Monday 1 April 2024

2024 Topic 2 : Mattints {by Nikki Acton} on the PaperArtsy Blog

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

I have attended two fabulous workshops this year, one with Tracy Scott and the other with JOFY. With Jo we used her tissue paper to make some glorious cards. As a result - when I got home I completely restarted my project for this topic! We were not using Mattints with Jo - the topic for this post - but her use of tissue paper gave me some more ideas and a change of direction!

I have combined imagery from Seth's tissue paper and stamps - using the Mattints to create both subtle variations in colour but also some intensity.

My dominant colours came from the new brighter PaperArtsy Fresco Mattints in Squeezed and The Pink. In addition I used the more subtle Mattint - Shark, a wonderful grey/blue with a vintage vibe.

Just in case you haven't come across these new little gems, Mattints are a tinted matte glaze and glue - that work on their own, with Fresco paints and Infusions.

I incorporated some coordinating PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk acrylics for my backgrounds and where I didn't want transparency.

I had two ideas and, being indecisive, I had to do them both - so started with a grey board panel and a large grey board tag. I added colour to them both using PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics in Butternut, Blah Mange and Butter.

On the tag I also added a bit of stencilling using PaperArtsy stencil PS309 by JOFY and PaperArtsy Mattints - The Pink.

I then tore some sections from Seth Apter's printed tissue paper - PT06 and added some Mattint in Shark to add some subtle colour. You can hopefully see some circles have a touch of colour and some don't.

I also took some plain tissue paper and stamped my image before adding PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic - Butter, quite loosely, on the reverse and, once dry, some Shark Mattint. I repeated this later, again with butter, but adding The Pink - this gives a much bigger contrast.

By 'filling' the squares on the reverse of the tissue - these areas become opaque - whereas the areas with just the Mattints remains translucent.

Another element I added to my project was masking tape coloured with Mattints and stamped images. This time I added my third Mattint - Squeezed, which works perfectly with The Pink. This is home made washi tape! The images were from PaperArtsy stamp set - ESA26 by Seth Apter.

I adhered my partly coloured (and now dry) tissue to the background using matt medium. 

Once these layers were dry I made some changes to balance colour and composition. I added some more stamping directly to the tag and added some additional areas of colour to the rectangular panel.

Closer up you can see how the subtly coloured tissue paper (using Shark Mattint) creates variation of colour over the background.

I created a petal shape as a template to create by flowers. The Mattints coloured tissue paper was adhered to thin white card. 

On both samples I used one of my favourite stamps off PaperArtsy stamp set ESA18 by Seth Apter). The circle stamp can be used whole - or a smaller section of it - as I did for the centre of my flowers.

Having made all my embellishments it was time to put it all together.

I love the contrast between the bright and more subtle Mattints - but how they can work together.

Mattints also allow you to change the colour of other things - the Quote Chip from Tim Holtz looks great with a little tinting.

I like these Mattints more every time I use them! Such an easy way to tint something or even add some intense colour while remaining transparent. Enjoy!



Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the detailed steps to your really wonderful creations. Can’t wait to get started!

Words and Pictures said...

Love the layers of glazed colour and the contrast with the bold graphics - brilliant!
Alison x