Tuesday 23 November 2021

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur {November 2021}

 Eclectica³ Collection {Gwen Lafleur}
Nov 2021 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra:
Another fantastic series of stamps from Gwen, and wow has she been thinking about making sure these chime with other stamps, like her previous ticket release. There is a little bit of everything in this release: Indian patterns and shapes, some geometrics, and the florals give a nice soft touch too. I can't wait for you to see what Gwen has done with them!
Gwen will be sharing these stamps live in PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. I hope you can catch the live, but if not the replay will be there. you will want to see how she is planning on using these, there are lots of ways you can go with them! I know she has some outside of the box ideas to share!
Remember, these stamps are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists for the next few months. With freight prices soaring due to fewer flights worldwide, it makes sense to buy local within your country, see the list and links at the bottom of this blog post. 

Hi everyone, Gwen here!

I'm thrilled to share my latest release for PaperArtsy which includes three new stamp collections.

As per usual, the stamps in this release have a wide range of influences - everything from Indian block printing patterns to grids that work as part of what I call my "Gwenified Basics" to a new nature-themed Build-a-Collage set. I love how each of these sets can be used on its own to create lots of looks and at the same time, they work beautifully both with each other and with my previous sets.  

  New Stamps
Price: RRP €21.92 +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.

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur Set 22 (EGL22)
As with all of my stamps, EGL22 is entirely hand-drawn and this particular set is based on a very specific type of Indian block printing patterns called Ajrakh. I have several pieces of Ajrakh printed fabric in my stash and I love the intricate designs. I took inspiration from some of my favorite patterns to create a set of highly detailed stamps that can each be used individually or which can be combined to create cool repeating patterns - great for backgrounds!

Since Ajrakh patterns are typically found in textiles and clothing, I was inspired to make something a bit fun and quirky where I could use the stamps to add pattern to painted clothing on a figurative bud vase that I made with chipboard, paper clay, and PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paint. (I'm lucky enough to have a view pieces by CeramiConnoisseur and this piece was inspired by those.)

Of course, having gone so far out of the box with the bud vase, I wanted to show a bit of a more traditional application for these stamps and used them to make this mixed media piece.

I love how the same set of stamps worked to give me two different repeating backgrounds as well as both focal and accent images. I also really like how versatile they are - even though the designs were inspired by Indian patterns, they work perfectly in all different kinds of projects. Repeating the designs creates backgrounds for art journals, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and even mixed media canvases while just using them on their own turns them into great focal points. Gotta love a multi-use stamp!

To show some of the possibilities with this set, I put together some sample boards with different ideas for combining and repeating the designs.

I don't know about you, but seeing the different ways you can repeat and combine them makes my fingers itch to go stamp with them!

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur Set 23 (EGL23)

EGL23 is the second in my Build-A-Collage series with the idea being that you have all of the elements you need in a single set to stamp patterns, ephemera and collage papers, and focal images. When I was designing these I had recently learned about the concept of Ullassa, which is a Sanskrit term describing the feelings of pleasantness you get from being in nature. I love to walk outside early in the morning in the woods near my house so it's a concept that resonates with me and I carried both the word and the idea of nature into the other elements of this set.

With this set I really wanted to convey how easy it is to create a collage with nothing but a substrate, stamps and ink, and maybe something to color with (I used colored pencils for these.) I love how beautifully the images layer and work together on top of these antique postcards.

The pattern I included with this set was inspired by a woodblock in my collection originally made for printing African mud cloth. The text was taken from a page in an antique Buddhist prayer book that I happened across several years ago. And the postage stamp was inspired by a combination of images and ideas from different stamps I collected in China during one of my visits a few years ago.
Stamps, ink, a bit of masking... et voila! Fun little collages ready to frame, add to my art journal, or even send off in the mail.

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur Set 24 (EGL24)
I call this set Grids Gone Wild - Squares... I really wanted to start to add some more textural patterning stamps into my line. I feel like this fits perfectly with my "basics" (including my labels, tickets, alphabet, and frames.) You can mix and match the stamps in this set to get backgrounds, borders, and embellishments - it's so fun to play with and I just adore the grid of squares filled with images inspired by vintage Spanish bus tickets and Zentangle patterns.

