Monday, 6 July 2020

It's all Black and White-Fiona Randall

Morning all Fiona here with a project using some of Andy's New and older released stamps from Creative Expressions and  grey board substrates from Tando Creative.
With the current situation that is amongst us worldwide the title of this project was very apt and the message clear. Stay Safe my friends.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hugs Fiona x
Products Used.

Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint Warm White


Personal Stash.
Ranger Archival Ink Pad- Black
Black Chalk Paint
Home Made Sunray Stencil
Posca Paint Pen- White.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Tag inspired by the new stamp release

Hi everyone Dee here I hope you are all well and keeping safe. We all seem to be having a lot of time to craft these days husbands permitting!!! I created a tag using Andy's new releases from # Creative Expressions. I started with the a MDF tag and gave it a base coat of gesso. 

Next I stamped the Tag with Andy's new Stamps both pebble beach & stone wash using Watering Can Archival ink. 
Strata paste was put through the Mandela stencil the whole stamp was given a coat of Matt chalk paint followed by washes of the following Prussian Blue, Quinacridone Gold & Yellow Iron Oxide Pigment paint. 
I used the stencil again this time using a sponge and used Prussian blue. 
I had triple embossed the Pebble beach with silver embossing powder onto black card. I attached this to random area's. 
A coat of matt medium was used over the painted tag, once dry I followed this by applying the transfers from Poe Diversity sheet.

A sari ribbon was used to finish it off.
I hope you all enjoyed my Tag
Stay safe Cheers Dee x


warm white matt chalk paint 
Strata paste 
Andy's new Stamps both pebble beach & stone wash 
Watering can Archival
Prussian Blue, Quinacridone Gold & Yellow Iron Oxide Pigment paint
Cosmic Shimmer silver embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer Quick grab glue
Gilding polish Silver Dream
Transfers Poe Diversity

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Mandala Magic- Fiona Randall

Good Morning Lovely People. I am sharing a project with Andy's fabulous new release with Creative Expressions. There are some fabulous new stamps and stencils in the range and I have used just two of them in this project.
I decided to create a Mandala Panel using a Tando grey board base cut to size.
 This was then given a coat of Black Gesso.
 The four corners were then given the stencil treatment using Andy's new Mandala  stencil.
The borders were then doodled with a white Posca Paint Pen.
 For the centre tiles I used four  Tiles created from  Tando grey board cut to size to fit within the panel.
 These were then given a coat of white gesso. Once dry Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paints in Yellow and Magenta were applied using a brayer.
 The tiles were then stamped  using Andy's new stamp Stonewash in Cosmic Shimmer white chalk paint..
 Next step was to tape all the tiles with masking tape on the back to create one large square.
 I then stamped Andy's new Mandala Stamp with black Archival ink in the centre.
The masking tape was removed from the back to reveal four separate squares again which were then inked around the edges to define.
 The tiles were then attached to the panel with off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension to finish.
A simple but effective piece of Wall Art using minimal supplies that most of us have in our stash.
Thanks for stopping by today
Stay Safe
Fiona xx
Products Used.




Monday, 1 June 2020


Hello all of you mixed media art lovers!

Exciting News! Andy recently had a brand new release with Creative Expressions. In this release are fabulous brand new stamp and stencils that I could not wait to share with you!

I was very pleased with the way this 8" x 10" canvas board finished out.  This could just as easily been an art journal page.  I love the lush vivid colors of Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paints through Creative Expressions.  They really work well to cover any surface and blend beautifully.

I began by using a large palette knife and covering the canvas board with White Gesso.  I heat set that and then dropped several random dots of Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Primary Yellow and Primary Blue Artist Pigment Paints on the canvas.  I spread the paints with a roller and then heat set the paint. I has some random spots of paint on the canvas so that is what you might see bleeding through the yellow and blue.

I combined Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Primary Magenta with an acrylic Titanium White paint to make a pretty shade of bright pink.  Then, using a straight edge (if doesn't matter what type of straight edge you use), I basically stamped the straight edge into the paint and then  randomly pressed it onto the canvas.  I then spritzed the stamped paint with water and stood the canvas board upright so that the paint would run down the canvas.  You can control the amount of drippage by tilting the canvas up or laying it flat and heat setting the watery paint.  I also repeated this process using the Titanium White acrylic paint and a library card edge that I just ripped to create a smaller straight edge.  

Upon completion of randomly straight edge stamping the canvas, I began adding little strips of fabric using Matte Medium to glue them in place.  Matte Medium dries clear and also seals the fabric in place.  I love the mix of textures and pattern that the fabric provides!

Next I added half of a square doily to the canvas.  I really love the contrast that the white doily provides as well as yet another layer of texture and pattern.  This was also applied to the canvas board using Matte Medium and a brush. Heat set to dry.

Layers!  Layers!  Layers!  

