11 May 2016

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


  1. Morning Jenny, love this one. The texture on the background is really appealing to me, I love the small amount of colour added by the flowers and splats. Love the article in craft stamper too. x

  2. Brilliant Jenny! I am with you ... It is hard to do shabby! This is lovely... Don't know tyvek but will put that on my must try list. . Your layering is gorgeous and great colours too xx

  3. Very beautiful and the textured background is amazing.

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Jenny, this is a real stunner! I would never have thought to add muslin to the Tyvek first but what a fantastic success you have had with it, it really looks fabulous and I love the look of the 'restrained' holes, rather than the large gaping ones I get. You restrained yourself admirably too, with the colour (or not!), the flowers and bird cages look fantastic (seems we have had similar thoughts there...). An altogether elegant and truly beautiful canvas. Anne xx

  5. GORGEOUS!!! Wow Jenny, this is just so beautiful! I love your Tyvek background with all the splashes of subtle colours! Your layered birdcages look amazing with the added florals! Well done! hugs :)

  6. That background has my fingers itching because I want to run my fingertips every so gently over the surface. Magnificent! The ink spatters add lovely color and contrast. (And you could have used as much color as you want, Jenny! I love color!) The stacked bird cages are brilliant and the distressed/spattered flowers are decidedly shabby chic. I love this piece! Thanks for letting your Frilly side out for a play. She's not so bad, is she? Hahaha!

  7. Absulotely stunning ... i love that background ... wow ... and the colours are so serene. Beautiful work xx

  8. Fabulous, Jenny Love your tyvek background with the 'peeps' of colour, lace and muslin in those delicate colours . I started using tyvek a few years ago now , seems it's becoming the new 'thing'.
    Your elements are all wonderfully altered and collaged perfectly.
    In your words 'a timeless beauty!'
    Thisis definitely my kinda 'frilly' .
    hugs x

  9. Stunning, Jenny!! Love your addition of muslin - fantastic texture! Thanks so much for the shout-out - I'm delighted! xxx Lynn

  10. Great texture from your Tyvek experimentation - I love the fabric fibres visible within it - and the birdcage, flowers and spatter take it firmly into Frilly territory!
    Alison x

  11. I have never used tyvek...I LOVE this! What a gorgeous frilly piece!

  12. Oh wow, this is amazing!! The background is fabulous!! Wow!! I love the colors and the layers!! The birdcage and flowers are gorgeous!! What a stunning project this is!! I love, love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  13. Oh I am loving that Tyvec background, specially together with the cheesecloth, that alone has the wow factor already. But then how you finished it is totally brilliant, just gives to show, you can do any style! xx

  14. This is wonderful and I plan to whip right out tomorrow and find some Tyvek - well after I murder dust bunnies. Love the white background and the frilly focal point with the pretty flowers and the bird cage. I love your colour palette.

  15. This is gorgeous Jenny, I love your bubbled background and that you'd used the muslin over the tyvec to create the lacy look, so clever. The elements gathered together creating the focus is beautiful and the colours just delightful. You dug deep and exposed a magical style that is just delightful xxx

  16. Your Frilly Side is Gorgeous! Love that texture and had never heard of heating up tyvec so that was really cool to see and read your description. Beautiful canvas!

  17. Wow, Jenny, what I wouldn't give to spend the day crafting with you! Well, you would craft, and I would sit and learn! You do the most amazing work, Funkie or Frilly! What a treat to see this canvas, and your work with the Tyvek is just mouth watering. Perfect little frilly canvas from start to lovely finish! Gorgeous, and you are a master at ANY style!

    PS Amazing what you did with the Tyvek, and I've been checking this stuff out for a couple of years, and still have not found any, so you are really making me envious here!

  18. Beautiful canvas Jenny, I love the dominance of the white space, I find this soooo hard to do ! You definitely embraced your inner Frilly. Sue C x

  19. First I have heard of Tyvek Jenny but it looks so amazing.....absolutely love the background details and texture. Love your fantastic adornments too

    TFS and best wishes

    Annie xx

    ps just back from Venice and absolutely fell in love with the place..........such stunning views and beautiful buildings xx


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