You can see here how just changing the colors of the stamp inside the grid can completely change the look of the design.

I love the patterned squares peeking through the center as part of the focal point - adding some color gives yet another totally different look to the same design that's used in multiple places on this canvas.

I decided to go a bit out of the box again with this stamp to showcase how fun it can be to create decoupaged elements using different combinations of stamps from this set with pops of red. I made this little trinket dish from chipboard and I love how the transparent layers of stamped tissue paper worked to turn it into a cool little piece. Below you can see how it looks laid flat and hosting my funky little bud vase:

I put together another sample board for this set to demonstrate how the stamps can work individually, together, and repeated. (Pro tip: stamp the grid first and then center the filler pattern over the stamped grid design - it gets them aligned really well without a lot of fuss.)


For my project combining all three stamp sets, I was inspired by a trend that I've been seeing in the bullet journaling world - register tape collage! It's such a fun and easy way to use your stamps (with or without additional products) to create your own collage fodder.

First, start with your register tape. (If you don't have any, you can just use long strips of copy paper and tape them together if you want a really long piece.) I pulled out some lighter colors of Archival Ink and stamped the two open grid designs from EGL24 randomly across the whole length of paper.

Next I pulled out some slightly darker inks and stamped the grid filler patterns (putting some inside the grids) as well as some of the more background-type elements from EGL22 and EGL23.

Then I started to get some darker inks and more focal type images from EGL22 and EGL23 and randomly added those on top. One of my favorite things about working this way and going light to dark as I add layers is that you can get distinct images that play beautifully together without having to do any masking.

I used a few other colors of ink to fill in with more stamped shapes and kissed over top with the Sansrkit text stamps, then called it good. You can really go as short or as long as you want with these collage strips - it's such a versatile way to work! When you're done, you can just roll them up and store until you need them (I use a paper clip to keep it from unraveling.)

Once the register tape collage is done, you can store it away to use as needed or jump right into a project. Just unroll and cut off the length that you need and then put the rest away again for another project.

Here I just cut off a piece 3-1/2" long to use on an ATC. I adhered it to a piece of 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" cardstock, added some washi tape and stickers, and in about 5 minutes I had a finished ATC! (Not to mention a pretty good-sized strip of stamped register tape collage left over for later.)

Whew! That's it for now... I'm absolutely loving working with these new sets and mixing them in with my other stamps. I hope you're just as excited to use them! 

Thanks for joining me in my excitement for this release... I can't wait to see how you all use these as they get out into stores and your studios. 

Website: https://www.gwenlafleur.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/GwenLafleur
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gwenythlafleur
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gwenaval

Teaching Schedule:
Just announced! I'm joining for the 7th year in a row as a teacher in Creative JumpStart 2022 - registration opens on November 29th, but you can head over now for details.

March 15, 2022, Art & Soul Retreat, "Paper Prayer Flags"
March 16, 2022, Art & Soul Retreat, "Flip Art Folio"
March 18, 2022, Art & Soul Retreat, "Stitches + Glue: Mixed Media with Fabric & Paper"

I also have several online workshops available on demand. Those and future workshops are all listed on my website.

Below is a list of the retailers who have already got these new releases in stock ready for you to buy NOW! 


Stampers Grove said...

Congratulations on yet another fabulous release Gwen. Always great to read about where your inspirations come from with the designs and seeing where your imagination takes you when putting them to use. Gorgeous samples as always.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh WoW..so many beautiful products. I was happy to see the ideas on the register tape, bought some at a sale, had the idea and FORGOT..will be a fun project thanks to your inspiration. Also LOVE the Postal Cards. Your stamps are AWESOME. Thanks for the fun.

Catherine said...

The stamps are so beautiful, and I love the projects you made with them! Gwen, you are always such an inspiration!

Raquel Burillo said...

The stamps are so beautiful and the tape project is an awesome idea! It looks amazing! Congratulations on the release, Gwen! 😘😘

ionabunny said...

Your patterns are gorgeous and the butterfly examples make me think illuminated book. Lovely. Hugz