Gettin’ Edgy with Gwen Lafleur

Written by Michelle Mccosh
May 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

In an ongoing effort to help out friends who own independent craft stores and also continue to provide access to social distancing-friendly live mixed media classes, I’ve partnered with Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth, Florida to bring you the second in my new series of live online workshops offered via private Facebook group.


In this live online class, we’ll create “edgy” and out-of-the-box art journals using stamps and stencils, watercolors and acrylic paint, and more as we craft our own unique, fun and funky journals. You can choose the shapes, theme, and color palette of your choice to fully customize your book. I’ll give you homework to get you started prepping for your project and during class I’ll demo coloring and creating shaped page edges, creating a fun background for you to collage or journal on later, and show you a unique way to use acrylic inks or paints to make your cover. We’ll assemble our journals together and then you can complete all of the pages during any remaining class time or on your own when you’re ready.


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This live online workshop, Gettin’ Edgy, will be as much like an in person class as possible but with the added advantages of an online forum.
  • Upon registration and payment you will receive a link to our private Facebook group
  • There will be several exclusive downloads from Gwen for you to use in class or in other projects
  • You can join in and meet and interact with other students prior to the start of class
  • Gwen will share a tutorial in the group so you can prepare some of the project elements ahead of time
  • You get a 10% coupon for online orders from Everything Scrapbook & Stamps to stock up on class supplies (this will be shared in the Facebook group.)
  • The class itself will be taught through a Facebook Live video hosted only in the private group
  • Work along with Gwen, react, and ask questions during the demo via comments
  • The video plus questions and comments will be available as a reference to re-watch later
  • Take and share photos of your in-progress and finished projects for feedback from Gwen and other class members both during and after class
  • Finished projects will be included in a shared album for everyone to get more ideas and inspiration

Student Supply List:

  • 4 pieces of 140lb watercolor paper (I used 9″ x 12.” You can also use heavy weight Bristol, mixed media paper, cardstock, or other papers of a similar weight and absorbancy.)
  • Baby wipes and paper towels
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Sharp scissors for detail cutting
  • 6 – 8 colors of acrylic paint* in the color palette you want for your journal’s theme. I recommend at least one light opaque color.
  • Paint brushes or water brushes (I recommend a few sizes of brushes suitable for watercolor. A 1/2″ flat or Bright, a size 6 or 8 round, a size 2 round are a good mix, but you don’t need those exact sizes or types.)
  • Sponge applicators or blending brushes for ink
  • Stencils (a variety of images that go with the theme for your book to use on your pages. You can also use larger stamp designs or printed or hand-drawn images.) Gwen will be using her stencils from StencilGirl (you can see which ones are hers on her website, but the store also carries many of these.)
  • Rubber Stamps – larger images in your theme if you want them for your pages, smaller images and a few background and / or texture stamps. (I’ll be using my stamps from PaperArtsy.)
  • Ink pads – permanent ink like Archival Ink that won’t react to water or smear. (I recommend brown and black, plus other colors if you’d like.)
  • Holbein Acryla Gouache* (you can also use watercolors, watercolor pencils, water-soluble crayons, etc… I like Acryla because they dry permanent and have great pigmentation. Could also use acrylic paints, paint pens, markers, etc…)
  • Holbein Acrylic Inks*- black plus a few other colors (you can use another brand if you prefer, or you can water down acrylic paints or use an airbrush acrylic paint like Golden High Flow. For black, I like Holbein’s Super Opaque Black, but you could also use a black pen or marker for that part.)
  • Water spritzer / mister
  • heat gun
  • A drinking straw
  • A pen that can write on paint (I use a Uni-Ball Vision Elite, but even a ball point pen will work.)
  • An awl, tapestry needle, or something to poke holes for the binding of your book.
  • Waxed linen thread, embroidery thread, or other strong yarn or fiber to bind your book (about 1-1/2 to 2 feet.)

 Optional Supplies:

  • Glue stick (I like Avery, but use whatever you like best)
  • A gold and / or white gel pen (I like Uni-Ball)
  • Washi tape – I used 7 different patterns in widths from 1/4″ to 3/4″ but you can make them all the same or skip them completely.
  • A gold paint pen (I use Pen Touch)
  • 1-2 colors of embossing powders – I’ll be using my Boho Blends EP (if you’re going to emboss, make sure your heat gun will melt EP – Ranger isn’t good.)
  • Stabilo All black pencil
  • Teflon craft mat (to protect your surface if you heat emboss)
  • A FineLine bottle for black acrylic ink, if desired. You can also use a pen or marker.
  • An X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat if you want to put a window in the cover of your journal. You can also use scissors or a paper trimmer.
  • A charm or dangle for the spine of your book if you’d like to add one.

A note on PaperArtsy paints and Holbein Acryla Gouache and Acrylic Inks:  We have PA paints on order and a good amount of Holbein in stock, but I will also be special ordering additional paints based on orders for class supplies. This means you can order colors that  we doesn’t currently have in stock, but it will take a bit longer for your order to ship to you. But you should have all orders in your hands before class and you won’t need those supplies for the pre-work.


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