Saturday, 6 October 2018

Stencilled hangings for PaperArtsy

PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics and stencils - Stamp set ETS22
Just stopping by to say I am over at PaperArtsy this evening having a play with new paint colours (yum) and stencils /stamps from PaperArtsy. Do hop over to see what else I got up to!
Nikki
xxx 

Friday, 21 September 2018

Good things come in threes.....

Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Hello!
Last week I got 'together' with Alison Bomber from Words and Pictures and Brenda Brown from Bumblebees and Butterflies. Well it was a virtual meet up over Skype! You may recall Brenda and I did this last year to create our 'Skype Journals'. This time it was lovely that Alison joined us too, we had a great few hours crafting together with lots of laughter along the way.

We had decided we were going to work on a large mdf surface in advance but the rest of the session was decided as we went along - each of us selecting a step in the process. Brenda was very organised and documented our steps!! Some of these steps took alot longer than others. It was fun listening to each others thought processes without actually telling the others what we were doing - that had to wait for the BIG REVEAL at the end. 

B - Seal substrate with gesso
N - Use some texture paste any way you wish. 
A  - Dilute one colour of paint and apply in any way you choose. 
B  - Add crackle in anyway you want.
General - We gave ourselves time to start to gather embellishments and give time for the crackle to dry 
N - Add texture to one or more of the embellishments. 
A  - Add colour to one or more of your embellishments. 
B  - Create a panel to use in building layers. 
N - Apply a coat of paint to the background any way you like. 
A - Stamp ...... Alison said 'it's in your hands' but it must be pure stamping over the background. 
B - Dip, drip and dry watery washes. 
N - Edge the base in whatever way you want. 
A - Trial the composition and design and finalise the embellishments. 
B  - Do an Alison and add some words. 
N  - Add a touch of metallic. 
A  - Splatter.

Alison and I both worked on a large MDF tag - Tim Holtz Etcetera or That's Crafty - GiganTAG. This is a large surface - around 15 x 7.5 inches - a little scary when it comes to composition! I kept my embellishments smallish but then struggled with all the empty space - I don't do empty space very well. I confess I added the square / rectangles onto the mesh after we finished as it just seemed too empty!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
The background had quite a few layers of texture, crackle, paint and stamping!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
I think the Tim Holtz Ornate frame is my favourite part of this project. I layered a few up and gave a thick stippled coat of gesso before adding PaperArtsy Infusions and a bit of water. I blasted it dry and stippled some matt medium over it to help seal the Infusions before adding touches of gold paint.
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Brenda's step of adding a panel resulted in me grabbing this old mesh I have and adding some paints!
Etcetera / GiganTAG with textured surface and Ornate Frame
Once we were all done it was time for the big reveal - so  if you havent already do head over to Alison and Brenda's blogs to see their amazing designs.
Thanks to both Brenda and Alison for a fun day! We are all a little short of crafting time these days so it was wonderful to take this time out.

I would like to join in the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie - Creatures Great and Small and Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils.

Nikki xxx

Friday, 14 September 2018

Oval Shaped Note book and Gift Box

Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
Hello! Today I am sharing my design for the Inspiration post for the Craft Stamper - Take it Make it Challenge. As always the theme is anything goes - as long as you include some stamping. The prize this month for the lucky random winner is a set of 10 Ecoline Brush pens and as usual the design team favourite gets their design published in the magazine!

I few weeks ago I took part in a swap with the lovely people from Let's Be Creative. Our theme was to make something oval for our swap partner so I challenged myself to make this Oval Mini Book. As it was going to my partner I also make a little gift box.
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
I used Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Bigz die to cut the oval shape (ie the centre of the frame); from greyboard for the covers and also the pages inside. I created a crackled cover, added some stamping and some splatters. All paints are PaperArtsy. My flowers and leaves are die cuts from Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Florals.
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
On the back I added the initials of my gift recipient:
Oval Shaped Notebook with Tim Holtz  Small Tattered Florals
I would like to play along with the Mini Album Makers Challenge for September

See you next time
Nikki x

Friday, 24 August 2018

Baked Texture Abstract

Abstract with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics, Everything Art stamps and Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powder

Today you can find me over at PaperArtsy with this abstract canvas using Seth Apter's Baked Textures and PaperArtsy stamps and paints.

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Altered Coffee Tin for Stamps and Stencils

Altered Coffee Tin with Tim Holtz Gearheads and Quote Chips.
Hi everyone. It is an honour today to be Guest Designer over at Stamps and Stencils. I have a step by step over on their wonderful blog today.
Nikki

Friday, 10 August 2018

Tissue Stamping card

Hi there. We are one week into the new challenge on the Craft Stamper - Blog. As usual it is Anything Goes - as long as there is some stamping! There is great prize up for grabs this month - the new Ranger Alcohol lift ink and reinker.
 It was my good friend Cathryn's birthday recently and her favourite colour is purple! 
I created a multicoloured background with paint on card and added some stamping and stencilling. I then took a piece of tissue paper and stamped the wildflowers carefully in archival ink on the tissue before adhering to the coloured card underneath. I love the subtle effect this achieves.

I added a Wildflower die cut and my greeting before matting and layering.

Nikki x

Friday, 3 August 2018

Resist Technique with 3D Texture Fades and Distress Oxides

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist
Happy Friday! It is the first Friday of the month - and time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Amanda is our host and the theme is How can you resist. Here is the description:
There are any different products in mixed media that you can use to do a resist technique - gesso, distress glaze, wax, embossing powder, etc. We would like you to use at least one resist technique on your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.

I recently treated myself to one of the (relatively) new 3D Texture Fades from Tim Holtz so decided to use this for my resist technique.

I started with a Distress Oxide background in blues and greens. I then added versamark to the embossing folder and ran it through the big shot so the versamark transfers to the card in the 'flat' areas rather than the embossed areas. I heat dried with clear embossing powder.

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist

This allowed me to add as much Distress Oxide as I liked to the embossed area along with some spritzing and the colour easily wipes away from the background blue/green.

I also used a wax resist on my Distress Paint background layer - but I think I have managed to hide most of this!!!

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist

Have a great weekend!
Nikki
x

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

More mini books....PaperArtsy

Mini Books using PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps and Fresco paints - by Nikki Acton
This evening (if you are in the UK / Europe anyway!) I am sharing some more mini books - this time over at PaperArtsy - be lovely to see you there for all the details on how I made these.
Mini Books using PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps and Fresco paints - by Nikki Acton
While I had this stamp set out I made a couple of cards too - stamping onto tissue paper before adding to a grungy background.
Tissue stamped cards using PaperArtsy Hot Picks - Nikki Acton
 Nikki
xxx

Friday, 20 July 2018

Tando Creative Mini Books

Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Today I am over at A Vintage Journey with a tutorial for these mini books by Tando Creative. The process I am going through is same I used on my Canvas a couple of weeks ago... if you missed it you can see it here.
I made two little books this time - similar but not quite the same colours!
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
I just love these cute litte book - 6cm square!
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton

Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Some previous versions if you want to see something a little less bright! (Here)

Thanks for stopping by and do head over to A Vintage Journey for all the details today.

Nikki
xxx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Inspirational quotes canvas for A Vintage Journey

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtz 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 Holtz 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 Holtz 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 Holtz 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

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