Monday 10 April 2017

2017 # 6 UTEE Accents {by Nikki Acton}

2017 Topic 6: Resin and UTEE

Topic 6 already, and in this post Nikki kicks it off with a beautiful, bright idea with Emma's fabulous flowers. There is so much to learn about resins, and the next 2 weeks are full of inspiration! Tonight Nikki shows us how to layer into UTEE to create floating-flecks, and she creates a striking focal points in one smooth swoop! Enjoy. 

Hi everyone Nikki from Addicted to Art here.

Lovely to be back on the PA blog tonight where I am sharing a project for the current topic. I have combined lots of UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel) with one of Emma Godfrey's new stamp sets (EEG22) and lots of paint!

I enjoy using UTEE in this way to create accents on my work for added dimension and impact. 

I chose to use a selection of Fresco paints - Rose, Blush and Prawn for my pink hues and Tangerine Twist for the yellows. I wasn't expecting the heat embossing to intensify the colour of both the ink and paint so much on the little squares - but it adds to the contrast!

The three different size flowers on the stamp set are brilliant for something like this - I used the large one on the base and the smaller ones on the little squares.


The splatter stamp was used to add accents in chalk paint - I can see me using this a lot! There is also some subtle stencilling in the background too with Lin Brown's stencil PS044.

The great thing about UTEE is you can add layers. Having prepared the base of my little squares with the pinks I added a few layers of UTEE. Then I added the words and little flowers (pre cut) and added more UTEE. While molten I stamped into it with the splatter stamp again 'inked' with chalk paint. I added more UTEE over this - but this wouldn't work if a defined image had been stamped as the melting moves it all around!

Stamping into UTEE can be really effective - but do take care - the molten UTEE is very hot! You do need to be quick, have your stamp ready to go so that you can stamp while you have the molten surface. Also only use good red rubber stamps - PA stamps are perfect for this. In hindsight I wish I hadn't used black ink for the lovely words - they appear a bit bold!

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Love so much the cool flecks that your splatter stamp created in the final layers of that UTEE Nikki! They float perfectly and add a fantastic accent!! ~Leandra

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Helen said...

Fabulous project Nikki

Julie Lee said...

Really eye-catching use of UTEE, Nikki. I love this.

Kirsten said...

TThat is gorgeous, I love it.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Great use of UTEE Nikki, really highlights that lovely wording. I quite like the black wording it's as if it's making a real statement.. x

Colleen said...

Love that splatter effect, I've never done Utee in layers before.

Artmadnana said...

Love these colours Nikki. I love the whole project. You've used the flowers beautifully. Can anyone say if they've used UTEE over Oxides yet? I'm presuming it will be ok?

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous nikki, the floating splatters look like specks of mica. I love your double use of the flower in two contrasting colours. A perfect project!

Lucy x

Lauren Hatwell said...


Art By Wanda said...

Really beautiful!!!

Craftyfield said...

Love the floating splatters as a technique! UTEE in layers is so mesmerizing... great project Nikki!

Etsuko said...

Really beautiful, fab bright colours and UTEE technique. xx

Words and Pictures said...

Wonderful glossy shimmer to your tiles, Nikki, and the colours here are so uplifting.
Alison x

Julia Aston said...

What fun stamps and stencils Nikki! love the bright colors and the thick shine of the UTEE! Julia xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love the bright colours and the way you used the spatter stamp! The UTEE gives such a shine! Beautiful! Chrisx

Miriam said...

Lovely project Nikki

Hazel Agnew said...

Great colours and great layering Nikki! Xx