Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Art journaling

 Back again this morn,squeezing in one last post for Gwen's Tribe for the month of June
back into the Sari journal I went and tried out some new paints I recently purchased.
To start with,the left page was already black,so all I needed to do was scrape modeling paste and paints mixed together through Gwen's beautiful 
I just love how the pink highlights Gwen's stencil against the black background.
While this was drying,I printed out,glued onto heavier cardstock and then fussy cut a handful of butterflies from Gwen's Stunning!Downloadable Digital Cutouts.
 I used the Beautiful Butterflies Collage Sheet Gwen's collage sheets are truly gorgeous.The colors are brilliant and imagery is so clear.You can order them as printed sheets or as a digital download-have a look at the others.
Once the page was dry,I molded my butterflies and glued each in place with E6000. When the glue had set,I added either DecoArt Crackle Glaze or Rangers Glossy Accents,randomly to the wings of the butterflies.

Onto the next page,which was red in color.
from Gwen's Spring 2018 Collection
Again,using the same paints along with modeling paste,I scraped this through Gwen's gorgeous Plum Blossoms stencil.
  This was a bit more tricky as I wanted a lot of dimension and texture as well as there were different colors to move through the stencil.
After the stenciling was done,I decided I did not care for the black background,so I gently brushed some paint around the stenciled piece and onto the whole background.
Being a glittery type of gal,I really love the look of the shimmery-ness of these pages.I really think the shine brings the Plum Blossoms front and center!
Here you can see the beautiful handmade yarn,my Tribe Sister Lynda Shoup sent me.Lynda weaves her own yarns using bits of leftover papers and string and other yarns,she is so talented and I just LOVE my yarn,thanks my Sister!

remembering that this was my Sari journal...(Kate) I decided I needed to add bits of Gwen's Irresistible India-Embellished Sari Scrap.
But how to incorporate the Sari now that the pages were complete?
 Well,where there is a will there is a way.I looked at all my colorful matching Sari and found pieces to cut out and add to each page!

and here...

 Two more pages complete!
And,recently I received Gwen's stencils from her brand new designs!!
 I swear I have to get one of each of these!!
well I had to have a go with them immediately and created this page...
 here again I used my new paints and began with base coating the  page-I love this color!
Next using Gwen's new stencil,Collage Textures and Patterns-Circles Stencil from the Boho Collection,and a mixture of modeling paste and paint,they were scraped through the stencil with a palette knife. 
Just look at how cool this design is!
When this was dry,I went on to stenciling in black with Gwen's Decorative Folk Flower Stencil
from her Decorative Collection.

don't you just love how the black pops on this background?!
But my love for more color won out and I continued on to paint in the stencil with other colors

 and in the end? I was happy I used more color,because,I really love this way it turned out!
 I truly love my  stencils by Gwen and hope I was able to inspire you to stencil something beautiful today!

The challenges I am linking up with:
And I would like to link this post up with 
Art Journal Journey as I was so "Inspired by" Gwen's unique stencils and other products!

Also Linking up with Mixed Media Place as the colors of summer so inspired me~
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday:Bright and Cheerful

and for my Plum Blossom page which has a time worn feel to me I would like to enter  A Vintage Journey's June Challenge - Stencil It 

That's Crafty Challenge Blog:A Summer's Day Challenge

And as always,thanks so much for sharing your time with me today! It truly means so much to me to read your comments and feel the love! ")
Peace & Love

Gwen Lafleur's products used:
*Gwen's Decorative Folk Flower Stencil-from Gwen's Decorative Collection
*Collage Textures and Patterns-Circles Stencil-from Gwen's newly released Boho Collection
*Gwen's Chinese garden Plum Blossom Stencil- from Gwen's Spring 2018 Collection
*Decorative 6 Petal Flower Screen Stencilfrom Gwen's Decorative Collection
*Beautiful Butterflies Collage Sheet-from Gwen's Digital Downloadable Collage Cutouts

Other Products used:
Finnabair's Art Alchemy Paints-
Metallique~RedWine,MermaidTeal,Pink Blush,Opal Magic Violet-Green,Vintage Rose,Ice Queen
Art Alchemy Sparks~Butterfly Spells

DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
DecoArt Crackle Glaze
Ranger Glossy Accents


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shine so brightly~

Good Morning! Back again with another Tribe post for Gwen!
This morning's post is about shining bright and being the light.
Don't we all need a bit more light in our world?
 As I made my paper mache sun months back,I have no in process photos. I had put it aside,because once it was base painted,I decided on a another project I wanted to begin on.
so fickle we mixed media artists are!heehee
 Where I began was,adding more color to the centers of the sun,then brushing outward and blending colors as I went.
Next,out came one of Gwen's gorgeous stencils and of course one of my favorites~from the Decorative Collection ~ Decorative Medallion Stencil.
I mixed up a good size batch of light modeling paste and a blending of pink acrylics.Next I applied a thick layer of this through the stencil and put to the side to dry.
 Here I have pulled out an assortment of Gwen's Going Global Turkmen Jewelry Parts to see which pieces I was inspired by and would end up using.
 Back to the sun,I mixed up another batch of light modeling paste along with a lighter shade of pink acrylic paint and used the spires of the Decorative Medallion Stencil to stencil on as the edge of the sun's rays,again,leaving this to dry.
 Once this was thoroughly dry,I used DecoArt's DuraClear Gloss Varnish over the whole side,leaving to dry overnight .
In between various coats,I printed out the graphic I was to use and and did some fussy cutting on it.

