Sunday, 5 April 2020

Old Skool- A Fishy Tale- Fiona Randall

Good Morning how's everyone doing? Hope you are all well and keeping safe.
here's a little something from me Using Andy's New Rice Papers and his New Stamps.
I decided to create an A4 plaque to hang on my wall. The base is MDF and the Rice Paper from Andy's  Floral Grunge Set was applied to the grey board substrate. Splatters of paint were then applied using the gold pearlescent paint from the Creative Expressions  Kaleidoscope Jade Garden Set. Andy's Abstractrion Rice paper was the added to the fish edges inked and stamped with Andy's latest release stamps Memories of India and Artists. Once complete the fish were added to the substrate base with off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension. The sentiment was stamped and applied. To finish the whole piece was then mounted onto the MDF base.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Stay Safe Folks xx

Thursday, 2 April 2020

ATC Box by Dee Adams

Hi everyone Dee here with this lovely ATC box from Creative Expressions I decorated it using Andy Skinners new pastes and paints from Creative Expressions. I really enjoyed this project as it developed itself like most of my pieces, I was really happy with the results.

Firstly I glued together the ATC Box from Creative Expressions.  I used Andy's stencil cogged up by Creative Expressions I put Andy's structure paste through it onto the ATC box. I also used strata paste and a smigin of lava paste. A quick coat of Gesso.

I heat set everything with my heat gun watched the lava paste expand. I then started with my washes. of colours. Raw umber dry, `Paynes Grey, Cobalt teal dry, very watery wash of Andy's new ocean matt paint. 

I went back in with quinacridone gold in areas as it then looks like rust. a sprinkle of cold patina and heat set to add to the weathered look see pic below.

The above pic also shows the lava paste coloured with quinacridone gold.

I added little gems that i had coloured with Andy's Prussian blue pigment paint. 

You can just see the ATC that I did poking out of the box.

Here is a close up showing the Cosmic Shimmer lustre Polish Glistening gold was used to accentuate the structure. 

A close up off the embossing enamel.

ATC was decorated in the same way as the box.
I hope you like my box as much as i enjoyed making it for you.
Cheers Dee x

Ps thank you for stopping by please leave me some feedback on what you think.

Products used

Along with Raw umber, Cobalt teal hue, Paynes grey & Prussian blue.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Alchemy Vials - 3 Ways to Alter your Glass Containers, by Natassa Blazaki

Hello lovely people!

Hope you’re staying healthy and safe. We’re going through very difficult times, but what makes me happy is that we’re all being supportive to one another.

So, here I am today, on Andy’s blog, with a vintage style project, that I really hope you enjoy and give it a try. You can also visit my IGTV and watch the video tutorial I prepared for you.

Alchemy Vials
I worked with Andy Skinners Matt Chalk Paints and in some occasions, I mixed in some Artist Pigment Paints. I’m telling you they work perfectly together.

