Friday, 18 January 2019

Winged Heart Tag

Hi lovely readers, it's Brenda here with a mixed media tag for you today. I really enjoyed making this as my first team project for 2019.

I focused on the background first with three layers of gesso to build texture and used glazing medium with paint to create the grey layer. Of course next came some quinacridone gold and paynes grey and some stencilling.

I love to create mostly with a focus on using timeworn, vintage, mixed media and collage on my projects. I gathered some bits and pieces to build up a collage band to sit across the tag .....

.... and I used one of Andy's stamps to create my focal element.
I finished off with the specimen number as I felt it needed a little more balance to the left hand side.

I have a step out at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you's like to see the process of how I built up the layers and textures.

Happy New Year to you all and thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Andy Skinner - Stencil - French Elements

Andy Skinner - Stamps - Handle With Care and Skuldoggery

DecoArt - Media white gesso, Americana glazing medium, Media white modeling paste
DecoArt Media fluid acrylics - dark grey value 3, quinacridone gold, paynes grey

Tando Creative - Size 8 greyboard tag

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Heavenly Being Shrine- Fiona Randall

Good Morning and welcome to my first project of 2019 for the Andy Skinner Creative Team.
I love Shrines and especially Andy's Resurrection shrine kit as it has a gothic vibe to it reminiscence to the arched windows in gothic architectural buildings hence my title of this piece.

DecoArt Crackle paste was applied through a stencil and a grungy feel was built up in layers of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber, Quinacrodone Gold and Cobalt Teal Hue. Stencil using Andy's Stencils was then applied in Black Archival Ink. DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished Brass was swiped around the edges and buffed to a shine. The Focal Image and the Title were created in photoshop, printed off and applied to the frame insert and title boards respectively. A coat of DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish was applied to seal and protect the piece.

Close up View.

I hope you have enjoyed the project. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Product Used.

DecoArt  Media Mediums- Crackle Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, Burnt Umber, Quinacrodone Gold, Cobalt Teal Hue.
DecoArt Metallic Lustre- Burnished Brass.
DecoArt Decoupge Matte.
Miscellaneous- Ranger Archival Ink- Black.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Moroccan Tile - by Hannah Oxberry

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first project for the Andy Skinner Creative Team 2019.
For this project I decided to channel the vibes of Moroccan Tiles and create something with a striped back colour palette.
A fairly simple project; the focus of the design is one of Andys' scrapmetal fish mounted to the centre of the "tile". The substrate of the project has been decorated with decoupage papers in a tile design, I have brayered white over the top to knock the design back a little.
Craft sticks, painted in a weather worn finish, add height to the design as well as offering the scrapmetal fish a platform.

The fish itself has been decorated in decoupage papers and the same colour palette as the previous layers. One step crackle and antiquing cream offer texture to the surfaces, while washes of paynes grey and quinacridone gold age the piece further still.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, see you next time!

List of products used;

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Primitive
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Treasure
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Everlasting
Americana Decor Crackle Medium
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt One Step Crackle
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Patina Green
Misc. Decoupage Papers, Glue, Craft Sticks, Foam Pads

Friday, 4 January 2019

Vintage Heart and Roses Upcycled Box

Hi all

Happy New Year to you all. Here is a fun little upcycling project from me today, turning a cheese selection box into a pretty vintage style storage box for my studio.  I used some of Andy's kits (Tagtastic, Industrial Elements and Bike Chain - click here to see them all) and DecoArt Paints.
 Here's how it started out.....minus the cheese!
 And here is how it turned out. I love it! For a more detailed step by step have a look at my blog:
Thanks for looking and I hope you find something you can upcycle too, it's great fun!

Products used:
Andy Skinner Kits which you can find HERE.
DecoArt products which you can find out more about HERE:
Chalky Finish (Primitive), Crackle Paint, Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Titanium White, Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Hansa Yellow Light and Metallic Gold.
Plus the cheese box, gems, hearts, vintage lace and a rusty metal washer!

Sunday, 30 December 2018


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that your 2019 will be filled with joy, happiness and a love for exploring your creative self!

As my last piece for 2018, I decided to create a cover for a journal using Andy's fabulous stencils, DecoArt Media Line Products and Tando Creative's very cool laser cut greyboard images.

This is a fairly simple journal cover to create but the images really pack the "WOW" factor!

This piece started out using one 12"X12" piece of heavy chipboard.  I cut two 5"X7" pieces for the covers and that left a 2" spine.  

This project is all about layers, Layers, LAYERS!  They build up the base, add lots and lots of texture and color and simply make your project more interesting!

