I’m so excited to announce that StencilGirl is launching seven new stencils today that were designed by me! The series is called Trivets and is made up of three mini 4x4 stencils, three small 6x6 stencils, and one large 9x12 stencil. All were inspired by my love for Japanese Woodblock prints from the late 18th century. What I love about this series is that all of the stencils are designed to reveal hidden patterns when they are repeated next to each other. I created a short video to show you what I mean. It includes a quick demo on how... Read more →

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Hi Everyone, Glad you could join me for another Gwen Lafleur Studios Artist Tribe project featuring Fall, my favorite time of year, and StencilGirl® Products stencils designed by Gwen and Seth Apter. I'm sharing a panoply of nature and found treasures from my stash in a FallScape inspired by Roxanne Evans Stout. I'm using a bulletin board mounted in a vintage frame to display my temporary collage. And I have to say, it's really freeing to work this way; knowing that you can switch items in and out it of a composition on a whim takes away all the pressure... 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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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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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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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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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 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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