Friday 15 May 2020

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Gwen Lafleur {May 2020}

 Eclectica³ Collection {Gwen Lafleur}
May 2020 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra:
As Gwen adds to her stamp collection, the opportunity to explore new artistic expression grows. The tribal series is a direct reponse for the cries of 'more' after people saw an amazing piece she created for us earlier in the year. The circles and 'India' sets are typical of Gwen's blended cross-cultural style. I find it super refreshing and fascinating to see how she shares the different creative endeavours you can explore with these 3 sets. I encourage you to book onto a virtual class with Gwen, details at the end of her post regarding the upcoming classes she has planned.

Hi everyone, Gwen Lafleur here. I'm super excited to share with you my newest release for PaperArtsy - three new hand-drawn stamp sets.

This release is an eclectic mix of designs and images that are inspired by my travels as well as some of the marks and motifs that I commonly use in my work... everything from India to mark-making to a mashup of tribal influences. As you'll see in my samples below, they're all super versatile; you can use them to make cards and tags, art journal pages or mixed media artwork, and EGL09 in particular makes fun and unique art dolls.

If you want to buy these stamps, they are available EXCLUSIVELY from PaperArtsy approved stockists for the next 6 months. PaperArtsy will not compete with retailers, so if you want to get your hands on any of these products, you will need to source them from a stockist - check out the list at the bottom of this post!  

Let's take a closer look at these new beauties, some ideas from each set and even a step-by-step project.

  New Stamps
Price: RRP £18.74 +VAT
Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, presented in a clear hanging bag
with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Eclectica Gwen Lafleur Set 07 (EGL07)

The first set in this release, EGL07, is the one I'm calling my India set. These designs are all drawn by hand and were heavily inspired by a trip to India a few years ago as well as the gorgeous patterns and textiles from that country. The lotus, elephant, and hamsa are all based on some of my hand-carved stamp designs, only much more detailed. I added several paisley patterns and an octagonal pattern (which repeats beautifully,) based on traditional Indian fabrics.

I used all of the stamps in this set in various combinations to create spreads in a mini art journal (about 3" x 3.") I love how they mix and match together for vastly different looks depending on the combination you choose and the colors and composition of your layout.

This set is also fantastic for making tags or cards. The octagonal image can be repeated to make a fabulous background for larger art journal pages or to make your own patterned paper for scrapbooks or for collage papers. You can see below how I combined several of the stamps from this set to make a framed background.

Eclectica Gwen Lafleur Set 08 (EGL08)

This set is the one I call my Mark Making Circles. The nine hand-drawn circle stamps were designed to fit perfectly into either of the frames, or you can use them all individually. (Here's a tip for you... take a sharp pair of scissors and snip the rubber out from the center of the frame stamps so that you can see where you're placing them to get them perfectly centered around the smaller circles.)

I love the sheer variety of the images in this set and how perfectly they combine with each other and with my other stamp sets. They're ideal for making repeated backgrounds or borders. I've used them here to create both the sense of a line as well as a focal point on a page in my art journal, but they're great for cards and tags, scrapbooking, and other mixed media applications. 

Here you can see how I used ten of the eleven stamps in the set to make a very quick and easy card on a painted background. 

I love the detail of each of the individual stamps... it makes it easy to get a lot of impact without a lot of time or effort. I think this card took me less than ten minutes to create.

Eclectica Gwen Lafleur Set 09 (EGL09)

The third set in this release is the one I call my Tribal Faces set and, as much as I hate to play favorites, it's totally my favorite. There are four hand-drawn faces and five other shapes and symbols that are reflective of a large mashup of influences - everything from African masks to Central Asian to Indian and even a bit of Native American, Aztec, and Samoan. I used PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paints and some pens and markers to color their faces and "dress" them in Ikat-patterned robes. 

I love the way the faces work so perfectly to create art dolls or mini mixed media portraits for cards and tags, art journals, or off the page work like this piece. The flower, leaf stem, and three other motifs give it a lot of additional versatility and allow you to create small patterns and borders.

Although my first sample had a lot of detail, I also love that you can still use these without having to spend tons of time coloring. The wash of PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paint rectangles in the background are perfect frames for a few friendly faces on this handmade card. There are endless ways to work with this set - I have tons more ideas that I can't wait to try out.

