Thursday, April 7, 2016

Decorative Elements Stencils Series from Gwen Lafleur + Peacock Feathers

Take your artwork to lush places with the 10 versatile stencils Gwen Lafleur designed as her Decorative Elements Series. 

The giraffe on this art journal card is proof that lush places can be full of whimsy ~ perhaps Carmen Miranda gone to the steampunk zoo? Ah! Gwen is here to share how she came to create this piece:

"Not Carmen Miranda specifically... this piece came out pretty organically. Because I'd used someone else's illustration (from an Uppercase publication), I wanted to make it mine. I started out by painting over it, then I glanced at some flower print-outs that were sitting on my desk and thought it would make a fun contrast to have a giraffe with a crown of flowers. Then I thought it would be cool to put something around its eyes and decided to use a stencil and color it in. Then I just happened to be looking for something else and found those gears and it was a lightening bolt moment where I thought it would be super cool and a bit steampunky. So at the beginning, there was no plan for any of it, but I love how it came out!"
M112, a 4x4 inch stencil, Decorative 6 Petal Flower
A few more art journal cards round out the deck:

Close ups!

S387, 6x6, Decorative 6 Petal Flower Screen
S388 a 6x6 stencil, Decorative Medallion
M114, a 4x4 stencil, Decorative Folk Flower
S389, 6x6, Decorative Folk Flower Screen

The art card above is all done in layers of paper. Gwen painted the background and stenciled over it, then with the 4x4 Folk Art Flower stencil, she stenciled it several times on different sheets of paper and cut them out and layered them to get the colored flower. Then she added the other collage layers as she built it up on the background.
M113, 4x4, Decorative Medallion

M116, 4x4, Decorative Filigree Repeating Corner

Gwen made a video so you can share in her excitement about her quarter repeat designs!

What are you yearning to create?

M115, 4x4, Decorative Curvy Corner Repeating

Gwen used this next stencil to embroider a piece that will probably become part of an iPad cover.
S390, 6x6, Decorative Curvy Ornament

Gwen made a gorgeous repouss√© and journal spread with this last stencil in her Decorative Series, but we'll share more about it and some layering tips with you in the May edition of the StencilGirl Scoop!

S391, 6x6, Filigree Ornament
The 11th stencil by Gwen that StencilGirl is releasing, Peacock Feathers, is a stylized, hand-drawn one, and a companion to her Ornamental Peacock Mask.

S392, a 6x6 stencil, Peacock Feathers
Gwen also used S387 and S388 in the artwork pictured below.

She says, "Originally I was just building layers in the background knowing that I was going to do that reverse painting thing on top. In the end they end up working like leaves within the composition because the focal point kind of drives what you think you're seeing."

We hope you are as excited to use these stencils as we are to release them! You can find out more about Gwen on her website. You can find all of Gwen's newest releases on our website.


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  2. These are awesome! Want them all!

    1. Thanks Kathy! I really love how these designs came out :)

  3. Gwen, these stencils and artworks are dazzling! My favorite artwork of yours today is "Fly" -- what you've done here is totally outstanding!

    1. Thank you Cecilia! Really appreciate your comments :)

  4. I. Want. Them. All!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  5. I. Want. Them. All!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  6. These are really great stencils...I love the versatility of the corner many possibilities.!!!! Gotta get me some!!!

    1. Thanks Monica! I'm really excited about the corner stencils - so glad to hear that you are as well!

  7. I'm blown away, Gwen. Your art and now those stencils... just beautiful.

  8. I love, love, love these stencils! I'm actually lucky enough to be taking 2 classes with Gwen on Sat. I can't wait.....

    1. Thanks so much Jill! Great to spend the day with you on Saturday!

  9. When I saw the corner stencil, I thought if the carved stamps. Great minds ;)

    Beautiful designs. Thanks!

    1. lol, thanks! I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner... it makes total sense, I think!

  10. Brilliant! And gorgeous. Such versatile and beautiful designs...


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