Friday, 11 December 2015

Big News for IndigoBlu and a Canal Grande Canvas

Hi everyone and welcome! I've got a new mixed media canvas to share with you but before that some big news...

Until now the IndigoBlu International Design Team have posted their amazing pieces of inspiration and sneak peeks of new product on the IndigoBlu blog and the fabulous Challenge Design Team have shared their beautiful work alongside our winners and guests here on the IndigoBlu Challenge blog. So you've had to make the journey to two places for your 'fix' of IndigoBlu inspiration. Well not any more...

From today you'll find both teams, the inspiration, the challenges, the news, the winners, the prizes, the offers and all those sneak peeks in one place - here at the revamped IndigoBlu Blog. You'll be able to follow us easily and see the latest posts coming up straight away - just make sure you become a follower!!! We look forward to seeing you here...

More news? OK then. Back by popular demand, Kay Halliwell-sutton will be on your screens again this weekend with some fabulous shows on Hochanda. See her there on Saturday 12th Dec 2015 - 8pm, and Sunday 13th Dec 2015 - 7am, 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

Now for that canvas. Anyone who's followed me on my blog over the past few months knows I finally got to add a big tick to my 'bucket list' by taking a romantic trip to Venice with my wonderful hubby. Talk about inspiring (Venice I mean, not hubby bless him - although he's special in his own way!) I took hundreds of photos and got lost in the magic of that incredible city. So when we were given some new 'European Grand Tour' Mixed Media Papers to play with I was beside myself with one particular design - a view of the Canal Grande looking down towards the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. I added it to a canvas board and then the fun began!


It really didn't need much to enhance this beautiful paper; I scratched at the edges to distress the canvas, added an initial layer of dilute Gee-Sso Good! gesso in places, spritzed some dilute Goldfinger Metallic paint to add to the warmth, stamped some messy black areas using the 'Tasty Textures' stamp set and used clear texture paste through the coordinating 'Texture' stencil as a base for more embellishments. Having worked out where I would put one of my many photos, I added some pieces of lace, a few beads and pearls, some brass buttons and trinkets, moulded elements (including the frame) and metallic threads. Some more dabs of gesso helped make the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mists work well to colour these textures. The sentiment comes from the Grand Tour I stamp set - it seemed utterly appropriate! Now for some close ups...





Now I've gone to town a bit on this and enjoyed every minute of it, but I'm sure you'll agree the paper does most of the hard work on this canvas. Want it? Need it? Start bugging your retailers for European Grand Tour Mixed Media Papers as they'll be released to the trade in January along with the Tasty Textures stamps and Textures stencil.

That's it for now. Don't forget, you'll find everything IndigoBlu including more new releases here at the IndigoBlu Blog now so make sure you're a follower. And tune in to see Kay this weekend!

Have a great weekend, and whatever you're up to take care of yourselves.

Jenny xxx

16 comments:

  1. Great news and wowwww your canvas is stunning! That gold , that texture, the frame, a delightul artwork for a wonderful trip!

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  2. That Canvas is stunning Jenny! And I do envy you the trip...

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  3. Wowzers that's fabulous Jenny, what an amazing trip and those are the perfect papers to scrapbook it, just goregous xxx

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  4. That is great news! Your canvas is gorgeous Jenny and the paper is truly beautiful. x

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  5. absolutely gorgeous jenny and i'm looking forward to seeing the new stamps and stencils you mentioned! great that the blogs have combined. makes it so much easier! hugs rachel x

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  6. Great news. Love the new look.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

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  7. A stunning canvas hun, and all your hard work on the blog really works, and show's off the projects beautifully. xx

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  8. What an interesting piece, great work with those photos! Congrats on the new look blog too, so glad my fussy brain does no longer need to do sums... :-)and super to have everything in one place now!

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  9. Lovely to be able to catch up with everything here Jenny and the canvas is stunning. I went to Venice many years ago but have never forgotten it! x

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  10. The paper really is stunning - and how perfect for your Venetian memories - and your subtle distressing just gives it the final touches to take it to the next level. Fantastic texture with those laces (!) and beading - amazing work.

    Combining the blogs sounds like a great plan to streamline people's visits... onwards and upwards!
    Alison x

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  11. Great idea to have all the IndigoBlu news under one roof! And fabulous Venice layout too...

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  12. It is gorgeous paper. You have enhanced it in such a beautiful and subtle way on this layout. Stunning!

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  13. Love your Venice inspired piece ! The way you have used the embellishments is lovely, just enough to let that lovely paper take the stage ! X

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