Mini Art with Rubber Dance by Nikki Acton


I have been on a couple of Kate Crane workshops over the last year and love her style of art. I decided to make some Kate style little hangings using Rubber Dance stamps and That’s Crafty! white/greyboard.

I began by painting the surface with a thin coat of white gesso. Once dry I used my brayer to build up layers of paint - different colours – never covering the previous layer entirely.  Next I took some That’s Crafty! Dinky stencils and Cut and Dry Foam and added additional colour – you can see the circles and stars on the pictures. There is also a little stamping on the surface, some black paint off the edge of credit card and gold paint using a bottle top.

I stamped the houses onto card stock before colouring them with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks (add a little colour and use a water brush to move around). You may see a slightly mottled effect under the colour. The cardstock had been used to clean my brayer and so there was slight colour on it – I like the effect this gives. I cut out the houses and adhered to the surface.

The little quotes are computer generated. I finished with a little doodling with my white pen (very Kate Crane like!) and darkened the edges of the board before adding some wire to hang. (The holes were punched with a Crop-A-Dile).

See you next week.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Circles (TC003), Punchinella (TC023), Star Shower (TC037)

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  1. Wow Nikki! These are a real feast for the eyes, such amazing detail and the most gorgeous colour. Love them!
    Fliss xx

  2. Ooooh gorgeous, those little houses are my favourites too ;)
    Donna xx

  3. They are so wonderful Nikki,
    The pink ones make me think of sweet houses, in gardens filled with roses and lilacs !! x

  4. Wow Nikki, both sets are gorgeous! xx

  5. Magnificent pieces Nikki, I can understand completely why you love Kate's style. Full of colour and contrast.. Beautiful x

  6. These look fabulous Nikki, great backgrounds
    Amanda x


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