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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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This is awesome Jill, and I love your French Knots on Steroids! It turned out just fabulous!
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I'm just loving this stenciled and embroidered tote bag that Jill McDowell is sharing today... I had the chance to see it in person last weekend and I have to say, it's even more awesome up close! Jill used my "Not Afraid to Try" and Art Deco Peacock Feathers stencils as the patterns for her embroidery. Here are a few close-ups so you can see some of the amazing details: Make sure you stop by her blog to see lots of photos and to get more details on how this gorgeous bag was made! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Gwen
Thank you Patty! I wasn't sure how the Boho animal stencils would go over, so it's great to hear how much you like the whole collection!
Thanks so much Linda! I've been really excited about the designs in this release, and maybe even more excited about creating the samples! So glad you like them... can't wait to see how you use them!
Merci Edwige! I'm so glad that you like them... I can't wait to see what you make!
Thank you so much Pat! I suppose they are a little bit like children, especially given the time and detail that goes into crafting each design - a labor of love, for sure! I can't wait to see what you make with your new stencils!
Thanks so much Cathy! I can't wait to see how you use them with the techniques we played with in St. Louis!
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I'm just loving today's project from the Artist Tribe... Lynda Shoup made this fabulous bohemian cell phone case! Lynda used Irresistible India downloadable collage sheets, sari yarn, Turkmen jewelry parts, Japanese Chiyogami paper, block printed paper from my Irresistible India Collage and Embellishment pack, and more goodies. Make sure you check out her blog for details on her project and lots more photos! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Gwen
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Jackie Neal is joining us from the Artist Tribe today with a truly mixed media creation! She's combined lots of different types of products and techniques to make a journal cover full of fabulous details! Jackie has used embellished sari scraps, my Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil, block-printed elephants from my Enchanting Elephants Collage & Embellishment Packs, and some Chiyogami papers. Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details and lots more photos! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Gwen
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Welcome to part two of my posts highlighting my latest release from StencilGirl... my Boho Collection! (If you missed part 1, you can check that out here.) Today I'm sharing more details and examples using the three Boho animal designs: fish, birds, and butterflies. I'll start with the original Boho design... the fish. This actually came about more than 10 years ago when I was trying to find a way to fill space on the huge walls in the stairway of the townhouse I lived in at the time. I was still pretty much a mixed media novice, but I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Gwen
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Today we're taking a brief break from the new stencil love to showcase one of the designs from my last release in this powerful art journal page by Linda Edkins Wyatt. Linda used my Not Afraid to Try stencil along with recycled paint skins from her craft mat. In her post she discusses both the idea fear as well as overcoming it, and she's also sharing several other art journal pages with this stencil. Make sure you stop by her blog to read more and see all of the details! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Gwen
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I'm thrilled to share that I have seven new stencils releasing today from StencilGirl! This release includes six "Boho" stencils (hopefully there will be more, but we'll see!) as well as the first of what I hope will be many in my new Collage Textures & Patterns collection. I've been working hard to create samples for these new designs and there's a lot to share, so I'm going to break it into two posts so they don't get too long. Today I want to focus on the circle stencils. First up, the Collage Textures and Patterns, Circles stencil. The inspiration... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Gwen
Thank you so much Dee! I was really pleased with the effect of all the layers... so glad you like it!
Thank you Linda! The flowers were nowhere near the original concept for this painting, but I'm glad I followed my intuition - I really like that contrast as well :)
Thanks Jill! I think the emotion and energy from the process of making it show in the final piece... that might be what I like about it most :)
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Recently I posted one or two work-in-progress photos and then a picture of the finished product for a new mixed media painting that I called "Phoenix." As it happens, I took photos at the different phases along the way... not a full on tutorial, but I thought it would be fun to share how this piece progressed and maybe a little bit of my thought process as I worked. To start, I had an inspiration piece in mind - vague, and totally subject to change, as always. I began by gathering supplies to do some collage on the background (as... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Gwen
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Jackie is here from the Artist Tribe to finish out the inspiration for the month (I can't believe it's almost June! ) She's sharing this gorgeous beaded cover for her sari journal: Jackie used my Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion stencil as the pattern, then added some sari scraps and a few other goodies from a Curated Stash Pack. Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Gwen
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I just love this gorgeous scrap fairy art doll that Linda Edkins Wyatt is sharing on her blog today... isn't it fabulous? Linda used some orange embellished sari scraps, Florentine paper, and Turkmen jewelry parts... I love how it all came together to make this lovely "paper" doll! Make sure you head over to her blog to see all of the details! For those who didn't see the latest newsletter that went out yesterday, I'm having a Memorial Day sale in the shop! You can save 20% off of supplies and downloadable collage sheets today through Monday - just use... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Gwen
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Are you ready for some truly global mixed media inspiration? (Not that we aren't going global pretty much all the time over here! LOL!) Today Lynda Shoup is sharing a beautiful art journal page with influences from India and the Middle East. Lynda is using hand-printed papers from some of my collage and embellishment packs, along with my new "Not Afraid to Try" stencil, some sari scraps, Turkmen jewelry parts, and an image from my Irresistible India digital downloads. Make sure you head on over to her blog for more photos and details! P.S. A little birdie told me that... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Gwen
Thanks so much Tracey! I hadn't planned to get back to them so soon, but I needed something quick and fun to do between some assignments, and I really enjoyed working on them again. I'm looking forward to doing more!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2018 on Stenciled & Collaged Art Cards at Gwen
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I started a project almost two years ago... making small pieces of stenciled & collaged artwork on oversized playing cards. I had originally planned to continue and make lots of small pieces that would be available for sale, but then never made the time to get back to working on them. This week I pulled those cards out again and started reviving that series, and the first three new cards are now done. It was fun... fulfilling, even, to work on these! I started by sanding the glossy surface of the back of each card so that my mediums and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Gwen
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It looks like Spring is finally here, and Lynda Shoup from the Artist Tribe has a fun idea for a boho, mixed media approach to your gardening with her gorgeous embellished flower pot! Lynda used a sari applique from the Irresistible India Mixed Media Happy Pack, as well as hand-printed papers from a variety of different packs and kits. Make sure you head over to Lynda's blog to see details and description of how it all came together! Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Gwen
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I'm thrilled to share that I'm the Guest Ambassador this month for Relics & Artifacts! I've been a fan of Sandra's line since it first launched, so I was excited to have this opportunity to put together a project using a variety of the awesome products available. Here's what I made: I used resin blanks, wood shapes, Bohemian jewels, Dresden trim, and one of Sandra's rubber stamp designs along with my Art Deco Bookplates stencil, sari yarn and a large Kuchi patch from the shop, and lots of paint and collage. Of course, there's a tutorial to go with it,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2018 at Gwen
lol, I've always liked tools and it's fun to find ways to use them in my work! I probably use half of them wrong, but they get the job done!
Yes, I love my pliers! They probably get used for jewelry least of everything, but they're so handy to have around! My taste in music is pretty eclectic and maybe a bit odd, but it's been interesting to see how different styles can influence my work (and my mood!)