Saturday 20 November 2021

2021 Topic 14: Mash Up LPC EGL EEV EAB {by Amanda Pink}

 2021 Topic 14: Mash Up LPC EGL EEV EAB

And just like that we are at the end of the stamp mash-up topic. Amanda has a stunner for you today, lots of gorgeous layers, and tips with crackle effect backgrounds and grunge paste stamped brick walls! What more could you ask for!

Hi everyone, it's Amanda Pink (ink-a-pink) with you today, and I'm here to share with you an 'art panel' I have created for the current 'mash up' topic where we get to create project/s using stamps from different designer collections. This time the designer collections are Lynne Perrella, Ellen Vargo, Gwen Lafleur and Alison Bomber. 
I do love a good mash up but it's the first time I've joined in one of PaperArtsy's here on the blog so I was keen to give it a go and see where my 'mash up' creativity would take me especially as I had no set idea what I was going to make when I began. 
I remember at some point thinking maybe a journal page which my finished make could very well be but settled on making it into an art panel so I can have it out on display rather than tucked away in a journal. 
I had heaps of creative fun making all the layers and elements of the art panel. Fun that included painting, a little paint mixing, some crackle glazing and stamping with inks and grunge paste. Inevitably  that makes for a long post that shares the creativity story and includes a few hints and tips along the way too

Usually when I set out making something I begin with the background and then work from there but this time I started with the focal image. With no clear creative direction at this stage I hoped that once I saw the image stamped and painted it may spark ideas for the rest of the project and it did!  

I chose one of the images from Lynne Perrella Collection 40 (LPC40) and picked out a few Fresco Chalk Acrylics (Deep Sea, Autumn Fire, Gold Rush) as the main colours for the image.

In addition, I selected 3 Fresco Chalk Acrylics (Pixie Dust, Nougat, Chalk) that I blended together to use for the face testing it out on a scrap of card. I mixed the paints on my glass mat but it's worth mixing them on a palette because if there's any left over mix when you're done painting it can be covered with a piece of cling film to use later. The cling film helps to slow the process of the paints drying out.  I did test this out and the blended mix was still good to use 24/ 36 hrs later. Same for Fresco's straight from the bottle too.

The images were stamped twice in Ranger Archival ink (Jet Black) using a stamping platform.  A great tool to use when painting a detailed image. If you lose some of the stamped detail while painting the platform allows you to put it back in by over-stamping the image with precision once its painted.  
Note: for precise over-stamping the stamp must remain where it was on the platform when it was first stamped and if the stamped card is removed from the platform to paint it must be placed back in exactly the same place it was when first stamped. 

Just look at all that detail! WoW!
I painted the images 'off' the platform as I like to be able to turn the stamped image around when painting smaller detailed images. It allows me to always be painting in the direction that feels most comfortable for me which tends to be brushing from left to right. (excuse my painty fingers)
Detail painting for me is so calming. Once I get going I totally 'zone out' and this particular image of Lynne's was a joy to paint. It's design lent itself well to the tri-colour palette. Although some elements of the design were more intricate than others to paint it wasn't anything a fine paint brush couldn't handle.

 The straight outer lines of the stamp design made them super easy to cut out too.

With Lynne Perella stamp images painted and really liking how they looked, how the colours worked together I drew from those colours to create the 3 layers of my art panel. 
The first layer I created was the largest and this is where I introduced a stamp from one of Ellen Vargo's designer collection stamp sets.
In contrast to the fine detail painting of the images this background was all about loose,free painting with 2 of the 3 main colours I'd used for Lynne's images: Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Autumn Fire, Deep Sea).

Fresco Chalk Acrylics are great for stamping so I used Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Gold Rush) with the long slim stamp from Ellen Vargo's Set 5(EEV05)  to stamp all over the painted background. 
Note: Be sure to clean stamps straight away if you are stamping with paint.

Some black drop shadows using a black pen really helped to lift the gold stamped design.
Continuing with Ellen Vargo's stamps I used a second stamp from set 5 on my next background. Rather than use the stamp with inks, or paints this time I used it with PaperArtsy Grunge Paste which I thought would add some texture to the finished project.

I was thinking along the lines of creating a brick wall effect in adjacent corners of  this layer  and thought the stamp from Ellen Vargo's Set 5 (EEV05) with the 4 uneven rectangles had potential. I roughly applied some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste to a piece of heavy kraft card primarly concentrating it in the upper left , bottom right areas of the card. 
Now I don't claim to be a Grunge Paste stamping expert, I'm still very much an enthusiastic novice but I can share a few helpful tips that I've picked up along the way.  To get the best result spritz the stamp lightly with water before pressing it into the Grunge Paste and use the stamp on an acrylic block as this generally gives a better impression.
I was really pleased with how the stamp design and the Grunge Paste worked together to create the textured 'brick wall' effect I was after. Loved how the Grunge Paste even picked up the fine line detail on the stamp design!!

Once dry I drybrushed 'the wall' with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Nougat) and enhanced the 'bricks' with touches of PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylics (Gold Rush, Little Black Dress)

At either side of the 'brick wall' I added some text  using one of  the quote stamps from Alison Bombers Set 8 (EAB08). 
I chose a stamp that I thought suited Lynne's images - its one that really speaks to me. 

