Break the Rules... by Amanda Pink


Hi Everyone

Welcome to my weekly post as a Guest Designer here at That's Crafty!
Though I am a grungy girl at heart this week I am bringing you some colour, lots of colour! Its bold. its bright and kinda funky!

I cut a piece of mixed media paper to size (6x6 ins) and covered it with Dina Wakley collage paper using matte medium to adhere and seal. I then coloured the white areas of the design using both Dina Wakley Acrylic paints and Tim Holtz Distress paints. I pretty much 'freestyled' with my application of paint using both my finger and brush breaking all the rules of 'keeping within the lines' as I knew once the colour was dry I would rework the black areas of the design with black acrylic paint.  Don't know about you but at this stage it made me think of Liquorice Allsorts!

Using a white pen I then added some highlights and scribbly marks which really brought the painted design to life

and I couldn't resist adding a few paint splatters

The centre circle is a That's Crafty! MDF Round which I covered with another of Dina Wakley's collage papers. This time I kept the colours much lighter by watering down the paints and applying and blending with my finger. The script is highlighted with a white pen.

Dina's scribbled silhouette is stamped onto speciality stamping paper using Archival ink and a Stamping Platform

as are the words 'Break the Rules' which I very lightly distressed the edges of and mounted on to black cardstock.

The Stamping Platform enables you to repeat stamp to achieve a really dense black image that may otherwise be hard to achieve it you were using an acrylic block, especially so if you are troubled with dexterity/arthritic problems and lack in upper body strength.

All the elements were adhere in place and the panel was mounted onto a white and black card mount before finally being adhered to a panel of mountboard cut to size. A That's Crafty! MDF 8x8 square would be a great alternative to use instead of the mountboard.

Products used:
That's Crafty! MDF Surfaces . Rounds 2.5ins
Dina Wakley Collage Paper
Dina Wakley Stamps - Scribbled Silhouettes
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints : Peacock, Magenta
Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Twisted Citron, Spiced Pumpkin
DecoArt Matte Medium
Archival ink: Jet black
White Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper
Mixed Media Paper
White Highlighter Pen
Tim Holtz Mini Snips
Heat Gun
Stamping Platform

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe my funky art panel has offered you some creative inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by. 
Have a great week 
Take Care 

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  1. Awesome piece! Love Liquorice Allsorts and love your make ❤

  2. Love colour and I really love this.

  3. Fabulous Amanda, lovely use of colour. Love ❤️❤️

  4. Wonderful make, Amanda, Amazing colors , and your Black body pn top looks gorgeous 💕xx

  5. Lovely to see you using bold colours Amanda, I love the gorgeous background you created and the silhouette looks fabulous on top! Love this! xxx

  6. A really striking piece of artwork Amanda. Love the black silhouette against the bright and bold background and know just what you mean about the liquorice allsorts!
    Fliss xx

  7. Thanks Melina, Dorthe, Pearl, Tracy, Anne and Fliss for your lovely kind comments. They are all very much appreciated . x

  8. Amanda, I love your use of bold and bright colors combined with the black and white. What a wonderful piece that really makes an impact! The white pen accents add such a nice personal touch, and you’ve layered it so nicely with the circle and silhouette. Super!

  9. Amazing how the doodling brings the background to life and I love that silhouette - fabulous!
    Alison x

  10. Thank so much Ann and Alison for stopping by and for your lovely kind comments. I really do appreciate x


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