Tuesday 31 August 2021

2021 Topic 10: My Favourite Colour with ESA {by Amanda Pink}

  2021 Topic 10: My Favourite Colour

Ohh I adore these clean and crisp blues, and doesn't Amanda make the most amazing backgrounds?! And I love how she adds those striking layers on top! The shadow it is just wonderful to make the word pop! Read on to see how she has pulled this beauty together!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Amanda Pink (ink-a-pinkwith you today, and I'm here to share with you a mixed media art block that I have created for the current theme 'Favourite Colour'. 

Blue has always been a favourite colour of mine along with the classic monochrome colours of black white and grey so it was pretty uch a given that they were my chosen colours for the theme. 
My art panel is the result of lots of paint layers, detail stamping, a touch of stencilling and some embossing that along with the 'sectioned' finished design come together in 'Unity'. 
PaperArtsy have so many blue and grey Fresco Chalk acrylics there was lots of 'umming' and 'arring' deciding which to choose. In the end I thought why not go big and use all the colours in two of PaperArtsy colour families: 'Bright Clean Blues' (Blue Oyster, Summer Sky, Smurf, China, Glass Blue, Twilight) and 'Greys' (Snowflake, Concrete, Koala, Elephant, Slate, Little Black Dress). 

If you aren't familiar with PaperArtsy fresco colour families or are interested in finding them out  you may like to check out the end of this blog post here where they are all listed.  

Not sure of the size I wanted the finished piece to be I created a masterboard working on a piece of  PaperArtsy Heavy Smoothy as I knew it would take the layers.  A brayer is a great tool to use for this type of creativity as it allows for quick application and can also give the paint some texture when applied.
For a gradual build up of layers and depth of colour I alternated between the two colour families, So for every colour from the 'grey' family I laid down I then laid down a colour from the 'bright clean blue' family ie, Koala, China, Elephant, Smurf and so on repeating the process many times over. 

So far along and following my creative muse I felt the need for another colour outside the 2 colour families so in keeping with the 'favorite colour' theme I added some Inky Pool, one of my absolute favourite PaperArtsy colours.  

Many layers later (lost count how many) I was pleased with how things looked 

 Close up

The brayer application of the paints created texture like I  mentioned at the start and  I thought the two colours families had played well together. 


To add some detail to the masterboard I introduced some stamping using a selection of stamps from Seth Apter Set 13 (ESA13), Set 16 (ESA16), Set 24(ESA24), Mini 41 (EM41) and Hot Picks Set 2101 (HP2101EZ) .

I chose stamps that I thought would work well together but would give a good mix of letters and numbers (HP) shapes, 
text (all be it broken and obscure) and texture (ESA). For each stamp I used either a Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Snowflake, Inky Pool) or ink. 

Although some stamping appears more visible than others (intentional) they are all there. The large sets are A5 size, and the Mini is a credit card size stamp. These are such useful images when building up layers with paint.

The small white circles you may have spotted are all thanks to Lin Browns stencil 001 (PS001).

I like the 'openness' that you can create by simply drawing around a stencil design. I don't know about you but all too often I reach for the mediums to apply through the stencil when sometimes all that's needed is a pen!  

This was the section of the masterboard I cut to size and mounted on an art block. 

For the focal 'Unity' plaque I used the 'Unity' stamp from Seth Apter Set16 (ESA16)

The word was embossed on to a piece of the remaining master-board. I think embossing always helps an image stand out far more than ink stamping does and that's what I wanted. 

Using the excess master-board ensured a seamless connection (a 'Unity') between the main background of the art block and the background of the focal plaque.

A 'Unity' which I emphasised more by creating 4 connecting sections in the finished design.

I had such a great creative time making my art block and overall I'm happy with how it turned out. It's not often I create with so many colours and I've never on any of my makes used all the colours from one of the PaperArtsy colour families let alone two before but I'm so glad I did this time. They may not all be clearly visible in the finished piece but they all played their role in making it what it is. Same goes for the stamps. 
I wonder, what's your favorite colour? Favourite PaperArtsy colour? How many colours do you usually create with? Have you ever used all the colours from a PaperArtsy colour family in your work? I'm sure many of you will have but if you haven't why not give it a go and make something in your own creative style. 

Thanks for joining me today/ tonight 
Keep on Creating 
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Helen said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous use of the blues.

Stampers Grove said...

Such a beautiful art block. The colours are wonderful.

Words and Pictures said...

Absolutely gorgeous bluesy layers, Amanda - this is so striking.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Thank you so much Helen, Alison and Stampers grove for your kind comments and for taking the time to pop by . Really appreciate xx

Seth said...

Amazing work as always Amanda. Thanks for sharing your process step by step!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Stunning! X

SewPaperPaint said...

Your signature style down to a tee! This is such an inspiring piece Amanda! I love the bold blue and gorgeous contrast. xx, Autumn

Marianne C said...

Seeing this for the first time in the end of year review…
This is breathtaking beautiful. Saved also for future inspiration! WOW

A Pink said...

Thank you so much Seth, Autumn, Lucy and Marianne for your really kind comments. They mean alot and are greatly appreciated. Thanks too for taking the time to pop by.

Love to you all xxx