Friday, 6 July 2018

Inspirational quotes canvas for A Vintage Journey

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtx stamp sets - Perspective and Theories
Hi all. Today I am hosting the new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The theme this month is Get Sentimental. Time to use those words - be they poems, quotes or other sentiments.

My project is a 10x8 inch box canvas which I added texture to with paper/card scraps and texture paste before adding lots of wonderful colour with Dina Wakely paints. I am not going to go into lots of details on the process as I am back at AVJ in 2 weeks with a tutorial where I will be detailing the same process but on a much smaller scale!

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtx stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

All my background words are from Tim Holtz Theories stamp set - stamped onto tissue paper before adding to the canvas. 

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtx stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo is always a go to item for me! Painted with the same paints and used an oil pastel over the embossed areas for contrast.

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtx stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

Another favourite for my main Sentiment! Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set - embossed with ink and white powder over a painty background scrap.

If you haven't already come from there - do head over to A Vintage Journey for lots more inspiration!

I would like to play along at:

Nikki
xxx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Journals with friends

Eileen Hull Journal by Nikki Acton
Today I am sharing one of 2 journals I made a couple of weekends ago. Cathryn (for those that know her!) and I had a play day and got very busy with these journals. A bit like when Brenda and I did our Skype journals - the finished 4 projects were very different!

I crackled my main cover and then painted 2 panels for the front and back with various painty techniques. The journal is covered with Tims Holtz tattered florals and word chips. There are lots of pages inside ready for someone to fill!



I would like to play along at:

Have a great week.
Nikki

Friday, 1 June 2018

Theories Cards

Cards with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set - by Nikki Acton

Hi 
Back for my second post today - if you missed the launch of our new challenge at A Vintage Journey you can find my post here. 


We also have a new challenge today on the Craft Stamper blog - Take it Make it challenge. As always it is anything goes with stamping. 

I chose to make some much needed cards for forthcoming birthdays using Tim Holtz's Theories stamp set. My backgrounds are all Distress Oxides.

Cards with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set - by Nikki Acton

Cards with Tim Holtz Theories stamp set - by Nikki Acton

Nikki 
x

Industrial patchwork framed heart for A Vintage Journey

Industrial patchwork framed heart by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. It is time for our June challenge at A Vintage Journey; this month our host is Astrid and we have a favourite theme: Stencil It.
I recently took another Andy Skinner class and we were using his various paint techniques to alter an MDF box - you can see my post here if you missed it.
I also used this style on an altered coffee tin last year:
As you can probably tell - I do like this style and although it is quite time consuming it is effective!!
So for our Stencil It challenge I challenged myself to use a stencil on each of my patchwork elements within the frame.
Industrial patchwork framed heart by Nikki Acton
Industrial patchwork framed heart by Nikki Acton
The base board (blue) is a combination of PaperArtsy grunge paste and Deco Art crackle paint - although I may have painted over most of the crackles!
Industrial patchwork framed heart by Nikki Acton
My heart is MDF and is altered with a texture medium and then painted with red and brown colours.
The frame and cogs have been given the rust effect treatment with Deco Art paints - Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Paynes Grey.
Industrial patchwork framed heart by Nikki Acton
Thanks for stopping by. Do head on over to A Vintage Journey for more stencilling inspiration!
Nikki

Monday, 21 May 2018

GDPR - EU Data Regulations

As you are probably aware changes in the law regarding EU Data Protection (GDPR) come into force on 25th May 2018.

I have introduced a Privacy and Cookie Policy in line with these regulations which can be found here. (Also available in the footer of Addicted to Art).

I do not use your personal information for anything except sending you a notification of a new blogpost (for email subscribers) or for clicking through to your blog for a return visit. I do not store any of this information, it is all contained within Blogger / Google functionality. All blogger blogs use cookies - these can be disabled in your internet settings if you choose. 

Email subscribers are reminded that they may unsubscribe at anytime by following the link at the base of your emails notifying you of a new blog post.

Thank you.
Nikki

Saturday, 19 May 2018

PaperArtsy project - Vintage Neutral with Seth Apter stamps

Vintage Neutrals altered picture frame for PaperArtsy with Seth Apter stamps - by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. Today I am over on the PaperArtsy blog with details for this altered frame. The theme for this fortnight is Vintage Neutrals taking me away from my more normal colour palette to something a more toned down. Do pop over for details of the techniques and lots more photos!
Vintage Neutrals altered picture frame for PaperArtsy with Seth Apter stamps - by Nikki Acton

 Nikki x



Monday, 14 May 2018

Scrap Metal Book Box with Andy Skinner

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

A couple of weeks ago I attended an Andy Skinner workshop - Scrap Metal Book Box. Great day with Andy as usual - packed with paint techniques and a little humour!

For Andy Skinner followers you can probably spot many of his techniques on here, many he has shown on Hochanda - so while I would love to share the details, they are not mine to share!!! Although there is a bit of Nikki thrown in too!

