Wednesday, June 14, 2017

French Court Garden Canvas-Frilly and Funkie-'You're My Inspiration'

Welcome, crafty friends and visitors! Have you heard that I'm one of the newest DT members on the Frilly and Funkie talented Design Team?  Dreams do come true! I am so honored and thrilled to pieces! I'm even more excited, because my good friend Autumn of SewPaperPaint is the other newest member of the team!

Yes! It's official! So let's get down to business!

Today I'm sharing my first creation for Frilly and Funkie as a Funkie girl for the current challenge 'You're My Inspiration'. Nancy is hosting the challenge and this is what she says:

"Find any type of image or photo that inspires you and create a vintage or shabby chic project based on that image or photo (you don't need to actually use it in your project). Please post the image on your blog along with your project, and tell us what it is you love about it."

I saw  this beautiful garden in my May issue of Southern Living and couldn't stop staring at it, thinking of ways I could achieve this French Quarter/Charleston garden vibe in my own yard. Since I don't have brick walls or much shade in my garden, I thought at least I could re-create this beautiful garden on canvas. (Sorry for the poor photo; I took it awhile ago for the inspiration, and have since recycled the magazine.)

Photo heavy post--my apologies!

I chose an old canvas from my stash, coated sides with black and front with white gesso. I laid the gesso on thick on the front to give a textured base for my foliage. I scraped Wendy Vecchi Crackle texture paste and Ranger Grit paste through several Tim Holtz layering and mini stencils on the sides and front to create the look of foliage, a roof and brick. Yes, the perspective and scale is a little off, but that's me taking creative license!

Are you dizzy yet?

I scraped Prima Limestone Stone Effect paste on for the 'walls' of the house. I love the subtle texture this paste gives!  When dry, I colored my scene with a variety of Distress stains, paints, Oxides, and inks.  I embossed with a tiny bit of Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Alure powder on the roof lines and smeared on some Viva Rusty Paper. I didn't like the shine of the  embossing powder, so I went over it with Distress crayon.

I did some background stamping using the 'birch' of Tim's Birch and Pine stamp set and Olive Archival ink. Lastly, I splattered with white acrylic paint and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide.

The 'shutters' are Kaisercraft Flourish Borders inked with Emboss it Dabber and heat embossed with Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze Alure powder for the ironwork and painted with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Light Patina paint and Black Soot stain on the louvers. I made a gate using a Spellbinders die, and colored it with the Light Patina paint and heat embossed with a sprinkle of Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves.

I love the moss covered pottery in the magazine photo! I have a few mossy pieces in my own garden--the mossier the better! I used Prima's Baroque 6 mold and paper clay, using just part of one of the recesses and shaped into 'pots' while still pliable. I brushed on Limestone Stone Effect paste to give it a nice texture and painted with Rusty Paper and Distress paints-Rusty Hinge, Ground Espresso, and Peeled Paint.

To fill my pots with pretty foliage, I die cut Tim's Wildflowers #2 Thinlits (just the top of one of the 'weeds') and colored them with stains. The stenciled and pasted flourish design fills in for more foliage, and I smeared over it with Distress Crayons in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo. I dyed a trio of tiny flowers from my stash with Distress Oxides to represent the plumbago in the inspiration photo.

My garden quote is Tim's Clippings stickers, adhered to chipboard and smeared with Distress Crazing Medium and Vintage Photo crayon. All dimensional elements were adhered with Ranger Collage Medium. I swiped the edges with Vintage Photo Distress crayon to finish my canvas. At the last minute I realized my pots needed some shadows, so I mixed up a batch of Collage Medium with Prima's Mini Art Stones and smeared this under the pots. When dry, I highlighted with Distress crayon. Now I'm done, and I can go play in the garden.

