Tuesday, March 26, 2019

All About Jenny

by Jenny for Sallyanne

All About Me... this has got to be one of the hardest subjects in the known Universe! So after much deliberation, I started with the one thing I do love... my favourite colour - green.

in the beginning there was chaos on a beautiful green background
In the beginning there was chaos on a beautiful green background... I used Dylusions acrylic paints and blended all over the page then while it was drying, took out my growing collection of odds and ends (stamped flowers, cats, birds and bicycles, Dylusions readymade images (cat, flower, girl on the bicycle) and other leftovers).

I had this idea that I'd be riding a bike with one of Tim Holtz's crazy cats on my leg while other cats, birds and frogs hung out in a pretty garden with the wavy things across the bottom... or something! lol :) It looked nutty, loud and crowded, just like it is inside my head "sometimes"! lol :)

background blending and stenciling, mixed media artwork by Jenny James
What happened was completely opposite. I was sorting through my stencils, picking out the designs that I thought would compliment all the noise, I mean elements, when I picked up an oldie but a goodie (always a fave) - Flossie by Dylusions. She's a pretty groovy silhouette of a girl standing like she'd be holding or having something land on her hand. I stuck her down with a temporary glue so I wouldn't have to hold her still while I blended the paint around her.

When I got this far (above), the whole direction of my page changed... the masking was working well, and other ideas (fresh, not so cluttered ideas) started forming.

Daisies are my most favourite flower (all kinds including Gazanias, Sunflowers, Marigolds and Gerberas)... so including pretty white daisies was the next plan. I was still planning to include some of the elements but maybe not as many.

flowers and girl, Art by Jenny, painted using Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley acrylic paints
The flowers were added to the page using the two sizes of "Spring Bloom" stencils by Dylusions using White Linen acrylic paint. After they'd dried, I overpainted most of the petals with more white paint, leaving some unpainted in the background.
The centres are handspotted with a paintbrush using acrylic paint in Dylusions Slate Grey, Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest, White Linen then lastly, Black Marble. I then added more white spots all around the flowers.
The inside edges of Flossie has been painted with a wash of Black Marble, to give shape :)

The quotes are all by Tim Holtz... Snarky Stickers, Chipboard Quotes and Metallic Quotations.

The frog sticker hopped onto the page because when I was finished, I realised I hadn't included any frogs! Once the flowers had dried and I pulled off the Flossie mask, I found I liked the page as it was so everything else got put away.

So this is me... Dreamer of dreams, feeling free to fly while creating art from the heart in my happy place!
Tim's quote in the top left hand corner says "We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public." - who says we need to grow up anyway? lol :D

Thanks so much for reading and checking out my journal page for Sallyanne. I hope she likes it!

Have a wonderful, happy creative day!


  1. Oh Jenny I love it so much. All your other bits are cute but this is so much more the Jenny I know what a fabulous outcome!

    1. Thank you so much Louise! Yes, definitely more me than all that clutter... daisies always make everything ok :D

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    1. Thanks so much Sallyanne :D So pleased that you do!

  3. That is so lovely Jenny. Love the beautiful green and your flowers and lady. Also like the different fonts you used in your journalling.

    1. Thank you so much Pam! Its wonderful feeling when it all works out :D

  4. Fab pages! They look amazing in real life!

  5. Oh Jenny - worth waiting for! Love reading about your process, and love how your spread turned out. Especially love the daisies! πŸ’šπŸ’š

  6. Wonderful page Jenny and interesting blogging

  7. So awesome Jenny...love it allπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

  8. Such a great page love love love it πŸ’•πŸ’žπŸ’•


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