Friday, 7 August 2020

Grunge Paste Texture Tag

It is a new challenge at A Vintage Journey today hosted by Amanda - called Tag You're It! Who doesn't love a tag!

Having said that, I made hard work of this and if time had been on my side I would do it all over again! I wasn't sure where I was going and my journey was one of lots of getting lost down side roads before arriving worn out and slightly shabby!!!

I love experimenting which is what I was doing - so now I need to do it again missing out all the extra steps I have tried to cover up!!!


I started with an MDF tag and a light coat of paint before adding Paper Artsy Grunge paste through a stencil at the top and created circles for flowers with the paste. I then used my palette knife to create grasses, also with the grunge paste.

I allowed various colours of paint to dribble over the surface and added some with a brush. The flowers being a different colour. 

Once dry I sanded it all back to reveal the Grunge Paste in white. In order to get a little more focus around the flowers I added pens and crayons and paints (and tried to remove each!) - so it became a little muddy! In the end I added some lines with a black pen and added glossy accents over the flowers - a step I will definitely omit next time!


Nothing wrong with the lovely quote from one of Alison's PaperArtsy stamp sets though! 

Not everything works perfectly but that's how we learn!
Nikki
xxxx

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Birthday Lines


Card featuring EKD01 and PaperArtsy paints by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. Today I am over at PaperArtsy once again to share on the current topic of Lines. I am showing how I used various lines in this card to build the composition.
Do pop over to see lots more.
Nikki

Monday, 27 July 2020

Skype Craft - Ken's Houses



Hello! It seems like a while since I have posted on here. I have been doing some online classes during the lockdown period but either haven't got round to taking photos to share or haven't finished them!!! Still crafting just not finding the motivation to blog.

However a week or so ago I had another Skype Craft session with Alison Bomber and Brenda Brown - actually it was across 2 sessions as we chatted so much we didn't finish the first time (and we had to allow Alison's crackle to crackle!)
Brenda's lovely husband Ken has been busy and cut us all some wooden houses - so we all worked on the same substrate.


I painted my houses with Summer Sky Fresco paint and then randomly coloured on Tim Holtz printed tissue paper (on the back). Having added this to the substrate I added some book page scraps, some drips and some leftover stamped card. I also added some extra paint highlights to help with the colour composition.


I stamped a quote (an old Tim Holtz stamp set) on some painted card and found some leaf and butterfly embellishments that I painted and stamped on.

The sides - that you cant see too well are also stamped.


Pleased with these - so much so I have them in my living room - to remind me to challenge myself occasionally!

My lovely friends have both excelled themselves with their designs.....you can find all the details on their blogs.



Nikki xxx

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Eileen Hull Tiny Book with PaperArtsy Stamps and Paints

Hi everyone - tonight it's a redirect post over to the PaperArtsy blog where I am sharing this Tiny Book made from recycled packaging (Eileen Hull die) using PaperArtsy Paints and stamps.
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 29 May 2020

Tag Friday - it's a bright one!

We have a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey today.  I am still in my bright colour phase, following a couple of Dina Wakley online classes!
This time though I have used the new face stamp from PaperArtsy / France Papillon. I had great fun using these for a recent post for PaperArtsy - and Lilly (as FP calls her) was still on my desk.

The Dina influence is evident - but great mix and change styles!
The face is stamped on tissue paper, coloured on the reverse before adhering to the loosely painted background on the tag.

I hope everyone is keeping well during these difficult times. As some know I am struggling with the isolation of living alone, working at home and the gym shut. But art remains a great outlet for my frustrations.
Nikki xxx





Thursday, 21 May 2020

Collage, Faces, Eyes and a bit of fun



Tonight I am over at PaperArtsy sharing some slightly strange collages I have make with new stamps by France Papillon - now a designer for PaperArtsy as I am sure you know.
Do head over to see my weird creations!
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 15 May 2020

Isolation Skype Craft 4 - Journalling Dina style


Hello and welcome to our 4th Isolation Skype Craft adventure - where Brenda Brown, Alison Bomber and I craft together over Skype. This version was another - do as you please, rather than our original rules based projects. As always just lovely to craft in the virtual company of  crafting buddies.

