Thursday 13 August 2015

Bloom and Grow

A couple of weeks ago I attended a mixed media canvas workshop run my great blogging buddy Brenda, of Bumblebees and Butterflies,
I just love getting inky and that day was no exception.
Brenda is such a talented artist and wonderful teacher and we listened intently to her and then started making our own versions of her canvas.

This is how mine came together.
I used lots of techniques to create my  background, here is just a few of the layers. Lots of stencilling, pastes, stamping and more
and this is the finished background once I had drizzled down some lovely distress stains.
lots of lovely texture

Here are the elements in process. These Tim Holtz die cuts are gorgeous. I recently bought the dragonfly myself.  They all started out as plain white card, as the clock is below. I really enjoyed colouring them up using oil pastels for resist and distress inks.

At the end of a happy day crafting, chatting and eating cake 19 of us came up with these versions of Brenda's original.

When I got home I decided to add a few extra flowers to mine so this is my finished canvas
and some close ups

I'm pleased to say that my Hb really liked it and it is now on the top of the bookcase in our dining room.

I would like to enter my canvas into the following challenges;

A vintage journey things with wings

Artistic stamper anything goes

Country View Crafts summertime

Anything but cute making magic I think my canvas is a magical English summer garden.  I was inspired by the sunshine in the photos of the mood board and the gorgeous dripping textures

Allsorts inspired by summer

That craft place anything goes mixed media

Mixed  media world gorgeous textures

Thanks for visiting. I'm currently working on my August Tim piece (with my usual Jane's Journal take) and a Wendy Vecchi inspired piece and will be back soon to share them. After some nice sunny days it is tipping with rain here on my day off so I think some crafting would be perfect. Off to my studio..........

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Wow Jane, looks like a great time was had by all! Your piece is freaking stunning!! WOW!! Love the butterfly and dragonfly, and your textured background is so wonderful, I want to touch it!! All your flowers around the sentiment create such a garden vision, I'm in heaven with this piece! hugs :)

  2. Loved this canvas when I saw it advertised for Brenda's class, just wish I could have come too. Such beautiful layers and your bugs look fantastic. Thanks for joining in the challenges at That Craft Place and A Vintage Journey.
    Hugs, Julie x

  3. Gorgeous Jane, I love the colours!! It looks like a fun time was had by all! :)
    I hope you're keeping ok my friend!
    There certainly has been a reversal of weather, it was beautiful here today, really lovely but to be fair we have had our share of the rain, definitely your turn!!!! ;)
    Have a good weekend my dear,
    V x

  4. absolutely beautful Jane - I adore this canvas - just wish I could get to brendas workshops! Big hugs rachel x

  5. Wonderful canvas!! I am pea green with envy!
    Sandy xx

  6. Impressive work, Jane! May your creative life continue to bloom and grow! :o)

  7. Your finished canvas is awesome Jane, it always amazes me that we start at the same point and everyone comes away with something quite unique to themselves and this is no exception, you did such a great job with all the techniques and colours. Love it.
    Thanks for the shout out and lovely comments, I really appreciate it, but more importantly I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxxx

  8. Jane that is a fabulous canvas, love the colours and the flowers are beautiful. It amazes me how everyone starts with the same things and creates so many different ones. Hope to see you again soon at Brenda's xx

  9. Your canvas is gorgeous Jane, so rich with texture and full of wonderful colour. I just love the butterfly, bee and dragonfly and it is just perfect for our challenge! Thanks so much for joining in our 'Things with Wings' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xx

  10. Hi Jane
    You can be proud of your creation, it is truly a master piece!
    I'm so happy DH liked it as well.
    Thank you for sharing all the pictures, I always enjoy them!!

  11. Gorgeous canvas !Thank you for joining us at the Artistic Stamper

  12. Beautiful canvas and thank you for joining us at That Craft Place

  13. Gorgeous canvas Jane, love the colours. Thanks for joining us The Artistic Stamper

  14. hiya Jane - just popping back to say thankyou for joining us at Countryview challenges and good luck in the draw. Hugs rachel x

  15. Oh I just love your background! This is amazing!

  16. Lucky you getting along to one of Brenda's classes, and what a fabulous canvas as a result. Wonderful summery colours and inky painty effects.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx

  17. Wow Jane your canvas is stunning. I love all the different textures. The colors are fabulous. Love what you did with the butterflies. Gorgeous!! And the final touches with the flowers just made an amazing impact. Beautiful work and so happy you chose to share it with us at Mixed Media World.
    With smiles
    Laine K
    MMW Design Team

  18. Oops - and thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey too!
    Alison xx


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