Sunday 30 June 2019

2019 #10 Tiled Patterns: Strength and Courage with EEV {by Nikki Acton}

2019 Topic 10: Tiled Patterns

Nikki is getting out her bright colours, and everyone loves these stamps by Ellen, the geometric bold designs look awesome against the pop of colour. I'm sure this with get your fingers itching! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Nikki from Addicted to Art with you today, and I'd like to share with you my Repeated Patterns / Tiled Patterns project. 

This was the perfect topic for me to combine my love of paint and abstract images. I decided to create some painted squares and use various stamps from the classic stamp sets from Ellen Vargo - EEV 3 and EEV 5 (see later for images). For my painting I used a credit card to swipe my paint - a quick and effective way to build layers and create the same but slightly different effects.

I used some of my squares to make a mini book, adding quotes from Alison Bomber's stamp set 'Strength and Courage'. (EAB08)

For my first set of cards I used Fresco Acrylic Paints in Chalk, Tango, Turquoise, Peach Nectar, Bubble Gum and Banana. I swiped one colour at a time with a credit card making sure I dried each colour before adding the next. (Chalk paints dry really quickly so this wasn't a chore!) As I was repeating my patterns I used the same pattern of colour for each square - but with this technique they were never going to be identical! I used opaque colours first, followed by translucent ones.

My second set were a little more muted - using Chalk again, Spanish Mulberry, Bora Bora, Blah Mange and Butter. You can also see here how I used the stamps to create my repeated patterns. The stamping was done with Archival ink in varying colours.

There are so many great patterns on these stamp sets I was a little spoilt for choice and managed to resist the temptation to overdo it - restricting myself to 4!

Here they all are, in a pile! I quite like them like this - but decided to create the little book.

There are 8 squares used in the book - for the facing pages I used one quote spread across both pages and also rotated one of the squares so the pattern was at 90 degrees to the other - the composition felt better that way!

Front and Back

I could carry on making these little squares with different colours and patterns all day! Great for backgrounds for other projects or just as they are. The squares I have left are going to be turned into birthday cards... a little matt layer and a greeting and they will be complete!


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Miriam said...

This is wonderful Nikki - I love the bright colours too.

Lucy said...

That's so clever, Nikki, really striking and looks so different to when I make anything with the same stamps! X

Brenda Brown said...

Bright, beautiful and great fun. Fabulous use of all the colours and stamps Nikki xxx

Words and Pictures said...

Wow, Nikki, these are so cool. Those layers of paint are amazing - such fabulous colour contrasts to excite the eye - and I love how you've made the quotes so colourful too. Bold, bright and strong... perfect for the words!
Alison x

A Pink said...

Fantastic use of colour and geometric patterns , Nikki . Cool, contemporary and so eye catching ! Love it ! xx

Lubna said...

This tile patterned project is brilliant! I love the bright Fresco colours used and the stamps. Did you by any chance make a video of this process?

geezercrafter said...

Love how you have built up all of the patterns Nikki.

Jenny Marples said...

I can see how you were spoiled for choice with your fabulous tiles Nikki! They look so dramatic and really showcase the stamp designs beautifully.

craftytrog said...

Love, love, love!!!