Monday 29 April 2019

2019 #6 Fish: One Stamp, Three Fish with ECF {by Nikki Acton}

2019 Topic 6: Fish

Stamping on a Gelli Plate - with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and ECF06

Beautiful positive and negative use of an image by Nikki, plus gelli printing and more in exploring all the blues for her fishy creation! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Nikki from Addicted to Art here with you today, sharing my fish themed project. 

When the scheduling for this theme was taking place I had a vague idea and said I would use stamps from Courtney Franich (ECF) and Seth Apter (ESA). I planned to create lots of fish with the fabulous texture stamps they have both released recently. But when I got going I got carried away just using one stamp! 

Stamping on a Gelli Plate - with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and ECF06
The leaves on Courtney's recent stamp release (ECF06) are wonderful and the one with the 'bubble' seemed perfect. I have used this on my gelli plate using both the positive and negative image.

Stamping on a Gelli Plate - with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and ECF06

Hopefully you can see on this close up how I have used the stamp in two different ways. The first is stamping directly onto the gelli plate once the colours have been brayered onto it. I then take a print of this. This process itself loads the stamp with paint which I then also stamped directly onto card. One is the positive image, the other the negative image.

If you are with me so far you have probably realised I must be working on more than one surface at a time! I actually had 5 or 6 going - all using similar blue colours, sometimes working dark to light and sometimes light to dark.

I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics - Chalk, China, Pea Coat and Caribbean Sea. I added some additional stamping using Archival Ink in Forgot Me Not and Cobalt.

Stamping on a Gelli Plate - with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and ECF06

Having created 5 or 6 pieces I selected my base layers and fish layers. For the latter I drew a couple of fish like shapes and cut them out - adding a little Chalk paint to the edges to highlight.

Stamping on a Gelli Plate - with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and ECF06

I really enjoyed this process and how it came together. So often I use a lot of stamps and colours - but this really was 4 colours and 1 stamp. It was a little messy and my stamp needed a good clean afterwards to remove the paint but stamping onto (and then off) the gelli plate does create some wonderful effects.


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Miriam said...

How clever. I love this Nikki

Etsuko said...

What a beautiful project Nikki!! Great imagination and techniques. I love this too!! xx

Kathy H said...

This looks wonderful! So much depth and interest!

Susan Battensby said...

Beautiful, I love all your blue tones, they go together so well.
You have inspired me to dig out my gelli plates again, it's been so long!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Brilliant! So effective and beautiful! X

Words and Pictures said...

Completely the right decision to stick with that one bubbly stamp - the varied effects, colours and shades are delightful. I feel some Gelli printing coming on!
Alison x

Cocofolies said...

Fantastic make, colors and composition indeed!!
A fabulous idea!
Corinne x

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous !

sarascloset said...

Nikki, you have achieved spectacular results with that one stamp and just four colors! This is a true work of art! I'm so happy you explained your process, because I was mystified at how you created that amazing texture! Exceptional!

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a beautiful make! The texture that you created looks amazing with the fish - perfect 😁. Creative wishes! J 😊 x

A Pink said...

This is fantastic , Nikki . Colours, design, composition - all spot on . Brill x