Wednesday 23 May 2018

2018 #9 Vintage Neutrals with EEA {by Miriam Grazier}

2018 Topic 9: Vintage Neutrals

If you follow this technique that Miriam shares, it opens up the whole world of colouring with opaque paint and deliberately not worrying about the lines, because there is a quick fix! You need to know about this Such a useful idea! Oh and of course a beautifully project in stunning opaque shades too! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a card that I have made using Eclectica Everything Art stamps, giving them a soft and vintage look.

I wouldn't put myself in the camp of favouring bold and bright colours, but at the same time, I don't tend to use many subtle colours.  I also used a technique demonstrated by the very talented Lauren Hatwell at Stamperama, which has widened the colour choices that I make when using detailed stamps like the wonderful image from EEA01.


When the Stamping Platform was released I didn't think I needed one, but I got one because I felt I should (we all do that, don't we?!). Learning a new way to use it has totally blown my mind because I can now use opaque paints with detailed images and not worry about the detail in the image.

I used the Stamping Platform to stamp the image using Coffee Archival and then, leaving the card in it's place on the Platform, I painted over the image details.  As you can see in the image above, opaque paint does just what it says on the tin, and covers up the detail. So until now I have always been careful about what paints and colouring mediums I choose. 

But not any more!!  Once the paint was dry, I kept everything in place and re-stamped over the image.  Cool, eh!  When Lauren demonstrated this I was delighted!

The background was brayered using Sage, Buff and Stone Fresco Acrylic Chalk paints.  And I stamped over this using the small text stamp from EEA04, using Shadow Grey Archival ink.  I loved how the grey was subtle but gave the background texture.

To finish my card I stamped a quote from EEA02 using Coffee Archival ink.

I really loved how I was able to maintain the detail in the image while using opaque colours.  I also loved how using neutrals such as Chalk, Buff and Stone created a beautiful and soft effect, adding only a small amount of Blush and Sage to give a hint of colour.

I hope that I have inspired you to have a go yourselves.  And definitely get your Stamping Platform out and try this technique if you haven't done so already!  My Stamping Platform is being used so much now it is never stored away - a massive thanks to Lauren for demonstrating that technique.

I am looking forward to doing this again using other colours, maybe swapping the Sage for a lighter blue, or even a touch more brown to create a more vintage effect.

Thanks for joining me this evening.  Pop along to my blog post to see more information about how I created this project.

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Helen said...

what a great idea! I have only used my platform once so far and have yet to get to grips with it... loving the idea of using it over painted images though!

Seth said...

This is beautiful Miriam. You do neutrals well!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous Miriam, adore the neutrals . Tracy ❤️❤️

Corrie Herriman said...

Love this ! I use my platform for this too ! Works fabulously well! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow idea and so well demonstrated. Great texture too. Another fab piece! Xx

craftimamma said...

Wow, what a great technique with the platform. I'll definitely be giving it a whirl as like you Miriam i've always selected colours very carefully or used other mediums. It will make Lynne Pirella images a doddle! On top of the great tip you go and create an awesome project too. It's fabulous!

Lesley Xx

Nikki Acton said...

Great design and wonderful technique xx

Hazel said...

I'd completely forgot about this technique. Thank you for the reminder and your art is beautiful,
Crafty hugs Hazel xx

geezercrafter said...

Fab creation Miriam. Opens up lots of new ideas with the stamping platform.

SewPaperPaint said...

This is such a great idea, and why I bought my tool. I love seeing your amazing result. Your brayered background is equally beautiful. You've really wowed us with this one. xx

Etsuko said...

Beautiful this Miriam, and great Idea and result, I love the fab ucolours. xx

Lucy said...

Such a great project and a great technique, Miriam. I love the stamping platform, i think it's a total game changer. I only got mine at ally pally last month but i'm using it all the time,

Lucy x

Art By Wanda said...

Absolutely beautiful, Miriam!!!!!!!