What is good about this project is I have finished something. It seems recently that I keep starting projects and not finishing them. I blame all these Facebook workshops - I have done a couple and both are unfinished - despite them being great projects.

I did a Dina Wakley workshop last Saturday evening and my Skype craft was Sunday morning - so you can see what inspired this page!


I followed alot of the process I had done on the workshop but in my journal instead. I love Dina's free style, mistakes are ok, letting things happen. She has a great eye for colour and composition though so I am not fooled it is easy as she makes it sound!!!

Compositionally this went a bit wrong.... spotted it? I do not like where I have positioned the face on the RHS - the masked tag is sticking out of her head! HOW did I not see that - LOL.


The masking on the silhouette figures worked a bit better - I like these. You can see all the layers here. What I failed to maintain is much white space - something I am working on - but must have got distracted by the conversation!

As you would expect wonderful projects from Brenda and Alison that you can find here:




Nikki xx

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Isolation Skype Craft 3 - the mini version

ATCs with PaperArtsy Stamps by Lin Brown and Alison Bomber

Hi everyone and welcome to the third Skype Craft post of Isolation! Alison, Brenda and I met virtually for just an hour last Saturday. Well it was probably an hour of crafting, maybe a little longer chatting. This makes a change from our normal marathon sessions!!!

It was just an excuse to catch up really - we didn't have any rules - we just did what we wanted while chatting. Alison has put the idea of a trio of ATC's into my head so this is what  did.

ATCs with PaperArtsy Stamps by Lin Brown and Alison Bomber

My background was created with PaperArtsy Chalk paints and a couple of circle stencils. I brayered paint over the surface and then placed a stencil over to remove some - just gives a subtle effect. I then added a paler colour back through the stencil with a sponge and finally a darker colour by stamping with another circle stencil.

ATCs with PaperArtsy Stamps by Lin Brown and Alison Bomber

I stamped these wonderful leaves (PaperArtsy, Lin Brown) with versamark and heat embossed with  a vivid green powder.

ATCs with PaperArtsy Stamps by Lin Brown and Alison Bomber

A few words - PaperArtsy stamps by Alison of course!

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Check out Alison and Brenda's posts too! 



Until next time!
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Making Waves at PaperArtsy


It's a very fishy week or so here! If you missed my Skype Craft last week using another PaperArtsy Fish stamp set you can find it here.


But tonight I am over on the PaperArtsy blog - for our Under the Sea theme - using stamps from Scrapcosy.

See you next time.
Nikki

Friday, 17 April 2020

'Out of limitations comes creativity' - Isolation Skype Craft 2

Hi everyone - how are you doing in these strange and difficult times. There are just a few things keeping me from going insane - exercise, craft and chocolate!

Saturday saw the second Isolation Skype Craft with Brenda Brown and Alison Bomber. Skype craft - crafting with friends over skype - is something we have done occasionally over the years but never twice in a few weeks! You can see Isolation Skype Craft 1 - here.

Usually we take it in turns to give an instruction to the others but this time we changed the rules and restricted ourself to limited supplies. We each got to choose 3 paints, 3 inks, a stencil, a stamp set, pre selected die cuts and an item recently purchased (bit of a wild card this one - as it could be a second stamp set / texture paste etc)

Here is my selection:

Now we all thought at first it seemed alot but then all panicked so allowed ourself an extra ink based product and paint:

There was still some good humoured stressing over limited supplies so I suggested we work with what we have and any point you could play your joker and use one more item (and the others could use it too)

So as the phrase goes -Out of Limitation Come Creativity - I made 2 tags using one of Gwen Lafleur's stamp designs from PaperArtsy.




Stamping the little fish in the backround with Chalk Fresco acrylic before smooshing some distress ink over.


Stamped with one of the circular stamp images in a mixture of ink and paint to make my patterned background here,


My JOKER was played - I needed my white posca pen!