I hope you'll be inspired to join our challenge for a chance to win a generous $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Please hop over to Frilly and Funkie to see how the rest of my Frilly and Funkie team mates have been inspired by a photo.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Mixed Media Monthly-Challenge #37 "A Year of Choices" I chose challenge #32-"Put a Stencil on It"

Thank you for your visit and lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

The following supplies were used and available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique: (If something happens to be out of stock, click on the 'back in stock' button, and you will be notified when it's back in the shop!)


  1. Wonderful project! Your green fingers meet your crafty talent. Congrats on your new DT... Great news! Xx

  2. WOW Sara Emily! What a magnificent way to celebrate your joining the Frilly and Funkie family. You have taken that photo from the magazine and totally captured its beauty on your incredible canvas. Thank you for including so many photos from different angles so we can really get a sense of how much detail has been included on every surface. Loving the patio mixed paving, the overlapping walls, the plant filled pots and the embossed shutters all coloured so beautifully and finished to perfection. Absolutely love it! xx

  3. I echo Jenny's WOW! You've created a magical old moss covered garden on canvas. This is gorgeous! I love the sun slanting against the old brick walls, the lovely old stone plant pots and the amazing usage of those Kaisercraft border pieces as shutters. The details in this are just mind boggling. It had to have taken you forever to make this...but it is absolutely gorgeous. Welcome to the team. You've set a very high bar for the rest of us to leap over. Big hugs!

  4. Fabulous! I love your beautiful window to the garden that you created on the canvas! Very happy to have you join us on the design team as your art is always gorgeous!

  5. Hi Sara - Just catching up after hols and what a fabulous first project for F/F. Love the textural effects you achieved here and gorgeous colours too.
    Avril xx

  6. Congratulations and great to have you as part of the team. Fantastic project and totally representative of your inspiration photo right down to the colour palette. Love the texture both directly on the canvas and in your 3D items.

  7. Congratulations! What a beautiful garden! I love the bricks wall, and all the flourishes give a wonderful depth.

  8. Wow, wow and wow again Sara, your canvas is absolutely stunning - you really were totally inspired by the photograph, you have captured it so beautifully. Stunning work!!! I am so very thrilled that you have joined F&F and your first project just highlights the reason why you were asked - you are an amazing crafter!! Huge congratulations again my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Huge congrats to you, my friend!! They are so lucky to have you (and Autumn) at F&F!! And holey moley, did you knock it out of the park on your first post!! This is spectacular!! You reproduced the photograph perfectly!! Wow!! The texture is amazing!! I seriously want to touch this!! The colors, the design, the details...all stunning!! I want to live in your canvas!! Simply ah-may-zing!! Love, love it!! Congrats again, dear friend!! So happy for you!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  10. I'm so happy for you my lovely friend but before I get any further with that I just got to say wow! WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW!
    I absolutely love this Sara Emily, it's just so many kinds of goodness and beautiful! I know I'm going to keep coming back to look at it and try and take in how you created and if there is any kind of way that I might be able to create something like this some day too! Love, love, love, brilliant art and I want to be sat in that garden drinking a cocktail and just relaxing there, I'm amazed and overawed at your talent sweet lady Karen xx

  11. Wow!! Huge congratulations Sara, so very thrilled for you!! Your debut post is absolutely amazing!! What brilliant art work.. You captured the photo so beautifully on your canvas .. so much detail and absolutely stunning!! You are brilliant!! Love, love, love this!! hugs xx

  12. I am so happy for you Sara Emily on making the team at Frilly and Funkie! They are so lucky to have you! Wow, what a masterpiece my friend! The canvas is AMAZING! You have captured such a beautiful scene and I love all the textures, colors and amazing dimension! The details are so gorgeous~The brick looks so real and the spectacular! Your work is incredible my friend!
    Have a great day and again congrats Sara Emily!
    Sherrie K

  13. Huge congratulations on your new DT position Sara Emily, you will bring so much to the team. Love this incredibly beautiful and textured canvas design bringing your two most favourite pastimes together. Scrolling through the photos I really feel as though I am in a Victorian walled garden, you've done a magnificent job in evoking wonderful memories of a huge riverside garden I spent many hours in as a child whilst my mum worked in the big house. Great job xxx

  14. Congrats on your new DT post! Your canvas is amazing and is full of gorgeous textures and colors, like a real garden (love your mossy pot!). You did a beautiful job with the Prima moulds - love those and have been wanting to try a set out and am now even more inspired to do so. This is so realistic, Sara Emily, beautiful work! Hugs!

