Normal is an Illusion.... by Amanda Pink


Hello Everyone

Welcome to my Thursday weekly post of Creativity.
It's been one of those weeks where the clock ticked way faster than I wanted it to, so as time seemed to elude me I have kept the creativity relatively straightforward this week and made an Art Card/ Panel using one of AALL and Creates newly released stencils designed by Fiona Paltridge. 
This stencil really caught my eye as soon as I saw it so inevitably it was an absolute must have!
I have used a technique that has been shared on this blog a few times before (here and here) by my super talented team mate Amanda Southern. 
 I thought it would be well suited to the stencil imagery and give a 'striking' finish.

I worked on mixed media paper and began by adding colour to the 6x6 precut panel. Distress inks are the usual 'go to' medium for this technique but I wanted to change things up a little so paints were my medium of choice. I used 'Cut n Dry' to apply and blend the paint colours into each other. Once dry (with a heat gun) I positioned the stencil in place and applied heavy body gel medium through the stencil design using a palette knife. I then set aside to air dry whilst heading off to clean the stencil.
Note: Heavy body gel can also be used as a strong adhesive so if left unwashed could stick to your stencil permanently! 
I have previously used Transparent Texture Paste for this technique so that could be a preferred product option.

When the gel was completely dry I applied Black Soot Distress ink over the entire stenciled panel. I then repositioned the clean dry stencil and using an almost dry wet wipe wiped back the ink covering the stencilling to reveal the colours beneath.

After removing the stencil I also dabbed around the surrounding black areas with the wet wipe to create a kind of mottled, somewhat atmospheric effect. 

I added some additional stenciling to the outer edges of the panel using texture paste through a couple more stencils, some highlights and lowlights and some white gesso splatters

The panel is adhered to a triple mount of white, red and black cardstock which I then adhered to a piece of black mountboard to give as an Art card/ panel but if you prefer a traditional card format then you could either make a card base or use a ready made one. 

Products Used

Cardstock - White, Black, Red
Mixed Media Paper
That's Crafty White Gesso
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint- Cheddar, Ruby
Paper Trimmer 
Black Mountboard
Wet wipes
Paper Towel

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by - Much appreciated .
Wishing you all a lovely week and hope you can make it here again next...... same time, same place
Take Care

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  1. Absolutely amazing artwork Amanda. So very striking and full of fabulous detail.
    Fliss xx

  2. LOVE this Amanda, that stencil is just perfect for the technique, it looks amazing in those colours too. I love how you 'mottled' the edges too, it looks very effective. Anne xx

  3. Fabulous and As you know one of my favourite techniques
    Amanda x

  4. Thanks Amanda, Anne and Fliss for your kind words . They are much appreciated x

  5. Replies
    1. Thank you so much Lynne. Much appreciated x


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