For the first technique, I started by sanding the vial with a 180 grit sandpaper. Then, I applied a coat of dark color – Matt Chalk Paint Chestnut - as a base. I heat set and then, with an old brush, I applied Quick Grab Glue, spreading it in all directions. Didn’t care to have an even coverage. While the glue was still wet, I covered with Matt Chalk Paint Mustard Seed. The moment I started heat setting the paint, it began to crackle so beautifully. 
I continued again with a dark color, this time Artist Pigment Paint Raw Umber mixed with Chalk Paint Chestnut. I dabbed at the bottom and the neck of the vial, to make it look more distressed. Also added my all time favorite Quinacridone Gold to complete the aging effect. For the label, I stamped on a piece of scrapbooking paper with a stamp from a previous collection by Andy Skinner, Shabby Chic. 
You can stop here or make a “dirty wash” to apply on the whole bottle. I chose to add some distress oxide ink, which I applied all over the vial and then spritzed with water to activate the ink. When I heat set it, the vial got a gorgeous dusty chalky look.
For the second technique, I started by dabbing Quick Grab Glue on the vial with a soft sponge. I wasn’t looking for a rough texture here, but rather wanted to create a frosted glass effect. 
With the same sponge and while the glue was still wet, I dabbed some Chestnut mixed with Mustard Seed and a maybe a drop or two of Quin Gold. That’s what I call Alchemy hehe. Didn’t care to mix the paints well, just picked them up from my working surface and let them mix directly on the vial. I heat set the paint and dry brushed Mustard Seed on the edges to define the vial's shape. I stamped the Plague Doctor on a piece of scrap paper and glued it as a label on the vial.
For the third technique, I chose a skull shaped miniature bottle. This technique works best on special shape or relief bottles. I started by painting with Artist Pigment Paint – Paynes Greyin all the recessed areas. I applied two coats, because Paynes Grey is semitransparent. 
I heat set the paint and went on with a coat of Matt Chalk Paint - Chestnut.  Heat set again and went back with Paynes Grey, which I randomly brushed on the skull. Then, I picked a warm white acrylic paint and dabbed with a soft sponge, paying attention not to get the paint in the recessed areas, I had previously painted with Paynes Grey. As a finishing touch, I lit up a couple of candles and let some melted wax drip on the bottle. You can apply a final coat of Super Matt Varnish to make the bottle look really old.

All three techniques can be applied on any kind of glass container and
I ‘m sure you’ve got quite a few stashed away. 
Now it’s a great opportunity to bring them out and decorate them. 
Go on and have some fun!

Hugs from Greece

Friday, 27 March 2020

Ace of Spades By Heather Thompson

A new fun little project trying out the new release of stamps and paints. When I open the package of the new stamps and saw the Ace of Skulls, I knew I had  to use the big deck of cards from my friend Laneen.
  Andy Skinner Ace of Spades 
I started with some background stamping with the new cracked up stamp and the smashed glass stamp. I did make a short video of the creative process with the products.

When I last jumped the pond, I picked up a bunch of tid-bits  I love these little arches, and I felt the card was too flat and it added some lift with them, and  had a larger arch I used on more of the background. I did some stamping with the Create stamp and a little distressing of the arches with the Resist Paste. 
I stamped the focal Ace of Skulls and regular card stock, added a quick layer of varnish before painting a few fine details. A little dirty wash with a mix of quin gold, paynes and yellow iron oxide before one final seal of varnish again.
Using the Quick Dry Glue and the name says it all, its quick and it is tough, I added my layered arches to the card.
I altered the back of the card with a mix of Quin Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide. and some dry brushing, this is the back of the card so I didn't go too crazy with it.
I really enjoy the new product. Thank you for stopping by today! Heather Supplies: Stamps
black and white head shot


Mixed Media Pastes/Paints
Straight Edged Arches

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Reversible ATC mini book

Today's project is all about having a bit of fun, playing with products and trying new things.
I created a reversible ATC Mini Book. Hope you like it.
 Using old curtain lining, Intense Pigment Inks, stamps and transfers along with Andy's paint range, embossing powders and some vintage book pages I made this fun, super easy mini book.

Here is one of the two covers. This one is made with the curtain lining, coloured with intense stains, then, stamping, transfers and paints added. So yes you can use the fab transfers on lots of fabrics too!
This second cover is a mixture of paints, stamps, transfers and vintage book pages.
I decorated one side of the concertina insert with paints and transfers....
The other side is paints, stamping, embossing, mark making and text. This was so much fun.
If you'd like a detailed step by step, have a look at the tutorial on my blog HERE.
Thanks Suz
Products used:
Pigment paints: primary red, blue, yellow, raw umber, quinacridone gold and warm white chalk paing
Stamps: Eye Spy/ Skull of Spades/ Memories of India/ Create
Embossing powders:
Satin Sunset
Transfers from two sets: Ephemera Emporium & French Fancy
Super Matt Varnish to seal both sides of the concertina insert