Saturday 22 October 2016

2016 #20 Geometric Abstract Panel {by Alison Hall}

 2016 Topic 120: Squares and Grids

Hi everyone, Alison (Craftytrog) here.

Tonight I'd like to share with you an abstract panel, featuring a crackled, stencilled background with squares and grids. I've added some circles, ie. the bottle cap, and stamped and flicked splatters, to soften the geometric design. I've always been drawn to abstract style art, and the way items are placed on a canvas to create what I hope here is a balanced effect.

Step One: On an 8x8" MDF wood panel, I painted a base coat of Smurf Fresco Finish acrylic. As Smurf is an opaque, there is no need to gesso first.

Step Two: Next, using a brayer, I applied an even coat of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, then dried it with a heat gun, taking care not to let it blister.

Step Three: I then sponged a layer of Honey Dew Fresco Finish paint over the Crackle Glaze. Using a sponge created some lovely, delicate crackles. You can see that they're already appearing in the top right corner where I started.

Step Four: I repeated the last three steps onto some 1" square MDF pieces, but used Granny Smith Fresco Finish paint instead on the top layer.

Step Five: Using Blue Oyster Fresco Finish Paint, I stencilled the small squares border and the grid from...

Step Six: I used Potting Soil Archival Ink to stamp the splatters image from Sara's stamp set 09 onto the panel and MDF pieces.

Then I added some splatters to the base panel with watered down Granny Smith Fresco Paint. I also sponged the ink around the edges all of the pieces.

Step Seven:  Next, I painted the inside of a bottle cap embellishment, first with Honey Dew, then with some White Fire.

Step Eight: To create the final elements for my panel, I cut a 2 inch square of corrugated card, sponged the peaks with Honey Dew Fresco Finish Paint, then inked the edges with Potting Soil Archival ink. Next, on a blank piece of book page, I lightly stamped a background of the splatters from ESN09 with Forget-Me-Not Archival Ink, then stamped the phrase from ESN04 with Potting Soil. On another piece of blank book page, I lightly stamped the circle image from...

...with Forget-Me-Not ink, then stamped the word 'dream' over the top with Potting Soil. I cut out the words and 'dream' image, inked the edges with Potting Soil, then glued the 'dream' to the inside of the bottle cap. 

Step Nine: Using matte medium, I glued the bottle cap onto one of the 1" MDF squares, then glued this to the corrugated piece. I then glued all the elements in place on the main panel, as shown in the top photo. To finish, I used a Faber Castell Sepia Pitt pen to add some shadows around the words, smudging it with my finger.

My favourite elements are the corrugated card and the bottle cap. I love the extra dimension that they add to my panel. I think I probably went a bit overboard with my Granny Smith painty splatters, I never know when to stop as it's so much fun flicking paint! Lol!

I hope I've inspired you to create your own abstract panel with geometric elements.

Have a creative week,


Twitter: @craftytrog
Facebook: Alison Hall 
Blog: Craftytrog's Inky Adventures

Well I am really loving your Granny Smith painty flicks Alison! They look lovely and flicky splats always seems to tie layers into each other so well. There is so much detail in this panel, and yet it's looking so structured at the same time. Great composition and fabulous effects! Thankyou! ~Leandra

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Helen said...

this is gorgeous, Alison - I love background splatters and drips and that stencil is so subtle behind your grids

froebelsternchen said...

Just AMAZING Alison!

Claire said...

Love this Alison, I think I like the corrugated card and bottle top best too :-)

rachel said...

love this - great background - love the stencilling! Hugs rachel x

Lauren Hatwell said...

Truly a textural treasure! Lx

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Wonderful abstract art Alison, beautiful textures
Donna xx

Anonymous said...

This is so pretty and has a lovely shabby quality to it.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Love this Alison - a wonderful background and great design x

craftimamma said...

Fab panel Alison. I think the composition is spot on and love all the detail you managed to pull into the background. Really wonderful piece!

Lesley Xx

Words and Pictures said...

Scrumptious crackle and cracking composition - I love this!
Alison x

Etsuko said...

Awesome panel Alison. Love the background and the grid composition and fab crackles. xx

Michele said...

this is quite wonderful! xo

Annie said...

love the colours and crackle background Alison x The simplicity of this make looks very arty it!!!!

Julie Lee said...

I love this Alison! Perfect balance between abstraction and intriguing detail! It's gorgeous! xx

Anneke said...

Lovely project, beautiful composition!

Miriam said...

Fabulous project Alison - I love this!

Hazel Agnew said...

Great texture, interest and balance Alison. Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is brilliant, Alison, I love your tip of applying crackle glaze with a brayer! I must try that!

Lucy x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Alison I love this, gorgeous background and I love the how you have finished it, fabulous! Xx

Flo Langley said...

Fantastic project Alison. Great tutorial.
Flo :)

JoFY said...

I really like the panel, Alison... and can there ever be 'too many splats'?! :o)

Let's Art Journal said...

I love your abstract style art piece, the colours are my favourites and the crackle and splatters give such a lovely effect! The way you have combined the shapes is wonderful and the items are perfectly placed on the canvas 🙂. The bottle cap is such a fab touch too! A beautifully balanced piece🙂. It's so facinating to see your technique, thanks for sharing! Wishing you a great week! J🙂

geezercrafter said...

Love all of the the techniques you have used, thanks for the inspiration and sharing your wonderful creation.

Kirsten said...

This is beautiful. I love the background layers.