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:
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 

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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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!

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.


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Shimmering Moments

Whiteboard panel with That's Crafty embellishments and Shimmer Paints - by Nikki Acton
Another creation today using the fabulous new That's Crafty Shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments. More details today over on the That's Crafty blog.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Keeping it simple with Mini Detailed Butterflies

CAS Birthday Card with Tim Holtz Mini Detailed Butterflies and Distress Oxides - Nikki Acton
Clean and Simple (CAS) is the new challenge starting today at That's Crafty! Do hop over for more inspiration and the chance to win £20 in the store.

It's never easy for me to leave some white space so I played it safe. I started with some Distress Oxide backgrounds and spritzed through Tim Holtz Splash layering stencil - before removing the ink with kitchen towel. I then die cut the card into some squares, frames and the lovely Mini Detailed Butterflies and layered my cards. 

For a very non CAS crafter I am quite pleased with these!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

GiganTAG from That's Crafty

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton

That's Crafty GiganTAG, shimmer paints and greyboard embellishments - by Nikki Acton
I am sharing this project over at That's Crafty today. This is one of the fab new MDF GiganTAGs launched on Hochanda last week - along with new paints and these wonderful greyboard embellishments. 
Fair to say this project took me quite some time! 

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Under the Sea - with Brenda Brown!

Hi everyone. Just stopping by to briefly share this altered picture frame I made at a Brenda Brown workshop last week at Let's Be Creative. 

Brenda originally shared her design last year - you can see all the details here. She is great teacher - if you ever get the chance to attend one of her workshops, I highly recommend them!


Thursday, 15 June 2017

A double sneak peek!

Rubber Dance Textured Flowers with That's Crafty shimmer paint - by Nikki Acton
I am, as usual, over on the That's Crafty blog today sharing a project using Rubber Dance - Textured Flowers. I have also sneaked in some new products - to be launched tomorrow on Hochanda. Do hop over for a bit more info or tune in tomorrow for the That's Crafty shows at 8am and 2pm!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Hello dog lovers

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton

Katzelkraft rubber stamp - Dog 04, By Nikki Acton
Cats tend to feature quite a bit in my art - but today it is a dog day! We have a new challenge at That's Crafty - Dog Eared - dogs must feature in your project!
I have used a Katzelkraft stamp on some white/greyboard. A similar style and method to the little houses hangings I did a few weeks ago (Kate Crane style) but this time a different colour palette.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Bright and Crazy

Welcome to my regular Thursday post. Today I am sharing these bright, Crazy Cat cards over at That's Crafty. Do pop over if you would like more details. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Canvas on canvas

Heart and Soul Mixed Media Canvas - by Nikki Acton
 Hello! We have a new challenge commencing today at A Vintage Journey - where the theme is Canvas. It doesn't matter how as long as some canvas is a dominant feature of your project. Perhaps you may use a canvas in the traditional way or use the reverse to create a shadow box? Canvas boards are fabulous to work on or perhaps you have some canvas sheets which can be cut and adhered to another surface.

A couple of influences here - firstly this image I found on Pinterest. I love the textured surface and wonderfully embellished heart. 
Click here for link
Secondly I recently attended a France Papillon workshop where we made these:
I started off with a previously used canvas which had die cuts adhered so I decided the best way to cover it was with lot's of texture. I painted it black before adding a mixture of texture paste, crackle paste and sand paste. While still wet I scraped vertical lines into the surface. 
Once dry I added washes of Prussian Blue and Burnt Umber paints - blending a little in the middle.
I then decided to add some Golden Bead Gel - followed my a little more paint.
I cut a piece of canvas and coloured it with a watery wash of Transparent Red Iron Oxide. The next layer is from the France Papillon workshop - adding some crackle paste and painting once dry. My heart was cut by hand from watercolour card, painted and given firstly a coat of transparent texture paste and then a little bead gel.
For more inspiration do pay a visit to A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have come up with! 
Have a great weekend.

Challenges entered:
Country View Crafts - Hearts


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Embossing with Masks

Embossing with That's Crafty Dinky Stencils and Masks - by Nikki Acton
Have you seen the fab range of Dinky Stencils and Masks from That's Crafty? I usually use my stencils for building up backgrounds but here I have used the mask in two different ways. Do head over to the That's Crafty blog for all the details.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Loop de Loop playtime

Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. I really have not been a good blogger recently, posting only my projects for A Vintage Journey and That's Crafty. So today time for a post for my blog! 

This is a 12 x 9 inch canvas I made a couple of weeks ago - just for fun. Truth is I can't quite remember what I did - but I will try my best.

I started with a coat of gesso and once dry added random circle stamping with Seth Apter / Spellbinders Turnaround stamp set and archival ink. I added watering washes of Seth Apter PaperArtsy limited edition paints - green patina, mahogany and and terracotta. 
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
I added some clear texture paste randomly through a stencil and Deco Art Sand paste around the edges. I allowed this to dry before adding additional colour and allowing it to drip over the surface.

I die cut the letters and Loop de Loop die (several times to adhere together for dimension) and stippled with black gesso. This creates a wonderful subtle texture - perfect for sponging paint over for a rusty / grungy effect. I sponged with the same colours as the canvas to create a worn / rusty feel. More mahogany on the outer circle, more black inside, green patina to highlight.
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
That's all for now - back later in the week with a project for That's Crafty and then a new challenge on Friday for A Vintage Journey.

I would like to enter Loop de Loop into this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Going Round in Circles.


Friday, 26 May 2017

Feline Fridge Magnets

Today see's the start of a new challenge over at That's Crafty - your chance to win a £20 voucher!
The theme is 'Feline Fine' - your project should include cats. Well this was right up my street and I decided to make some little fridge magnets using the tiny cat stamp off Donna Gray's stamp set - The Quirky Girls Collection - Heather.

The background card is small - around 7x4cm. I brayered using Deco Art paints and added some stamping, stencilling and doodling. (Kate Crane style!). I stamped the little cat directly over the background and added a little colour to add contrast and some stickles for some sparkle. I printed some words on my computer. 
I made a few - but being the idiot I am I had mounted some in the perspex frames before the photos - when will I learn!
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.


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