30 September 2015

Chalk It Up! at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. It's Week Two of the latest Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Chalk It Up!' and our host, Shelly, says "I thought it would be fun to experiment with chalk techniques - whether it's stamping with chalk inks, using a faux chalkboard technique, coloring with chalks, or even dabbling in your art journal with sticks of chalk - we want to see what you can create using chalk as a theme!" With the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, three Top 3 badges, and a draw for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, there are plenty of reasons to join in the fun.

It's a rare joy when a fully formed idea pops into my head (and incredibly helpful when you are more than a little busy!) Thankfully it happened for me this time. Having already swiped black embossing paste and black gesso roughly over a small canvas, I had the perfect uneven base on which to create a rustic chalkboard piece (with more than a hint of French country charm)...


For that chalkboard feel I reached for my Snow Cap pigment ink (alternative listed below) and used it with Wendy Vecchi's Vintage Mesh background stamp for the middle portion of the canvas. To top and tail it properly the ornate border from her Art and You set worked perfectly and they were finished with an Industrial border strip. Having rubbed plain white chalk along the edges of the canvas I attached some thin Venise lace on top.



The centre was created using an idea from Wendy's fabulous August 2015 London course with her faux enamelled technique used on the little cup and saucer. That gave me yet another opportunity to use the pigment ink for the splatters on that gorgeous Sky Blue embossed base. I love the Hydrangea SiSi set and used it in combination with Newsprint paper and Blackout Clearly for Art to add dimension and rigidity. The colours used included Leaf Green, Fern Green, Potting Soil, Peony Pink, Violet and of course Hydrangea! Little dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls added a little finesse to the blooms and my favourite Small Talk Chit Chat Stickers and Remnant Rubs provided just the right words again.



I am so pleased that Shelly suggested this theme as it was such fun to work to and helped to create a piece which should by now be sat in its new home. Isn't it wonderful when your most favourite projects are the ones you end up giving as gifts to special friends.

That's it from me for now. I look forward to see how you choose to 'Chalk It Up!' for the challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, and for lots more incredible inspiration please make sure you check out the projects created by my uber-talented Funkie team mates, including our latest addition Zoe!

Whatever you're up to take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



23 comments:

  1. Stunning project and wonderful effect with the Snow Cap pigment

    Love Chrissie xx

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  2. Totally stunning Jenny and such a lovely gift xx

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  3. Fabulous enamelled cup, and chalky background is so lovely.
    Alison xx

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  4. absolutely awesome jenny - i spied this on the frilly and funkie blog earlier and glad i got here for a closer look - wonderful work!!! Hugs rachel xx

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  5. I love everything about this! It is beautiful, and what a lucky friend to receive it. Now I need more Wendy V stuff :-)) Really gorgeous, the pearls are a great touch and love the way you colored the hydrangea.

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  6. This is absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  7. This is gorgeous Jenny...and isn't it fun when you learn new techniques and get to use them again in your own way. Your friend is one very lucky person indeed!!!
    Dot x

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  8. I am completely honoured and touched to be your special friend who received this absolutely stunning creation. It is even more beautiful in real life and I will treasure it always! Thank you my lovely friend! Hugs, Anne xx

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  9. Oh my goodness! This belongs in an old fashioned tea room! I lOVE the black background and the chalky print...awesome! Gorgeous contrast with the soft tones in the cups...love them!

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  10. Beautiful background! It really looks like a chalkboard you could find in a French restaurant. and I love the hydrangea.

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  11. Oh Wow!! This is just gorgeous!! I'm not usually enamored of the chalkboard look but this one totally won me over .. absolutely stunning!!

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  12. What a wonderful project Jenny! love the shading on the blooms and the colors against the black background - love these cups too!! Julia xx

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  13. This is beautiful, I love your contrast with the black and white like a chalk board effect and those flowers in the centre stand out so beautifully, so earthy and moody, and utterly gorgeous! x

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  14. Beautiful canvas you created and lovely text. Nice background, cool chalk effect!
    Hugs, Elenor

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  15. I love this make - I am a romantic person with a whacky personality. The two really don't mix!!
    Sandy xx

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  16. Your posts are not popping up properly on my blog and I had no idea this was here and OMG, be still my heart. The colors, your design and that precious, precious tiny tag is wonderful and the cup and the flowers and the chalk, oh my!!! It's a winner winner chicken dinner!!
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  17. Fabulous. The Wendy elements look gorgeous in their own right but especially so against the chalkboard background.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  18. This is an amazing project and I love it!! The chalkboard-look is just great.
    Lia xx

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  19. Your project design is beautiful. I really like the chalkboard background and edging detail! The sentiments are also beautiful.

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  20. You completely rocked this Jenny! I love everything about it, from the faux enamel cup to the chalk board background. It's AH-MAZING! A beautiful home decor piece. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  21. I'm in love with this project! Black background is totally stunning! Barbarayaya

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  22. this is just GORGEOUS! so pretty!

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  23. Such a wonderful canvas ! Jenny . Every Vintage tea room should have one decorating their walls! Truly inspirational x

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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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