Friday, 28 August 2015

DecoArt Media Goes to Blogland

Did you know that DecoArt Media now has its very own dedicated blog? You can enjoy the work of the Design Team (which includes a wealth of international talent) and learn lots of techniques with regular projects and tutorials. We also have two very new artists on the team whose bios are not up yet - Tracy Scott and Tracy Easson.

Check it out here - well worth following. (Oh, and while you are there sign up for the newsletter - not only for the frankly awesome 'Ask Andy' column but for the fantastic giveaways!)


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Bit Rusty

I am hoping to get back to regular blogging and as there is a lot to catch up on I thought I'd share some YouTube videos I made a few months ago that you might have missed.

Those of you that know me will recognise that rust techniques are a signature of mine - something I use often on my pieces. I get asked about this technique a lot, so I created three videos showing you how you can easily achieve an old, rusted look using DecoArt Media products.

Hope you enjoy!

Easy Rust Painting Part 1

Easy Rust Painting Part 2

Easy Rust Painting Part 3

You can find all my videos on my YouTube channel.


Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Easy Image Transfer

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this image transfer canvas I made recently as a gift for my daughter. The image shows my grandchildren.

I used a plywood substrate painted with Americana Decor Chalky Finish from DecoArt, which gives a lovely smooth surface for transferring onto. I added a layer of Carbon Chalky Finish first then (once dry) a coat of Everlasting Chalky Finish. I sanded back the top coat on the edges to reveal some of the Carbon paint beneath.

I then applied the picture using an image transfer technique with DecoArt Media Matte Medium and a home printed image (laser prints work best for this). Below are a couple of videos to show you how easy it is to create this kind of transfer for yourself. 

I think a little piece of art like this makes a wonderful personalised gift, especially for Christmas or a special event like a Christening or Wedding.

Image Transfer Media Matte Medium
This video shows you how to perfectly transfer a printed image using Media Matte Medium - it's a really easy technique that produces very cool, professional-looking results.

Image Transfer Opacity and Colouring
If you want to take the technique a little further then this video shows you how to do just that, by adding opaque areas and coloured areas to your transfer.

You can find more information about the DecoArt Media mediums over on their website.

I am planning to blog more regularly now (famous last words!) so watch this space!


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Book of Redemption 2 Workshop

This Book of Redemption 2 Workshop is running on Saturday 12th September at That's Crafty in Romford, Essex. There are just a handful of places left (so be quick!) - you can find more details on the That's Crafty website.

The class runs from 10am-4pm and everything you need to make the project is provided. Your class will be based on the photo above but the inner circular piece is customisable so that the end result is individual to you.

If you are interested in other workshops, you'll see I've added a workshops page to the blog where I will list my forthcoming appearances!

Look forward to seeing you there,

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

It's been a while but I'm back on Blogger!

Hi everyone,

Firstly can I apologize for my absence, things got so busy that I just could not find the proper time to keep up with the blog so over the next few weeks I will attempt to catch up those of you not following my FB Page on what's been happening.

The production of the Media Paint line was severely held up but it's now getting out there into the shops so I will be sharing more techniques now and to start here are a couple of tutorial videos on Image transfer, one of them just uploaded today.... Hope you enjoy :)

Back soon,