Next,I painted the Global Turkmen Jewelry parts I chose,using various shades of teal and turquoise. Then,I strung all of my charms together,spacing with glass beads in shades of turquoise and silver and then adding some of my favorites,Gwen's fabulous Glass Czeck Beads.
 You may have seen these Czeck beads of Gwen's used before in some of my others creations,here and here as well as other Tribe posts.

For this piece,I used both the Beautiful Butterflies Glass Czech beads and the Fabulous Floral Glass Czeck beads.
 After the clear coat was dry, I applied my graphic to the backside of the sun along with some printed words. And then also stenciled the same modeling paste on the suns rays as on the other side and let this dry. (When dry, I did add the gloss varnish to this side as well)
Lastly was to add my strung tails of Turkmen Jewelry Parts and Glass Czeck Beads
And finally for the hanger I used Gwen's Warm base~Spice Market Silk Yarn from Gwen's Essentials-Darn Good Yarn Sample Packs 

When the outdoor sun hits the gloss varnish on the stenciled parts,it looks just radiant!
This shine brightly sun traveled very carefully with me to the West coast to my son Lindsey and his gal,Hannah. I am pleased to say they love this and were thrilled to see us as well! heehee

There are a few tiny bells which tinkle ever so sweetly when a gentle breeze blows.

Thanks so very much for your visit and I hope I have inspired you to make something shiny and beautiful,or just be the light that shines!

Peace & Love
 to you my dear friends,
Jackie ")

Gwen's Products used:
from the DecorativeStencil Collection ~ Decorative Medallion Stencil

Other Products used:
DecoArt DuraClear Gloss Varnish
Sun/Moon Graphic purchased from Mike Deakin on Etsy 
"Shine" sticker purchased from Maremi's Small Art on Etsy 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Truly! A Mixed Media Sari Journal Cover


 So,my title says,"Truly a Mixed Media Sari Journal Cover",because this piece has had almost every mixed media product thrown on it! lol
 Let me begin this Tribe post with how this journal cover came about...
 We are going to California to see my youngest son Lindsey and his girlfriend Hannah. Hannah and I share a love of art,but she says she wants me to teach her some stuff. So I pulled out one of my many "extra" Strathmore Mixed Media Visual Journey Journals"(yes, heavyweight paper for mixed media) and went to town dressing up the front page!
 After gessoing the initial page with black,I wasn't sure which way to go;when I looked down at my scrap pages and saw this one. You know,those scrap pages that you drew faces on and didn't like, then scraped on extra paint,gesso,modeling paste, glue,wiped off stencils on,left over sand paste, fiber paste,more paint and ink...okay,so you get the picture! heehee
Anyway,this paper had great color to begin with and just needed one of Gwen's stencils!
To be precise, Gwen's 6x6 Decorative Flower Stamen Medallion.I just love the delicateness of this design!
What I really LOVE and I do mean LOVE,about Gwen's stencils is that her designs are totally unique and look nothing like the millions of other stencils that are out there!I mean just look at this flower stamen-gorgeous! am I right?!
Okay on with my page,my thoughts are to show Hannah that mixed media can be used anywhere and any way,and so this page holds a bit of everything!
First up we have one of Gwen's hand block-printed Thai mulberry papers.  (Thailand is where Gwen first rode an elephant and was so inspired) 
Have you ever ridden and elephant?I have not,but would like to!Lucky Gwen!!
 I tore two of the elephants off of the paper and saved the others.The elephant papers were then applied with DecoArt Matte Medium gel.
 My elephants have been "dressed up" using  vintage sequins and seed beads from my Tribe Sister Linda. Thanks Linda! and of course they needed a bit more decoration of Stickles and Liquid Pearls !
Here Gwen's stencil was applied with acrylic paint and then adorned with Stickles and bits of Irresistible India Embellished Sari Scraps from the Fuchsia collection
and...this gorgeous end piece is Irresistible India Sari Scraps-from the red collection-actually the reverse side was just as beautiful,so I had a hard time deciding which side to use!

Washi tape from Gwen's shop-this one is called  Proud Peacocks
and then these circled pieces are cut from a page of one of the Exotic Orient-Japanese Paper Packs 
such beauty and color these papers have-I covet them all! ")
 Sari piece adorning the center of Gwen's stencil.Isn't it amazing that you can find all of these gorgeous elements in one place?
 these white pieces of Irresistible India Sari Scraps from the Neutral collection
again this gorgeous piece of Irresistible Sari below is from the Neutral Collection
don't you just love the blue beading on the white?! What a beautiful design!
most of you know I have a love of Sari!!LOL
the Sari pieces were attached using heavy body matte medium gel. 
 bits of Sari here and there and more Stickles and sequins and beads-Oh My!
 Overall this cover knocked my socks off!(real modest right?)
 I hope Hannah likes it just as much!
I hope you liked it as well and found some inspiration from my post and your visit- perhaps you need to go shopping now at Gwen's store?If you do and create something,make sure to let me know,I'd love to see!

As always,I so appreciate your visits and lovely comments. You truly make my world a brighter place!