Be.... by Amanda Pink


Hello Everyone

I am so happy to have been invited to be a Guest Designer here at That's Crafty! Today is my first weekly post and I have a 6x6 mixed media project to share with you that is a little on the grungy side but with a touch of natures beauty.

The base of the project is a That's Crafty! MDF 6x6 square. These are great quality and an excellent price. I primed the MDF surface with a smooth coat of gesso using Cut n Dry Foam. I then added more gesso but this time I applied it with a palette knife and only roughly here and there. I repeated the process using Grit Paste. Using a palette knife helps give more of a rough finish which is what I was after.
Next I introduced colour. I used PaperArtsy paints (see products list below) with a brayer to do this. At any point I wasn't happy out came the gesso to help knock back the colour and add an extra bit of texture.
Then I stamped randomly around the background using a selection of texture stamps with Archival ink.

I stencilled firstly with paint and then with Grit Paste using a new release stencil from Seth Apter/ Stencil Girl called 'Retreat'. The paint stencilling helps create a shadow around the Grit paste circles giving them great dimension and more of a 3D effect.

I embossed the central inner broken circles of the stencil design with Deep Sea Baked Texture Embossing Powder as well as embossing around all 4 sides of the 6x6 and sprinkling some powder into the outer circles.

I stamped a die cut circle with the word 'Be' and added a few painty splatters too - I just love to splatter!

The focal point is a Seth Apter die - Loop de Loop die, cut from card stock numerous times, all adhered together to give it depth and dimension. It's covered with a light application of Grit Paste with some Deep Sea Baked Texture sprinkles here and there.

This provides the platform for that touch of nature's beauty I mentioned at the start - the beautiful glossy butterfly embellished with a piece of Tim Holtz Ideology and a gem bead.

A few extra gem beads added to some of the outer circles finishes off my mixed media panel, 

Products used:

A selection of Seth Apter/Impression Obsession stamps but you could use any texture, background script stamps etc- there are some great ones to be found here , here and here
Tim Holtz /SA Stampset: Flutter. Any butterfly stamp can be used - there are a great selection here
I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe my project has offered you some creative inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by . 
Have a great week 
Take Care 

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  1. An absolutely wonderful first project Amandaand just love all those amazing textures you've created on there. All the layers look so lovely and the butterfly with the glossy coat is just gorgeous.
    Looking forward to more gorgeous artwork from you too.
    Fliss xx

  2. So cool Amanda. The butterfly is stunning!!! ❤️

    1. Taw thank you so much Linda for stopping by and for your kind words . Much appreciated x

  3. A stunner of a start I’m so looking forward to Thursdays. What a fabulous debut piece.
    Amanda x

    1. aw bless you, Amanda . Your lovely words mean alot . Thank you . x

  4. This is absolutely super Amanda and I had thought it would be linked to Seth as you showcase his stamps so well xx
    Wonderful background and great depth with the stencils. Love the centrepiece and the wonderful butterfly xx

    Annie x

    1. You know me too well, Annie , lol ;) . Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave me such lovely words. Much appreciated xx

  5. Amanda, this is too fabulous!
    I love the bit of grunge and those shadows- WoW! Truly makes the grunge paste circles look so dimensional!
    Excellent piece!
    Jackie xo

    1. Thanks you so much for stopping by , Jackie and for your kind words . Really appreciate xxx

  6. Stunning textures and brilliant use of lights and darks, as always with your work, Amanda - congratulations on a fabulous guest spot.
    Alison x

    1. aw, thank you ever so much , Alison . Really appreciate your lovely comment and the time you have taken to stop by . xx

  7. Absolutely fabulous Amanda, lots of lovely texture and I just love the way you have picked up the red tones from the butterfly and dotted them around the corners - and the splattering is just the perfect finishing touch. Hugs, Anne xx

    1. Thank you so much , Anne. Really appreciate your lovely comment and the time you have taken to stop by . xx

  8. The art rises to meet the viewer's eye in this wonderful piece, Amanda! I am on texture overload and loving it!

    1. aw bless you Kay. Thank you so very much. I really appreciate your lovely words- they mean alot and thank too for taking the time to stop by . xx

  9. Just amazing Amanda, loving all that yummy texture
    Donna xx

    1. Thank you so much Donna. I really appreciate your lovely comment and the time you have taken to stop by . xx


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