Creative Freedom by Amanda Pink


Hi Everyone

Welcome to my Thursday weekly DT post.

This week I decided to set myself a bit of a challenge. I allowed myself to create with:
ONLY ONE stamp or stencil, not both!
ONLY ONE kind of medium - either paints, inks, crayons, or sprays.
ONLY HINTS of THREE colours (with black and white)
ONLY elements/ embellishments that were laying around my desk; leftovers from projects I have created over the last couple of months. 
I also limited myself to the use of ONLY ONE larger tool from the following : A Paper Trimmer/ Guillotine, a Die Cutting Machine, a Gel Plate or a Stamping Platform.

So not too many restrictions really says the 'arty girl' who always seems to have an 'ingredients' list a mile long!!

Heres my resulting Art Panel / Art Card...

I worked on white card that I later mounted onto a panel of That's Crafty! greyboard. It was the leftover piece from last weeks project.

I created with a stamp and paints. 
The stamp I chose was a Carabelle Studios Art printing plate (letters) and the paints were randomly selected from my stash. I simply went with whatever my eye and hand went to first which were 2 PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic paints (China, Steel Grey) and one Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint (Eggplant). 

The art printing plate is actually designed to be used with a gel plate but as I'd limited myself to the use of only one tool and I'd already used a paper trimmer to cut my card to size I couldn't use a gel plate.
So I hand stamped with the plate instead. I stamped repeatedly with each of the three colours of paint, one at a time, finishing with black. This built up layers of colour and stamped detail.

Heres a few close ups

So that covered the one stamp, one medium, three colours part of my challenge, now it was time for the elements/ embellishments part. My desk had quite a few of those lying around but what exactly they were and whether they would work with my background remained to be seen!

I guess I got lucky as I think on the whole they did! 

The 'bits and pieces' I used to create the focal feature were some die cuts (Seth Apters/ Spellbinder dies) , some die cut circles, a circle embellishment and a That's Crafty! Greyboard clock hand. 

The circle embellishment was created by stamping into a triple embossed painted circle using just the circle part of one of PaperArtsy Mini stamps (EM52) designed by Seth Apter. It was actually blue so I simply painted it with black acrylic paint and then caught the raised ridges with white paint. 

I also came across a couple of 'words' which I added to the top left....

...and bottom right of the panel.

Ok, you may not think the words 'Creative Freedom' are the 'perfect fit' given that I limited the amount of products and tools I used but I actually found that creating with fewer products and tools was (for me) quite liberating and I found I was still able to create freely inspite of the limitations.

Products I used:
White Card
Black Acrylic Paint, White Acrylic Paint
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints: China, Steel Grey - you could use any blue or grey paint . See some here and here
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Eggplant
That's Crafty Multi Surface Adhesive
Carabelle Studio Art Printing Plate: Letters designed by Alexi ( APCA60006)
Paper Trimmer.

Products that I used to create the elements/ embellishments that were lying around my desk:
That's Crafty Greyboard Panel
That's Crafty! Greyboard Bits and Pieces: Small Clocks
Seth Apter/ Spellbinder dies: Loop de Loop, Robo Bar
PaperArtsy Mini Stamp EM52 designed by Seth Apter
13Arts Tiny Text stickers
Versamark ink Embossing Pad.
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun

Why not have a go at setting yourself your own creative challenge or maybe get a friend or family member to set one for you. I'm sure you'll have fun. 
Take care and stay safe 

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  1. Looks like you rocked your challenge to yourself Amanda. Amazing detail created with just one stamp and the black embellishing is so perfect on top.
    Fliss xx


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