29 May 2016

Romantique for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! It's a busy time at IndigoBlu with Kay-Halliwell-sutton on Hochanda this weekend with an amazing One Day Special. Then there's the 5th Birthday Open Day celebrations at Retford tomorrow (May 30th) with Elizabeth Robinson, Kay and myself demoing all day and lots of very special offers (and cake!) in the shop. Hope you can join us for all of this!

It's really hard in an hour long show to get to see all the beautiful samples up close so I'm sharing some of mine here for the next couple of days. And here's the first - a 'Romantique' use for the Chemistry Lab stamps and Weird Science stencil!

I covered the 20cm square flat canvas with a thin layer of FlitterGlu before adding a random layer of Kroma Crackle all over and heat setting to dry. After sealing with Matte Slap it On I brushed over some very dilute Goldfinger Metallic Acrylic paint. Finally, by dry brushing White Gee-Sso Good! gesso it made the crackle and canvas texture really show up.

To help the main Lost Family Mixed Media paper image stand out I added layers of Cartography and European Grand Tour Mixed Media papers underneath. One was covered with more dilute Goldfinger paint before being coated with Diamond Resin to make it translucent. All three had stitching applied too before I added them to the background. Then came the stamping and stencilling with the Chemistry Lab set and Weird Science stencil, some lace, a few pearls and a chipboard word painted with the Goldfinger paint. The heart pendant also contains the Cartography paper with some pearls and a layer of Diamond Resin.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today to see this tv sample in more detail.
I'm heading off to Retford now, enjoying the rare sight of sunshine in the UK on a bank holiday! I hope you have a great weekend and whatever you're doing, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

28 May 2016

Step by Step for Frilly and Funkie - The Traveller

Hi everyone and welcome to another weekend! It's my turn to host the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Step by Step this week and I'm sharing a tutorial for my latest DT project entitled 'The Traveller'. Here's a reminder of my canvas...

I hope you can join me over at Frilly and Funkie to find out more about how this canvas came together.

Just a quick reminder that the IndigoBlu 5th Birthday Open Day is taking place this coming Bank Holiday Monday 30th May in Retford. I'll be there demonstrating alongside Kay and Elizabeth and there's lots of goodies on offer for everyone to enjoy see more details on the blog HERE). I hope I'll see you there! Meantime, whatever you're up to this weekend take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

27 May 2016

Around the World with 80 Artists

I am thrilled to be a contributing artist in a newly released eBook called Around the World with 80 Artists: A Creative Art Academy Arts and Crafts Adventure. This compendium of art project tutorials, edited by Mahe Zahra Husain, includes the work of 80 artists and clocks in at 619 pages!

The book was launched on 25th May and is free for 5 days from then - the maximum amount of time allowed by Kindle to keep a book free in any 3 month period. After that the Kindle copy and workbook will become paid and will be priced at $14.99. So grab yours NOW!

Here are some sneak peeks to whet your appetite (with thanks to Cherish Flieder);

Not got a Kindle? Fear not! You can download the Kindle for PC app for free here;

To get more information about this incredible project and what's in it for you head over to the website http://www.thecreativeartacademy.com/around-the-world-with-80-artists/

Don't forget everyone, the clock is ticking!...

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

25 May 2016

The Traveller for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Over at Frilly and Funkie our host Zoe is preparing to move country soon and has set us all a travel themed challenge called 'Oh The Places You'll Go!'; for this challenge you need to create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, auto-mobiles, ships, maps, globes.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges up for grabs, presented to three further outstanding entries as chosen by the Design Team.

I had fun playing with some new Tim Holtz stamps and Idea-Ology Ephemera for this canvas entitled The Traveller. I'm not going to go into any detail about how it was created as there's a Step by Step coming on Saturday on the Frilly and Funkie blog. Needless to say I was inspired by the words surrounding the man on the tag (I nicknamed him 'Sideshow Bob' whilst making it!!!) and went with some flight related elements.

Here are those all important close ups to get a better look at the details in the meantime;

It really feels like I've found my 'home' in these 8x8 canvases, a space where I can really express my creative 'style'. It seems entirely appropriate then to enter the current Anything But Cute anniversary challenge 'Celebrate Your Style'.

That's all from me today but my talented DT team mates are sharing their own creations to inspire you over on the Frilly and Funkie blog so make sure you check them out. Then it's over to you  where will your travels take you?

