4 June 2013

San Marco in the Sun

Hi everyone and welcome to long-time followers and those who are new to my world. Thank you so much for joining me in my crafting adventures. Ever since a Simon Says challenge asked us 'what we were known for' I've been struggling for some time with trying to define 'my style'.


Have you noticed that some people are easily recognisable for the colours they use, the types of project they complete (tags or canvases, for example) or the embellishments they favour. I've mentioned before that creating mixed media cards with scrapbook layout designs is something I enjoy doing and it finally feels like I'm getting there with mastering this type of work. It calls into play all those yummy techniques we collect like magpies and allows for the introduction of new media too.


Often the decision about the theme/colours for a card are random, maybe inspired by a challenge or a new purchase. This time I have picked the theme Venice, and in particular the buildings/scenery around San Marco. Warning; this theme will be around for the foreseeable future as it's got my mojo whirring.


You know what it's like; there you are watching a film (in this case The Tourist with the gorgeous Mr Depp) and you get lost in the moment as it transports you somewhere glamorous or intriguing. Venice is one of my dream destinations and many moons ago I created a few tapestries using the book Glorafilia: The Venice Collection. It is a wonderful book to sit and absorb, with descriptions of the city and photographs aplenty. And so the idea was born to show a view looking out of a window onto San Marco, and another looking towards the same window but this time from the outside.


The background was a recipe I will use again as it gives a time-faded feel to the 'wallpaper' on the interior of the room. Cover white card with DS Picket Fence, emboss and brayer the raised areas with DP Picket Fence, then spritz with mists of your choice (in this case DI reinker Faded Jeans and Jenni Bowlin' reinker Seed Packet). Then I went to town layering on all sorts of scraps including seam binding, kraft glassine, stamped/inked/embossed paper and vellum. You may spy a strip of my faux plaster card, some texture paste and something new to me - washi tape. Oh I'm in love! and have found a fabulous supplier if you are interested; http://stores.ebay.co.uk/annabella044?_rdc=1 Low, low prices and a superb service (and no, I'm not paid to say that:)


The view outside the window was tricky. I have some stamps on order but needed a scene immediately so (as with New York, New York) I drew one and coloured it with DIs/DMs. I cut and painted a frame, added an acetate window, and surrounded it with lace curtains (gotta love TFJB paper lace doily) and a bouquet of flowers. Hopefully it conveys the look of faded beauty in a room long past its best.


You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the view from the other side as it is my DT sample for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Holiday Destinations Through a Window'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my team mates have created as they are such a gifted group.

In the meantime I am entering this into;
Simon Says Stamp and Show - The Letter S (in this case San Marco shown above in the sun)
Sunday Stamper - I Dreamed a Dream (my dream destination of course)
Country View Crafts - Die Cuts (flowers, leaves and the curtain pole)
Until tomorrow take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny x

25 comments:

  1. Just love your creative style and this is a wonderful mixed media project.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  2. WOW! I really, really love this Jenny and your idea behind it! Fantastic aged look too, it looks so real, just how it is in real life. Beautiful! Chris x

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  3. Hi Jenny, well you certainly transported me back to my brief visit to Venice many years ago. You have captured the ochre colour of the building outside the window beautifully and I love the slightly faded look of the room inside. You really do this type of style so very well - I think you deserve a huge round of applause for this wonderful piece. Hugs, Anne x

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  4. I love that damasked textured background - exactly like the wallpaper in some magnificent, but now somewhat dilapidated palazzo. Beautiful, romantic piece full of texture and detail - wonderful work, Jenny!
    Alison xx

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  5. Gorgeous Jenny and so very you, I think you have made this style your own :)
    Von ♥

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  6. Well Jenny...I've never been to Venice and I'd like to say that your piece is the next best thing to being there...and even if that were true, it's still not BEING THERE! haha But...I so love your piece. That background that you've embossed and then rolled over with the brayer is a very cool look. I also love your building seen through the "window". Such a cool piece! Lots of thought and creativity went into this! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  7. I have only been to Rome and would love to visit Venice - you've reminded me yet again! This is a wonderful post to read and to look at. Your card is gorgeous with lots of lovely layers, textures and colour. I know what you mean about finding a style too - not sure where I am but I love what you're doing here!
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  8. Brilliantly creative Jenny - this looks fantastic and perfectly Venetian. Love all your wonderful elements and can't wait to see tomorrow's aspect. Nicola x

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  9. Just delicious Jenny, love the beautiful soft shabby feel to this piece. Venice is a truly wonderful place to visit, I hope you get there someday. Would love to see your tapestries by the way. xx

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  10. Hi Jenny,
    I'm so pleased to be looking at this, gorgeous textures going on. I look forward to seeing tomorrow's piece too,
    Rosie x

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  11. GORGEOUS! and you were watching a film with Mr Depp? They will all be dead jealous of you hun rofl Seriously though, you have got a style cos I can tell your creations a mile off.... you just don't see it yourself because you will be too critical of your own work, which is what we all do... so totes normal. Anyways... loving your creation, very pretty... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  12. Hi Jenny
    this is stunningly beautiful so much thought and depth to it, I really enjoyed reading how this came about.
    Beautiful
    Ria

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  13. That is one stunning card, Jenny. I love your recipe for the faded wallpaper - thank you for sharing it.

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  14. Wonderful make Jenny and definitely totally you! That embossed damask so fits the Venice theme and I totally love the idea of the window! The little embellishments with the tape etc at the bottom right looks great too, it's the details that count!!

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  15. I just love this piece Jenny,such a gorgeous creation inspired by Venice. The background looks wonderful and is perfect for all those other additions. I love your style but like you I don't think I have any particular one either. Just keep creating your masterpieces whatever style you think they are.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  16. I do believe you just took me on a little vacation! What a fabulous creation and your style is gorgeous on every level! Hugs!

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  17. This is beautiful and so very you Jenny, it has delicate and clever touches, attention to detail, incredible eye for design and layers and all finishing in a beautiful, delicate and well thought out piece! It's beautiful and it's very You!! Hugs trace x

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  18. A dreamy creation and great that you were inspired by the pictures to make it.

    I love the colours that you have chosen

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

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  19. Totally gorgeous Jenny, I love what you do with your texture paste. I would love to go back to Venice, it's one of my favourite places xx

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  20. San Marco must be GORGEOUS because this card sure is!!!! I love the window and the texture is just AMAZING! To me, you are known for making beautiful things no matter the genre! Thank you for showing us your S inspiration this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!

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  21. Fabulous card so many lovely elements, colour texture embellishments all working beautifully together, just like Venice infact ! X

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  22. Amazing vintage Style Jenny,,,,,,,I am a fan og glothic Arches....love it.

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  23. Fantastic! Love all the texture and your color combo. Hope you get there in person some day!

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  24. Beautiful project Jenny! Love the window you created and all the special touches. Thanks so much for sharing your s-inspiration with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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  25. How beautiful! This is gorgeous Jenny, a wonderful palette and great composition. Thanks for sharing it with us this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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