Project: The Warrior - Mini Mixed Media Artwork

As a mini project tutorial to share today, I've used all three of my new stamp sets to make a small piece of mixed media artwork (about 4" x 6.")

Ready for an overview of how you could make something similar?

First I started with a piece of card that had been painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paints, stamped with designs from EGL07 and EGL09, then painted a bit more.

Then I took a few small pieces of deli paper, painted each of them with two colors of PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paints, dried them quickly with a heat tool, and then stamped with designs from all three stamp sets.

Next I started to tear out pieces of the different stamped collage papers to begin to create a figure. I inked the edges and glued down the pieces with a glue stick (or matte medium or something similar would work.)

And finally I pulled out some pens, pencils, and markers to add a bit of color into the figure as well as some marks and shading on the background as well as a border around the edges.

He's quirky and a bit funky (and maybe a tad grumpy,) but he was loads of fun to make and quite a fast and easy piece to pull together.

So that's it for the introduction to my latest release... I'm so excited to be sharing these designs at last and I can't wait to finally be able to use the more myself. But I think I'm even more excited to see what you all do with them - especially those faces! I hope you'll post and tag me so that I can see.

Thank you for popping in today to see the new stamps and projects - hope you love them as much as I do.



Teaching Schedule:
16 May, 2020, "Cut Paper Collage" with The Artistic Stamper (Virtual Workshop)
06 June, 2020, Virtual Workshop with Country View Crafts (Details TBA)
13 June, 2020, Virtual Workshop with Papercraft Clubhouse (Details TBA)
20 June, 2020, Stitches + Glue: Mixed Media with Fabric and Paper at Artistic Artifacts
27 June, 2020, Virtual Workshop with Everything Scrapbook & Stamps (Details TBA)

More details on scheduled workshops as well as more new workshops (and partner shops!) yet to be announced. You can get the latest and find out about new classes on my website. (If there are PaperArtsy stockists who are interested in partnering for a workshop, please feel free to contact me.)

PaperArtsy Stockist List

Please note many stockists worldwide have their physical stores shut due to COVID-19.
Despite this, many are operating online, are doing kerbside drops / collections, Live FB's to share with you new products arrivals, and offering personal shopping service via video calls.

Here at PaperArtsy, we are based in a rural location on the outskirts of London. We are open and manufacturing ALL our products on-site (stamps, paints, stencils, infusions etc) as usual, UPS is collecting from us daily, and we are shipping worldwide to our stockists. The postal service is also still operational, so we are also posting where applicable.

We urge you to check the status of the stockists below before ordering, those with an * have ordered from us in 2020

** Ordered April/May Release
* Ordered in January-March

  Art and Soul Studio, Burrum Heads, Queensland
 *Arts and Craft Supply, Frenchs Forest, NSW 
  *Bella Paperie, 
Brendale, Queensland,
**Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania
**Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria
**Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA
 *Scrap Matrix, Port Elliot, South Australia
 *Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW
  The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea,NSW
  The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth
**The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA 
 **Time To Create, Modanville, NSW

CP Marketingservices Gmbh, Wilhering, Upper Austria,

 Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp,
 Cotrain, Kontich,
Expression Hobby, Marcinelle

**Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC.
 *Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta,
**Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
  Simply Scrapbooking, Prince George, BC
**Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta
**Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta 
** Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta
**The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta
**The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, 

Czech Republic
  Hurapapir, Brno

 ** Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso
    Papir Ulven, Lejre
    Three Scoops Design, Frederiksberg,

  Käsitellen, Lempäälä,
  Piia Takalo, Kittila,

  Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees,
  Horizon Creatif, Ste Jalle
 *Katzelkraft, Ingwiller
  Kerglaz, Basse Goulaine,  
**Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
  Quartier Serre Teston, Ste Jalle,
  Scrap by Nini,  Uzerche, Limousin 
  Scrapo'naturel, Tourville La Riviere, 
**Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon

 Paperbasics, Hessen,
 *Stempelbar, Berlin,
**Stempeloase Munich, Munich
**Stempelfee Shop, Hilden
**Stempellaedle, Stuttgart,

 Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea

  Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome,
  Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino,
  L'artistica Glo, Cinisello B (Mi),
  Marte Savona, Savona,
**Pezze E Colori, Lissone,
  Piccole Passioni, Siena,
  Scrap it Easy, Rome,

 Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

**Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
**Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel

**Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik,
  Hobbykunst, Rasta,
  Scrapbookengros AS, Kleppe

  Arts & Crafts, Barcelona,
**Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,
  Endulze & Crista S.L, Pampalona, Navarra,
  Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao
**Marakiscrap, Tarragona,
  MundoMint, Sabadell, Barcelona,
**Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona,
  Scraphouse S.L. Barcelona
  The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, 

South Africa
  Kcraft Imports Ltd, Centurion,
  Stencil Art, Gauteng, 

  Butik Elva, Staffanstorp,
  HC Design, Svedala,

**Mandy's Cards, Taipei

United Kingdom
  A Trip Down Memory Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk,
  Abermaw Quilting & Crafting, Gwynedd, Wales ph 07818556758
  Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk
**Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire
**Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
  Bellacrafts, Eastleigh, hampshire
 *Blade Rubber Stamps, London
  Charlottes Crafty Corner, Suffolk,
  Clacton Art Craft Model Centre, Clacton on Sea,  Essex,
**Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire
  Craft Your Art Out, Ballynahinch, County Down,
  Crafty Snippets, Billingshurst West Sussex
  Crafts & Candlelight, Ipswich, Suffolk
**Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex,
  Craftrange, Burnley, Lancs,
 *Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
  Handmade at Helen's, Dumfries, Scotland,
**Hixxysoft, Frome, Somerset,
  I Love Mixed Media, Cromhall, Gloucestershire,
  Imagine, Design, Create, Seaton, Exeter
  Kraft Crazy, Amesbury, Wiltshire
  Lisa B Designs, Maidstone, Kent,
  Lets Create, Lincoln, Lincolnshire,
**Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
  Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk
, Norfolk

   Scrapbook Magic, 
Mullion Helston, Cornwall,
  Shed Load of Crafts, Enfield, Middlesex,
  Simply Crafts, Cardiff,
, Swindon, Wiltshire.
**Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland
**That's Crafty
, Romford, essex
**The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent
  The Craft Box
, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  The Crafty Cabin,
Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire,

  The Crafty Cafe,
Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffs,
  The Craft Room, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffs
  The Craft Studio, St Austell, Cornwall
**The Forget me not Kraft Kabin
  The Stamp Pad, Saddleworth,
  Whichcraft, Wallasey, Merseyside

**Annie G Studio, Chula Vista, CA
**Art Anthology, Huntington Beach, CA
**Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA
 *Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
  Artistree Workshops, Fulton, New York,
**Betty's Creative Studio,Lacanto, FLorida
 *Big Mouth Scrappers, Forney, Texas, 
**Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA,
  Creative Designs by Debbie Castle Rock, Colorado
**Creative Inkling, Hatnboro, PA
  Creek Bank Creations, Indiana
  Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky
**Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida
**Frantic Stamper, Oregon
**Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado,
**Golden Hills PaperCrafts, Fairfax Station, Virginia,
**Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, Santa Fe, New Mexico
**Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island, 
  My Rusty Crown, Escondido, California,
**PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut,
  Paper Parachute Art Design Co., Beaverton, Oregon
**Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon
**Scrapbook N Memories, Harrisonville, Missouri,
  Sherries's Stuff, Warrenton, Virginia,
**Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www.
 *Stamplistic, Cleveland, Ohio
  The Artistic Palette Studio, Eugene, OR,
  The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX
**The Doodlebug Inc, Jasper, IN,
 *The Ink Pad, New York,
 *The Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland
**Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina
  Stamp Fever, Orange, California
**Valley Stamp & Scrap LLC, Neenah, Wisconsin,

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James D (Stampers Grove) said...

Congratulations Gwen on your new release. Really versatile. Great to read about your influences on your art.

Miriam said...

Congratulations Gwen.... These are truly fabulous!

Etsuko said...

Congratulations Gwen!! These are all stunning stamps and make my many imagination. Thank you for these samples. xx

Joyce Lee Ford said...

These look wonderful Gwen! Congratulations! Will you carry them in your shop also?

Joyce Lee Ford said...

Congratulations Gwen! These 3 new stamp sets are wonderful! I look forward to acquiring them as I am able .

Hazel Agnew said...

Only just discovered you Gwen, through Etsuko. Loving these releases! Xx