Tuesday 23 May 2023

2023 Topic 6 : Tracy Scott {by Nikki Acton} with Tracy Scott stamps

Hi everyone
Nikki (@a2a.craft) here with you today.

I am sharing a project for our designer focus topic - featuring Tracy Scott. The last few years I have enjoyed a few of Tracy's workshops and have embraced her usually bright designs. But today my goal is to use Tracy's products in a contrasting way to her style, a more grungy style.  I am not sure I achieved this quite as much as I planned and hoped!

As well as our designer focus topic, we are also focussing on the current theme of texture. The background is full of physical texture and I have used other techniques to create visual texture on the flowers.

I have used one of Tracy's stencils and PaperArtsy Grunge Paste to form a textured tag. I love this blue / green combo which has been achieved with both PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and similar colours of both Ranger Distress Oxides and Distress Inks.

We have been covering a lot of colour theory on the blog recently - I have kept my colour very simple - blue and green being next to each other on the colour wheel, it's hard to go wrong. I was very tempted to bring in a contrasting colour - but I resisted!

I started with my tag. This is a large mdf tag - around 21 x 10.5cm (8.4 x 4.2 inches.) I gave it a very quick cover of paint using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Concrete (FF63) before using PaperArtsy Stencil by Tracy Scott (PS252) to apply PaperArtsy Grunge Paste. I used the clock in two corners and then spread a little more Grunge Paste with my palette knife around the edges and down the middle.

The numbers are from PaperArtsy Printed Tissue (PT02) and you might be able to see some random stamping in the background too. Once all this was dry I added watered down paint in two colours before heat drying. I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Green Patina (FF126) and Double Denim (FF128).

Below is a a close up of the painted surface at this point.

To highlight the textured surface, I used a PaperArtsy Sanding Block to highlight the clock. This is a great feature of Grunge Paste!
In addition I took an oil pastel in white to further highlight some areas.

The sanding and oil pastel give more definition to the stencilled area and add to the grungy effect.

Now to focus on the decoration of the tag. I chose the smaller butterfly from Tracy Scott stamp set 26 (TS026) and the flowers from Tracy Scott stamp set 58 (TS058).

I added some paint from both colours with my brayer over some white card, before taking Ranger Distress Oxides (Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans) to stencil over the paint. This was quick and random - it just gives the surface some visual texture.

I stamped my flowers using Ranger Archival ink in black and fussy cut them. 

I used a ball tool to add paint to the middle of the flowers and a paint brush / my finger to add around the edges. 

Having stamped and fussy cut the butterfly I used pencil crayons to colour.


To complete my tag I splatted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Little Black Dress (FF19) and added the paint around the edges.

The black provides a frame for the project but also adds to the texure.
I coloured some seam binding for the 'bow' on my tag using Distress Inks.

I hope you like this - I am very happy with the textured tag - the grunge paste works wonderfully with this stencil.


Helen said...

I think the colours have worked really well - lovely tag

Anonymous said...

Love this, looking forward to giving this a go.

Victoria Wilding said...

A beautiful tag! I love this colour combination 😍

Karen Daley said...

This is really beautiful. I love the colours you chose, and the textures and soft ribbon really work with the mood you've created. Great work!