Friday, 17 January 2020

Upcycled Bottle, Found Treasure and Broken Jewellery

It took just 4 fab products, 3 small rusty found objects and a bit of lace and pearl trim from my stash to give a wine bottle a bit of a facelift. I was just looking for an excuse to use Andy's new rice papers. I added some lava paste through his Crocodile Stencil - that worked well over the papers. Some lace and beaded trim around the neck from my large stash of vintagy bits. Then, I made a dangly charm thingy. For that I used broken jewellery chain with some charms on it, some found rusty objects (safety pin, metal washer and a piece of wire) along with a piece of shrink plastic stamped using Andy's Gypsy Queen stamp. I pinned my dangly decoration through the lace around the neck to secure. Then finished off by adding my candle.
 The Lava Paste applies so easily on dimensional surfaces.

 The bottle will work well as a candle holder, and all the drips of wax will add even more texture.
Amazing how different the colours look when photographed during daylight (on the left) and at night (on the right). Thanks so much for looking. You'll find a more detailed step by step here
Rhe products I've used, along with a link to them, are listed below.

Products used:
Floral Grunge Rice Paper
Lava Paste
Gypsy Queen Stamp
Crocodile Stencil

You can find all these products HERE. 

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Retro Adventure

Happy New Year Everyone

I've been mia for awhile but am hopefully now back creating and making again and enjoying getting back in the swing of things.

Today I have a media board in a vintage style created using Andy's 'Abstraction' rice paper, his 'Retrology' transfers and his 'Create' stamp along with some paper ephemera, old photograph and paints.

                        The background was layered up with the rice paper, candle wax as a resist, titan buff and titanium white acrylic paints .....

.... and a small collage to top it off.

The car was rubbed onto an old piece of painty background, cut around and edged with distress ink. It makes a lovely focal paint with the old vintage photo.

I came back to this the next morning and decided it would look better more shabbier than grungy so I dabbled some watery white acrylic paint around the edges and splattered some little spots of it all over. You can see some of the paint is now laying over the top of the stamping and makes it look more distressed. I'm much happier now with how it looks.

So what is the story here? The guy has obviously been on a driving expedition, did he enjoy the open road and have fun? It seems he may not have done with the look on his face. Where did he go and who with? Was he away a long time and did he write letters home? Whatever the tale he hopefully made good use of his time away and came back with some wonderful anecdotes for the family.

Wishing you all a fun, creative year ahead.

hugs Brenda xx

Products by Creative Expressions


Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Mini Junk Journal by Natassa Blazaki

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Welcome back to Andy Skinner’s blog.

Last day of 2019 today and oh my what an adventurous year was that one. A year is ending today and I’m looking forward to a new one full of happiness, good health for everyone, peace and prosperity.

To celebrate 2020, I decided to create and share with you this mini junk journal, which for me has a very special meaning. Not the actual journal but rather the concept behind the project. Making that journal was like gathering all ugly and useless things in my life and turning them into something useful and meaningful.

Below you can view many close ups and you can also head to my IGTV to enjoy the process video

It’s a very small journal, therefore very easy to make and not time consuming. Believe me however, if you decide to make one, you’ll feel so great when you’ll have finished it.

For the cover, I used a box of my daughter’s Playmobils. I made just one signature for the inside, and for that I gathered pieces of printer’s paper I had used with my Gelli plate and some journaling cards I had in my stash like forever. 

To decorate the journal, I used many products by Andy Skinner and Creative Expressions. 
I also used various washi tapes and some word stickers I had in my stash for like 1,000 years. At the end of the post you’ll find a full list of materials that I used in this project.

I really hope you enjoy this one.

Happy New Year to All


Friday, 27 December 2019


Morning all Fiona here with a Steampunkery tag for you.
I've finally had the time to play with Andy's new Rice Papers and I must say I am in love.
The Grunge wallpaper Rice Paper was added to a Tando Long Tag and washes of Andy's paints added to age even further. Next up  Washes of paint were added to the Gears and Door Plate from Andy's Industrial Elements set and to the Andy's Clock and Phone Dial all available from Tando Creative. Before assembling the phone dial I used one of Andy's Mixed Media Transfers from his Poe Diversity set in the centre. All pieces were then assembled onto the tag base using off cuts of grey board to add depth and dimension. Another Mixed Media Transfer from Andy's Poe Diversity set was added to the bottom right of the tag. Finally to finish dry brushing was applied using Creative Expressions Chalk Paint in white to highlight.
Close up Detail.
Thanks for stopping by
Fiona x
Products Used.


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Steampunk Style Canvas

Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to Andy's blog.  It's Candy here and I am sharing my latest steampunk canvas with you.  

