'Hidden Words' .... by Amanda Pink


Hi Everyone

Welcome to my Thursday weekly post.
This week I am sharing a piece of 'Mini Art' that features an interactive element holding some 'hidden words'

The techniques I have used to create this piece are very much the same as I used last week when I created my long tag 'Choose to Shine' but I will outline them again today to recap.
I used That's Crafty! White Greyboard 4x4 squares as my substrate.
These can be purchased with either round or square corners and are sold in packs of 5 and as always with That's Crafty! Surfaces they are excellent quality and very good value for money. 
I adhered 2 of the squares together for this project as I wanted a slightly thicker base with a touch more rigidity - just my personal preference on this occasion but one square would suffice.
I covered the square with design tape and applied a coat of matte medium to seal.

Using a palette knife I roughly scraped gesso over some, not all of the taped surface. Once dry I applied 3 colours of acrylic paint again using a palette knife working one colour at a time and drying between each application. Black was the final colour applied and for this I used not only a palette knife but also a brayer. Some of the brayered black paint settle and highlighted where the strips of tape joined to create some linear detail. 

For a touch more detail I added some stamping using a text stamp and a texture stamp. You can use any of this type of stamp that you may have or you could always take a look at the range That's Crafty! carry. (see below for a direct link).
I couldn't resist a few splatters of paint too! 

I stamped a couple of circular text stamps from Finnabairs 'Don't Forget to Fly' stamp set and coloured them with distress inks to create two embellishments. I placed the smaller one to the top right of the square

and the larger one to the bottom left of the square.

The Focal and Interactive feature
This is a strip of greyboard cut from a That's Crafty! 4.5 x 9 inch panel that is scored and folded at its central point to create a 'double' panel that will open and close. The 'Wanded Star' that sits atop is created using Seth Apters Robo Star die, heavy cardstock, acrylic paint and a few more of Finnabairs inked circular stamps.

The 'Wanded Star' not only serves as an embellishment but it can also be used to open the folded panel to reveal some hidden motivational words,  'Never forget the power of you!'  

Products I used

That's Crafty! Surfaces - White/Greyboard: 4inch squares (rounded corners) x 2
That's Crafty! White/ Greyboard Panel: 4.5 x 9 inch Panel
White Cardstock
White Gesso
DecoArt Matte Medium
That's Crafty! All Purpose Adhesive
Acrylic Paint - Black
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Ocean, Cheddar, Lime
Tim Holtz Distress PaintMustard Seed
Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron
Black Archival Ink
Finnabair Stamp Set 'Don't Forget to Fly' 962005
Any Text Stamp - see the range That's Crafty! stock here
Any Texture/Detail stamp - see the range That's Crafty! stock here
Any Quote/Sentiment Stamp - see the range That's Crafty! stock here and some can be found here 
Seth Apter/ Spellbinders Die: Robo Star
Tim Holtz DesignTape - Washi Tape, Tissue Tape can be used - see a selection here 
Palette Knife
Tim Holtz Splatter Brush
Tim Holtz Mini Snips
Black Gem Beads
Die Cutting Machine

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe my creativity has offered you some inspiration. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Hope you have a great week ahead and hope to see you again next week - same time, same place
Take Care

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  1. Rich textures and colours. Beautiful piece.

  2. Another masterpiece in layering colour, love this
    Amanda x

  3. This is another real stunner Amanda, the colours are so rich and I love the hidden message! xx

  4. A very striking piece of mini artwork Amanda. Fab textures and love the citrusy colours and the clever hidden message.
    Fliss xx

  5. Wow, Amanda! This is a stunning work of interactive art! I love the colors and the clever way you've added the lines using the washi tape. Brilliant design!

  6. Scrumptious layering as always, Amanda - and your colour combination is so striking. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  7. Thanks Alison, Sara, Fliss, Anne, Amanda and Pearl for your kind words . I really do appreciate x


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