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.

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. 

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.


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.

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.


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