Tuesday, 19 June 2018


I am so honored to be a member of Andy's Creative Design Team!  
There are just so many fun things to experiment and play with! 

Andy has teamed with some fantastic companies as well as carrying his own line of supplies that make mixed media art even MORE fun!

Today I am sharing with you a very dimensional 5" x 7" canvas that has an industrial/steampunkish flare.  This canvas is featuring one of Andy's wonderful Tando Creative kits: Industrial Elements, as well as a few other Tando Creative pieces.  

I LOVE wire and Andy is now carrying some very grungy fabulously rusty wire IN HIS OWN ONLINE STORE.  The dimension and detail simple wire adds to a project is unbelievable!  You can wrap it, curl it up into springs, let it free flow through a project and even glue elements to it as if they were floating.  

Here is a closer look at the finished canvas.  See what I mean about the wire free flowing and allowing things to "float"?  LOVE IT!

Let's get to all of the details!

I began with a burlap canvas because I love the texture already there before you add anything to it.  Using a palette knife, I added swipes DecoArt's Media Gesso followed by a wash of water and DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics Dark Grey Volume 3.  This made for a wonderful grungy base to work with.

Using Andy's wonderful Illusioinary Artist Tech Trauma stamp set, I heat embossed (using black embossing powder) a calculations stamp and a diagram stamp.  I then wiped some embossing ink around the edges of the canvas, sprinkled them with the black embossing powder, brushed off the excess and heat set the grungy black edges of the canvas.  Love the industrial feel of the canvas already coming out here!

Now for a pop of color and another layer of interest for the canvas!  Using Andy's Made To Measure stencil, I added a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Red Iron Oxide mixed with Cadmium Red Hue to add the numbers on the left of the canvas.  Then still using the stencil brush, I wiped some of the color randomly on the canvas and around the edges of the canvas.  

Now that the basic canvas was ready, it was time to start adding my dimensional elements.  I LOVE Andy's Industrial Elements kit.  There are so many pieces that you can mix and match. I even use the throw away stuff that you punch out of the pieces.  For example:  the arc at the top of the door plate and the little red "heart" directly below the keyhole. I also added a clock hand from another of Tando's greyboard sets.  I glued all of my greyboard pieces together using DecoArt's Media Liquid Glass.  It dries quickly and clear.

In the inset picture, you can see how the door plate finished out through the magic of Andy's techniques and DecoArt's Media Line products.

I basically started this process by painting the entire piece first with a combination of Decoart's Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light and Cobalt Teal Hue.  Next to soften the color and give it more of a grungy look, I dry brushed DecoArt's Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide randomly over everything.  Then I added bits of Metallic Silver on the nuts and blots, the gear and the arc at the top of the door plate. To create depth, I added yet another layer of dry brushing with the paints in this picture.  First DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber to give a shadowy effect.  Then Payne's Grey around all of the raised pieces to give even more depth and dimension.  Finally, I dry brushed and then tamped one of my favorites, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold randomly over everything to create that wonderful rusty appearance.  

I added some stamping on top of the door plate using Andy's Word Up Illusionary Artists stamp set.  "Secret" and the combination of numbers on the arc on top of the door plate are stamped with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White.  The series of numbers in the center plate are heat embossed with black embossing powder.  

Finally, I wire wrapped around and through the door plate, letting the wire free flow to the left side of the canvas where I attached a vintage clock face and some other rusty elements.  The vintage dominoes, tiny clock pieces, round clock face, metal key and dangling metal pieces are things I had in my stash and they worked perfectly with Andy's elements!

  • Media White Gesso
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Dark Grey Value 3
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Red Iron Oxide
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • Media Fluid Acrylics Payne's Grey
  • Media Liquid Glass
  • Andy Skinner Made To Measure Stencil

Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Vintage clock faces
  • Metal elements such as a key, dangling items
  • Vintage dominoes
  • Stencil Brush
  • Paint Brush
  • Palette Knife
  • 5" x 7" canvas
  • Miniature clock pieces
  • Cheese cloth
  • Rusty mesh
  • Black embossing powder
  • Embossing Ink Pad

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Friday, 15 June 2018

Magic Happens by Heather Thompson

I finally got a new kitchen after years of waiting so patiently, so I am continuing to add art to my second favourite place in the house.  I have found all different vintage gadgets and tools over the years, and have always had plans to alter them in my style and details. 

This antique cheese grater was left as it was originally found, I only added some more rust colour and patina.
I used various techniques and products on the projects from rusting to crackle medium, to the pealed paint look. 

