18 February 2016

Lilac Dreams for IndigoBlu...

Hi everyone and welcome! During this week the IndigoBlu International DT each get the chance to share a second project with you on their own blogs and here's my canvas - a nightmare to take decent photos of but another learning journey...

(click on each image for a closer look)

I played with the IndigoBlu Floral Fantasy Mixed Media Papers and A5 stamp set, brand new IndigoBlu products (Slap It On Gloss and Diamond Resin) experimented with using more familiar products for the background (Kroma Crackle, Modelling Paste, etc.) and pushed a few boundaries creatively; having watched videos from the awesome Shawn Petite who uses black and white (amongst other things!) with such dramatic effect on her pieces, I employed similar techniques to emphasise and enhance the layering and individual elements on this canvas.

Recently I discovered a new 'challenge' blog called Creative Carte Blanche; it's all about pushing boundaries and discovering your own artistic style, and has the most incredible line up of talent in the Design Team. It got me thinking; for me 'developing your own style' is all about finding which techniques you enjoy using most and what excites you visually. I enjoy using textures, layers, mixing in different media, a narrow colour scheme and clear composition, but there's also a need to keep growing and learning (that'll be the teacher in me!!!)

What about you? I'd love to know what pushes your creative buttons.

Here are some close ups of the finished results...









I urge you to hop on over to the IndigoBlu blog today and throughout the week to take a look at what a few of my fellow team mates have created as they've risen to the task supremely once again! Lots of the new stamps and papers are featured too so they will give you ideas for using yours.

Having drawn inspiration from their whole ethos I'm going to enter this into the inaugural Creative Carte Blanche challenge;
'Try Something Artistic You've Never Done Before'.

I'm also entering this canvas into the following challenges;
Country View Challenges - Make your own Background
Creative Artiste Challenge #11 - Anything Goes with Mixed Media

It's going to be a busy weekend with the trade show at the NEC in Birmingham (I'm there for four days this time demoing for IndigoBlu and Craft Stamper). If you're going make sure you stop by and say hi as it's always great to catch up with cyber friends in person!

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

37 comments:

  1. This is just divine and so stunning! ADORE the colours, texture and layers. They come together perfectly xx

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  2. Fabulous! Jenny Love the colour tones n all the layers , crackle and texture brought together in a fabulous design and composition .
    Hope you have a great time at the trade show- only wish I was coming along so I could catch a glimpse of you 'in action' .
    hugs x

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  3. Wow Jenny, I have just drooled over every photo, the textures and composition is absolutely stunning. Love love love.
    Julie x

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  4. Ohhhh all the delicious yummy layers in the background and then the stunning image placed in the middle. Gorgeous Art Jenny!

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  5. Gorgeous Jenny, love the composition and fabulous layered elements. Lovely and textural, makes me want to reach out and touch it. Tracy x

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  6. Gorgeous canvas Jenny love the colour palette, it's good to push boundaries sometimes ......I must try harder at this lol.
    MaggieH

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  7. FAB-U-LOUS! Love the layout. The colour palette is wonderful and shows off all the texture you created while still allowing the floral image to pop.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  8. What a wonderful canvas, Jenny! The subtle colors are so perfect. Love the focal image and layering beneath. Gorgeous, gorgeous texture! As far as what motivates me creatively, I too am drawn to a clear composition and often work with a monochromatic color scheme. I love depth, business, and texture and generally experimenting with any combination of those elements. I do love a healthy dose of black and white in any design. <3 Hugs, Autumn

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  9. Totally stunning, the design is wonderful (as always) and I just love the colour palette you have used! I have not used my Kroma Crackle for ages, must put that right soon! A gorgeous canvas Jenny - you are such an inspiration! Anne xx

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  10. Truly stunning, love the fabric inclusion...such texture, GORGEOUS! Ruth x

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  11. You have treated us to another beautiful piece here Jenny, love your consistant perfect composition on your work, I really find this difficult. Lots of layers and textures always push my creative buttons and you never fail to deliver that with all your wonderful projects. Mo x

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  12. Gorgeous, Jenny!! As ever, your layering is so intriguing - draws me right in! And this background - oh my heavens!! Need to get more info on that, please!! This palette suits this lovely paper perfectly - wow, wow, wow!! Thanks for your visits in the midst of obvious busy times for you - much appreciated!! xxx Lynn

