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Gwen Lafleur: Arting Inside The Box Workshop

Get ready to work inside the box… literally! In this workshop we’ll use a Tim Holtz Ideology Vignette Divided Drawer as the base of our project. You can create horizontally or vertically as we build and layer in the three parts of this project. We’ll use air dry clay, paint, and wire to make our own embellishments and then use them throughout our work. Part one will be an accordion art journal, part two is a dimensional collage, and part three will be a mini vignette inside of a small bell jar. As we work we’ll discuss different collage ideas for both flat and dimensional work and we’ll incorporate lots of different types of embellishments and materials. In the end, you’ll have a unique piece that’s ready to display!

Supply List: (Note that I travel heavy for classes – I will be driving to Connecticut and bringing a lot with me! There will be a lot available for use in class, but feel free to bring anything you think you may want to use.)

  •         Paper towels and / or baby wipes plus an apron and gloves if you use them.
  •         Scissors
  •         Wet Adhesive

o   Tacky Glue or similar is fine

o   You may also want E6000 and / or LocTite Gel Control (E6000 has a no odor version that works great and doesn’t smell bad!)

  •         Permanent ink pads, especially black and brown (I use Archival Ink)
  •         A variety of embellishments to use in your dimensional work (I will also have a lot available. Noting that the box openings are ~3” x 3”.)
  •         Scraps or small pieces of patterned papers, ephemera, gelli prints, etc… to use in collage (A lot will also be available in class.)
  •         Paint brushes (I like round brushes with coarse bristles in several sizes – a few brushes in the size 0-8 is fine. I’ll also have some to share.)



  •         A pen if you want to write or make marks in the mini journal
  •         Stamps or stencils if you want to designs from other designers or if you don’t want to have to share.
  •         Acrylic blocks for stamps
  •         Stencil brushes (I like Life Changing Brushes from Picket Fence Studios)
  •         Various papers and ephemera
  •         Other embellishments that you may want to use (could include washi tape, rub-ons, dimensional embellishments, ribbon / trims, etc…)

Provided in class:

  •         Tim Holtz Ideology Vignette Divided Drawer
  •         Air dry clay and silicone molds to share
  •         Different sizes of mini glass bell jars
  •         A few options for knobs and feet if you want to add them to your box
  •         Some glue sticks and double-sided tape to share
  •         Embossing powder and heat tools to share
  •         My stamps from PaperArtsy and stencils from StencilGirl to share
  •         PaperArtsy Fresco acrylic paints to share
  •         Wire
  •         Several colors of Archival Ink pads to share
  •         Washi tape, various patterned papers, and paper embellishments
  •         A selection of fabrics and fibers
  •         A variety of embellishments
  •         A few bottles of glitter glue and dimensional paint
  •         Some stamp blocks and other tools available to share

If you need anything on the list for the day of class please call us ahead of time at 860-399-4443 to reserve it.

All classes must be paid for at the time of registration.  Please note our class cancellation policy for Gwen's visit: Cancellations received before the close of business on 8/2/24 will receive a refund in the form of store credit only.  Classes are non-refundable after August 2 unless we can fill your seat from a wait list.  If we are able to fill your seat you will receive a refund in store credit only. 

Materials Included: Don't forget your required student supplies!
Instructor: Gwen Lafleur
Registration Begins Friday, 7/12 at 10am online or via phone at 860-399-4443

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