Monday, 9 July 2018

Gears of War by Fiona Randall

Morning all Fiona here today to share my latest creation utilising a new substrate called Bubbalux Craft Board. For many of you that attend The Ministry of Mixolgy events a small sample of this was included in your April Goody Bag. You can paint. emboss, die cut and even shape it when heated as it becomes mouldable.

I had fun heating it and moulding a piece of armour which I added a rusty feel to with Decoart Texture sand paste and media fluid acrylics  for my focal point of this piece. I must say that I love the stuff and the possibilities are endless. Crackle paste was applied to and MDF Board and washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics were added when dry. Stamping was then added to the board base using Andy's Stempunk Stamp set with black Archival ink. A coat of DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish was then applied to protect and seal the board base. To compliment the armour I created a shield from Tando Grey Board sheets  which was then embossed and paint effects added. Wings from Tando Creative and Cogs from Andy's Industrial Elements kit  were then given the rusty treatment too. DecoArt  Decoupage paper was then applied to the wood dowels and inked with Archival Ink in Potting Soil. All elements were then arranged on the board base to finish.

Here is a close up of the lovely crackle texture.

Hope I have inspired you to try creating with Bubbalux. Thanks for stopping by today.

Media Fluid Acrylics, Raw Umber, Quinacrodone Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Yellow Oxide, English Red Oxide, Dark Grey Value 3, Paynes Grey, Interference Turquoise.

Media Cracle Paste, Media Texture Sand Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Mixed media journal cover by Monika Maksym

Hi all!
It's Monika here, today I would like to share this fun and quick project made using your favourite Andy Skinner's stamps and of course Decoart products.

To start with, I've primed my journal cover with black gesso. For this project I've used Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics in Metallic Gold, Primary Yellow and Decoart Americana Premium Acrylics in Yellow Green Light and Sap Green.
I've squeezed a few dots of paint on the craft mat and started rolling my brayer to get an even, thin coat, then run it through the surface. I've repeated this step with all of the colours few times until I was satisfied with the background. i've also added a light wash of Burnt Umber around the edges and book plate which was painted in gold first.

Once your background was dry I've stamped my choosen images and words using black Archival Ink.

These embellishments were made with Shrink paper (stamp, cut out, shrink and tint with media fluid wash)

Decoart Heavy Gel Medium was used to stick the metal pull to the cover and little book plate at the bottom.

Thank You for stopping by, I hope You've enjoyed my post.

Monika, x 
 Products used:

Steampunk Stamp Set

Unexplained Stamp Set

Fossils Stamp Set

 Media Fluid Acrylics in Metallic Gold, Primary Yellow , Burnt Umber
Americana Premium Acrylics in Yellow Green Light and Sap Green
Black Gesso
Heavy Gel Medium

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Time to Mend

Hi all!
Here's a project which changed dramatically once I realised I'd completed half of it on the peel off plastic coat of the Bubbalux….instead of the Bubbalux underneath!!!
I used Andy's 'shedded' stencil and black Modeling Paste (both by DecoArt) on this heart from Andy's 'Tagtastic 2' greyboard kit. Then painted with Pyrol Red, edged with Extreem Sheen 24K Gold metallic paint and stuck it to the heart base. Used some blues and the same gold on the clock which came from the Compendium kit....for all Andy's greyboard kits click HERE
The plastic I'd painted by mistake using the Phthalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta and Dioxazine Purple,  shrank with a heat gun. I then painted another piece of Bubblalux (this time I took off the plastic FIRST!). Die cut feathers, moulded corners and painted the upturned corners and feather edges with the 24k Gold. You can find DecoArt products HERE

Added a little clock charm to the rusty wire....
I also added Interference Paints in green, blue and violet to the feathers and background piece, you can see the green Interference on the left in the pic above.
Hole punches with rusty wire threaded through (find rusty wire HERE) to secure the heart, clock piece, feathers and to make a hook to hang the project from. Some stamping with Stampendous blue enamel and Andy's Tech Truma stamps, bit of black and white mark making (forgot to add the Carbon Black and Titanium white to the product pic!

Added a stamped word 'Broken' to the heart from Andy's 'Word Up' stamp set. You can find all of Andy's stamps HERE. Typed out the other words, cut em out and doodled around them before sticking on.
Here are all the products I used (minus the black and white paint I forgot to put in the pic!).
For a more detailed step by step, with lots more pics, have a look at my blog post HERE.
You can find links to all the products in the descriptions above.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Clockwork Heart by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, welcome to my next project for Andy Skinner's Creative Team. I wanted to create a piece with plenty of textures and layers using metallic effects as my base.

The finished piece focuses on a clockwork heart theme. The book plate and clock dial have been given a rusty treatment, while the tag features a metallic gold base layered with washes.

DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste gives the clock dial and flaming heart a great texture on which to build the rusty paint effect. To the centre of the dial I have added and acrylic circle stamped with a stamp from Andy Skinners' Stempunk stamp set from Stampendous, using Staz On ink. To the reverse of the acrylic circle I have added a layer of crackle glaze with carbon black antiquing cream. This gives a weathered look while still being able to see the base of the tag through the circle.

The flaming heart has been given the same rusty treatment, while decoupage papers give the middle of the heart another dimension. I have added liquid glass to the centre of the heart to tie in with shine from the acrylic circle.

To give the piece height, the dial and heart have been mounted on a greyboard off cut weathered using chalky finish paints, crackle medium and washes.

The tag base features a texture effect, inspired by fellow team mate Suz Humphreys, created by blasting the painted surface with a heat tool until it bubbles. Over this washes of Paynes Grey, Prussian Blue Hue and Quinacridone Gold have been added, the washes have been built to add more intensity. I have used Metallic Lustre Gold Rush across the surface of the tag, this highlights the textures.

To the centre of the rusted book plate I have added the word "Heart" from Illusionary Artists Word Up & Numbers stamp set, and across the tag I have also stamped images from Illusionary Artists Tech Trauma stamp set using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

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

DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Gold Rush
DecoArt Weathered Wood
DecoArt Decoupage Papers Olde Worlde
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Refreshing
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Rouge
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Everlasting

DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Carbon Black
DecoArt Media Liquid Glass

180mm x 100xx Greyboard Tag
60mm Acyrlic Circle

Greyboard Off Cut

Stampendous Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

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