Saturday 15 September 2018

2018 #15: Artist Trading Coins with Zinski Art {By Christine Dark}

2018 Topic 15: Artist Trading Coins Zinski Art

Ohhh We are sneaking the odd splash of Christmas into the blog posts now that autumn is looming large, so how about these Artist Trading Coins with a Zinski Santa atop! Need Christmas Coasters ??? Here's the answer! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Chris Dark here with you tonight and I'd like to share with you the Artist Trading Coins I've made for this topic

I've seen a few examples of the trading coins around the internet and I liked the idea, it's something small and can be quick to do depending on the techniques chosen. I was lucky to be able to play with a set of the gorgeous new Zinski Art stamps by Elena from her new Christmas release and as always her quirky characters are adorable. Although the coins are intended for trading mine will most certainly become the focal points of Christmas cards later on.

I realised when deciding on the stamp set to use that the stamps would be a good size and that I would have to make the coins bigger than the usual 2.5 inches in order to fit the stamps but I love this set so I was ok with that.

I started my coins with a collage of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, paper tape and torn book paper and then used a circle die to cut them out.

The background was added to with layers of bubble wrap stamping and also stamping randomly with the text stamps from the set.

All of the characters are stamped in black and coloured with inktense pencils which gives a nice vibrancy.

On the picture above you can see that I've added metallic paint stamping with Fresco Finish acrylics in Pewter and Gold, I've used it on all the coins but it shows up pretty well on this one.

I added a bit  of highlighting with a white gel pen to bring out the characters from the background.

I love this girls choir! They've had some silver sparkle pen and sticker letters added.

I used all of the character stamps twice but made them look different by slightly changing the background colour and pencils used to colour in.

I also varied the coins by giving them all slightly different borders.

I used a limited palette of colours which helps all the coins to harmonise even though they are all slightly different.

The coins were very satisfying to make, they've come out bright and cheerful for Christmas and they're a nice format to work on so hope you'll join us in the challenge and share your artist trading coins with us. There are Christmas puddings in Sainsbury's so we'd better be thinking about cards! :-D

Thanks for joining me tonight and I hope you have a creative week.

Chris X

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Anneke said...

A fabulous collection!

Helen said...

love them!! the Christmas stamps go so well with the coin shape.

Keren Baker said...

Utterly fabulous!! I love the tiny words too. You make me want that set now!!

Dortesjs said...

This is awsome love your ATcoins, do you swap?

Elena said...

These are gorgeous Christine!

Kathyk said...

FABULOUS treatment of these cute and quirky images


Gerrittina said...

Ooooh, I love it!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh just look at these Chris, these are amazing. Love those stamps. The Santa is adorable. Hugs Tracey xx

Althea Joseph said...

Wow, wow, wow!! Love these coins, may just have to change my card plans for this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Miriam said...

These are wonderful Chris....I love them!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Chris, these are just fabulous! You always colour so beautifully! Hugs, Anne xx

geezercrafter said...

Beautiful coins, lovely colours, fab for toppers.

Hazel Agnew said...

These are fabulous. Loving the backgrounds and the whole feel of them. Great balance! Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Flippin' brilliant! Lx