Next I added two of Andy's new stamps from Creative Expressions!  I LOVE THEM!  The first was stamped with a bright magenta permanent ink.  This stamp is called "Circle of Thorns".  Then I stamped over it using Stream Adriondak Earthtones Permanent Ink and Andy's Mandala Stamp. I liked the way it looked but I wanted the Mandala stamp to have more of a WOW factor on the colored area of the canvas.

So, I restamped the Mandala Stamp over the first stamping using Embossing Ink and then sprinkled Andy's beautiful Funky Cold Patina Embossing Powder from Creative Expressions over the top of the stamp.  I heat set it and WOW!  I got that pop I was looking for!

I repeated this over all three of the Mandala stamps and added a circle rhinestone to the center of each using Andy's Quick Grab Glue from Creative Expressions.  

Next I added even more layers of paint by stamping Andy's new Pebble Beach into some Titanium White acrylic paint that was spread onto my craft sheet (like an ink pad).  This stamp was randomly added over portions of the canvas.  I love the white over the color that still is able to peek through! Heat set and be sure to immediately wash off your stamp to remove the paint!

Next layer includes a new and beautiful 6" x 6" dotted bird stencil from Andy and Creative Expressions called "Fly Free"!  I taped the stencil in place on the canvas and first stippled a layer of White Gesso to give me a white background to work with for the bird.  I let that air dry.  Then I added a layer of Cosmic Shimmer's Primary Yellow over the White Gesso.  I removed the stencil and immediately washed it off to remove the dried gesso and paint.  Then I let the bird completely air dry.  Next I added Glossy Crackle (like Glossy Accents) over each of the dots on the bird to give it some "lift" and more definition.  I noticed that some of the pink paint underneath bled through the yellow dots but I actually LOVE IT! 

Here is a picture of just the bird stencil right after I added the Glossy Crackle to each dot.  

Just for fun, I used Andy's Cosmic Shimmers paint bottle lid to add some circles to the canvas.  This is fun an easy to do.  Just pour a tiny bit of paint out of the bottle and spread it around with your finger.  Dip the lid into the paint and then stamp it randomly onto the canvas area.  I also did this with black paint.  And I added more little straight edges in black randomly onto the canvas as I was preparing to add a black stamp...

I love the simplicity of this stamp. It's also one of Andy's new stamps from Creative Expressions and called "First Class". I added the words "There's Always" above the stamp using a black permanent marker. 

Finally, I did some black marker work around the bird to better define him.  I used a Graphite Pencil and a small water brush to add shadowing around the bird and blend it out onto the canvas.  To frame the canvas, I dipped my finger into Black Acrylic Paint and ran my finger along the edges of the canvas to provide a border and pull everything together.  

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you've learned something new. In these times, this canvas is a reminder that there is ALWAYS HOPE!  Stay safe everyone!

Thanks so much for joining me here on Andy's Creative Team Blog!  Now I'd like to provide you with a list of the supplies I used so you can have a play with this type of mixed media.

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • 8" x 10" Canvas Board
  • White Gesso
  • Matte Medium
  • Large Palette Knife
  • Roller
  • Paint Brushes
  • Permanent Magenta Ink Pad
  • Permanent Black Ink Pad
  • Permanent Black Ink Pen
  • Glossy Crackle 
  • Miscellaneous Fabric torn pieces

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Sunday, 31 May 2020

Inhale Exhale Mixed Media Tag By Heather Thompson

I hope this finds everyone well and safe. I have been busy on my end, and my art has taken a back burner.
I am really struggling on finding  the time to create. Between work and the kids being home 24/7 and home school. There has not been much me time. This tag took me about 2 weeks to complete and that is not normal for me. I have so many projects I want to do, its's just a matter of getting time.....only 1 more weeks of home school.  We are almost done, No Summer school for this momma!!!!
I would love to share a tag I made with Andy's rice paper's and rub-ons. I wanted to make something vintage looking. My mother had given me a numerous things of my opa who had passed. Old postcards, stamps, receipts, I think he saved everything. I wanted to incorporate them onto a project.
Andy Skinner Large Tag
A short video of the creative process.
Here are a few close-ups.
Andy Skinner Large Tag 1
Using the flaming hearts, I used some thin scripture paper to cover the background. I added a vintage look with a combo of Quinn Gold and Paynes Gray  before adding a epoxy resin to the centre of each heart.
Andy Skinner Large Tag 3
Andy Skinner Large Tag 2
Using the "inhale exhale" from the book inserts, I added a little title to the tag.
Andy Skinner Large Tag 6
Thank you for stopping by today, Enjoy and look for more projects to come with the new released rub-ons and stamps.
black and white head shot
Creative Expressions
Andy Skinner
Rub On Transfers
Mixed Media Pastes/Paints
Rice Paper