I had 3 backgrounds made so die cut circles out of the tags to layer them up. Goldfish bowls maybe!
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As always we all came up with very different designs, had a lot of laughs along the way and after 4 hours finally finished!

Here are Alison and Brenda's sneak peeks!



Happy crafting everyone - hopefully we can craft together again soon.
Nikki xxx

Friday, 3 April 2020

Journalling with Gelli Plate Prints

Journal Page using Gelli prints

Hi everyone - time for our April challenge at A Vintage Journey hosted by the lovely Julia Aston of Create with Me.

It's Gelli Time!

Yes, get those gel plates out and have a play.  Printing and mark making are unique and somewhat addictive when you start so let us see what you create and how you use it in your project.  Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I love using my Gelli Plate and it's a bit of a go to - when my mojo is lacking! I love to experiment with textures and layers and just seeing what happens. No two prints are ever the same and that is its magic! 

I therefore have alot of prints lying around and decided to see what would happen if I punched some circles and created a montage.


Journal Page using Gelli prints

I punched 2.5, 2, 1.5 and 1inch circles of 5 prints and arranged them on my page - this was a challenge! Once happy I stuck them down and then adding a little extra stamping, doodling and stencilling - including a little on the black background.


Journal Page using Gelli prints

I am sure the girls at AVJ have some great ideas - so do hop over for some inspiration. We would love it if you joined in the challenge.


Stay safe everyone.

Nikki xxxx


Monday, 30 March 2020

Isolation Skype Craft 1


Hello everyone

What difficult times we are living through. I feel lucky to have a hobby to turn to where I can sometimes forget any problem or worries.

On Friday I got together (virtually of course) with two crafting friends - Brenda Brown and Alison Bomber for one of our 'Skype Craft' days - it's been a while since we have done this. What a joy to spend several hours crafting, chatting and laughing with friends.

I worked on a large canvas, Brenda on a similar sized board and Alison in her large journal. 
As we have done in the past we take it turns to select the next step. I took photos at first then got carried away and stopped!!!

1. All - Seal the substrate with a coat of gesso/tinting base.

2. Alison - Use tissue paper and/or tissue tape.

3. Nikki - Use a stencil for some texture.

4. Brenda - Add some text/number stamping in any gaps

5. Alison - Add more than one colour paint in any way you'd like to,

Here you can see my strips of tissue paper, Grunge Paste through a brickwork stencil, some stamping and some washes of colour (Paper Artsy paint) added and then dabbed to remove with kitchen towel.

6. Nikki - Use something to create a resist. 


I really wanted use my new Izink Ice Translucent Gels from Seth Apter - so scraped some over the surface and dried. I also added some candle wax in places for additional resist.

7. Brenda - Use a colour medium to reveal your resist areas.

I added lots more paint layers at this point to create more contrast and depth and also allowed some paint to drip. 

8. Alison - Add some more stamping but not text and numbers.

I used a wonderful leaf stamp - from Lin Brown - PaperArtsy. 


9. Nikki - Select a focal point and gather elements together.

Textured Canvas with PaperArtsy Fresco Paint, Seth Apter Izink Ice, Tim Holtz Transparent wings

 10. Brenda - Alter/colour up/prepare and position elements for your focal point/s.

I painted the back of the Tim Holtz Ideology transparent wings in colours to match my canvas and splattered the front with white and gold paint. 

11. Alison - highlight or refresh the original background before adhering the embellishments.

I continued to build up my layers adding some dry brushed paint and using my pallet knife to add more Izink Ice. Oh and some splattered paint of course. The brown I originally scraped for resist, the red in the bricks and the transparent yellows on the canvas is the ICE.

Textured Canvas with PaperArtsy Fresco Paint, Seth Apter Izink Ice, Tim Holtz Transparent wings





I love some of the textures I managed to create - not sure about the overall composition but love the texture !!!!
When we do these sessions it is amazing how different everyone's turns out. Here are some sneak peaks for Alison and Brenda.