Don't forget to check out my step by step tutorial for this canvas this Saturday over at Frilly and Funkie.
Until then, whatever you're up to take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

20 May 2016

Paint The World with IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome! May is positively whizzing by and it's already time to share my second IndigoBlu DT project for the month. This one serves a dual purpose - next weekend (28th/29th May) Kay Halliwell-sutton will be back on our screens with a One Day Special for Hochanda. There are so many fabulous deals and a beautiful exclusive stamp for viewers so make a date in your diary.

I was thrilled to find out IndigoBlu will be selling these 8x8 flat art canvases - just my size! This one features the new A5 Chemistry Lab stamp set and Weird Science stencil. It's been created using the IndigoBlu Metallic Paints and Diamond Resin (on the sentiment panel, the pendant and the test tubes). I also altered the paint brush with Sheffield Steel Mega Flakes and FlitterGlu.

Using the Diamond Resin on this piece made it so much more tactile and gave the test tubes a proper glass like quality. By using it on both sides of the card the tubes also became semi-translucent too. You'll also spot the A6 Calculus stamp and Fine Modelling Paste atoms in the background.

There's lots more to see from my talented team mates on the IndigoBlu blog today and remember to watch out for those special Hochanda shows.
That's it from me for now - hope you feel inspired to go paint the World too! Whatever you're up to today take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

17 May 2016

Fun with Candy Box Crafts

Hi everyone and welcome. Back in February I got the chance to catch up with the boys from Candy Box Crafts and drooled over the MDF designs they are creating. Knowing the quality of these products (I've got their ink storage units decorated and in use at home!) I was thrilled when asked to alter a couple of their new items for the latest Hochanda shows tomorrow (18th May).

First up a brand new Wishing Well money box, and I went all out on the faux woodgrain and distressing for this;

I used IndigoBlu Acrylic Paints (Frosty Sky, Hot Cocoa and Grandma's Teacup) over the Tim Holtz Woodgrain Layering Stencil and dribbled a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink over the top to get the aged look. The flowers were coloured with Wimberry Pie Acrylic Paint and the leaves cut from patterned paper in my stash. Here are some close ups so you can see all the details;

Now for the Victorian Caddy with matching jars (you'll need to see the Candy Box Crafts website link for an idea of what the basic kit looks like as I've gone to town again on the faux finishes for this one!!!)

Once again I turned to my IndigoBlu Acrylic Paints for the faux distressed mahogany caddy and faux stone jars. Let's start with the jars; by dabbing White Gesso all over each one a base was created onto which I could dab a mix of Pantry White Paint and a tiny hint of Hot Cocoa Paint over the top. More Mushroom Alcohol Ink dribbled down the sides, a twine tie and kraft tag finished the look. Then for the caddy; I began by adding some Prima IOD Home Decor moulds to the sides using their Paper Clay, then gave it a coat of white gesso before dry brushing on layers of paint (Banana Custard, Raven Black, Pheasant Bronze, Hot Cocoa). Finally to tone it down I dry brushed the whole caddy with more gesso.

Make sure you tune in to Hochanda to see Roy sharing these and many more fabulous samples from the Guest Designers who've been given the chance to 'play' too - the shows are on at 11am and 5pm tomorrow (18th May). And looking at the schedules for the next couple of days it's wonderful to see my own IndigoBlu shows are being repeated for anyone who missed out when they were originally aired.

I'll be back very soon with something new. Until then take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

13 May 2016

Wild Wood

Hi everyone and welcome. Short and sweet from me today as the deadlines are piling up! I'm back to creating another 8x8 canvas - this has become my go to base, larger than a card and capable of taking everything I throw at it without being too overwhelming!!!

This came about as a result of the latest Creative Carte Blanche challenge - 'Wood, a Word and Something Wild'. I loved the background made for my March Tim Holtz Tag project HERE and it seemed such a shame to cover it, so this is a 'developed' version...

The background was stencilled with Wildflowers using Texture Paste and the whole background covered in blended Distress Crayons in blues, greens and pinks/purples. In a change from the original I covered the whole canvas with a hick layer of Crazing Distress Collage Medium to add age (this also helps to blend the crayons even further) then used a little Antique Linen Distress Stain to enhance the cracks and a layer of Glue n Seal to stabilise the surface. The words (sorry, plural not singular as the challenge specified!) were stencilled using the Traveler stencil and Picket Fence Distress Paint. The die cut Wildflowers were cut from Coredinations card and covered in Glossy Accents.

