It's been a while and my poor blog has been neglected, but that doesn't mean things haven't been just as busy, if not more so, than ever!
Today I want to highlight my latest free tutorial on the StencilGirl blog as well as two upcoming online class opportunities (which will be my last classes in 2021.)
First up, 5 Step Collage Fodder... with stencils!
In my latest Paint & Texture column on the StencilGirl blog, I'm sharing how I used paint with my stencils for 5 quick and easy steps to collage fodder. I'm also showing how I used my resulting pieces to complete this fun mini art journal spread.
Second, I have a stand-alone live online class coming up this Saturday, October 23rd. Wrap & Roll is happening in partnership with my local store, Artistic Artifacts. The pre-class video is already done and archived in group, but there's still time to join in for the class!
Registration will be close before the live class begins on Saturday. If you can't make the live but are interested in the class, be sure to sign up - the videos will both be archived and available indefinitely, but as of right now there are no plans to allow signups after the class has begun. There are lots of fun ideas and techniques, so I hope you'll join us! Class is Saturday, October 23rd at 1pm eastern time.
Last but definitely not least, I'm excited to be one of the participating artists in Gratitude Junk Journal 2021! This is a great opportunity to join in and learn from 14 different artists as we share how we document things we're grateful for in our art journals (plus, you'll learn how to turn an ordinary notebook into a fab junk journal!)
Here's a peek at all of the amazing artists participating in this year's class:
And... a little sneak at the project that I'm sharing in my lesson (which is almost an hour long!)
Need a little extra incentive? The course is only $69 to start, but if you sign up between now and October 31st, you can get 20% off when you use the code JOY2021 at checkout.
I'm excited to have two fun announcements to share today!
First up, I'm thrilled to have three more deeply etched rubber stamp sets from PaperArtsy now available... EGL19, EGL20, and EGL21.
EGL19 is my Build-A-Collage - Birds set... I designed this with the idea that you could have all of the elements you need in a single stamp set to create collaged ATCs, cards, tags, or mini journal spreads. Or you have some quick and easy elements that you can mix in with other projects (like my tutorial projects that were part of this release.)
I spent a few hours stamping on a variety of papers and then coloring and cutting them out, and now I have a little container full of pieces that I can draw from and quickly add into my projects. I used those prepped pieces to make three ATCs in just 30 minutes!
My EGL20 set is my "Tribal Patches" set and was inspired by beaded and embroidered Kuchi patches from Central Asia, Banjara patches from India, and Hmong stars from Thailand. I thought it would be wonderful to have those beautiful patterns and the sense of detail without the bulk for when I want to work in a journal or other flat projects.
EGL21 is the last set for this release and it's my Labels & Numbers set. This is the latest addition to what I call my "Gwenified" basics... super versatile shapes and images that can be used in lots of ways but with my own personal flair added in. I love just having a whole bunch of stamped and cut labels at the ready and, as you can see, I went a bit nuts with the samples for this set!
I also have two projects combining all three sets and each of them has a photo tutorial over on the official release post on the PaperArtsy blog.
That's it for the stamp release... I hope you're as excited to use these as I am! And don't forget to head over to the PaperArtsy blog for the full release with more background on each set, more photos, and the two project tutorials.
Next up is the announcement for my latest online workshop, Bits & Pieces. This will be a live online class in partnership with Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, so if you're interested, make sure to sign up in advance... you can watch the class on replay if you can't join live (as often as you want!) but registration will close before the live begins.
Bits & Pieces will be held on Saturday, August 7th at 1pm eastern time.
(Or, go straight to registration.)
I'm excited to share that I'm the February 2021 designer for StencilClub by StencilGirl!
My Feathered Tribe collection of stencils is available exclusively to members of StencilClub. It comes with three stencils - a 9" x 12" with three birds perched on branches with flowers and leaves, a 6" x 6" stencil with three funky patterned feathers, and a 4" x 4" stencil with four different patterns in a grid with arrows.
As a lifelong bird lover, (inherited from my mother and her parents,) I love to incorporate birds in my artwork. For this set of stencils I paired them with global and tribal influences from my travels - both real and imaginary.
You can check out my introductory video to learn more about the inspiration behind each stencil and see some of the samples I created with them (also shown in photos below.)
This collection is only available to members of StencilClub, but if you join before February 15th then you'll start your membership with this set (and also have the ability to purchase any previous set - more than 10 years' worth!) And while I think it's one of the greatest deals around with fantastic stencils from different designers every month, membership is always month to month - you can cancel for months you know you won't use and join again for the ones you want, or just stick around indefinitely! There's also a fantastic private Facebook group with lots of ideas, swaps and collaborative projects, and fun tips and support.
As a member of StencilClub you'll get all three stencils plus an accompanying project with a video lesson, a downloadable PDF and printable, and 20% off regular stencils from StencilGirl. All of that for just $25 a month!
For this month's collection, my video shows you an easy way to make painted collages using stencils. Here you can see the samples for the project and accompanying lesson:
I've also been having a blast working on other projects with my new stencil designs. First and most simple of the bunch, I made a background that shows how the 4" x 4" stencil can be rotated and repeated for a cool patterned design.
Next I used bits and pieces of each of the three stencils to make size 3" x 3" mini collages. I really like how you can get so many looks by using only a part of the stencils.
Lastly, and probably my favorite so far, I used the small songbird design from the top of the 9" x 12" stencil as an embroidery pattern. I embroidered it and added some seed beads, then stitched it into a nature-themed artist book that I'm working on.
I'm looking forward to continuing to use these in my work as well as seeing and learning from what club members do with these.
