Tuesday 28 June 2022

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur {June 2022}


A note from Leandra:
Gwen's boho style of crafting is so interesting with the incredible use of colour, texture and layering. On first inspection you scratch your head wondering how she does it, but when you read her explanations, or take a class, the method becomes apparent as you will see in the project she explains at the foot of this post. We love the rich influences of numerous cultures that often play a role in her art, and her hand-drawn imagery is full of the same rich detail.
Gwen will be LIVE with her new products and ideas over in our Facebook Group, PaperArtsy People shortly after this post publishes. I really hope you can drop by or catch the replay. You will love seeing what Gwen has made with these for sure!
For the next 3 months, these stamps are only available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists. Please check the list at the foot of this post of from the home page tab of the blog.
Hi everyone, Gwen here! 

I'm thrilled to share my latest release 
for PaperArtsy with you which includes three hand-drawn stamp sets.

I'm very excited about this group of stamps as it builds on two different series of designs from previous releases and also features a set that's been on my personal wish list for a long time - tribally inspired textures! Although they may appear to be quite different from each other, I love how well the three sets combine together as well as how they can be used on their own or paired with previous sets. So much versatility, if I do say so myself.

Price: RRP €21.92 +VAT    Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur 28 (EGL28)

I have always loved and been drawn to circles as a design motif and I'm extremely happy to have this new circle grid set (I call it Grids Gone Wild - Circles) as a companion set to EGL24 (below) which was square grids and filler elements. 

This new circles set, EGL28, offers endless opportunities for layering and creating different repeating patterns or you can make fun and funky focal designs. Or both!

One of my favorite things about the way these stamps are designed is that you can choose to use the open grids on their own, fill up some or all of the openings, and then use the circular pattern grids on their own or layer them with the open grids. I also love that having them as separate stamps lets you layer in different colors as well. And, of course, I included a few stand-alone circle elements. Included with those is both the front and back side of a replica antique Chinese coin (this one is super fun to pair with heat embossing!)

Looking closely at this project, you can see how many ways I've used just this stamp set to create layers of pattern as well as line and stronger design elements in a variety of applications, including one of my more recent go-to techniques, DIY stickers. 
This set is perfect for creating abstract patterned backgrounds for your cards and tags, art journaling and bullet journal backgrounds, as well as the way I've used it here - as a way to create lots of layers of texture and pattern in both the foreground and background of a mixed media piece. (I can also see this piece in a scaled back and smaller size making a perfect card.)

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur 29 (EGL29)

EGL29, which is what I'm calling my "Tribal Textures" set, is one that I've wanted to do for a long time and I finally feel like I got the patterns to be exactly what I was looking for... I just love how they came out and how fun they are for layering and creating all kinds of textured backgrounds and elements. 

One of my favorite things in this set is the way the longer border stamps are designed to be used alone or to stack on top of each other to create thicker borders with mixed patterns (and colors too, if you want!) You can see below how I've stacked them at the bottom of my "G." I also love the way the basic circle and square shapes are echoed in different configurations and paired with different marks in all of the designs in this set.
Another one of my favorite parts of this set is the group of three larger stamps at the top that pull out some of my favorite circle / square and mark combinations from other designs so that you have accent or even focal images at a different scale that can combine with the other stamps in this collection or be used on their own. (And of course, they're totally fabulous when you combine them with other stamp sets!) 

The idea was that you could create layered and / or repeating borders and backgrounds with those larger accents for fun cards and tags, scrapbook and journal backgrounds, stickers and journal fodder, and pretty much anything else you can think of where you want a touch of some funky patterns to add texture or visual interest to your project.

Eclectica³ Gwen Lafleur Set 30 (EGL30)

I call EGL30 my Test Tubes and Twigs stamp set. This one was designed with the idea that it's a continuation of the sets from my February 2022 release, but also that it can very definitely stand on its own. 

I have a longtime fascination with test tubes - I even used them in an online class I taught last year where I decorated them and then filled them with fun elements and mini rolled journals. That class project inspired the idea to have test tubes as stamps, along with a holder and some fun elements that could fit inside in some way.

