Two Friends’ Favorite Blog Posts (#5)

Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts #5 - Brenda Brown & Jenny Marples featured on Marjie Kemper's blog with mixed media art journal and home decor canvas

Welcome to installment #5 of my series called Two Friends’ Favorite Blog Posts. Today I’ve asked Brenda Brown and Jenny Marples to share one of their favorite projects.

Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts (Marjie Kemper)

You can see the the earlier posts here: 

TFFBP#1: August (Sandra Mouwen and Lizzy Wurmann)

TFFBP#2: September (France Papillon and Catherine Cote)

TFFBP#3: October (Kaz Hall and Renee Zarate)

TFFBP#4: November (Astrid Macleand and Alison AKA Butterfly)

Brenda Brown

Brenda lives in Camberley, Surrey, England and we’ve been longtime blogging pals. She runs the A Vintage Journey challenge blog, as well, which is a wonderful source of inspiration. I hope someday we will meet.

Brenda Brown

Brenda has chosen a gorgeous journal as her project for today. In her own words, “This has to be my most favourite project this year as I was asked by the lovely Eileen Hull to share some of the journals I had been making for an upcoming ebook. This particular one just evolved as I was making it and soon became a firm favourite with me and others. I had used several techniques in adding the layers and putting it together and have now taught it twice in workshops in the UK. I had intended using this as record of my garden this year but a broken ankle has prevented me from getting out there very much but I intend to continue with it next year and take photographs and record the seasonal changes.

Mixed media art journal - Made by Brenda Brown - featured on Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts series (Marjie Kemper)

Isn’t the layering and crackled texture amazing? Be sure to visit Brenda’s blog for more information.

Jenny Marples

Jenny live in Staffordshire (United Kingdom) and we had the fun of meeting twice this year. The first time was when she traveled to California in January for the Craft & Hobby Association tradeshow (now the Association for Creative Industries.) The second was when I traveled to the U.K. to attend workshops in Covington in June. As happens with many of these formed-in-blogland-friendship, we felt thick as thieves when meeting in person.

Jenny Marples

Jenny has chosen this richly textured canvas as one of her favorite posts. Jenny says, “”I love this canvas because it marked a huge change in my attitude to adding extra layers to a background. Prior to this I had an inbuilt fear the next layer could ruin what had already been achieved, potentially leading to a complete do-over. 12 layers in on this one and I was confident that even though many of the lowest ones had been covered in the main, they were still having a positive impact on the end results, offering mere glimpses of colour under the lightest and most visible shades. On top of this background the combination of man-made textures with organic ones added to the overall drama, with just a subtle hint of stamping emphasising the high horizon design. All in all it’s now something I’m really proud of and has become a favourite project.””

Mixed media art canvas - Made by Jenny Marples - featured on Two Friends' Favorite Blog Posts (Marjie Kemper)

Having seen some of her work in person, I can tell you that Jenny’s attention to detail is bar-none! Be sure to visit Jenny’s blog for more.

I hope you enjoyed this peek at two of my artsy friends’ favorite posts.

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  1. Tracy Evans says:

    Fabulous post and fantastic artwork from two very talented, lovely ladies. Tracy x

  2. Thank you dear Marjie for the feature, the recognition of my work and for being a fabulous blogging buddy. I was very sad we couldn’t meet up when you came to the UK last year but I am sure it will happen one day. HUge hugs xxx

  3. Thank you so much for sharing Marjie and for teaming me with one of my creative buddies and heroes; Brenda is such a special friend and I am constantly in awe of her talents, professionalism and energy levels.

  4. How lovely to see Brenda & Jenny featured here and I adore their favourite projects. I have been fortunate to meet the both of them a couple of times and its always been such fun xx

    Such a lovely idea Marjie x must check out Astrid & Alison’s post too x

  5. Great to see Brenda and Jennie featured here! Also, so fun to read why they chose their favorite projects! Thank you for sharing this feature…I’ve got some catching up to do with the others!

  6. How lovely to see two more of my all-time favourite crafters here – masterpieces both, selected from what I know to be a vast collection of glorious artworks by each of them.
    Alison x

  7. Judy Shea says:

    Love seeing these. So nice to see new blogs and be inspired.

  8. So wonderful to see these two uber talented ladies and lovely friends being featured here today, their projects are incredible! x

  9. Totally stunning creations from both ladies…thank you for showing them to us 😀 XXX

  10. Great to see two further of my buddies featured here, – love their work!