Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Birthday to me....

Distress Oxide Ombre birthday card - Nikki Acton

It's true - but just a coincidence that I am sharing this birthday card today over at That's Crafty!
I am blending Distress Oxides to create an ombre effect....
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fly Away

Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty and we invite you to Fly Away - a project with birds, butterflies etc. 
I have made this relatively simple 4x4 inch card with a Distress Oxide background with a little sponged paint here and there! 
Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .
Nikki
x

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Eeek - first Christmas Cards!

Dove and Snowflake embellished Christmas Cards - by Nikki Acton

Quite early for me but I have made 2 Christmas cards! All the details are over at That's Crafty this morning.
Nikki x

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

New Stamp Release - PaperArtsy by Alison Bomber

PaperArtsy Eclectica Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
Hello! 
Very happy to be sharing some some projects tonight over at PaperArtsy using NEW stamps from Alison Bomber (Words and Pictures).

There are three new fabulous sets:
EAB03 - Music and Silence
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition
EAB05 - The Winter Edition




I have quite a long post over at PaperArtsy - so I will just post the photos here tonight!

PaperArtsy Eclectica Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB05 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB05 - The Winter Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB05 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB05 - The Winter Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB04 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB03  Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB03 - Music and Silence

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB 03 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB03 - Music and Silence

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB04 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition

Nikki xxx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Wildflowers and Oxides

Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Wildflower cards by Nikki Acton

Time for my weekly post over at That's Crafty today and I am playing with Distress Oxides and the wonderful Wildflower stamps and dies (Tim Holtz) - a real go to item these days!
Joining in with Simon Says Stamp challenge this week - Stamp It
Nikki
x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Notebook Version 2 - New Challenge at That's Crafty

Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton

Hello again. It's been a busy 24 hours here at Addicted to Art. I am back with Version 2 of my altered notebooks - this time for the new challenge at That's Crafty - Rustica - use rust techniques in your project.

Version 1 can be found here -  a little more feminine.
And talking of Altered Art and challenges the new challenge at A Vintage Journey is Altered Art and I have used Andy Skinner techniques to alter a coffee tin. Again if you missed it earlier today - here is the link.


So back to the Rusty Altered book!
Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton
Like the first book I began with a coat of black gesso and sealed the surface with varnish. I painted a piece of card with black chalk paint and embossed before sanding to reveal the white areas. I used washes of paint to colour adding Quinacridone gold at the edge to give that rusty effect.

For my embellishments I die cut Seth Apter's Steering Wheel and cut it in half and adhered to his Pathways die. I sponged paint in yellows/reds/brown and black to create the rusty tones. The cog and corner nuts are That's Crafty greyboard embellishments which were treated in the same way and a little PaperArtsy Green Patina added for some contrast.

For the back and spine I took That's Crafty Alphabet stencil and sponged white chalk paint through. Once dry I added a 'dirty wash' - Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold.
Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton

I would like to enter Frilly and Funkie latest challenge - A Little Rusty.
Once again thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.
Nikki
x

Altered Art for at A Vintage Journey

Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Today we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, hosted by the uber talented Alison of Words and Pictures - I am sure she needs no introduction! Our theme for the next 5 weeks is Altered Art.

We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better. 

Be warned this is a long post for me - lots of photos!

I decided to alter a tin that used to hold my favourite coffee - and started by giving it a coat of sealer.
I then added some black paint... I knew most of this would be covered but I wasn't sure at this point how perfectly I could achieve my patchwork effect over the curved surface so better to be safe than sorry!
To create my patchwork around the can I measured the height and circumference ( pi x the diameter or just use a tape measure!). So I needed to cover a surface of 23.2 x 12 cm.
I drew this out on some grid paper so I could plan where different colours were going to go - making sure the 2 ends were different as they would meet.

 I was mostly using Andy Skinner techniques and, of course, the idea developed after recently attending one of Andy's workshops. If you missed my Fishy project you can see it here:

I began on my different techniques.
Some I could do as an A5 piece - others I needed to cut to actual size as I was using Andy Skinner's technique or adding hair product around the edges.
These pieces are coated in a base colour, some hair product added to the edges and a second colour over the top. Once dry - scraping away the hair product reveals that chipped paint look. On many of the pieces I added some additional stamping.

