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.

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!

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.

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.

Monday, 7 August 2017

You Love it or Hate it

Vintage Marmite Jar - Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. Today it is my turn over at A Vintage Journey for a Destination Inspiration post. Each month we select a technique, product, substrate and colour and four or five of us each create using that mix. 
I needed to work on glass - which was a bit of a challenge at first! I decided to alter a Marmite jar and after a few false starts created this vintage Marmite jar! Do hop over to A Vintage Journey for all the details.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Eileen Hull Journal - Skype Edition

Hello! I have finally created a journal using Eileen Hull's Sissix Journal die - actually I have now done two - will share the other one another time.

This was my first and was a Skype Collaboration with Brenda Brown. I have been struggling to find my crafting mojo recently and Brenda came up with the idea of us crafting over Skype. So last week that is what we did - a 5 hour video / crafting session interrupted only by the odd cup of coffee and knock on the door.  Here we are starting off.....
Bad photo - lots of light through Brenda's window!
Now Brenda is far better at recording what we did - so if there are any discrepancies in our posts - it is probably mine that is wrong! The plan was to each chose a stage that we each had to follow....

We started by giving our die cut journals a coat of paint and then a layer of weathered wood - so we could create some crackle later. We worked mostly with Deco Art paints and mediums.

We then worked on front panels:
1. Brenda - brayer 2 colours -  I used Blue Green light and Cerulean
2. Nikki - Dip, Drip and Dry - I went with Phthalo Turquoise - eeek ended up with a big splodge I didnt like and needed to fix immediately but I couldn't!
3. Brenda - Any stamping - I went with a script stamp and Seth Apters Turnarounds
4. Nikki - Stencil using Paint - hurrah my chance to cover my splodge! It was white chalk paint through Tim Holtz latticework stencil for me
5. Brenda - Wash or glaze a single colour all over - eeeek I didn't want this - but had to! Diarylide Yellow watered down (now my blues have all turned green - grrrr) (NB anyone wish Deco Art colours were easier to spell?)
6. Nikki - Use a stencil (again) in anyway - still trying to rescue by spodge and now overly green panel! I added ultramarine through a That's Crafty Dinky circle stencil and Quinacridone Magenta through punchinella.
7. Brenda - Edge it / Frame it - I added Black archival around the edges.

Some of the stages.....
We then moved back to our journal itself and both started looking for die cuts and embellishments. We decided the front needed something circular and some words but each did our own thing - still chatting away. I often facetime a friend on Cyprus and hate video chatting but while we were crafting it was good fun! 
Having added the magenta to my panels I needed to balance my colours a little so added Reminisce Chalk paint over the weathered wood on the journal and then used some on my die cuts. (Seth Apter's Steering Wheel die to the rescue - had three on my desk which I adhered together.)
Here's the back.... can you see the splodge - I can, but I think I rescued it!
and my spine....
the insides... one signature made... need to add more and decorate inside a bit!

It was time for the big reveal!
We finally showed each other what we had done.... very different! Here is Brenda with her's - but do head over to Bumblebees and Butterflies for the real thing!
Thanks Brenda - it was great fun and really helped motivate me again! We plan to do it again soon... watch this space.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything but cards for That's Crafty!

I am having a busy few days here at Addicted to Art and I am back tomorrow too with something a little different.... 

But for now it's a new challenge at That's Crafty! Do join in these fortnightly challenges for your chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty.

The theme this time is Anything but Cards so I took at 4 inch square white / grey board panel and used one of my new Zinski mini stamps. I did a card recently with the little cat and now it is time for the dog! I followed a very similar process and you can see how I made it here.

See you tomorrow!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

More Oxide play!

Hi everyone. Playing with distress oxides today over at That's Crafty for my regular weekly post.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Monochromatic Abstract

Hi everyone. I am back over at PaperArtsy again this evening for my second creation for the current theme - Dark to Light / Contrasts. A little simpler this time - I have used PaperArtsy stamps and stencils to create this black and white abstract piece.
If you missed my first post you can find the details here.
Back tomorrow with my latest project for That's Crafty.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Dark to light for PaperArtsy with Seth Apter stamps

Canvas featuring Seth Apter / PaperArtsy ESA05, Wood Chips and Fresco Chalk Paints - but Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. Tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog with this project featuring Seth Apter's new stamps.  Be good to see you there. Thanks.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A little Zinski....

Zinski Mini - ZN10 - by Nikki Acton
I have been doing a little cute with the new Zinski mini stamps from PaperArtsy. More details today over at That's Crafty with my usual Thursday post.

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.



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