Sunday 26 May 2019

2019 #8 Put a Brush on it: Life's Great Canvas with Hot Picks {by Nikki Acton}

2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush On It

PaperArtsy HP1902 - tiled canvas - by Nikki Acton

We are still playing 'spot the brush' here on the blog, and I love Nikki's interpretation! I'll leave you to figure it out...Plus she has made one strip stamp into something much bigger. Kind of like making tiled wallpaper! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Nikki from Addicted to Art here with you today, with my take on our current theme.

I have used one of the most recent Hot Picks stamp sets and created a tiled background, before adding my paint brushes as an inner frame to the canvas. It's all a little busier on the eye than I intended - but with the fabulous word stamp from one of Emma Godfrey's stamp sets, I think the craziness matches the sentiment!

PaperArtsy HP1902 - tiled canvas - by Nikki Acton

As I seem to be doing a lot at the moment I started with a colour theme and some gel- printing, getting a little carried away - creating more than I needed with more detail than I needed as most of it was going to be covered! I do love these prints and you will see later how I used some scraps to decoupage too.

I selected Glacier Ice, Spanish Mulberry, Little Black Dress and Steel Grey Fresco Acrylic paints.

It's fun to make marks with random items (above) and PaperArtsy Stencil PS102 from Sara Naumann. 

Such a shame to cover lovely prints but that is what I did! I selected darker ones for stamping in Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder and lighter ones for stamping in Black Archival Ink.

PaperArtsy HP1902

I hope you can see how fabulously the detail stamps!!! The stamp is from Hot Picks 1902.

  I cut all the little squares out - so I could tile them onto my canvas (8 inches square). 

PaperArtsy HP1902

There was still no final plan at this point except the addition of my 'paint brush frame' but I remembered the words on Emma Godrey's stamp set EEG15, so began to work on this as my focal point.

The rest of the gelli prints came in handy to decoupage some greyboard squares and as the background to stamp on.

PaperArtsy HP1902 - tiled canvas - by Nikki Acton

I was getting a bit carried away now! I painted my old brushes black but they needed a little something so I added dots of paint with the end of my brush and also did the same on the decoupaged squares.

PaperArtsy HP1902 - tiled canvas - by Nikki Acton

PaperArtsy HP1902 - tiled canvas - by Nikki Acton

This project is a good example of where I have a vague idea, start something and let it evolve. Many years ago I studied art at college and this was a big learning point for me - having a more scientific background I expected to plan for an end point, but with art the process is SO important in influencing the final outcome. 


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Miriam said...

Fabulous project Nikki. I love how you've used brushes and the tiles!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Ooh! I LOVE IT! Top job! Lx

Helen said...

this is fabulous and I love the quote.

Words and Pictures said...

Love your patchwork of prints - fantastic design - and the polka dot paintbrushes are just amazing!
Alison x

Mary said...

Wowsa! I loved it right from the start...and even more when I realized you had used Mark's new Hot Picks 1902 stamp I just received!!! Such a clever idea to form a frame with those brushes!

Mary in Oregon

Etsuko said...

Stunning project, love your paper patchwork with Hot Picks stamps and way you have used brushes. xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant! Love the spotty brushes with the patchwork!

Susan Battensby said...

Beautiful project, love your colour choices and your spotty brushes.

A Pink said...

A stunning piece , Nikki and such an impressive effective way to use just one single strip stamp . Loved ready your post . Tfs x

geezercrafter said...

Fab creation, love the tiles and how you have used the stamps.

suzieq23 said...

Fantastic work of art!! I think the busy-ness makes the project. LOve it!!
I just might have to use your inspiration for some busy-ness of my own! Thank you.

Lucy said...

What a brilliant idea! X