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Friday 25 August 2017

Our very special guest is a returning Creative Guide.

Welcome to our monthly special guest spot and we have non other than the amazing Jools Robertson who was a Creative Guide back in the early days of this challenge blog. It's lovely to have her back amongst the fold and creating a very wonderful canvas with fabulous process steps.


I'm so pleased to have been asked to be a guest designer especially as I love watercolours, it has always been my go to medium, so I jumped at the chance!
It also gave me the opportunity to use some of my recent favourite Tim Holtz stamps Flower Garden, Mini Bouquet and Wildflowers.

Here's a little about me, I was always encouraged to be creative from a very young age, both my parents were creative and as a child I would sit quietly for hours drawing, painting and cutting up! 
In fact looks like I was making something with my sock in the picture!!
Nowadays I work full time as a Textile Designer working on commercial Interior projects and developing product collections, so I’m constantly being creative working with textures, design and colour which I love.

In my spare time, I enjoy all types of arts and crafts and working with multimedia and particularly altered art using paint, die cutting, stamps, using lots of colour, texture and experimenting with 
new techniques.

Here's my Wildflower Watercolour Canvas, using the beautiful Tim Holtz stamps with
lots of  lovely layers and  textures.

 I  applied Polyfiller to the back of a 12'' x 12'' canvas and allowed to dry overnight.

Once dry I applied white Gesso to the frame and the canvas.

Applied Crackle paste through a stencil to the frame.

 I cut a piece of watercolour card approx 1/4'' larger than the frame aperture as it will slide under the frame, applied Crackle Paste through the stencils.

 Once dry I stamped the Wild Flowers onto the Watercolour card with Black Stazon.

 Start to apply colour to the Watercolour paper by spraying with Distress Spray Stains Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers and Iced Spruce.

 Then using a large wash brush to blend.

Applying water colour to add depth at the base of the page.

To colour the frame I used washes of Cobalt Teal Hue.

  and Dioxazine Purple.

 Followed with Carbon Black, if it got to heavy I spritzed with water and blended.

I stamped the  Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet onto watercolour card, cut out and coloured with watercolour paints and Distress Spray Stains Milled Lavender, Peacock Feathers, Dusty Concord and Iced Spruce.

 Highlighted the flower heads with tiny brushstrokes of Schmincke Aqua Bronze- Silver.

Arranged the flowers and fixed with Cosmic Shimmer Glue
and highlighted the frame, dry brushing with Metallic Silver.

Flower Garden
Mini Bouquet

Distress Spray Stains 
Milked Lavender
Dusty Concord 
Peacock Feathers
Iced Spruce

Jane Davenport

Tim Holtz Latticework
Imaginations Weatherwash
DecoArt  American Decor Botanical

Media White Gesso
Media Crackle Paste
Media Fluid Acrylics
Cobalt Teal Hue
Dioxadine Purple
Carbon Black
Metallic Silver

Schmincke Aqua Bronze- Silver


Wow, Jools you've created such a beautiful flower canvas project and a great step out explaining the steps you took to make it. I love the colour palette and the texture you added to the frame and also how you incorporated the watercolours into the design. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us today and for sharing your amazing talent with us.

We still have one more week for you to enter the watercolour challenge, Amanda and the team did an amazing job with all their samples and we there are lots of lovely entries but still space for more if you have an idea up your sleeve. We look forward to seeing it.

Thanks for all your wonderful support, we will be back on Monday with the last August Destination Inspiration post and that'll be Summer gone for this year I suppose. Summer you say - what Summer? I know there really hasn't been much of one in the UK this year, just those lovely few hot days we had back in June. Maybe we'll get an Indian one - well we can hope can't we????

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have planned.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides. xxx


  1. How lovely to see you here again Jools and I adore your watercolour project...simply stunning xx Such a great step by step using the Decoart products.
    Sending you my best wishes
    Annie xx

  2. Jools, your canvas is a real stunner!! I love how you created so much depth and texture and the colours are superb! Lovely to see you back here too, sharing your incredible talent! Anne xx

  3. Gorgeous Jools, love the rich darker tones and the crackle is fantastic. Fantastic depth to your design. Fabulous to see you here. Tracy x

  4. Fantastic to have Jools back on the journey with us this month. I love this layered flower garden full of beauty and atmosphere and fabulous crackle!
    Alison x

  5. Hi Jools, so lovely to have you as our Special Guest! Your watercolour canvas is absolutely stunning! Fabulous colour, texture and depth. Wow! It really is a knockout work of art .
    Loved seeing how it came together - thank you for sharing .

    Great to read your mini biog too - What a cutie you were ! Your 9-5 work sounds fantastic - you must love it.
    Wishing everyone a lovely weekend
    hugs x

  6. Great to see Jools back as special guest! What a lovely watercolor canvas you've created for us with the richest of colors and texture! Thank you for a fabulous tutorial, too, and letting us get to know you a little better! Hugs!

  7. Hi Jools! Your layering and black frame adds such a sense of luxury and drama to this beautiful piece. Gorgeous color palette and beautiful textures. Thanks so much for sharing your process and joining us again.

  8. A wonderful watercolour canvas! AMAZING!

  9. Hi Jools, this is fabulous! Love the frame and gorgeous textures. Wonderful watercolouring too!
    Linda xxx

  10. This is magical Jools! Love the frame and a big wow to your sensational focal scene - amazing depth with the texture, stamping and finally the flowers. Perfect! Nikki x

  11. Stunning Joolsi. I wish I had even the smallest bit of your creativeness xxx

  12. What a beautiful canvas, Jools, the colours are delightful and the textures so great. Thanks for the tutorial.

  13. So nice to have you back here with us Jools. Your watercolor project is fabulous, thanks for sharing it with all of us.
    S@ndy xx

  14. Welcome back Jools as the AVJ Guest Designer and what a beautiful project you have shared with us here! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial - I just love the layers, stencils, die cuts and colors on this pretty watercolored project! Julia xx

  15. Beautiful loved how you made the frame and all the other steps you took to create this amazing project! Dee x

  16. What a gorgeous canvas Jools, I adore your layered watercoloured flowers and the textures and colours of your frame set them off perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Deb xo