Welcome back to my blog and another post for Gwen Lafleur’s Artist Tribe. Exciting things have been happening over at Gwen Lafleur Studios this month. PaperArtsy released three new stamp sets from Gwen. I’ve been playing with the Peacock set and a quick technique I’m calling Stamp Tracing that I want to show you. Stamp tracing gives you the flexibility to put your own spin on stamp designs so that you can make them unique to you. And you won’t believe how fast and easy it is to get great results. Here are the three new sets: EGL16 Letters and... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm here with another post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe sharing a project I started a few weeks back at Gwen's Translucent Art Journal Workshop at The PaperCraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT. Gwen's classes are always full of exciting new ideas and innovative ways to add variety into your work. Every time I take a class with her I learn so many things. Her workshops always leave me inspired and ready to experiment. This workshop was no exception. In this post I'll walk you through my Translucent Art Journal and show you how I combined pressed flowers from... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm back with another Artist Tribe post for Gwen Lafleur Studios. This time I used two of Gwen's stencils from her Spring 2018 Collection to send the world a message on a rather large canvas bag that I scored at the L.L. Bean Outlet for 50% off. It felt nice to slow things down a bit and relax with a little stencil embroidery. I love L.L. Bean Canvas Bags. I use them to haul around all kinds of things from work supplies to art supplies. But by far, my most favorite things to carry in them are rocks.... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, I'm so excited to share with you my first official post as a member of the StencilGirl® Creative team. I'm on the StencilGirl® Talk Blog today kicking off their new monthly feature, "What's old is new again" with a thrift shop treasure makeover. I even made a video for commemorate the event. Come shopping with me at my local Savers Store in Manchester, CT and see how I refresh a pair of $5.99 thrift store curtains with Terry Stegmiller's Straight Stems Stencil. Then I'll show you how I made my fabric collage medallions from cannibalized vintage clothing and... Read more →

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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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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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