Hi Everyone, Spring Blossoms - Mixed media art journal page using a tea bag by Jill McDowell I'm here today for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe to share with you a touch of spring straight from the pages of my art journal. This one was inspired by the practice of forcing flowering branches to bloom early indoors. It combines my love of tea bags and my long time obsession with Blue Willow ginger jars and Flow Blue plates with two of my favorites stencils from Gwen's newly released Spring 2018 collection by StencilGirl. In springtime, stems of dogwood, quince, and spicebush... Read more →

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Hello Friends, I'm back with another post for Gwen Lafleur Studios' Artist Tribe. Today I want to share with you an unforgettable bucket list experience that I recently had at MaryBeth Shaw's quaint and inspirational art studio in St. Louis. It was there that a group of twelve creative souls from all over the country gathered to learn tips, tricks, and secrets for creating BoHo Grunge at Gwen's All Mixed Up Workshop. (Gwen and MaryBeth may just have let one or two other secrets slip out too while we were there, but our lips are sealed...) One of the perks... Read more →

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Raise your hand it you’ve ever thought about wrapping up a soggy tea bag, stashing it in your purse/pocket, and bringing it home to dry.  Now raise your other hand if you’ve actually done it.  If both of your hands are up and wriggling around like Horshack's in Mr. Kotter’s social studies class, you’re not alone.  I’m here to further enable you. But if your hand or hands are still down by your side, fear not; you too will be out there searching for your own for Tea Bag opportunities once I show you how to make Tea Bag Art in 4 easy steps with stencils from Gwen Lafleur studios. Read more →

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In today's post I'm sharing my process for making Natural Dye Stenciled Eggs. I'll show you some of the tricks I learned in the process; how I trimmed my stencil designs to fit the curve of an egg; and how I added some unconventional art supplies, (contact paper and masking fluid) to my repertoire of egg decorating techniques. Read more →

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This Collagraph design incorporates three Collagraph plates made with Sticky-back craft foam and stencils designed by Gwen Lafleur. Hi Everybody, I'm back to share with you another tutorial for Gwen Lafleur Studios Artist Tribe. In this post I’m going to show you how to use your stencils to make a collagraph. If you don't know what a collagraph is, let me explain. We all know what Gelli prints are, right? They are all over FaceBook, Instagram, and Pinterest these days. Well, Collagraph prints are a distant cousin of the Gelli prints; they just haven't gotten as much attention. Gelli prints... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Popping in today to share with you a brand new Infinity Flip and my overwhelming excitement about being published for the first time. I'm absolutely thrilled that my tutorial for making this Flip was published in the March/April Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors! (My Mom would have been so proud....) It's been really hard not to shout it from the rooftops about it before now. I'm so appreciative that Cloth Paper Scissor gave me this opportunity. The staff a the magazine Cloth were wonderful to work with and they made it a great experience for me. You can... Read more →

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Through out the month of February, Gwen Lafleur Studios and the Artist Tribe are celebrating Chinese New Year. I’m especially excited about this theme because 2018 is the Year of the Dog. And I’m definitely a dog person. To spice things up a bit, I'm presenting this project to you as if I were staging a play. I turned to a thrift shop found book titled Chinese Mythology by Anthony Christie, (Hamlin, 1968) for some inspiration. It included a story about a dog who married a Princess. I began speculating about the rocky start to the dog and his father-in-law's... Read more →

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Hi Everybody, For me, January has been a month of pure inspiration. So many new tutorials to watch and exciting new product releases to drool over. A few of them are sprinkled throughout this post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe. The seed for this 4X6 7/8" cradled panel germinated from a fun little swap organized by my good friend Lisa Dobry for StencilClub. She came up with the theme “My Wish for You in 2018 is…” So far I've only seen a few projects but they have all been incredible. You can just tell that everyone is putting their heart... Read more →

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Hi Everybody and Happy New Year. I’m back again with another post from the Artist Tribe. This time I want to share with you an art journal spread created with Acrylic Skins that I made to document my Word of the Year, (aka #WOTY), "Clarify". I thought a lot about what my word would be and concluded that Clarify really resonated. It is a word that brings with it an opportunity to move from a state of chaos, influenced by others without any ability to control what’s happening to a more Zen like state where I can push the chaos... Read more →

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Happy New Year. Today it’s my turn to share my latest project as a member of Gwen Lafleurs Artist Tribe. It’s an art journal page with a Journal Pouch, an Inspiration Artist Card, and stamped images from my #CarveDecember designs. Every year for Christmas, I like to give my staff a small gift of appreciation that includes something hand made by me. Gift cards can feel impersonal; but not so when given in hand-painted fabric pouches stenciled with Gwen's hand-drawn stencil designs. These pouches feature Gwen's Border Stencil from her Art Deco Stencil Collection and the Curvy Ornament, Filagree Ornament,... Read more →

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