21 May 2015

A Pocket Full of Posies for IndigoBlu

Hi everyone and welcome. This month I've got the chance to provide a piece for the latest IndigoBlu challenge, the theme of which is 'Pocket Full of Posies'. Well, with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show getting us all ooohing and aaahing at the gorgeous blooms on show this was always going to be an easy task! I took inspiration from the unusual ways those clever designers have come up with to display the fruits (or rather flowers!) of their labours, including ageing things to give the impression the gardens have been in situ for decades (which of course they haven't).

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Having picked up some cheap canvases recently I put one to good use, covering it a little stencilling and some bubbled metallic paint before adding layers and drips of English Cottage Artist's Acrylic Paints. Then I attacked it with a piece of sandpaper! I know! Having spent ages getting the paint right some of it was being rubbed away!!! At first I was a bit ginger about doing this (less is more sometimes) but then became rather violent and the results were much better (though maybe you should be the judge of that).



Now for those posies, well no, in this case poppies from the newly released 'Giant Poppy' and 'Poppycock' sets. I diluted the paints and water-coloured these before cutting them out, layered them up and grouping them together. They needed a bit of grounding so I used the grid pattern from the 'Rugged Edge' set and stamped it with White and Black Gee-Sso Good! to continue that aged structural look. Ta dah!!!



Right, that's it from me. Now I highly recommend a trip over to the IndigoBlu online shop to see what else is 'New In' before going over to the challenge to see more gorgeous inspiration. And then it's over to you to join in to be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize.

That's all for now folks. Thanks for joining me today and whatever you're up to today, take care of yourselves. Jenny xxx

42 comments:

  1. Stunning ! Love those vibrant blooms against the gorgeously rusty background x

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  2. Lovely Jenny, gorgeous flowers and I love the grid pattern , works beautifully. Tracy x

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  3. Love your canvas today, your background is fab love the sanding back technique.

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  4. Gorgeous ! Jenny Really love the 'rusty aged' background you've created . The grid pattern works so well as a grounding for those lovely poppies too .

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  5. Gorgeous Jenny!! Love the amazing texture from that bubble paint and those flowers are just stunning! My wish list just got a whole lot bigger! hugs :)

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  6. Oh my Jenny, love this piece of art. You truly are an artist. Wish i had your skills. Really beautiful. Hugs, Veerle x

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  7. Gorgeous Jenny - absolutely love the background lol xxx

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  8. that is a stunning BG! I love it! :D TFS

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  9. Fabulous! I love how you did the background.

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  10. Brilliant, absolutely beautiful, I love, love, love it.
    Patricia xxx

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  11. All I can say is, I simply love all of it. The background is so beautiful and rustic looking. The sanding really did the trick on this one. Your flowers are lovely and pop right out.
    S@ndy xx

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  12. Wow!! Great canvas, loving that background
    Love
    Amanda x

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  13. This is gorgeous Jenny, beautiful flowers against the perfect background - love it xx

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  14. Gorgeous poppies on a brilliantly distressed background, love the warm shades too! Gorgeous! Ruth x

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  15. An amazing project with a great background to show off the stunning poppies

    Love Chrissie xx

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  16. Great experience on the background and gorgeous flowers: beautiful!

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  17. Wow Jenny, this is absolutely stunning - the background you created is superb and looks very aged indeed. Love the gorgeous poppies too, the colour pops beautifully off your canvas. Got my fingers crossed that you might do a TV video on this one!! Anne xx

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  18. Fab canvas, love the background, the subtle texture and the colours on it are great and then the fabulous red flowers! Xx

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  19. much gorgeousness as always Jenny - that background looks fabulous and I adore the flowers - beautiful! Big hugs Rachel x

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  20. Absolutely stunning work, Jenny! The background is perfect for those wonderful flowers. Elizabeth xx

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  21. Oh Jenny, what a beautiful floral canvas, love the background you have created! X

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  22. Just had to pop over after seeing this on Pinterest and tell you how wonderful I think this is Jenny,an absolutely stunning creation :)
    Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  23. Yeah, a Violent art experience Jenny! Good for the muscles and the mind.
    What you got was a FANTASTIC background to showcase you so beautiful flowers!

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  24. Jenny your canvas is so very special! Your background is incredible! And I love the way you did your flowers!!
    Sandy xx

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  25. Very creative canvas, loving the background and to cut out the poppy and to use the stamp in that way, very clever. Love it!

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  26. GORGEOUS canvas...just love the rusted background, and the contrast with the flowers make this awesome!!!

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  27. That has to be THE most gorgeous background, perfect for those beautiful flowers too!! You create so many stunning things Jenny xx

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  28. Lovely, Jenny! Simply lovely! I love those great big posies...Ooops I mean poppies :) Poppies are some of my favorite flowers and these are spectacular sitting on top of your fabulously sanded canvas!! Love It!! XOXO-Shari

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  29. Jenny...this canvas is gorgeous! Your poppies and colored and blended to perfection. And that background...oh, that background! I adore it!! It reminds me of the bark of my River birch trees in the front of my house. Absolutely a beautiful piece.

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  30. Wow Jenny - your background (sanded and bubbled) is just gorgeous! love all the drippiness and your poppies sure do POP off the canvas - gorgeous colors!! Julia xx

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  31. Beautiful Jenny, love your aged background and those poppies are lovely! The black grid really works well to marry the flowers with your gorgeous background.

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  32. What a stunner - one of the best backgrounds ever and wonderful flowers. xx

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  33. Such a gorgeous canvas, Jenny. I love the beautiful background textures and the amazing colors. :)

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  34. Fabulous canvas Jenny ! Love the background and the flowers really pop aganst it ! Sue C x

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  35. That is just beautiful! The background is a work of art, let alone the poppies.
    Lynne

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  36. Absolutely stunning Jenny, wow! The background looks amazing and those poppies truly pop!!

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  37. Because I know you are a very sweet lady, I'll confess to being a bit shocked by the violence that you brought to bear on your poor painted canvas, Jenny. But I got over it soon enough because a) hey, we all have to let it out sooner or later and b) the results are mind-blowingly worth it!! Topping your ravaged canvas off with the gorgeous poppies and grid patterns was nothing short of genius in my eyes!! Hugs, Darnell

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  38. Loving the background - well worth all the effort of painting it then attacking it!!

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  39. Wow!! absolutely love this one Jenny x That background is just stunning and the colour of the flowers...everything is popping like crazy........FABULOUS!!

    HUgs Annie xx

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  40. A huge WOW for that sanded paint background - it's completely stunning. What a brilliant weathered distressed effect - love, love it.
    Alison xx

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  41. Oh my goodness LOVE your background Jenny. U don't really need the lovely poppies. Terrific work. Nicola 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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