The wood element was easy - the 'picket fence' was created using some of the wooden spacers that come with the canvases. I covered them in more Picket Fence Distress Paint and sanded them back a little for a worn look. They looked a little boring just layered over the background on their own so I added various tickets and tags from the Ephemera collections underneath and on top. With a parcel of goodies having just arrived I was excited to test out the stamps from the Sideshow set and used the numbers with Watering Can Archival Ink. You'll also spot dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls, a strip of Linen Ribbon and a Quote Band highlighted with the Picket Fence Distress Crayon. It all looked a little 'bottom heavy' so, if in doubt add a butterfly!. Mine were made from one of the Textile Surfaces (love that these are already adhesive on the back) stamped with the Sideshow numbers and Watering Can Archival Ink again and layered onto Clearly for Art Modeling Film before being cut with a Movers and Shapers die. I used the Pewter Liquid Pearls again to add dimension to the butterfly body.

I had so much fun just going with the flow and creating this canvas with some of my new goodies.
It will be entered into the following challenges;
Creative Carte Blanche - 'Wood, a Word and Something Wild'
Simon Says Stamp Monday - 'Emboss It' (stencilled texture paste)
Country View Challenges - 'Use A Stencil' (two used)
I was thrilled to have been picked as a Top 3 Winner for last month's challenge!
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - 'Anything Goes - Mixed Media'
Emerald Creek Dares - 'The B's' (I've added the butterflies)
Creative Artiste Challenges - 'Anything Goes'
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #24 - 'Butterflies and Blooms'

Phew! There are a few more projects in the pipeline to share but for now have a creative time and take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

11 May 2016

Fabric Fantasy for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome back! Earlier today in my post for Frilly and Funkie HERE I promised to be back with a new project for IndigoBlu. Before getting started, a big thank you to everyone who tuned in to see my first Hochanda shows and to everyone who took the time to catch up with Kay, Elizabeth, Cheremane and myself at the Port Sunlight show last weekend. It's always special to share our passion for all things IndigoBlu. If you missed out remember that the IndigoBlu 5th Birthday Open Day will take place at Retford on Monday 30th May!!!

Now for that new project - I'm building on the stamping on fabric ideas I shared on tv, translating them to card making. Here's the finished card...

I've used the A5 Floral Fantasy stamp set as the basis for this card and share a step by step tutorial for creating it over on the IndigoBlu blog HERE. Here are some close up photos to show the various elements in more detail;

I hope you'll get chance to pop over and find out more about how this card came together.
Thanks for joining me today. As ever there's plenty more to come but for now take care of yourselves and enjoy creating! Jenny xxx

Opposites Attract at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! This is my first post of the day - the next is up in a couple of hours. Meantime, over at Frilly and Funkie, our host Kathy Clement has set us all a challenge; to play along, she's asking us all to dig deep and create any kind of project you choose, as long as it is not done in your usual style and colour palette. Definitely a chance to step outside your comfort zone!

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

This all means us Funkie ladies are going Frilly this week! I admit this was a bigger challenge than I expected but having dug deep (and drooled over many of my team mates previous projects) I set to and produced this canvas...

So where to start with a Frilly piece? First up the base had to be another 8x8 canvas - these are definitely becoming my go to. I noticed my teamies love using texture in their backgrounds and having seen/admired lots of altered Tyvek (including from the fabulous Lynn Price at Experiments in Paper) and generously been gifted some by my bestie Anne Redfern I had to play. 

There are some great videos showing how to heat this stuff with an iron to get the bubbling - me, I'm not patient enough and wanted to use my heat tool. Just as well I spread clear gel over one side and layered on some plain muslin! It meant that the Tyvek could take plenty of heat and as it wrinkled and split, the holes that were created exposed the muslin like lace. Here's what the background looked like when I'd added a little colour to the reverse (to peep through those holes) and stuck it to the canvas base.

Can't even begin to describe how hard it was to resist the urge to add a tonne of colour to this! Instead I remained true to the style and just splattered the smallest amounts of teal and lime. So what else do Frilly projects seem to have in common... layers and flowers most definitely. Adding embossing powder shimmer on top of white gesso to the chippie cages and flourish kept the look going as they were piled on top of each other. Love the way a little gesso also adds a sprinkle of extra light to the gorgeous Petaloo flowers. Finally some die cut leaf stems, an altered doily, lace and a scattering of bling added to the glamour brought by those flowers.

Will I be swapping over to the Frilly side in future? The level of restraint required to withhold colour from my projects is just too much to bear so it'll be a return to the norm in future, but it was fun to push those boundaries and play with Tyvek for this challenge too. I wonder how my Funkie team mates got on? Only one way to find out; head on over to Frilly and Funkie to see more from the whole team. Then it's your turn to flip your usual style to be in with a chance to win. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

I'll be back later with a new IndigoBlu project (which is a bit Frilly in style too!) - hope you can join me for that.
In the meantime whatever you're up to take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

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