  15. Absolutely delightful summer garden, Sara, full of gorgeous textures and ideas. Huge congrats on joining the F&F team - a match made in heaven!
    Alison x

  16. Gasp! Sigh.... I need this garden of tranquility today. I don't usually get anxious about things, but today I did, and seeing this gorgeously textured, beautifully colored, amazing canvas, has set all aright again, Sara. Isn't that what Art is meant to do? Soothe the savage beast? LOL

    The amount of texture you've built up, and the use of color is incredibly done, Sara! LOVE LOVE LOVE this masterpiece. How different the photos are, moved from one backdrop to another, bringing to life bits of shade here, tones there, shadows, highlights, it really is a fabulous creation!

    Thanks for bringing Reality back to my soul this afternoon.

  17. Wowsers!! This is amazing. I love the texture so much. Just fabulous. Thanks for entering Creative Artiste's Mixed Media blog challenge.
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  18. Congratulations Sara Emily on both joining the fantastic F&F team (wahoo with Autumn!) and for this brilliant debut. You really have captured the photo wonderfully well. Terrific texturising and sense of lush space - you've worked the various stencils to a tee. Really like the brick, cobble and shutters too. You couldn't have made a better entrance to the team. Nicola x

  19. Fantastic project! Congratulations on your new DT role and thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  20. This is simply stunning Sara and huge congratulations on becoming a member of the amazing DT at Frilly and Funkie xx lots of wonderful textures and it!!!!

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  21. What a wonderful re-creation of the inspiration photo, Sara Emily! Would love to have a garden like that!

  22. I have lost my jaw!!!! WOW!!!! Congrats on the DT this project is wonderful!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we all hope to see you again next week!
    x Zoey

  23. Congratulations on your new DT post! Beautiful canvas, love all the texture, it really is a beautiful garden. Thanks so much for sharing with us at We Love 2 Create
    Claire xx

  24. Congrats to you both! You are so talented and rock the Mixed Media style. And what a lovely textural and dimensional canvas to start your new DT post!

  25. I just can't get over this one. I've visited three times already, but couldn't comment. I'm astonished at how you literally recreated this image on your panel. Right down to the rays of light. You are a genius my friend and I hope some of that rubs off on me. Your attention to detail is outrageous and makes me want to pick and prod and inspect again and again to soak it all up. :) This is GORGEOUS! Biggest congratulations to you on joining this fabulous team. I truly could not be happier and cannot wait to share this journey with you my friend! Biggest hugs, Autumn

  26. What a gorgeous inspired garden Sara Emily! Congrats on your new DT - where DO you find the time??!!! Love the pots, bricks and fence pieces - so much wonderful texture and so much to look at! Julia xx

  27. Congrats on your new DT-job ! So exciting! This is an adorable canvas - absolutely stunning!
    oxo Susi

  28. Lovely detailed work. Thanks for playing along with us over at

  29. Oh my goodness. This is fabulous, looks like a little reproduction of a Charleston garden. So many fun details in creating this. Love it!

  30. WOW Sara....I had to go back and look at your canvas AGAIN! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! THANKS bunches for playing along with The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

  31. Well Iam just tickled pink for you to be on the FF team! You sure do deserve it and then some. Fantabulous piece of canvas you have designed here. It is so lovely to see your garden coming to life on the Canvas and also your inspo picture. Your use of the molds is genius and spot on! Wonderful shading and details abound. Every time I look at this I see something new. You rocked this design dearie! Huge congrats again and Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  32. This is so gorgeous!! I Love every stunning detail!!! Super inspired by it too!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work with us over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog!!!


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