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  13. Oh wow, Jenny, this is absolutely stunning!! The texture is amazing!! I love the close-ups so you can see the beautiful crackle and dimension!! The layers and details are perfect!! What a spectacular canvas this is!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. This is just beautiful, love all the texture to your creation
    thanks for joining our challenge over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au/
    Debbie Dt

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  15. Stunning piece Jenny! Fabulous layering and such a wonderful background. Jennie x

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  16. Jenny, this is breathtaking. I want to sit in a quiet room and just hold it in my hands so I can drink in all the wonderful details. It has such a glorious sense of peace and serenity...I love the way it makes me feel when I am looking at it. The texture and layers are amazing. You know how Mozart could toss in a little arpeggio that makes you feel weak in the knees? Your little touches...the paint spatters, the torn edges...they remind me of that. Truly magnificent!

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  17. So love the effects on this fabulous project. The muted colours and the techniques are gorgeous. Thak you so much for the inspiration and loving the indigo blu products you've used as well x

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  18. Beautiful Jenny! I was eyeballing that floral stamp and now that I see it in use, wowzers! Stunning page, love your background texture and the slight touch of lilac colouring. hugs :)

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  19. Jenny, such a stunning combination of colors and layers. I love those lilacs. Hugs

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  20. Wow I am loving those layers!!!!
    thanks for joining us over at
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.com.au
    Hugs Kerry DT

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  21. Beautiful! I must say Jenny, you have to know the right buttons to push to create something this pretty!
    Sandy xx

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  22. Jenny, this piece has to be one of my favorites of yours! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for participating in Creative Carte Blanche and giving us a "shout-out". Hope to see more of your work soon!

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  23. This is just SO lovely to look at - over and over - I am amazed and in wonder of your beautiful layers Jenny! Julia xx

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  24. That is so gorgeous Jenny, amazing layers and all of those fabulous textures! A real work of art, thank you so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  25. Hi Miss Marple! Oh brilliant canvas, really well thought out and the placement is spot on! Triumph - do you have my address so you can send it to me!! Laughing! cxxxx

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  26. Well, YOU sort of push my creative buttons, Jenny! This is typical brilliance from you, NEVER disappointed with your art. Thanks for inspiring us and making me drop everything and run to my studio!

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  27. This is Fab Jenny, really love all the layers and textures X

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  28. Ooh Jenny, this is gorgeous. I love the background and the vintage feel.
    Good to have you with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge this month.
    Hugs Sheryl DT member xx

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  29. Oh my goodness, is this ever a stunning piece Jenny! I love your style, and I love this example of layering and texture. Simply delicious!

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  30. Such a pretty canvas, Jenny! Love the soft colors and the purple flowers are stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  31. Hi Jenny. I remember when you were just starting out and seemed to be more of a card person. And while the cards you made were always fabulous, I have seen you grow into so much more of an all around wonderful artist. Your mixed media projects are beautiful. I love your ability to collage; whether it be a card or a canvas or everything in between. This project is wonderful! I love the colors, the layers, the textures and of course, the collaging. Thanks so much for joining us at Creative Carte Blanche and sharing your lovely art!

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  32. Seriously gorgeous Jenny with so many aspects to admire! Really love it! Hope your weekend was fantastic. Nicola x

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  33. Jenny, this is just ALL KINDS of AWESOME! I love seeing your projects-- always!-- and this is one of my favorites ever. It's so richly textued and elegant. Your thoughts on "finding your own style" are so appreciated and wise, too. Thanks for being part of our first Creative Carte Blanche adventure!

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  34. Wow!! This is so beautiful Jenny x I love the colours, particularly the main background colour and the beautiful layers.
    The stamp looks wonderful too and the little watch and placement of the butterfly are perfect......love it x
    Best wishes
    Annie x

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  35. Wowza....This whole piece is gorgeous! The colors, the textures, the composition! IT is tee-total eye candy!
    Love all the layers...and that texture makes me want to reach in and touch it! Thank you for sharing about Creative Carte Blanche and thank you for joining in! Hugs.

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  36. Gorgeous piece of work you have created I love it...
    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
    http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk

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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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