I started with Andy's DecoArt Tornado Stencil and DecoArt Media Modeling Paste.  I taped the stencil in place on the cover (leaving an 1/2" margin on the inside edge of the chipboard to attach material for the spine later.  I used a palette knife to add the Modeling Paste.  

While still wet and the stencil was still in place, I used the palette knife to add another layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste over the Modeling Paste to build up the layers on the front cover.  Then I removed the stencil and repeated this process on the back cover.  I then removed the stencil and washed it immediately and let the covers air dry so that the crackling process would work properly.  Once dry, I painted over both outside covers with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff ... a rich creamy color.

While the covers were drying, I measured some 1" strips of chipboard to words on Andy's Industrial Elements stencil.  I then painted over the strips with either DecoArt Media Black or White Gesso. 

Next I added a layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold paint.  It gives such a lovely rust appearance. 

Remember ... layers, layers, layers!!  Next I added DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Black Carbon that had been diluted with water.  I used an old toothbrush that I swished through the watery black paint and then flicked the toothbrush over the tops of the painted 1" chipboard strips.  This gave them an even more worn rusty look.  Next, I added an aged patina effect but mixing two of my favorite "patina-ish" colors; Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue and Blue Green Light with water.  Then I repeated the flicking of the toothbrush process over the chipboard strips.  I repeated these steps until I had achieved the layering I wanted.  Heat set to dry.

Now to add the words I had specifically cut the strips to fit from Andy's Industrial Elements stencil!  I taped the stencils in place over the strips and using a small stencil brush, I patted DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff over the stencil until I achieved a more opaque cream letter.  I encourage you to go lightly on the paint and continue to layer it when tapping it through the stencil.  If you use a lot of paint on the brush, it may run underneath the stencil and blur your letters. Heat set when finished and wash the stencils!

For the front of the cover, I chose Andy's Tando Creative Industrial Clock Face. I love this clock face!  I brushed over it entirely using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black for the base.  Then using my fingers, I added random touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver then Gold. 

For a more patina, worn and weathered look, I added a layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold followed by a combination of Titan Buff and Blue Green Light (that created a thicker patina effect).  I repeated these layers until I achieved the look I was going for.

For the inside of the covers, I simply found a couple of different tissue papers I loved and glued them in place on the interior covers using DecoArt's Media Matte Medium.  This dries clear and works beautifully as a glue and a sealer.  First I glued the typed tissue image in place and then added torn bits of the old world map images on top using more of the Matte Medium to glue and seal them.  I then brushed over all of the covers to seal the tissue and then trimmed off the excess.  This can air dry or be heat set.

I added another torn piece of the typed image tissue to the center front of the journal cover using the Matte Medium.

I added another stenciled image from Andy's Made to Measure stencil.  It was a great border for the back cover of the journal.  I taped the stencil in place and added the DecoArt Media Modeling Paste just as I had done on the front covers.  Heat set to dry.  Then I brushed over it with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff. 

Now for another of my favorite DecoArt products to play with ... Antiquing Cream!  I love to work with my fingers rather than paint brushes!  So for this step, I squirt some DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream on the outside covers and moved it around and worked it in using my fingers.  Then I wiped off the excess using a paper towel or a baby wipe.  Repeat this step until you are happy with your results.

Next I added the Patina DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream using the same technique at the Raw Umber.  Then I sprayed the outside covers with a sealer so that anything else I did to the covers would not affect the antiquing that I had achieved.  I added touches of Metallic Gold to the raised areas of the outside covers to add interest and contrast. 

Using small adhesive pop dots, I positioned the clock face in place so that it would be raised.  The "Journey" strip was also raised on top of the clock face giving this cover some dimension.  I also placed the "No 152" strip on the lower right hand corner of the front using pop dots.  Finally, I added pop dots to the "Ticket No. 337" strip I added to the back cover.

I added pieces of fabric over the 2" chipboard strip that would become the spine for the journal.  Using double sided 1/2" Scor Tape makes applying the fabric to the spine and then the spine to the book covers simple.  The fabric has already been added to the outside covers.  The top and bottom ends of fabric still need to be folded up into the inside and another piece of double sided tape applied over them.  This is a look at the construction from the inside covers side.  Simply place the fabric over the spine and press in place.

Here is a look at the outside spine with the fabric added. The only thing left to do is add something over the raw edge of fabric to hide that.

I added a small chain running from the inside journal covers, around the outside and back to the inside to complete the look of this journal's appearance.  The chain is held in place using a strong clear drying glue.  This is the outside of the journal.

And here is the inside of the journal covers.  Pages can be added by sewing in signatures or simply added elastic bands around the spine and slipping signatures into the bands.

Fun and really simple to create!  Here are the products you'll need for this type of project:

About the Artist: Candy Colwell