I didn't want to add to much to the grater, I still wanted it to be recognisable to what it was and its use. So I only added a large MDF gear that I textured and rusted for the base. And a set of the Industrial Wings.
Using stamps from the Perfect Words Collection, I added some mini hearts and the title. I used some Rusty Wire to hang the placard on the grater.
I love how this adds to all the other elements in my kitchen.
Thank you for stopping by and have a great creative day.
black and white head shot
Sap Green
Paynes Grey
Carbon Black
Ultra Matte Varnish
Colbalt Turquois Hue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Burnt Umber
Quinacridone Gold
Medium Grey Value 6 Titanium White
Prussian Blue Hue
Americana Decor Crackle Medium
Andy Skinners Industrial ASCRS03

Monday, 11 June 2018

Redemption of the Heart.

Morning Everyone Fiona Here. My post today Features Andy's Fabulous Tagtastic 1 & 2 chipboard kits, Andy's Illusionary Artist and Stampendous stamps and DecoArt products.

I used the large tag from Tagtastic 1 for the main tag base which was covered with DecoArt Decou page paper from the Olde World set with DecoArt Gel Medium then stamped around the edges using Andy's Industrial Rubber stamps from Stampendous.
Next up I used the shaped tag from Tagtastic 2 and gave a base coat of Media fluid acrylic in Raw Umber. Once dry DecoArt chalky finish in Escape was applied with a pallete knife to create texture and stamped with Andy's Textures rubber stamps from Stampendous. Washes were then applied to age and distress further.
The Pieced Heart from tagtastic 2 was given rusty, distressed and decoupage techniques to the individual pieces. Holes were made using a pokey tool so the pieces could be assembled with Rusty Wire. Here's a close up of the detailed pieced together heart.

For the numbers and an offcut piece of grey board that I had cut into a rectangle I applied a base coat of Media fluid acrylic in Titan Buff. I then stamped the word Redemption from Andy's Illusionary Artists Word Up set onto the rectangle. The edges were then distressed and washes applied to both numbers and rectangle to tie in with the main tag. To finish the edges  were given a swipe with Burnished Bass Metallic Lustre.

I hope you have enjoyed the project. Thanks for stopping by today.

Products used.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Following up Ministry of Mixology

HI, it's Brenda here and in my last post I shared a project that was totally inspired by Andy and told you I was on my way to Coventry that day to attend the Ministry of Mixology weekend. Well I've been to another since then lol. This was my April Mixology Make and Take that 10 lovely ladies sat down and made with me.

There are quite a few of us who take a Make and Take session on the Saturday evening for about an hour and a half which you can attend for a small fee. It is very popular.

I used two of the Tando Creative media boards one small and one larger one placed on top of each other with the sun rays (my name for this shape) fitted between them.

The smaller parts are from the new kit called Sacred Secrets showing how versatile these kits designed by Andy and made by Tando Creative really are. I love mixing them up and creating new designs from them 

There's plenty of texture, rusting and shabby elements put together with one of my own computer generated words.

If you haven't joined us yet at a MoM event I really do recommend it as a fantastic weekend full of lots of creative inspiration and fun. To all my lovely friends who already attend, it was brilliant seeing you again last weekend. Unfortunately I can't make the next one in November but I look forward to next April when we will catch up again.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 1 June 2018

Sacred Heart Tag by Dee

Hi Everyone Dee here I hope you are all well and getting ready to go off on holiday or have been if you are lucky enough.  My post today has been created using using Andy's fabulous Eldaro chipboard set, some amazing Deco Art products, Illusionary artist stamps and a few clay pieces + 1 or 2 maybe 3 gems.
 I did use an additional tag and stuck it the main tag after giving it a coat of tinting base and distressing the base of the tag right back as you can see on the above picture. Using pallet knife
 I applied Deco Art iron ferro to the base tag where it showed from the distressing and 
around the edges of the whole tag.
For the heart I used snow tex and sprinkled it with a bit of glitter then pressed my little clay cogs into the wet paste.
 I only used the small set of wings as I wanted to keep it contained to the main tag. I used the Ferro on the wings the same way as I did on the base of the tag.
The next step once dry is Fiona Randall's fabulous spray painting techniques. A close up of the cogs once sprayed with first Cobalt Teal, Prussian Blue, Paynes grey. A light swipe with guiding wax 
attach the centre gem and the heart is finished.
 The main tag was coloured by dripping and spraying with water then once happy I applied a tiny bit of Deco Art crackle paint.
For the plaque I used the same colours for the base tag but applied them with my finger. I stamped the word sacred from Andy's word plate using archival ink. I gave it a coat of Decoupage glue then applied crackle glaze and allowed to dry. once cracked I used brown antiquing cream to highlight the cracks.

I hope you have all enjoyed my project and it has inspired you to get into your craft room and start crafting away.