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.