Monday 9 September 2019

2019 #14 Inchies & Twinchies: Photo Art with Ink and the Dog/ Geometrics/ ELB {by Amanda Pink}

2019 Topic 14: Inchies & Twinchies

With lovely positioning of the inchies and a theme of family, Amanda has created two wonderful projects using a masterboard created with a gel plate. There's a real plethora of texture and I love the soothing almost monochrome colour scheme. ~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Amanda here with you today, and I'd like to share with you my project for the current topic: Inchies & Twinchies. The initial inspiration for my project came from a couple of my old collage/Uni photo I.D. cards that I happened upon the other month. The yesteryear 'selfies' on the cards were really small. So as well as making me laugh and cringe (quite literally on both counts) the size of the photos sparked the idea to create a portrait photo theme project using inchie, twinchies and small stamped portrait photos. One idea led to another and I actually ended up creating two projects - a portrait photo panel and a portrait photo cube (featured further down the post).

I created a masterboard using Paperartsy Smoothy card, a gelli plate, a selection of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints and a Paper Artsy Stencil. This would be cut into I inch and 2 inch square pieces to cover some Inchies and twinchies that I cut from PaperArtsy Heavy Grey/White Board. 

I thought a monochrome colour palette would work well with the portrait photos so Antarctica, Glacier Ice, Mermaid, Space Cadet and Midnight PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint were my chosen colours. 


The stencil I used was Emma Godfreys PS016. This has a great geometric design that I thought would compliment the square shape of the Inchies and twinchies. 

This was the masterboard after the first pull and I guess I could have stopped there but why stop when you are having fun, right?

So I continued and built up lots of painty stencilled gel print layers. For the final layer I introduced Snowflake and Little Black Dress PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints. 


They were sponged very loosely and randomly through parts of the stencil to give a kind of mottled textural effect. Some of the actual stencil design did lose a little of its clarity amidst all the painty layers but it definitely played its role in creating the overall look of the finished piece.

Once the masterboard was transformed into Inchies and twinchies I added some detail stamping to each of them. I For this I used a couple of the smaller stamps from Eclectica (Lin Brown) ELB30. stamp set. 

These stamps are the ideal size for smaller pieces of creativity and their stars and number designs are neutral enough to lend themselves very easily to a whole range of different projects.

The design I had in mind for the portrait photo panel needed something between the panel base and the inchies but I wanted it to compliment, not distract or fight with the rest of the creativity. So, to keep everything light and subtle I brayered a piece of PaperArtsy Smoothy Card with Glacier Ice PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint and stamped with a very light grey ink using another of the stamps from Eclectica (Lin Brown) ELB30. This stamp set proved to be such a versatile and handy set with its lovely mix of stamp designs. 

I initially planned to use the card panel as one piece but when I was 'faffing' around working out the placement of everything I decided to cut it into 4 twinchies. I felt, as twinchies it kept the ' inchie/ twinchie' continuity running through the overall design. 

All the inchies were mat and layered on black card which framed them and gave them their own space within the design. A white pen helped highlighted the numbers and stars stamping.

For the focal feature I used PaperArtsy Geometric 2 (MXGC2EZ) stamp set for the frame, Paperartsy Ink and The Dog Kids Plate 6 (k6) stamp set for the portrait photo of the little boy and PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze to crackle the frame and a Twinchie.

I'm sure you'll agree that the little boy has the most endearing smile so he was a clear winner when it came to choosing which one of the 12 portrait photos on the stamp plate to spotlight. With a little trimming down he fitted the inchie window of the crackled frame perfectly. 

By using the heavy board for the Inchies and twinchies and stacking up the focal feature the portrait photo panel had the dimension and rigidity I wanted. 

Now I'm sure I said earlier 'why stop when you're having fun, right? I was. So using some of the 'leftovers' plus a few extras I created a portrait photo cube.

The cube itself was made from 6 twinchies that I painted with Little Black Dress PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paint. Each cube face was covered with a piece of leftover stamped masterboard. 

A  portrait photo inchie was adhered to each face of the cube. All the portrait photo's were taken  from the PaperArtsy Ink and The Dog Kids Plate 6 (K6) stamp set mentioned above.

Some family related chit chat stickers helped unify the portrait photos.

The little boy with his cute smile 'bagged' his place again. He made the top spot this time!

I really enjoyed creating for this topic and as you've already read I had lots of creative fun. I'm thinking I will continue the fun and rustle up a few more of each design, maybe change up the colour palette and use actual portrait photos of family and friends. Now, they would make for some great gifts don't you think? 

Thank you for joining me today.
Keep on Creating,


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Miriam said...

This is gorgeous Amanda - love them both!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Amazing! Top job! Lx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous, love the colours. Very striking ❤️❤️

Amanda said...

Absolutely fabulous piece! ❤️❤️
Amanda x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oh wow, what fabulous projects, Amanda! I love all the visual texture you have created in your masterboard and your choice of colours. The way you have combined two such different stamp ranges works so well, with elements of the Lin Brown set suiting your style and this project to perfection. Such a good choice to highlight the cheeky little boy within the crackled photo frame. Such wonderful composition and execution in these two projects, love them both,

Lucy x

Words and Pictures said...

Brilliant layering, as always, Amanda - and I love the wintry colours here. I don't remember seeing those Kids before... the PaperArtsy back catalogue is so full of treats!
Alison x

Redanne said...

Such a lovely post Amanda, I really enjoyed seeing how your built up your layers for these fabulous projects - love the 'photos'. Anne xx

craftytrog said...

Fabulous projects, great colours! Love the cube!

Chris said...

Fantastic post Amanada, love your process and the colours. x

Cocofolies said...

Simply fabulous box Amanda!! So delicate and beautiful artwork.
Corinne xx

Etsuko said...

Amazing project Amanda!! Great idea and layered with Inchies and Twinchies, I love this. xx