Thursday, 13 July 2017

A patchwork of colour!

Stamps by Andy Skinner

Ooh I love me a bit of colour!  I made these patchwork backgrounds after discovering that I really, really like the brayered off pages I make when I'm gel plate printing. You know, the accidental artwork is often the best! So I deliberately created harsh lines and a patchwork effect here.

(Some of you have asked which brayer I prefer ... I use a Speedball soft brayer)

I used the highly pigmented DecoArt Media fluid acrylics without any gesso or Tinting Base, which is unusual for me, but you do get this very gorgeous vibrant colour :-)

I made a couple of large pages on smooth white card stock, and then cut it up into smaller pieces to allow me to create mini art journal pages.

Here are a few step-by-step pics so you can see how the layers built up:

Primary Yellow

Green Gold

Cobalt Teal Hue

Quinacridone Red/Magenta


A bit more Cobalt Teal Hue

And here's how it looks when I chop it all up into smaller pages. And doing it this way means I get lots of backgrounds to use for future mini art journal pages!

I used stamps by Andy Skinner with Archival inks to build up the backgrounds even more:

Byee for now!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous samples kate I love your type of style xx

  2. Another brilliant idea from you. The stitching detail is just the prefect finishing touch,love the work.

  3. Love these - I might even be brave enough to have a go myself :)

  4. Wow love them all and yes lots of colour!! wonderful as always xx

  5. GORGEOUS patchwork fun Kate. Andy's stamps look SUPER too. Thanks bunches for sharing your process. Xj.

  6. fabulous rainbow of colours!! I love this.

  7. Brilliant
    As always. Just love your work!

  8. Absolutely fab. So vibrant

  9. The colors are gorgeous! Thanks for showing us how we can get the same results. I haven't tried fluid acrylics but I keep reading about them so it's about time I do!

  10. These are so colourful they make my heart sing x

  11. Ohhhhh Kate what adorable scrummy yummy backgrounds you have made, they look amazing. THANK YOU sooo much for sharing these little gems and inspiring us with your gorgeous creations.
    It is funny, because yesterday when I was having a tidy up of some of my crafting bits 'n' bobs, I saw my brayer and thought I need to have a play with that again soon :)
    Warmest best wishes from across the channel here in France,

  12. You reinvented yourself, Kate! It's absolutely gorgeous! I too love my waste paper that I use to clean off my brayer. I always end up using them before I use the actual Gelli prints. Those Deco Art fluid acrylics are so yummy. I really need to start saving money to purchase a set. I've fallen in love with them ever since I saw you demonstrating them at your first Hochanda performance! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Although, I haven't commented, in the past, I wanted to tell you how much I love your style. This is one of my favorite techniques and colors, and I especially love this piece. Thanks for all the time and effort, you put into your blog, so we can all enjoy and learn from it.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words :-)

  14. This just makes me HAPPY! Beautiful!

  15. Really gorgeous Kate and thank you so much for the step by step tutorial!! Love your choice of bold colours & being Scottish it reminds me of a tartan that was made in the eighties/nineties!!
    Love & Hugs
    Ann xxx

  16. stunning art, I love it ;O))

  17. Wow! I love your bold use of color. Would you use these as backgrounds? Thanks so much for sharing.


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