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.



  1. that looks so striking, you were right to leave it - it's perfect!

  2. Wow I've got goggle box eyes lol, you really got all squared up with this amazing canvas. I love the fabulous colours layered squarely over each other and the brilliant design made with such a simple but very effective stencilling technique. Brilliant. Have a great weekend xxx

  3. Nikki, this is such a unique piece of artwork for you, and I am loving it! The tones work perfectly together, and your stencil work is so crisp! So hard to believe you used flimsy photo copy paper as your stencil! Really an awesome work of art! Sending hugs!

  4. Wow now that certainly exercised my eyes Nikki ha ha ;)
    Donna xx

  5. Ooo! Got me thinking patchwork quilts... ☺

  6. Your bright colors just pop off your canvas Nikki! a wonderful design of squares! Julia xx

  7. I do LOVE this Nikki, I could see this hanging in the Tate Modern - seriously, it is so striking, love your colour choices, it is a fabulous interpretation of Tracy's challenge theme!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. I know this will make a lovely statement on your walls - the color is tremendous and the repeats are so perfect that they look manufactured! Big wow! Hugs, Autumn

  9. Now that's the result of a real artist at work- Incredible!! You have designed and created an absolutely fabulous piece of Modern art Nikki. To echo Annes thoughts its 'Tate Modern' worthy for sure.
    I'm blown away with your concept, design and execution . Artistry at its contemporary best. hugs x

  10. Wow! This is really striking Nikki! A very inventive idea and the colours look fabulous too.
    Fliss xx

  11. Brilliant canvas Nikki, great colours and such a cool interpretation of the theme!!

  12. What fantastic layered squares, Nikki - and I think you were absolutely right to stop there - they're a complete treat just as they are, and would look great on any wall.
    Alison x

  13. Nikki this is so effective , I adore your layered squares. I absolutely love how you were inspired by the challenge, your squares work brilliantly. Tracy x

  14. Nikki, this is fabulous, so graphic and colourful, I'm so glad you didn't cover up those wonderful squares, it is wonderful! Deb xo

  15. Totally fabulous project for Tracy's All Squared Challenge Nikki xx Love the layers of paint and array of colours

    TFS and sending best wishes
    Annie xx



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