Thursday 23 April 2020

2020 #7 Under the Sea: Blowing Bubbles with Scrapcosy {by Nikki Acton}

2020 Topic 7: Under The Sea

Blowing Bubbles using PaperArtsy ESC10 - by Nikki Acton

All the detail is in the cleverly constructed background. A great excuse to play with some gel printing techniques and a watery paint-colour palette.  I love how the stencilled spots link all the backgrounds together, and the white, torn-edge waves also link to the fish stamped in black on white.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Nikki from Addicted to Art with you today sharing a card using stamps by Raquel aka Scrapcosy. 

This is a really simple design and could be adapted utilising any background papers - I created mine using my gel plate.
Blowing Bubbles using PaperArtsy ESC10 - by Nikki Acton
The basis for the background is lots of torn strips of papers (creating wave effects hopefully) - so this really could work with anything, although I made mine in sea toned colours and used Scrapcosy's stencil (PA095) to creates the bubble effects.

So first of all it was just play time! Add paint to my gelli plate - lay down the stencil - remove some paint - take a print. Ooooh I like what is on the back of the stencil - print that too. Start again - different colour of paint - bring in the stencil - add colour this time - take a print - and so I keep playing using both the positive and negative of the stencil and also any paint left on the stencil.

I tore my prints into strips - around 1-2 inches wide and layered them on my card - making sure they overlapped.

Blowing Bubbles using PaperArtsy ESC10 - by Nikki Acton

Finally of course, I stamped the wonderful fish images from Scrapcosy stamp set ESC10 and added a quote from Alison Bomber EAB16. 

The detail on the fish is amazing and I just left them stamped in black and cut them out.

Blowing Bubbles using PaperArtsy ESC10 - by Nikki Acton

Like many of us I do just love playing with paint and making backgrounds, whether with a brush, a brayer or my gelli plate. Mixing them up like this - tearing and collaging together is very forgiving - as you just pick the bits you like! Add your favourite image(s) and maybe some words or a sentiment and your done.

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a creative week.

Nikki x

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Miriam said...

Gorgeous project Nikki

Words and Pictures said...

Wow, your bubbly prints are just fabulous, Nikki - I love seeing them all lined up there together with the paints that created them. And the torn strips to give the white water of the ocean ripples are pure genius - it's like looking upwards to the surface of the water above. Brilliant b&w stamping to bring the focus back to the fish and the fairytale words.
Alison x

PaperArtsy said...

Ohhh such a fab project!! Those blue green tones and papers are excellent!!

A Pink said...

Fantastic Card! Nikki . All those bubbles in those blue green tones make my heart happy! Terrific design . Tfs x