7 June 2016

Summer Sunshine

Hi everyone and welcome! Following a recent hotel visit I was inspired to make the background to this canvas with my IndigoBlu paints and Mega Flakes; the colour combination reminds me of a painting of red boats by Claude Monet (Argenteuil). As I pondered where to go next with this piece the latest Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Summer Garden - was launched and that became the catalist to complete it. For all my friends in based across the Atlantic it's exciting to see that the IndigoBlu stamps and flake I've used for this are stocked by Simon Says Stamp (in case you're wondering, that's the A5 Floral Fantasy set, A6 Colour Me Anenome and Copper Kettle Mega Flakes)!

The base of the canvas was covered in layers of texture paste, Gee-Sso Good gesso and Pantry White Acrylic Paint (you can find all the IndigoBlu matte Acrylic Paints HERE and the Metallic ones HERE). A combination of brayering and painting rough layers of Peppermint Tea, Lime Marmalade, Townhouse Teal, Kingfisher Blue, Postbox Red and Burning Bonfire was interspursed with stencilling using the new Weird Science stencil. I handpainted lines of Kingfisher Blue and applied the Copper Kettle Mega Flakes over red line tape as an accent.

If you've seen some of my previous projects you'll know I love to use the Colour Me Anenome stamp with my Tattered Florals die cuts a they fit perfectly to create a stamen filled centre to these flowers. For this canvas I used white embossing powder as a resist to the diluted paints and added some Glossy Accents to the centre of each bloom.The butterflies from the Floral Fantasy set were given the same treatment and to add a little age to the edges of them all it's easy to apply a little Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink with the Mini Blending Tool. Those wonderful words also come from the Floral Fantasy set and are particularly pertinent for those of us who have to endure all that the Summer weather throws at us here in the UK!

I'm also entering the final Our Creative Corner challenge for a while - A Beautiful Mess - with fond memories of my time on the Design Team and recognition of the fun I had making a controlled 'mess' with the paints on the background of this canvas.

And I'm also entering the current challenges at;

That craft room of mine is calling loudly with lots of deadlines to hit before an upcoming trip and my next IndigoBlu shows on Hochanda next Tuesday June 14th to prepare for - hope you can join me for those.

Thank you for joining me today. I hope the sun is shining on you wherever you are, and whatever you're up to take care of yourselves! Jenny xxx


  1. Oh I know that painting, and yes you are right the colours do resemble it. This is so Summery and uplifting. A beautiful canvas with super elements.
    So glad you joined us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge this month.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

  2. Lovely coloured background and the flowers and butterflies add even more interest to your piece. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Wonderful! Jenny a canvas to match this sunny day and just as super.
    hugs xx

  4. There is something so invigorating and uplifting about these colours, they are just a joy and work fabulously .mlove,this piece Jenny. Tracy x

  5. With this piece that is supposed to say Jenny but my IPAD now makes up its own words . Tracy x

  6. Fantastic work of art. Love all the colours and the textured look

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Picture Perfect Jenny! In every way! Nicola x

  9. This is absolutely stunning, Jenny!! The colors, the design, everything is amazing!! Wow!! Love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. oh so pretty - love it xx

  11. This is so fun - light, airy and free Jenny. I adore your background design - all my fav colors! Lovely flowers that compliment your background perfectly. It's truly a lovely creation in every way. Thanks bunches for joining our 'A Beautiful Mess" challenge at your old alma mater :)... OUR CREATIVE CORNER. j.

  12. Gorgeous canvas Jenny!! Fantastic background and I love the flowers too! x

  13. Love love your canvas, so bright. Your have put alot of work into it.
    thanks for joining our challenge over
    Debbie DT

  14. Beautiful love the colours xxx

  15. Fabulous quote and colors! Love the white embossing! <3

  16. The composition is superb Jenny, love the train track feel with the natural foliage and the flowers are just gorgeous - what a lucky fit with the die. huge hugs xxx

  17. Beautiful canvas. Love the colour scheme. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artist this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  18. This is so striking,loving the background...and those flowers make the whole piece "pop"...great sentiment to.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  19. stunning canvas Jenny...love the colour palette...perfect for a Summer Garden ...thanks for sharing at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

  20. I like your background so much! The melted colors are just perfect! Thank you for joining us over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! Hugs, Marzena

  21. Love your canvas, the flowers are stunning
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog, we hope to see you join in again...
    Hugs Rhonda DT & Owner xxx

    Creative Artiste Challenge Blog

  22. Fabulous canvas. Love how you centre things on your work and leave some white space which allows everything to pop. Also love the colour palette - so bright and cheerful - and the sentiment is so inspirational. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils.

  23. This really is fabulous - love those flowers! Hugs, Chrisx

  24. Congratulations! Jenny on being the Challenge winner over at Our Creative Corner . Delighted for you x


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