So lots of pics of the finished project....

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

Scrap Metal Book Box - Andy Skinner Workshop - by Nikki Acton

I am back on Saturday with a project for PaperArtsy. Have a lovely week.
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 4 May 2018

Gelli Stamping with Distress Inks and Oxides

Stamping on Gelli Plate / Gel Press - by Nikki Acton
Stamping on Gelli Plate / Gel Press - by Nikki Acton
Hello - today we start a new challenge on the Craft Stamper blog - as usual it is anything goes with stamping.

For my inspiration piece I decided to use my distress oxides (and inks) on a gel plate. I used a small rectangular gelli and brayered one colour of ink on the surface before stamping onto it. I then stamped the gelli onto card. I repeated with different colours and stamps covering the surface and sometime overlapping colours.

The cards were made from the gelli printed masterboards - adding layers to create extra interest!
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tando Creative Mini Books


Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
I recently purchased a pack of Tando Mini Books to assemble. These are just 6cm square and are super cute!!! The pack contains the covers and the spines - already cut and ready to assemble and decorate. I also played around with different ways to add the signatures.
The concertina works really well and allows all the pages to open flat.
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
I think this is my favourite - and is on it's way to a friend who is starting a new adventure!
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Here are the other two:
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
I would like to enter my mini books into:

Nikki 
xx

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Collage and Kraft card

Kraft card and collage with PaperArtsy Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone - just a quick post to redirect you over to the PaperArtsy blog this evening where I am sharing my take on the current theme of using Kraft Card. Be good to see you there.
Nikki

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Texture, Texture and Texture


Grunge Paste and Infusions Wall Hanging by Nikki Acton
Hi folks. I am over at PaperArtsy this evening with lots more details on these textured panels....
Be great to see you there!
Nikki
Grunge Paste and Infusions Wall Hanging by Nikki Acton

Friday, 6 April 2018

Textured quote panel

Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Hello and welcome to my second post of the day. Earlier I posted my Rusty and Crusty canvas for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey - you can find it here.

And it is time for a new challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog too, as always it is Anything Goes as long as you include some stamping. For my design I created this textured 6 inch square MDF panel. I added lots of texture paste, sand paste and leftover card scraps before painting it all black. Once dry, I dry brushed with white gesso before adding Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics to colour. I added some extra white dry brushing at the end too. 
Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
I stamped one of Alison Bomber's PaperArtsy quote stamps on some white card and heat embossed in white before using the same fluid acrylics to colour the card. 
Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
For this months challenge at Craft Stamper the winner will receive 2 stamps sets from Imagine, Design, Create.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Nikki

Rusty and Crusty with Texture Paste, Paint and Seth Apter's Baked Texture

Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
It's the first Friday of the month so another double post day for me! First up we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this theme is perfect for me! Rusty and Crusty!! Our host is the creative genius Autumn Clark.

Now first up I must say my inspiration for this came from the wonderful designs of Lisa Rasmussen - who I have been seeing all over Pinterest - if you want some male card ideas - I recommend you pay her blog a visit. 

I made this while away at a craft retreat, so sorry, no process photos. I began by formulating a composition and collating my pieces - the 6 inch wooden panel as the base, some corrugated cardboard, some wire mesh, greyboard cogs and bolts (That's Crafty), Tim Holtz hardware findings keyhole die cut in greyboard, some cheap plastic chain and 2 strips of greyboard.
Each were given varying amounts of texture paste / texture sand paste and allowed to dry. I covered them all in black gesso and once dry dry brushed with white gesso for contrast and to highlight texture. 

Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
Next I began adding paint - Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide plus PaperArtsy Green Patina. The corrguated card was roughly painted brown with some blue highlights.
Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
The combination of the texture sand paste and Deco Art paints makes for great rust - thanks to Andy Skinner for this one. Finally I took some versamark and added around the edges of the panel and the keyhole before apply patina Baked Texture.
Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
Thanks for stopping by - don't forget, if you haven't already, to visit A Vintage Journey for more inspiration and to, hopefully, join in our Rusty and Crusty challenge this month.

I would like to join the following lovely challenges:



Nikki

Friday, 30 March 2018

Tag Friday time!

MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
Hello - it is Friday and a long weekend!
Today we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - they only come round every 3 months and we do love them.

My tag started as a manila tag but in the end I added it to an MDF base so I could hang it if required. 
The background is Distress Oxides with splodges of watery white gesso, some credit card gesso lines, tissue tape and stamping.
MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
 I die cut the keyhole from greyboard using Tim Holtz Hardware Findings die. I added texture paste and painted with black gesso. Once dry I dry brushed white gesso to catch the texture before adding Deco Art Quinacridone Gold. 
MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
The die cut in the background is also Sizzix - a Pete Hughes one I think? I sponged with brown paint and then gesso for contrast.

Lots more inspiration at AVJ today - and your chance to join in our Tag Fridays...

Nikki
xxx



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