I wasn't after a clean and crisp stamping of the full quote I wanted it to be more broken to suggest it may have worn away in places.

The third and final background layer was all about the crackle.

I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, but for anyone who isn't it's a glaze that you apply between 2 layers of paint, usually different colours to create a crackle effect.  The crackle effect you get with the glaze will vary depending on what you use to apply it. In this instance I applied the crackle glaze with a sponge on a base layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Little Black Dress)

Note each layer, be it paint or crackle glaze has to be completely dry before applying the next.

While the Crackle Glaze was drying on the black it reminded me of wet tar!  

For the top layer of paint I used PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic (Gold Rush) again applied with a brush. As soon as the top layer of paint is applied the cracks start to form.

Depending how thick the Crackle Glaze is applied determines the size of the cracks once they are fully dry. Thicker = bigger, thinner = smaller!IF you apply the glaze with a sponge, as I did you will get round cracks, and if you apply the glaze with a brush, you will get cracks that follow the direction of your brush strokes.

It's important to keep in mind that when applying the top layer of paint  not to work over the same area twice as doing so will lessen the chances of the cracks forming.  Also apply in one direction with a generous layer of paint. Simply load up the sponge/ brush, apply and repeat. 
Remember I mentioned that what you use to apply the Crackle Glaze affects the crackle results?  I thought I'd create a second panel where I applied the Crackle Glaze with a brush so you can see/ compare the difference. Sponge on the left, brush on the right.

Applied with a sponge gives more of a 'crocodile skin' effect , applied with a brush more of a 'weathered wood effect', don't you think? It's great to be able to determine the outcome just by varying how you apply the glaze to your base layer. Another tip is that both the base layer and the top layer give a more striking effect if they contrast with each other, and it is also a good idea to use an opaque paint on the top layer.
With all my background layers and focal images made I just had a few extra 'bits' to make.
One of the stamps on Gwen Lefleur Set 9 ( EGL09) caught my eye. I thought it would be good to use as an embellishment on the finished art panel.
 I had a feeling it may be longer than I needed so simply cut it down to size.

I was still short of a title for my art panel so reached for Alison Bombers stamps again, this time Set 7 (EAB07)

Just like the quote I'd use on the brick work background I thought this one suited the image too.

If you've stayed with me through all the creative fun, thank you. Just a few close ups of the  finished art panel now so you can see how all the creativity came together in the end.  
Starting with the painted images that took centre stage one sat behind and one on top of a Tim Holtz window frame embellished with metal gears.

All the background layers and the order in which they were placed.

Where I positioned Gwen's embellishment.

Not forgetting the title.

I love that Alison 's quote stamps can easily be cut so you can use just part of the quote as I have done here.

'She lives in a world of private dreams'

I really enjoyed creating my art panel for this 'mash up' topic. Mashing up the products and the techniques as well as the designers stamps meant things never got 'boring'. There was always something sparking the creativity.  
Personally I find mashing up designers stamps makes me look at my stamps/ stamp sets closer, familiarise myself with them, play around and experiment with them and ultimately use them more often and I'm all up for that. 

If a 'mash up' is something you've never done before or don't do often, I'd really encourage you to give it a go/do more often. I'm sure you'll have fun.

The topic draws to a close tonight but be sure to check out the 'mash up' projects the other designers have created over the last couple of weeks. They are all amazingly inspiring.   

Thanks for spending time with me today/ tonight.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 
Creative wishes

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Redanne said...

Oh wow Amanda, this is a fabulous mash up, the colours you used are stunning, the beautiful background you created goes so perfectly, as do the words from Alison's stamp set. Thank you for the great tips along the way too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this post. A truly stunning project! xxx

ionabunny said...

Your colour palette is awesome and perfect for the focal image. I love the layers and the different techniques you used. Gorgeous textures and a stunning result. Hugz

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous variations in those textured panels layered up to frame the LP beauty. I love the crackle (of course), and that wonderful Grunge Paste brick wall, and the golden zigzags look amazing over the colours of the background panel. Brilliant painting to catch all those LP details too. A treat.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Aww, thank you so very much Anne, Alison and Iona for your amazingly kind comments, for stopping by and for reading through what I know is a long post. . I'm really touched by your generosity of spirit and support Heaps of appreciation to you all 🖤xxx

SewPaperPaint said...

I'm soooooo in love with this Amanda! The colors jump off the paper and the contrast you created with the layered panels and shadowing is tremendous! I think we have to stretch ourselves from time to time, like working from focal backwards as you've done. It really goes to stretch your creative muscles. This panel belongs in a frame my friend, so gorgeous! xx, Autumn

Jennie Atkinson said...

Beautiful work Amanda, I love the colour palette and the backgrounds are beautifully created. Jennie x

A Pink said...

Thank you so much , Autumn and Jennie for your lovely kind comments and for taking the time to stop by to see and read my ever so long post. Means alot and really appreciate . Big hugs to you both xx