've been lucky to spend pretty much all of my free time in the studio getting those ideas out of my head and into my art. One of the larger ongoing projects I've been working on has been making samples for the new in-person workshops I'm offering for stores or groups who are interested in having me come teach. The latest is a sample for another new full-day workshop - Mixed Media Floral Still-Life paintings, and I was actually... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Gwen
Thanks Denise! Um... the embroidery took a while - I worked on it a little at a time over a few weeks so I'm not sure how long it took. 8-10 hours, maybe? I'm not fast with that stuff. Actually assembling the book and doing the inside ones was a few hours. For the elastics, the ones I used on the inside I found at JoAnn, and I ordered the one-end elastics from Amazon (they're both Tim Holtz.)
Thanks so much Gracie! Those are two of my favorite stencils... can't wait to see how that turns out! It's a fun technique :)
Thanks Jill! That's a technique I don't use nearly enough, but it's SUCH a gorgeous effect!
Thanks Anita! Yes, I just cut them and stitched, the edges are raw. That's where the fact that Kraft-Tex is actually paper is a nice benefit... no fraying! The edges are nice and clean.
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Hi everyone, I'm so excited to be joining in on this week's blog hop with StencilGirl and C&T Publishing (makers of Kraft-Tex!) This week the creative teams are using stencils with Kraft-Tex... I can't tell you how much fun it was to stencil on this incredible product. It's so cool! I could keep talking, but why not just show you? First off, here's what I made - it's a riff on a traveler's notebook style book cover with two book inserts; I made it with elastics to give me the ability to swap pamphlet books in and out of the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Gwen
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Thanks Karen! I'm absolutely happy to travel abroad to teach ;) Seriously though, I've had quite a few requests for online classes and I have a small one outlined and on my to-do list so I can test the waters and see how it goes. It's definitely in the plan!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Of Angels & Icons at Gwen
Thanks so much Seth! I hope so... I think there have been some requests made to have me teach this at Tracie's in CT. We'll see!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Of Angels & Icons at Gwen
Thanks Denise! That would be so fun... hopefully there's some interest in bringing me out that way! If not, I've had quite a few requests already to have this as an online class, so that may happen too :)
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Of Angels & Icons at Gwen
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Lately I've been working on putting together a list of class offerings so that I can try and schedule a few in-person teaching appearances this year. I've already added some existing classes to the list, but I've never taught full-day classes and I'm working on developing a few (along with a few new half-day classes) so that I can add variety and options to the list. One of the new classes I'm going to offer is called Of Angels & Icons and it's inspired by a few things I love all mixed together. The first is Mexican folk art -... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Gwen
Thanks so much Seth! And thank you for coming up with such a fun idea and letting us all share in the process with you :)
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2017 on ARTifacts - January 2017 at Gwen
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If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a few of the art journal spreads I've posted recently that are labeled #ARTifacts. This is a new art journal I've started to try and document my creative / artsy year. If you haven't heard about this, the mastermind behind this project is Seth Apter (read more about the concept on his blog.) I think it's such a cool idea! I've already been tracking everything I do during the year in a kanban board on Trello, but I love this idea because it really celebrates each project and ultimately the book... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone! Just popping in with a few quick updates. If we're friends or you follow me on Facebook, you've probably already seen these, but just in case you missed them I wanted to post here as well. First up, yesterday was the second-to-last workshop / video for Creative JumpStart 2017 and it was me! Yes, today was the last day of new videos, but you can still sign up through October of this year, and you can still download all of the videos through November. Bonus, now you can get feedback from the people who are already in it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Gwen
Thanks so much Stephanie!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on Playing with New Seth Apter Products at Gwen
Thanks so much Gerrie! I love how Seth designed everything to work together... it makes it really easy to get lots of cool layers without a lot of effort!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on Playing with New Seth Apter Products at Gwen
Thanks Jill! I had fun with these, and yes - definitely a fun group! I just wish I could meet with them in person :-P Glad they're willing to do it through mail, though!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on January ATCs - Of Mystery & Magick at Gwen
Thanks so much Janice! I think these are still some of my favorite ATCs... so glad you enjoyed them!
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2017 on Indian Summer Themed Artist Trading Cards at Gwen
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It's time for sharing for my bi-monthly ATC swap! I'm lucky enough to be in a fabulous ATC swap group with some friends from Connecticut, and this month's theme / kit was called Of Mystery & Magick. It was such a fabulous kit! I was really swamped... holidays, some family stuff, assignments, my actual full-time job... so I almost just gave up and didn't send mine in this month, but I loved the kit and theme so much that I pushed through and finished them! Here are all of my cards that I sent in to swap: Can you tell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at Gwen
Great post Trena! I love the way you did these with resist... and I always forget about the "kissing" technique... thanks for the reminder! Beautiful results :)
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Hi all! Just popping in to let you know that I was lucky enough to be a guest poster on Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's blog today as part of her 10-year Blogiversary celebration! I got to do a tutorial redo, and while it was hard to pick from among her many fabulous tutorials, I decided to put my own spin on her Colorful Garbage ATCs. Here's my version: Make sure you head over to Julie's blog to see more photos and my take on the tutorial! Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Gwen
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Hi everyone! I'm so excited to have been asked by Seth Apter to create some projects with his new stamps and Wood Chips from PaperArtsy! For these projects, I thought it would be fun to take inspiration from the Library of Memories masterclass I took with him in 2015 and make a new version of that class project. These two projects are made to fit together, so here you can see how it looks when you put the book inside of the case: There are lots more pictures and some short tutorials and process descriptions over on StencilGirl Talk, but... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Gwen
Your cards are gorgeous Terrie, and I love your altered book! It's beautiful so far... great theme!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2017 on ATCs & Altered Books at Lost Art Creations