I had a lot of fun working with this set to try and show some of the many ways that you can mix and match the stamps to create fun elements in your journals or on cards, tags, or scrapbook layouts. For most of my projects today, I worked in a new handmade mini lapbook (inspired by my February 2022 samples) that features different ideas for using and combining these stamp designs.

Here you get a bit of a closeup and a peek at more of how the book looks as a whole and how you can peek in and see little snippets of the other projects (with a few blank pages for more!)

On the back cover of my book, you can see how I used the dandelion stamp repeated at different heights and then colored to hint at a meadow scene. I love the light and partially stamped flowers from the set in the background adding a bit of spring texture.

Above you can see how detailed the dandelion is... so fun to layer! I'm going to have to do this again sometime as a much longer border across the bottom of an art journal spread.

To take these stamps in a totally different direction, you can see how perfect they are for collage papers or DIY patterned papers like the one I was making in the photo below.

I turned my collage paper into a dimensional flower for one of the inside covers of my mini lapbook - you can still see some hints of the patterns on the petals and leaf - I love the subtle details that the stamps add in this project.

Of course, my initial vision for this set was for layering and creating a whole scene with different botanical elements inside a test tube that's held in a cool, antique looking stand. I love how you can get a similar look either with or without masking - all of the stamp elements are sized to work together and the mushrooms, leaves, and flowers can either fit entirely in one of the two sizes of test tubes or sticking out like it's a vase. (And I picture the stand working as a vase too, even without a test tube!) 

I also envisioned this type of layered scene as being the perfect cover for a card, tag, or envelope. Or here, I've used it on an envelope that holds a jumbo shipping tag. It's such a unique and pretty way to send a "just because" or even a "get well soon" type of sentiment. Or also as a great pocket or tip-in in a journal or scrapbook.

Project: "Choose Happiness" Mixed Media Art Card

To bring it all together, I've made a small mixed media piece (which could also be a card, tag, or art journal page,) that I included in my mini lapbook. While I was working, I took a few photos so that I could share the process with you.

First, I took a piece of colored and lightly patterned paper and used the open circle grid from EGL28. I stamped that a few times - repeating to fill the background. Then I switched ink colors and stamped the coordinating circle patterns into the openings.

Next you can see that I basically repeated step 1 with a different color of patterned paper using one of the background textures from EGL29. Then I tore it to a smaller piece and set it aside for later. 

From there I took one of the Chinese coin stamps from EGL29 and stamped it several times on some PaperArtsy Smoothy Card that I had painted with Fresco Acrylic Paint in gold. I used a pigment ink and then heat embossed it with my Turkish Bronze Boho Blends embossing powder to get a bit of dimension and an antique metallic feel. I picked one of the coins that I liked the best and cut it out.

After that, I cut a patterned frame from a sheet printed paper elements and stamped the dandelion from EGL30 and colored it in with colored pencils (I used a blending pencil to smooth and brighten the colors.)

With all of my elements made, it was time to bring it all together! I arranged and adhered the pieces on the largest stamped background so that I liked the layout. Then I accented with a few pieces of transparent printed washi tape and some washi frames.

Finally, I decided that this little piece would work perfectly in my mini lapbook and I adhered it onto one of the inside panels. Since there was a little extra space on the bottom, I glued on some fun fringed metallic trim as the perfect finishing touch.

Whew! That's it for this release... I'm thrilled with how these stamps came out and I'm having so much fun using them. I can't wait to spend more time creating with them - especially pairing these stamps with previous sets to make fun new combinations of designs! I hope that you love these as much as I do and that you're feeling inspired and ready to go create.

Have fun and happy stamping!



Teaching Schedule:

I'm hoping to start working on my workshop schedule for the second half of the year soon and I also have several online workshops available on demand. Those and future workshops are all listed and kept up to date on my website, so be sure to check in and see what's available and coming soon!

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

PaperArtsy Stockist List

Our stockists are your go-to  source for all PaperArtsy products, and we suggest that you also use the PaperArtsy People Facebook group to source a retailer in your country. Many are members of our FB group and will happily share links to their online stores.

Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania https://www.bevscrosscrafts.com.au/
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria www.crafterscupboard.com.au
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA  https://www.memoriesonthemurray.net/
Natalie May Scrapbooking, Dover Gardens, SA https://nataliemay.com.au/
Scrapbook Superstore & More, South Penrith, NSW https://www.scrapbooksuperstore.com.au/
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea, NSW https://thescrapbookersconfettibox.com/
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA http://thescrapbookstore.com.au/ 
Time To Createwww.timetocreate.com.au

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp, www.cartnscrapart.be
Créatelier Caracolle, Liège, www.createliercaracolle.be

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC. www.clipperstreet.com
Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta, www.paperartcreations.com/
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec www.scrapbookcentrale.ca
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta www.scrapaddicts.ca/
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta scrapandbean.com/ 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta www.scrapbookingfairies.com/
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta www.paperandinkboutique.com/
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, www.thescrapyardcalgary.com/ 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso www.hobbyboden.dk

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees, www.cartoscrap.com
Fée Du Scrap, Saint Sébastien-Sur-Loire, www.feeduscrap.fr/
Horizon Créatif, Ste Jalle www.horizon-creatif.fr
Instant Créatif, La Possession, La Réunion, www.icreatif.re
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller www.katzelkraft.fr/en/
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi www.kerudoccreation.com
Le Grenier des filles, Pierre Benite
Page de scrap, Saint Pavace, www.pagedescrap.fr/
Scrap Déco Home, Goutrens, www.scrapdecohome.fr/
Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon www.toutencolle.fr

Heidin Korttipaja, Istunmaki, www.korttipaja.fi/fi
Piia Paper, Kittiläwww.piiapaper.com/fi

Stempelbar, Berlin, www.stempelbar.de
Stempeloase Munich, Munich www.stempeloase.de
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden www.stempelfee-shop.de
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart, www.stempellaedle.de/shop

Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea www.scrapsnpieces.gr

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome, www.immaginelab.com
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino, www.ilnegoziodellamammadicle.com
Marte Savona, Savona, www.martesavona.it
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, www.pezzeecolori.it/ 
Piccole Passioni, Siena, www.piccolepassioni.it

La Wadao, Odawara, Kanagawa, www.lawadao.com
Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba www.tinydots.shop-pro.jp

De Hobbystudio, Genemuiden, www.dehobbystudio.nl/
Doe@ding,Spijkenisse doeading.nl/
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden www.hobbycompleet.nl
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel www.stampingcorner.nl

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik, www.Hobbygarasjen.no

Cien por Cien Manualidades, Barcelona,  www.100x100manualidades.es
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao ideas10manualidades.com/
Marakiscrap, Tarragona, www.marakiscrap.com
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona, www.scrappapersexperiences.com
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, www.theparadisecorner.com

Butik Elva, Staffanstorp, www.butikelva.se

Mandy's Cards, Taipei www.facebook.com/mandy.card.77

United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire  www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire www.afth.co.uk
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex, www.themalthouse.co.uk/
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands www.shabbychicstencils.co.uk
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, www.loobicrafts.co.uk
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk www.papermaze.co.uk/ 
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland www.stampersgrove.co.uk
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent www.theartisticstamper.com
The Forget me not Kraft KabinRochford, Essex, www.TheForgetMeNotKraftKabin.co.uk

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA www.artisticartifacts.com/
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA, www.craftinessonline.com/
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky www.ephemerapaducah.com
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida https://everythingmixedmedia.com/
Frantic Stamper, Oregon www.franticstamper.com
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado, www.freeheartllc.com/
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island, www.joggles.com
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut, papercraftclubhouse.com/
Qingquing's Stamp Shop, Portland, Oregon
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon www.runawayart.com/
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www. simonsaysstamp.com
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina topflightstamps.com/

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Stampers Grove said...

Always great to read about the inspiration behind your stamps Gwen. Congratulations on a fabulous release and loving those samples!

Words and Pictures said...

Such a cool new collection - and fabulous samples. I'm completely in love with that test tube in its frame!
Alison x