If you're not already a member of StencilClub but want to get your hands on this set (along with the video class, PDF, and printable that come with it,) head on over to StencilGirl - make sure to sign up before February 15th to start your membership with this set. (And if you can't join now but want to later, once you're a member you always have the ability to purchase past sets.)
Just popping in with a few quick announcements... Cyber Weekend is always full of announcements and sales, and this year is no different, so let's dive right in!
Join Me for Creative JumpStart 2021
First up, I'm excited to announce that I'm back for the 6th year in a row as an instructor for Creative JumpStart 2021. CJS is run by Nathalie Kalbach and is a fabulous way to help you jumpstart your creativity in the new year with daily downloadable mixed media video lessons - all about 10 minutes each. This year marks the 10th anniversary for CJS and we're celebrating with more artists and videos than ever - you get 45!
And for today only, all 45 videos are just $49.
(Tomorrow through December 4th it will be $59, December 5th-31st it will be $69. After that, it goes to the regular price of $89. So make sure you jump on this incredible deal!)
This year's theme is probably my favorite so far - Storytelling. Not to give anything away, but I'm super excited about my lesson where I'll share a bit about telling your story with your supplies. Here's just a peek at one of the samples for the project I'll make in the video:
There are so many amazing artists participating in Creative JumpStart this year - I'm thrilled to be one of them and I can't wait to watch the videos! I hope you'll join me in jumpstarting your creativity in the new year.
Cyber Monday Deals are Here!
Of course, it wouldn't be a Cyber Weekend without sales... my shop is having its last day of my annual Cyber Monday sale - save 20% off your entire order with the coupon Cyber2020 through midnight eastern tonight (November 30th.)
StencilGirl is having their annual Cyber Monday sale as well - today and tomorrow, you can save 25% on all stencils, which includes my latest release.
Ornaments & Amulets Live Online Class
Last but not least, my last live online class of the year, Ornaments & Amulets, will be held this Saturday, December 5th. There's still time to sign up if you're interested! The pre-class video and downloadable bead pattern sheets are already archived in the group. Even if you can't make the Live, all of the videos will be saved for watching and / or re-watching at any time and registration will close before the live class begins, so if you want to get in on this class, make sure to sign up today!
Things have been busy lately with lots of new product announcements, new online classes, and other goings on, so today is a quick combo post to share info on two of my upcoming live online workshops along with a new free mixed media tutorial.
First up... I'm up today with my quarterly Paint & Texture column on the StencilGirl blog and this month I'm sharing a few ways that you can make and use acrylic skins with stencils in your art journal (or mixed media, scrapbook layouts, and lots more.)
I'll share the steps for creating the bulk of the art journal page shown here. Head on over and check it out!
Products from this tutorial...
POSCA Pencil - 36 Count Colored Pencil Set
Posca Fine-Tip Paint Pens - 3 Colors Available
I've been incredibly busy putting together and teaching live online workshops all year, and I still have a few more coming before we close out 2020.
MASKquerade is an online class packed full of fun and easy mixed media ideas to add to your techniques toolbox. We'll stamp, stencil, collage, and make marks to hide and reveal elements as we build the layers in our mixed media projects.
Class is on Saturday, October 24th at 11am eastern time (3pm GMT) and is being held in partnership with Stampers Grove in Scotland. (If you can't make it live, the class will be recorded and archived in the group to watch and re-watch later.)
Flip Art Folio is an online class where we'll make a handmade folio with pieces of art nested inside to form a layered flip-book. We'll mix paper, fabric, and more to create a beautiful hardbound folder to display, tuck in a bookshelf, of give as a gift.
Class is on Saturday, November 7th at 1pm eastern (5pm GMT) with a pre-class video about a week before. Both video sessions will be recorded and archived in the group, but you must be registered before class begins in order to participate. This workshop is in partnership with Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia.
And save the date! I have a second class with Artistic Artifacts, "Ornaments & Amulets," which will be held on Saturday, December 5th. More details and registration coming soon.
One last quick note... my latest stamp release from PaperArtsy is now in stock and available in the shop!
My newest online workshop, Interactive ATCs, is now up and open for registration! This live 2-hour online class, held in partnership with Scrapbooking Fairies in Alberta, Canada, will take place live in a private Facebook group on Saturday, August 22.
We'll turn your traditional Artist Trading Cards into interactive artwork that can also be used in art journals and more as we mix stamps and stencils with paint, collage, and mark marking for a layered background and embellishments. The class also includes downloadable patterns and hand-drawn labels.
(Or go straight to registration)
I'm excited to share that my latest online class, Patchwork Pages, is now open for registration!
In this 2-hour class, being held in partnership with The Artistic Stamper in the UK, we'll mix collage, stamping, and mark making to create patched-up layers of texture, pattern, and color. Our project will be an art journal page or mixed media piece, like the ones in the samples, with a few page components left over for use in future projects.
Or, take me straight to registration
It's time to tap into your inner child... mixed media style. My latest workshop, "Mixed Media Menagerie," brings whimsical creatures, layers and texture, mark making, and more together into a fun and interactive handmade art journal.
The class is being held in partnership with Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in West Palm Beach, Florida and the live portion of the workshop will be held on June 27th from 1-3:30pm eastern time. In addition to the scheduled live, there will be one more video in the group for a total of more than 4 hours of video. Plus tutorials, patterns, a fun marbled paper technique, and more.
(Or go straight to the shop to register now.)
I'm excited to announce my latest live online workshop, "Circle Play," in partnership with Stampers Grove in Scotland. In this live, 2-hour online class we'll mix collage, monoprinting, stamping, and mark making to turn circular stamps into fabulous flowers or other creations. We'll start with a layered background and then combine stamps, mark making, and collage to turn ordinary circles into a delightful mixed media garden.
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