Monday, 20 April 2020

Miniature Retro Mirrors, by Natassa Blazaki

Hello my dears and welcome back to Andy’s Blog. Hope you got the chance to have some nice time with family during Easter. I also hope you’re all well and safe. Hang on there and craft craft craft 😊

Today I’m back with a cute project, that I had for a long time in my mind and particularly, since I first saw Andy’s Mixed Media Transfers “Retrology”.

So, I decided to try and replicate those retro advertising mirrors, I’m sure you’ve all seen them in diners or pubs, hanging on the walls.

I absolutely loved those transfers and I used all the designs to make a bunch of miniature mirrors. Then, I took a large piece of grey board, to make a wall panel for them.
Below, you can see a photo step by step for the mirrors and the background. 
Click on the images to enlarge and read the captions.

Miniature Retro Mirrors

Wall Background

Here are some close ups and you'll find a list of materials at the end of this post.
I really hope you enjoy this one and get some inspiration on how to use Andy Skinner's Mixed Media Transfers.

You all stay healthy and creative😘

Chestnut, Mustard Seed, Ocean Breeze
Olive Grove, London Brick

Friday, 17 April 2020

Retro Spark Plug Wall Hanging

Hi all, here's today's project.
I had a lot of fun making this wall hanging after I found an old spark plug a few weeks ago (when it still felt ok to pick up treasure from the kerb!).
 I used one of Andy's Tando Creative kits, along with lots of Creative Expression goodies!
Chalky finish paints on the small square... 
Gorgeous pastes on the large square canvas base...
Artists Pigment paints using Andy's usual rusty combination.
Transfers from the Retrology Transfer pack (love that set) added to the small squares. Holes punched for the wire wrapped spark plug.Then those squares glued onto the large base backing square using Andy's super strong glue.
And there you have it. Another piece of 'found treasure' added to my artwork.
For a more detailed tutorial of my processes for this project, check out my blog HERE.
Thanks for looking.
Suz xxx

Products used:
Mat chalk paint (white, Olive Grove, Mustard Seed)
Quick Grab Glue
Structure Paste/ Strata Paste
Artist Pigment Paints (Quinacridone Gold/ Raw Umber, Yellow Iron Oxide/ Paynes Grey)
(Gelli Plate 3D canvas kit by Tando Creative)
Rusty wire, a spark plug!
Here is a list to all of Andy's products on the Creative Expressions webpage, just click on the relevant product header and the range will open up.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Gypsie Queen Panel- Fiona Randall

Good Morning how's everyone doing? Hope you are all well and keeping safe.
here's a little something from me Using an assortment of Andy's products.
I created a mixed media panel using Tando Grey Board sheets and Andy's Industrial Elements set. I got out the gelli plate and created my background using Andy's Pigment paints and applied the print to the grey board panel. Next up was to create the crackle effect on a Tando Tag and a Frame from the industrial elements set. The insert of the frame was given a rusty effect with the pigment paints. All elements were then layered up onto the grey board panel using off cuts of grey board to give depth and dimension. Next up stamping with the gypsy queen moth stamp and coloured with washes of the pigment paints and attached to the frame as shown. To finish Andy's mixed media transfers were added and inking around the edges to complete.
Products used.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Stay Safe Folks xx

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.