Here they are all complete:
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Now the difficult bit! Adhering to the tin in the correct order and hoping I had the correct amount of space. You can see some tiny gaps in places so it isn't perfect..
Once all the pieces were secured I coated the entire tin with varnish just to make sure. I took some That's Crafty greyboard cogs and added a little sand texture paste, some paynes grey, a little raw sienna in places and finally quin gold.
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
and a few close ups:
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Eeeek I was a couple of mm out!
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
I hope you like my altered tin! I am back in a few hours with another Altered Notebook so do pop back. In the meantime there is lots more Altered Art inspiration over at A Vintage Journey.

I would like to enter Frilly and Funkie latest challenge - A Little Rusty.

Nikki
x

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Altered Notebook - Version 1

Altered Notebook - Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set - by Nikki Acton
Hello and welcome to my regular Thursday post. Today I have all the details of this project over at That's Crafty.
Do pop back tomorrow for Version 2 - the second one is a little more grungy! 

Nikki
xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Eileen Hull Journal Number 2

Eileen Hull Journal - Brenda Brown workshop - by Nikki Acton
This journal die from Eileen Hull is proving very popular! This is number two for me - if you missed my first journal you can find it here.....
 Today's version is from aBrenda Brown workshop I recently attended at Let's Be Creative. You can see Brenda's original post here. As the techniques and designs are not my own, it would be wrong of me to share them but here are a few more photos instead!Eileen Hull Journal - Brenda Brown workshop - by Nikki Acton
Eileen Hull Journal - Brenda Brown workshop - by Nikki Acton
Eileen Hull Journal - Brenda Brown workshop - by Nikki Acton
 See you next week for some altered items I have been working on!
Nikki 
x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Autumn Leaves

It is Thursday again which means I am not really here but over at That's Crafty! Today a card with new That's Crafty paint and stencils - and a quote from Alison Bomber's PaperArtsy stamp set.
Nikki xxx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

A bit fishy with Andy

Altered Tando Kit - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton
I spent a happy Sunday last week at a workshop with the ever creative Andy Skinner. The workshop was held at Let's Be Creative - if you live in the south of England and don't know about it - do check out their website. It is a wonderful location for workshops, easy to find, easy to park and great space! 
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I had seen sneak peaks of the project and wasn't quite sure what it was - but here you go:
Altered Tando Kit - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton
A Tando Creative kit / Andy Skinner designed for hanging fish key rings - I love these fish!

I changed the design from Andy's sample slightly but you get the idea! As usual lots of mixed media / paint techniques that you can see on the main panels and the different elements of the fish.
Altered Tando Kit - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton
Not really my techniques to share - but pretty sure Andy has shown a lot of these on Hochanda - the ones with crackle paint and salt etc. I am currently working on something very different using some of them so I might sneak some how to's in when I blog that make...
One final photo...
Altered Tando Kit - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton
Have a great weekend.
Nikki 
xxx

Friday, 18 August 2017

New challenge, new products...!

Hello :)
Today we have a new challenge over on the That's Crafty challenge blog and it's an easy one (at least I think it is!) - CARDS. 

Today That's Crafty also launch more new goodies on Hochanda - some new stencils, stamps, greyboard embellishments, paints and more. Do check out the shows on TV or on the Hochanda website. 

My card features one of the new stencils, this fabulous tree and one of the greyboard pieces - the cute little Robin. I have sponged layers of That's Crafty paint and added Black Soot Distress Ink over a red shimmer paint to get the darker areas. The photo doesn't really show but it is cool effect!
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Abstract Journal Page

Just a sneak peak today of my project over at That's Crafty, a journal page featuring texture stamps.
Back tomorrow.
Nikki 
x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Shimmering Upright

That's Crafty Upright with Deco Art Media and That's Crafty embellishments and shimmer paint - by Nikki Acton
Lots of crackle and shimmer on this MDF upright over at That's Crafty today. Be lovely to see you there.
Nikki
x

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