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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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everybody! I love this time of year. The energy in the air, both real and virtual is infectious as my family, friends, and communities prepare their holiday celebrations. It is a season for the senses: The weather turns brisk and cold, Starbuck drinkers switch to Peppermint Mochas and Eggnog Chai Tea Lattes, Salvation Army volunteers chime their bells over big red kettles outside of bustling department stores, swags of luscious smelling pinecones entwined with greenery are hung over doorways, and flames burn bright in Hanukkah menorahs, Kwanzaa kinaras, and Christmas candles. Even the music changes... Read more →

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Hi everyone, I’m really excited about my Artist Tribe project. This month Gwen challenged the us to use German Dresden Trim or English Scrap in one of our projects. Since I’ve been known to actually drool over Dresden Trim in the past, you can probably guess which direction I went… If you’re not familiar with Dresden Trims, they are deeply embossed, gold, foil-lined cardboard and papers originally made in Germany during the victorian era for paper dolls, christmas ornaments and other intricately detailed decorations. Gwen has a great selection of high quality trims in her webshop. My inspiration for this... Read more →

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“Hank truly wanted to believe that his brain was mightier than his sword. But when he tried to use calculus to rule his subjects, the damn Buttons just kept on multiplying. And that my friends, really set him off on a tangent...." Mixed Media Panel by Jill McDowell This month, Gwen challenged the Tribe to use beaded and embellished trims in a project. I have to tell you that I really had a difficult time picking out which trims I wanted to work with. The Ribbon, Trims, & Textile Section of Gwen's online shop is a feast for your eyes.... Read more →

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Happy November! I'm back with another post for Gwen Lafleur Studios Artist Tribe. My goal this week is to entice you to get intimate with one of your stencils. (Cross my heart, there will be no need for blushing!) I’ll challenge you to unearth new shapes and patterns hidden in stencil designs so that you can make your stencils work overtime. Then I'll share another warm-up exercise designed to further develop your isolated stencil parts while you make hand painted collage fodder that is unique to you to use in art journal pages and mixed media projects. Finally, I'll show... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Its JustJillMcD here with another blog post for Gwen Lafleur Studioss Artist Tribe. A few months ago, I scored a box of vintage clothes at a tag sale. Inside the box was a tattered silk taffeta dress that was on the verge of falling apart. Since then I've been on a mission to find ways to incorporate the fabric into my art work. One idea I had was to alter the silk taffeta with Distress Oxide Inks. Here's an example of some of the altered silk in a collage with some coveted Japanese papers. Today, I want to... Read more →

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