It's Kuchi Time! All of us in the Artist Tribe have been busy creating projects to showcase colorful, beaded Afghan Kuchi patches. It's my turn today and I can't wait to share my project with you and show you how you can make this easy wall hanging out of rug canvas, Sari Ribbon, and a Kuchi Patch. You'll need 2 different hook rug tools for this project, a traditional latch hook and a new tool for me: a Locker Hook. Recently I saw a hooked rug with pattern and texture I'd never seen before. After doing some research to find... Read more →

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Hi everyone! This is turning out to be such a great week. I'm finally on a much needed week of vacation and my Dad and his new companion are here visiting from Tennessee. Now we're all getting ready to head out to Cape Cod for a few days to find enjoy the last whispers of summer. Life is good. But it got even better when I opened FaceBook this morning and found that the wonderful people at StencilGirl had chosen me to be the winner of the #StencilGirlSummer contest on Instagram! I can't tell you how honored I am to... Read more →

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I have a tendency to become rather fixated on some things, (or so I'm told...). One of those things has been Gwen's Ornamental Peacock stencil.  This stencil has been there from the beginning for me.  It was actually one of the first stencils that I had purchased since stenciling my hallway with a FolkArt stencil back in the 80's. Here's a few pics of 10 projects we've worked on together so far.  You can bet that there will be more... Read more →

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Today I'm going to share with you one way to use Gwen's fabulous Downloadable Collage Cutouts in your ATCs, collages, and other mixed media projects and some tips for adhering collage elements to your artwork. Read more →

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I'm going to share how to use Gwen's stencils with lightweight Lutradur to create an interesting and textured background for your art journal pages and mixed media projects. Read more →

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Gwen and me at her Mixed Media Shadow Boxes and Shrines class last spring Hi everybody. Welcome to my first post as a member of Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe. For those of you who may not know Gwen, she is a talented mixed media artist, an inspiring teacher, a popular stencil designer at StencilGirl Products, a mentor, and my friend, (oh, and then there's that silly day job of her's...). Working with Gwen is a dream come true for me and it truly is an honor to be one of the ambassadors on her first design team. Over the next... Read more →

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I am so excited that I'm finally able to share that I am one of five artists chosen to be a member of Gwen Lafleur's very first Artist Tribe. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to collaborate with such a talented group of women including Gwen herself. Gwen has been a constant source of inspiration for me ever since I was bitten by this mixed media bug three years ago. I have watched all of her Facebook, Instagram and Blog posts in awe, enrolled in her classes, purchased just about ever StencilGirl Stencil she's designed, and hoarded a huge... Read more →

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Hi Everybody. Today I want to share with you the technique that I used create the blue laced Lutradur element in my StencilGirl Voices Textile Collage. The collage, featuring the August 2017 StencilClub Set, Second Star on the Right and Straight on 'til Morning StencilClub collection designed by Mary C. Nasser, is hand stitched onto a linen page in my new Dina Wakely Mixed Media journal. If you haven't heard about Lutradur before, you're not alone. I recently discovered it while poking around the Artistic Artifacts website where I found an overview in a Liz Kettle YouTube Video. Lutradur is... Read more →

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Hi everyone! OK, I have a confession it make. Are you sitting down? I stalk my mailman. And it's been going on for the past year and a half. But in my defense, I only stalk him during the third week of the month... Shocking, isn't it? You see the thing is that I belong to this club. Not just any club though... I belong to StencilClub. And on the 15th of every month, StencilGirl sends Club members a collection of 3 really cool stencils designed by some incredible artists. (And this month there was even a bonus stencil designed... Read more →

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I've been having so much fun making Infinity Art Flips lately. They remind me of the picture books I used to read to my kids many years ago. Every time I'd get to the end of the story, they'd beg for me to read it to them over again, and again, and again. Learning to Fly is a small Flip, created on a 3"X3" base with a background of india inks, a little collage material and stencils. The main characters of my story include a butterfly and flower fashioned from some oak seed pods, (aka those little twirly bird helicopters... Read more →

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