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Friday, 25 May 2018

Baked Love

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

I got the 'baking' bug again! Yes, I've been in my art 'kitchen' again creating with Seth Apters/ Emerald Creeks fabulous Baked Texture Embossing powders.
Usually Versamark is my 'go to' medium when embossing but often that results in a smooth finish which wasn't really what I was after. I was after a more textural finish. So I used Finnabair's heavy body gel with the Baked Textures and I have to say I was super impressed with the result!
They were just the ideal partners to create real depth of texture!
I used 6 flavours of Baked Texture
Rocky Road, Deep Sea, Patina Oxide, Chunky Rust, Ancient Amber and Dirty Sand
and they created a fabulous array of colour, tone and texture blending together as well as standing alone to hold their own identity.   
I was reluctant to embellish as I was loving all the texture and colour so I kept it simple- a length of rusty metal, die cut circles, a brass handle and a heart.....
... a Baked Texture Patina Oxide heart that I made using a silicone heart mould - the sort you use to make sweet treats! Well I was 'baking' after all!  Isn't is lush, almost good enough to eat!
   'Baked Love' 
Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate you taking the time to visit, follow and comment . 
Hope you will join me again next time 
but until then 
I wish you all a lovely weekend 
Take care and keep on the happy side 
Amanda 
x

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Ink-A-Pink Privacy Policy

Hi Everyone 

This is a just a quick post to let you know that in light of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) that comes into force on Friday 25th May 2018 I have written a Privacy Policy which can be accessed by clicking the link provided at the foot of the blog. 

Although it is outlined in the policy I would like to assure you that I do not and will not ever share any personal information with third parties nor will I ever use personal information for anything other than to send you a notification of a new blog post if you are an email subscriber or to click through to your blog for a return visit. 
I do not store any of this information it is all contained within the functionality of Blogger/ Google. 

I do hope you will continue to follow, subscribe and visit me here at Ink-A-Pink as I really do appreciate your support and would love you to be around to share in my creative journey. 

Thanks for stopping by 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend . 
See you again soon
Amanda 
x

Friday, 4 May 2018

Words and Music - A Vintage Journey May 2018 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all OK and a good week has been had by all. Its time again for a new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Lovely Alison is hosting and her chosen challenge theme is:

Words and Music
For this challenge we would love to see projects that are inspired by our favourite song or that incorporate musical lyrics or sheet music in their design. Just remember to create your project in our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling , industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I focused on a 'favourite song' for Alison's challenge though choosing a favourite wasn't easy as I have so many. Narrowing my choice down to one proved near on impossible but in the end I decided that it just had to be a song by my all time favourite band U2 and with that I thought this would be an ideal opportunity for me to share an 'older' piece of creativity that I made a while ago - a T-shirt, hand painted with the sleeve cover of the U2 song 'With or Without You.' 
I am a huge U2 fan, always have been always will be. My love of their music is deep rooted and it has gotten me through some good, bad and downright ugly times in my life. I have seen them live so many times and have lots of happy memories from following them, not to mention a big collection of almost every piece of music they have released as well as overflowing boxes of other U2 memorabilia.
 Yes, I'm a devoted fan!
It was my love of the band and this particular song coupled with the awesome photography of Anton Corbijn that inspired me to attempt painting my very own 'With or Without You' t-shirt!
Attempt being the appropriate word as I wasn't sure whether I could?!
The photo below shows the actual 12 inch vinyl cover to the left and my painted t-shirt to the right . 
I bought a plain white crew neck t-shirt, stretched it over a wooden board so the fabric was taut and then sketched the design out with a good old hb pencil. I worked with dylon fabric paint, mostly black and a range of artist brushes. The paint was applied in variations of concentration, diluting with small amounts of water when necessary so as not to wet the fabric through.
As I captured the light and shadow
and paid attention to the finer details 
like for example the footprint in the sand
the painting really stated to take form and come to life
and what began as an 'I wonder if I could ....' became a 'hey, ya know I think I can'.
I also painted the bands name on the reverse of the t- shirt !
Of all the artwork I have ever produced I would have to say this is one I am incredibly proud of! 
I hope my hand painted t- shirt has offered some creative inspiration for our 'Words and Music' challenge.  
If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey to see some of my fellow Creative Guides fabulous projects.
We hope you will join us in this challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity and we appreciate that you share it with us. At the end of the challenge you could be chosen as one of our 3 Pinworthy winners winning a Pinworthy badge for your blog and having your work pinned to our pinterest board. . 

Thank you so much for stopping by today, for all your kind words, support and follows.
Each and every one is sincerely appreciate.
Hope to see you again soon
Take care 
and 
keep on the happy side
Amanda
xxx

Friday, 13 April 2018

Baked Art!

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Just a quick post today to share a little piece of 'baked art' ! If you haven't already guessed I really am enjoying experimenting with Seth Apters/ Emerald Creeks Baked Textures
This time I baked with Vintage Beeswax as I wanted to try out the 'faux encaustic' look/ effect that you can create so easily with this flavour. Here's a link to a great video where Seth demos baking with Vintage Beeswax and explains it all far better than I .
I used a framed  mdf ATC by That's Crafty. These come in two parts, the frame and the ATC insert itself . Very inexpensive and there's 10 in one pack .
The frame is textured with sand paste, painted with 'Rust It' and black acrylic paint and touched with vintage gold gilding wax to highlight the texture. The ATC insert is covered with torn book papers and choc box lining paper with an old postage stamp I found in my stash of 'saves' adhered on top . I added a light touch of colour using distress inks and then 'baked'. I know at the very least it was triple embossed but after that I lost count - hey I was having fun and in art there are no rules - right? 
Whilst heating the Vintage Beeswax I was able to seal in the black gem dots and the remnant rubs. I left the film covering on the remnant rubs in place whilst heating which helped shield the remnant rubs from excessive heat and prevent them from shrivelling up and losing their identity. I also controlled the heat by holding the heat gun a good distance away from my work, pulling back at any signs of the rubs over heating. The top film will peel away with a little help from a pointy tool when the wax is cooled .
A quick, simple project that I sure had fun 'baking!'
Thank you all for stopping by today and for always being so generous with your support and lovely comments . I really do sincerely appreciate. 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend 
Enjoy and keep on the happy side 
See you again soon 
Amanda 
xxx