Friday 22 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: Explore with ESN {by Jennie Atkinson}

2017 Topic 13: Colour Study: Metallics

A blast from the past today in this post - I'll leave Jennie to explain, but look how she masterfully pulls her layers together so beautifully!

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project using Sara Naumann's latest stamps and stencils and Leandra's great Metallics technique for combining Fresco Paints to get a real shimmery metallic colour.

I was recently browsing all the PaperArtsy You-tube videos and came across this great technique Leandra demonstrates to create any shade of metallic paint with your Fresco paints. Leandra shows how to do this in her you Tube video on paper but I wondered what the effect would be if used on other surfaces such as metal and lace - I wasn't disappointed! 

I have used Eclectica (Sara Naumann's) stamp set ESN21 in a number of different ways, both as my background and for creating small pieces within my project. 

I love the linear lines on stencil PS063 and although not easy to see on my project the heart on stencil PS062 is great for texture and stamping into.

I built up my background by using the full stamp, but also isolating small parts of writing and music. I gave a little prominence to the two tags by stamping them on old book paper and adding them as a top layer. I have used Archival Ink (Sepia)  over Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Chalk) sometimes stamping off once or twice to get different depths of colour.

The openness of the lines on the stencil meant I could work over my background without losing it. The heart is quite large, but it is very easy to use just a part of it on the side of my panel. I used Ranger Texture Paste (Matte) which I stamped into before it dried remembering to wash my stamp immediately! 

For my metallic technique I used Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints (Gold and Claret) combining them with a pallet knife on my mat. As the Claret is a Translucent it mixes beautifully with the solid gold colour. It is amazing how different the colour looks when painted on different surfaces. The lace took the paint beautifully, but I got a completely different colour on the metal embellishment. I am sorry you can't see the colour on the paper - the sun must have come out when I took this !

You can find Leandra's Metallics video here on You-tube and I am sure it will inspire you as it did me, or click play below!

I used some of my metallic paper to create text elements but also die cut some chicken wire to layer under the cluster. Again I used different parts of the painted paper as some were single coats of colour and other areas two coats. I like to have a selection of colour hues from the same palette.

I wanted to extend the vertical elements of the dragonfly stamp and stencil texture and so used these two bamboo sticks underneath the cluster, along with the metal embellishment and lace lying vertically as well. I do like to keep my design running in the same direction.

I particularly like the depth I managed to create with all these elements and love how the Prima Art Stones fill in some of the gaps! 

I really loved how I managed to create a co-ordinated piece just using two colours of Fresco Paints. It is a shame that the photographs do not convey how beautifully shimmery the colours are and I shall certainly be using this technique again using different metallic colours. 

As always, thank you so much for joining me.

Jennie x


It's lovely to be reminded of this Metallic paint idea Jennie! All your layers sit together beautifully! Thankyou for another stunning post! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

wow Jennie, this is stunning!

Kirsten said...

That is stunning, I love how you built up the different textures and the colours are gorgeous.

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh so gorgeous Jennie! I love this mix of soft colors and the gold seed beads set it off!

Redanne said...

You really did achieve some beautiful colour tones Jennie, I love the whole design and the wonderful textures you created. Beautiful work! Anne xx

Ruth said...

Such a beautiful project with lots of lovely accents and detail. Love the metallic paint mix, such a gorgeous colour, want to go and dabble now and find new colours! xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Subtle yet sumptuous. Love it! Lx

Julie Lee said...

Such depth and beauty in this lovely project, Jennie. xx

Words and Pictures said...

Lovely subtle stamping detail in the background and superb composition of the embellishments - this is beautiful, Jennie.
Alison x

Keren Baker said...

So delicate and so beautiful! x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wowser, great layers! Xx

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Mac Mable said...

Beautiful composition, delicate it! x

Julia Aston said...

Beautiful layerings and colors - love the stones and metallic pieces!

Raquel Burillo said...

Beautiful Jennie!!