Sorry for this long post! We are hoping to Skype Craft again very soon - so look out for our next adventure!

Take care, stay safe, stay home (if you can) 
Nikki xxx





Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Making Marks at Paper Artsy

Mark Making with Paper Artsy stamps by Courtney Franiich ECF 11

Mark Making with Paper Artsy stamps by Courtney Franiich ECF 11

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with some masterboards and cards made using new stamps from Courtney Franich. To pop over to see more details.
Nikki
xx

Friday, 6 March 2020

Celebrating our Anniversary at A Vintage Journey

Mixed Media Birthday Card with Tim Holtz Tattered Butterfly die

Hi everyone. A Vintage Journey is celebrating it's 6th Anniversary! I know blogs and challenge blogs have lost some of their popularity but this one is very dear to me. I have made good friends, many of who I have met because of this blog. I have also been inspired by many artists both from the Design Team and those who have entered our challenges.

Brenda who created and started this blog is our host this month. We are looking for Celebration themed creations - let us know what you are celebrating!

My card is for one of those crafty friends who celebrate their birthday this month.

My background is some printed paper which I added some washes on paint to to tone it down a little. I painted and crackled some corrugated card as the base for my Tattered Butterfly.


The butterfly was cut from greyboard and texture paste added which I randomly stamped into to create texture. Once dry I painted black, dry brushed with white and then added washes on paint.

Under the butterfly are some weird extra wings. These are actually part of a wildflower die that I altered and really wanted to use but it didnt work with my layout so I improvised. 


A few crackled arrows, some fibres....


and some little squares complete my card. I hope you like it!


We hope you will join us for our celebratory challenge. 
Nikki 
xxxxx

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Books and more books!

Lisa Horton Crafts - Greyboard books and MDF bookcase - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. Just a quick post to share the bookcase and books I made for Lisa Horton's show on Create and Craft last week. I am sharing more details on one of these over on Lisa's blog this evening too. Here is a sneak peak!
Lisa Horton Crafts - Greyboard books and MDF bookcase - by Nikki Acton
Nikki xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Tags and Alison Bomber Quotes

Time for another creation over at PaperArtsy this evening - do follow the link to see how I made this and lots more details. Stamps by Alison Bomber and Gwen Lafleur.
Nikki xx

Monday, 27 January 2020

Mixed Media Tag

Mixed Media Tag by Nikki Acton
Just a quick post to share this MDF tag I made. There are more details and photos over on the Lisa Horton Craft blog today.

Excited to be on Lisa's new design team. We are large team covering a range of styles - so I am going to learn alot! For now I have stuck to what I know  - texture and paint!! 
MDF Tag, heart stencil and Ticker Tape stamps - all from Lisa Horton Craft.

Nikki

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Getting the journal out .....

It's a PaperArtsy day today where I am sharing this subtle (for me!) journal page using new paints and stamps from Tracy Scott.
Nikki

Friday, 3 January 2020

Eileen Hull Notebook for AVJ

Eileen Hull Notebook Die
Happy New Year!

We begin 2020 with the theme 'We are all getting older'! at A Vintage Journey. Well that is true !

Time for weathering and distressing, or some ageing and antiqueing. Make a project using techniques for making the new look old, whether that's paper projects, altered art or mixed media. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby,mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I have created a vintage notebook using Eileen Hull's notebook die. I began with the die cut book and covered in some Tim Holtz paper and added washi tape to help reinforce the spine. I started with washes of gesso to tone down the paper before stencilling, stamping and splattering to finish the cover.
I used distress paints to alter the little butterflies, corner pieces and letters.
The inside was simply done with a little paint and stamping before the signature was secured with some outer pages.
I cheated a little with my pages - using a stapler to create the signatures - which I then secured together with some calico down the spine.
Eileen Hull Notebook Die

Eileen Hull Notebook Die
Do head on over to A Vintage Journey where the lovely and talented Alison Bomber is our host for this challenge. There is lots of ideas to get you inspired if you would like to join the challenge.
Nikki