This little 4" x 5" canvas may be small in size but packs a powerful statement when hanging on a wall.

Andy has partnered with the fantastic people at Creative Expressions.  His line features many amazing products with new ones recently being released.

Now let's dive into the process to make this canvas and all of the products used:

Begin by ramdonly spreading some of Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Strata Paste over the surface of the 4" x 5" canvas.  I have done this with a palette knife.  This gives a wonderful textural appearance to the canvas with it's thick smears and bits of what looks like mica and other textural elements. Heat set to dry.

Now for Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste.  Again, applied randomly with a palette knife, the Lava Paste "explodes" with dimension when heat set.  I love the added interest those little raised areas provide.  Gently heat with the heat tool.  Let cool for a few minutes before continuing.

At this point, your canvas will look something like this.  Crazy texture and dimension!

 Using Andy's new Mixed Media Transfers:  Steampunk and Ephemera Emporium; I added the black detail to the very uneven surface using the little sticks included with the transfers.  They are a nice thickness of transfer and adhere to the surface so well.  

Here you can get a closer look at the Mixed Media Transfer Images I chose to use as well as the addition of the fabulous Andy Skinner Cosmic Shimmers Super Nova Embossing Powder.  With it's rich charcoal color with silver metallic pieces mixed in, this embossing powder gives very cool detail.  This design of the waterfall dots is from Andy Skinner's Creative Expressions Enigma Stamp. Just stamp the image using an Embossing Ink pad.  Shake the jar and then sprinkle the embossing powder over the stamped image.  Remove all of the excess powder back into the jar.  Gently heat set with a heat tool so as not to damage the Mixed Media Transfers.

Now your canvas will look something like this and it's time to add the color .... GLORIOUS COLOR!!

There are six wonderful Andy Skinner Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paint colors.  For this canvas, I chose Cobalt Teal, Quinacridone Gold and Yellow.  These paints go on so easily and they are transparent enough that you will see all of the black detail from the Mixed Media Transfers even when painted over!  I used a mix of about 60% paint to 40% water to create the colorful background.  You can also blend the colors together easily with these paints as they such wonderful quality paints with their transparency. I also applied some stronger consistency of paint along the top and sides and gave them a mist with a water bottle.  They run beautifully down the canvas.

Before I started adding the metal pieces to the canvas, I decided to add some more of the Cosmic Shimmer Super Nova Embossing Powder randomly on the sides of the canvas.  To do this, I simply touched the Embossing Ink Pad to random edges of the canvas.  Then I sprinkled the Embossing Powder over the ink and removed the excess back into the jar.  Then I brushed away an extra powder I did not want on the canvas with a small paint brush.  Then gently heat set the powder in place.  You can see the dark gray metallic mixed areas around the edge of the canvas.

I had some metallic pieces in my stash that I thought would bring even more life to this canvas and give it even more of a funky steampunk feeling. To glue all of these pieces in place, I used Andy Skinner's Cosmic Shimmer Quick Grab Glue.  It dries clear and doesn't take long to set up.  

Around the edge of the canvas, I first added 1/2" double sided tape and then covered it with a 1/2" piece of black washi tape with scientific table on it.  Very steampunkish!

Finally, to give this canvas a very different mechanism to hang it.  I fashioned a little wire loop to hang the canvas on a wall using some of Andy Skinner's Rusted Wire.  This was glued in place using the Quick Grab Glue.  Then I screwed two little eye hooks in place 3/4" from the outside edge of the canvas.  Next I simply wrapped wire around a little 6" ruler that had been tinted with Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Yellow Artist Pigment Paint.  The edges of the ruler were blackened by wiping black acrylic paint across the edges using my finger.  First wrap the wire one time around the ruler and then run the free edge through the eye hook.  Be sure to have the ruler hanging from each eye hook the same length.  Then wrap the rest of the wire around the ruler.  Done!

I completely did this project in two hours.  It was fun and easy and working with these products is truly so much fun!

I hope I've given you a little inspiration to try some of these products on your next mixed media masterpiece! Don't be afraid to experiment and try something new!  

Here is a handy link to all of Andy's Fab Products at Creative Expressions:


'Til next time ...

  • Andy Skinner Rusted Wire
Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Paint Brushes
  • 6" Wooden Ruler piece (Tim Holtz)
  • Metal chain and other little pieces to glue onto canvas
  • Antique Optical Lens
  • Scissors
  • Palette Knife
  • Heat Tool
  • 1/2" Black Washi Tape
  • 1/2" Double Sided Tape
  • Two Small Eye Hooks
About the Artist: Candy Colwell