Friday, 21 July 2017

Grungy Wall Hanging

Thats Crafty MDF Hanging with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics - Nikki Acton

All Things Grunge is the new challenge today at That's Crafty!
Do play along for your chance to win £20 to spend in the shop.

I decided to share a design I did for Mixed Media Magazine a few months back.  I used the That's Crafty MDF Rectangle Hanger Kit.

Here are steps I took, many of which are based on Andy Skinner techniques:
Base
1. Painted with burnt umber
2. Stippled Paynes Grey, Cobalt orange, cadmium red and quincridone gold

Blue Panels
1. I added texture paste through That's Crafty bubble stencil
2. Covered in silver paint
3. Added black antiquing cream, wiped and sealed
4. Added a wash of Cobalt Teal Hue and sprinkled salt. Wiped salt away once dry.
5. Added Quin Gold to the edges 

Hearts
1. Coated in gesso
2. Crackle texture paste through stencil
3. Added washes of quin gold and raw umber
4. A little antiquing cream and treasure gold to finish

Top
1. I started as the Base (above)
2. Added Vaseline to the edges to protect
3. Brushed white gesso over the surface
4. Once dry added washes of raw umber / quin gold and added salt. 
5. Finally I stamped the words and wiped away the Vaseline revealing the darker edges.




Nikki
xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Altered MDF Clock

That's Crafty MDF Clock with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics - Nikki Acton
Welcome to my Thursday post for That's Crafty. For all the details on this altered MDF clock do head over to the That's Crafty blog.
Nikki 
xxx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Trees and Flowers

4 inch That's Crafty panels with Alison Bomber stamps and Fresco acrylics - by Nikki Acton
It's Thursday which means I am not really here but over at That's Crafty today. More designs using the wonderful stamps from Alison Bomber! Be good to see you there.
Nikki
x




Friday, 7 July 2017

All Square

Canvas with Dina Wakely Paints by Nikki Acton
Today sees the start of new challenge at A Vintage Journey hosted by Tracy. The theme for the next 4 weeks is All Squared Up.....

Whether a frame, embellishment, die cuts, drawn squares, doodles or windows, let's see where inspiration takes you, let's get all squared up and show how creative those right angles can look! Show us your squared up pieces in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

I really went all out squares on this one! The canvas is quite large for me - 12 x 12 inches. I have used all Dina Wakely heavy body acrylics with the exception of the browny / grey colour. I started with a blend of greens / blues and yellows but think most is covered now as I began sponging through homemade square stencils using different colours and sizes. The stencils were just made with photocopy paper.
Originally I planned to add more than just the stencilled squares but I liked it - so left it! Actually it was hard to stop as each time I added another size / colour I always felt it needed another layer. 

Lots more inpspiration today at A Vintage Journey so do hop over and join in for your chance to win our sponsors prize or to be a Pinworthy this month.

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Time for more Shimmer



That's Crafty Shimmer Paints and Greyboard Embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Hello - I am over at That's Crafty today with another project featuring the new greyboard embellishments and Shimmer Paints.
Nikki
xxx


Friday, 30 June 2017

New stamps - by Alison Bomber

Infusions, Fresco Paints and Grunge panels featuring Alison Bomber PaperArtsy stamps - designed by Nikki Acton
I am lucky girl!
We have just seen the release of Alison Bomber's first stamps sets with PaperArtsy and I was lucky enough to have a play with them early. I have a post tonight over on the PaperArtsy blog but am sharing a few more details here too.

I also used these stamps earlier today for my Tag Friday post for A Vintage Journey - you can find this one here.

Alison (Words and Pictures) has selected some inspirational quotes for two stamp sets one called Trees and Flowers (EAB01) and the other Darkness and Light (EAB02). Here they are if you haven't seen them!

I love these quotes - so inspiring and thought provoking!

I have made a couple of projects using the same techniques:
Infusions, Fresco Paints and Grunge panels featuring Alison Bomber PaperArtsy stamps - designed by Nikki Acton
 Stamp set - Trees and Flowers - EAB01
Infusions, Fresco Paints and Grunge panels featuring Alison Bomber PaperArtsy stamps - designed by Nikki Acton
Stamp Set - EAB02 - Darkness and Light

Each piece began by adding Grunge Paste through stencils. Once dry I added Midnight and Blush Fresco acrylics with Matt Glaze - to increase transparency and help the blending of colour. I added Infusions - Sunset Beach and A Bit Jaded and spritzed and blotted until I was happy. I also lightly wiped down the surface vertically. Once dry I sanded the Grunge Paste a little and on the 6x6 panel added a little stamping too.

Infusions, Fresco Paints and Grunge panels featuring Alison Bomber PaperArtsy stamps - designed by Nikki Acton

Infusions, Fresco Paints and Grunge panels featuring Alison Bomber PaperArtsy stamps - designed by Nikki Acton
I have made some more samples too - I will share these another day!
Nikki
xxx

Tag Friday with exciting new stamps


Tag featuring PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber plus Tim Holtz Stone Layering stencil and Mini Detailed Butteflies
Welcome to the first of two posts here at Addicted to Art today - both featuring the brand NEW stamps by Alison Bomber. These fabulous quote stamps were launched 2 days ago by PaperArtsy. Pop back at 7pm UK time today for my PaperArtsy post.

My tag today is for Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - we do love our tag Fridays - so hop over for a no theme tag fest of creativity!

I have used one of Alison's quotes from her Darkness and Light set (EAB02) so I decided to introduce a little dark and light into my tag. In art tonal value is very important to composition and design. When using a lot of colour I find it difficult to see the tone very well so sometimes convert a photo digitally to black and white to help see it. Although when using just white / yellow and black it isn't too difficult!
Tag featuring PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber plus Tim Holtz Stone Layering stencil and Mini Detailed Butteflies
I started with a layer of  PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Little Black Dress and then sponged PA Chalk and finally Mustard Seed Distress paint to the central portion.
I sponged Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Stone) with the same black paint and stamped it onto the tag. I then used the stencil more traditionally and added a few white highlights through it.

I also re-added a little of the black around the edges before trimming all sides and distressing with scissors. Mustard Seed was added to highlight the very edges of my top tag.
This was adhered to another tag that had also been sponged in black around the edges.

I sponged some additional card stock with black (and then white) and stamped and embossed the quote before cutting out the words.
The Mini Detailed Butterflies were die cut in black card - versamark added and clear embossed for a little shine and texture.

I hope you love Alison's stamps as much as I do and will pop back later to see a couple more designs.

Nikki
xxx

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