Tuesday 16 November 2021

2021 Topic 14: Mash Up LPC EGL EEV EAB {by Nikki Acton}

 2021 Topic 14: Mash Up LPC EGL EEV EAB

When you take images and use them in a new way, it opens up some many creative opportunities. Look through those faces and imagine the words that they're thinking in the background! Nikki has chopped up her stamped images to create something that's wonderfully graphic with an artsy flair.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, Nikki here from Addicted to Art with you today. I am a great fan of our 'Mash Up' themes. I love the challenge of bringing things together that I wouldn't instinctively combine. 

I was very inspired by some of Keren Baker's samples for the new Lynne Perrella release and her use of Duralar. I am yet to try this product but reached for some vellum in this project instead.

I am not sure what drew me to this colour choice - but started some background work using very roughly painted patches using Fresco Chalk Acrylics in Blueberry, Periwinkle and Byzantium. I then used the same colours along with Archival Inks to add some texture using Ellen Vargo's stamp sets EEV03 and EEV05.

I always do an extra scrap of background using the same colours, so if I need some coordinated coloured card I have some to hand. As you can see below this happened underneath the clock hand - to punch a small circle.
These hand carved style stamps are a 'go to' for me - for any background work and especially on my Gel plate (which is why some of them are VERY dirty!).

I am not quite sure what the theme of this project is - it evolved from wanting to use the vellum stamped faces and developed from there! I heat embossed the smallest image from Lynne Perrella stamp set - LPC053 with white embossing powder before using dies to cut out the circles.

On the reverse of the vellum I added some colour with Promarkers. On some card painted with Periwinkle, I stamped Gwen Lafleur's images from EGL01 with Versamark and heat embossed in gold. 
I love how there are shapes within the shapes on this stamp set from Gwen; I often use only part of the images. The diamond has been used to create 2 triangles as well as the central circle forming the top layer of my compass in the middle.

The final designer stamps in the 'Mash Up' is Alison Bomber with her selection of wonderful quotes in various themed sets. On this occasion though I have used them not as quotes but as background text, and then selected some individual words.

I wanted the translucence of my vellum faces to have a gold background so used Fresco Chalk Acrylic in Gold to paint some card and then die cut some circles just bigger than the faces. I stamped these in Black Archival ink with one of Alison's quotes.

The stamps sets I used for the 4 individual words are Alison Bomber sets EAB16 (Walt Whitman quote) and EAB19 (George Bernard Shaw quote).

You often hear stamp designers say 'you don't have to use the entire stamp' - well I took them at their word here! The faces, the halved diamonds and the word quotes are all partial stamped images!

Nikki x

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Words and Pictures said...

Just fabulous... love the regal purple and gold, those wonderful golden word discs (in text and colour), and the symmetrical composition gives this such calm and elegance.
Alison x

ionabunny said...

Those faces look lovely on vellum against your rich background. A lovely piece. Hugz

SewPaperPaint said...

You have such a unique and amazing style Nikki! This really showcases it too! The colors are perfect and I'm smitten by this geometric collage, totally smitten. xx, Autumn