Sunday 25 March 2018

2018 #5 Nautical Colours: Layered Composition with ESA {by Autumn Clark}

Topic 5:  Nautical Colours

I have noticed so many people online following Birgit Koopsen's 31 days of gel-printing. If you need to learn more, go and check it out! She has a wealth of experience and ideas to share and gel prints are a joy once you get the hang of it! In this post Autumn gives her take on how you might incorporate stamped, gel-printed layers into a notebook cover.  ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Autumn Clark with you today to share my grungy, Seth Apter inspired altered composition notebook.  

I was in the mood to experiment with the beautiful range of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics I've collected and make a paper collection inspired by coastal colors.  For me, it is a treasure hunt to sort through my gel-printed pages for just the right portion to stamp onto or die cut.  

I truly had no particular project in mind, and just wanted to experiment with  stamping PaperArtsy  Eclectica³ {Seth Apter} Collection (ESA08) for the first time.  

I decided to try spray a bit of water to my plate with each small squirt of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.  I alternated between Inky Pool, Glass Blue, Chalk, Slate, China, Jade, Blue Oyster and Smurf.  I used a tiny brayer and blended my paint with the water carefully to avoid streaks.  I was so happy that some of my former layers lifted into the prints, especially the metallics from THIS post.

I chose my lightest page for stamping my focal elements and the darker pages for die cutting and more stamping.  I was considering using old book covers as my substrate, when out fell this old invitation.  I thought it ironic to be so very specific with the time and longed to set aside that very hour and a half of each day to dabble in this finished journal!  

I focused on creating depth in color and variation of pattern.  For my base layer, I chose PaperArtsy: Ink & The Dog (Mini Stamp 23).  I love how this stamp compliments the detailed designs in Seth's set.  

In the end my collage was so large and the old beloved composition book yielded the perfect substrate.  With so much texture and pattern, this book begs to be opened, but happily lies pretty flat to work inside.  

So how are you printing and what colors would be in your nautical palette?  I love letting my plate do the work of painting my pages, and my stamps doing the work of building my patterns and truly enjoyed doing so in this color palette.  I hope you're inspired to have a go yourself!  Cheers, Autumn

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Helen said...

Gorgeous project Autumn

geezercrafter said...

Love all of the layers within your creation Autumn. The various shades of blue work really well creating interest, and the addition of the Mini Number Stamp marries so well with Seth's stamps.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Every inspiring Autumn, love your use of those prints within your collage. You Glad that sentiment found you.. Perfect project xx

Miriam said...

Gorgeous project Autumn - I love your prints.

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous project !

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is amazing Autumn! All your geli print pages are gorgeous and I love how you have used them to create this fabulous collage! Seth's stamp set is fabulous and I love how you have broken up the elements to create your layers! So pleased you found the old invitation too .. perfect title for your notebook!! Absolutely stunning creation!! hugs x

Cocofolies said...

This is so beautiful Autumn!!!
And such a great idea to combine these beautiful colors PA paints, stamps by Seth Apter, fun with a gelplate, and a new altered book!
I really LOVE your project. Thanks for the step-by-step.
Hugs, Coco

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous layers and great choice of a Nautical palette!

Kirsten said...

Great colour combination and I love all the different layers.

Seth said...

This is a winner Autumn. Those layers are FANtastic.

Jackie PN said...

Really beautiful Autumn!!
Love your layers and the colors you chose are perfect for seaside!

Redanne said...

The colours are beautiful and your layering looks amazing Autumn! x

Julia said...

A lovely layered project, so very clever. Love it.

Lucy Edmondson said...


Lucy x