Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Greetings Andy Skinner buddies!

Won't you join me in wishing Andy Skinner a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  
I think he turns 29 today.  (smile)

Do you look at your Tando Creative pieces and just stare because you don't know what to do with them?  Well, here's a solution!  Think outside the box and imagine them as something other than what they are!  For example ...

I picked out a simple journal that I had lying around.  It's interior pages feel like home made paper with roughly torn edges and I just love it!  The cover is pretty but plain and I wanted to really "Skinner" it up.  So I picked out the above Tando Creative products and laid them out to create a little "floral garden" front using left over gears, nuts and bolts, cogs, some hinges and a more random design on the back using part of a clock face (on the back side of the book) and a piece of lace border.  Simple little elements but they really worked up into something fun and different than what they were created to represent.
**BE SURE TO SAVE ALL OF YOUR TANDO SCRAPS!  See the circle rectangle on the far left?  That actually is a piece of greyboard left over after I punched out some washers.  I trimmed it up using an exacto knife and it makes a great accent piece for this book cover!

Here is the finished book cover!  Cute, huh?  Want to know how I did it?  Well, let's discover the items you'll need and then let's get started!

Items needed for this project:
  • Some sort of journal or hard cover book
  • DecoArt Media White Gesso
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermillon
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
  • Americana Chalky Finish Smitten 
  • Americana Chalky Finish Escape
  • Americana Chalky Finish Keepsake
  • Decoart Vintage Effect Wash White
  • DecoArt Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Decoupage Paper Vintage

  • Tando Creative Lace Borders
  • Tando Creative Hinges
  • Tando Creative Gears, Nuts and Bolts
  • Tando Creative Cogs
  • Tando Creative Clock Face
  • Stampendous Andy Skinner Toxic 
  • Stampendous Andy Skinner Shabby Chic

  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Stencils Toxic
  • DecoArt Andy Skinner Stencils Bubbles
Miscellaneous Items
  • Paint Brushes
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Craft Mat
  • Drying Gun
  • Brayer
  • Antique Buttons
  • Paper Towels or sponge
  • Rhinestones
  • Permanent Black Pen
Let's put it all together!

Begin by painting a generous coat of DecoArt White Gesso over the cover of the book.  This provides an even white basecoat and also gives all of the mediums to be added some "tooth" to stick to the book cover.  Let dry or heat set.  Then layout your Tando Creative pieces to create your design.

Glue the pieces in place using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  Brush onto the cover of the book.  Brush onto the back side of the pieces and press them in place.  Then brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium over the entire cover to seal.  Let dry or gently heat set.  Then brush another coat of DecoArt Media White Gesso over the entire cover.  Let dry or heat set.

Brush a basecoat of DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Smitten paint over the entire surface of the book cover and about 3/4" on the inside the interior covers.  Be sure to get into all of the cracks and crevasses to cover all of the white base.

 Squeeze a little DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black onto a craft mat and thin it out with a brayer. Roll the brayer over the surface of your stamps and randomly stamp images on the surface of the book covers.  Let dry or gently heat set.  Immediately wash off your stamps!

To soften all of the colors and pull the raised images together, use a cloth, a brush or a sponge to add DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash (white) over the entire surface of the book cover and on the interior painted edges.  Add or wipe away the Effect Wash until you are happy with the results.

Add some color to your raised images using a brush and various colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics paint.  I used:  Diarylide Yellow for some of the nuts on the back of the book and a couple of the gear/cog flowers on the front of the book.  I used American Chalky Finish Keepsake for the hinge stems of the flowers and some of the circles on the back.  Titanium White provided the polka dots that were made by using the wooden end of a paint brush dipped in paint and then pressed onto the flowers or circles.  Americana Chalky Paint in Escape was used on the clock ace and center gear/cog flower. I also used it to create some polka dots.

Apply another layer of the DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in white over the surface of the painted images.  This blends them into the background and creates that beautiful vintage washed look.  Then hot glue antique buttons onto the centers of the flowers.

Measure the interior covers of the book and cut two pieces of DecoArt Vintage Decoupage Paper.  Brush DecoArt Matte Medium over the surface of the interior book covers and press the papers into place.  Brayer over them to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.  Let air dry or gently heat set.

Mix American Chalky Finish Smitten with a bit of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint and a little DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash (white).  Brush over the surface of the interior pages and let air dry.

Create interesting interior covers by layering some of Andy Skinner's DecoArt Stencils.  First I used his DecoArt Bubbles Stencil and DecoArt Chalky Finish Smitten Paint.  I applied the paint by dabbing it with a paper towel.  

Next I added Andy's DecoArt Whirlpool Stencil by lightly brushing and dabbing DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver.  I love the layers, contrast and design these stencils and paint gives to the interior pages and covers.

Here is what the interior cover and first page of the journal looks like.  Pretty cool!

Now for the Tando Creative Lace Border layer that will go on top of the hinge stems on the front of the cover...
I painted the Tando Creative piece with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver to accent the antique buttons and the whirlpool interior pages.  After the paint dried, I randomly stamped the Lace Border using Andy Skinner's peeled paint stamp from his Stampendous Toxic set.  I love this versatile stamp! 

Next I added rhinestones to the Lace Border using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.  It is a wonderful clear glue as well as having the capability to create a faux glass look.  I also glued all of the rhinestones on the back of the cover with Liquid Glass.  

To accentuate the details on the "flowers" and some of the shapes on the back cover, I edged them with a Black Permanent Marker.  

Here is a closeup look at the front cover.  As a final step, I lightly ran my finger with a bit of first Silver and then Black paint over the edges of the cover of the book to sort of frame it and distinguish the edges a bit more.  

And here is another look at the completed covers.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you learned a few things about a product or about how to stretch your imagination to see an object for possibly something other than it was intended to be.

About the Artist:  Candy Colwell

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Time Management.

Morning folks Fiona here. This time around I decided to create a timeless timepiece. I have had this Retro Reverable Chipboard Clock kit from Andy Skinner and available from Tando Creative for awhile now and thought I had better put it to use. Let me take you through the steps on how to transform these grey board pieces into something that has aged and weathered with time.
 I started by giving all the pieces a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black.Once dry all the number sections were outlined by gluing twine around the edges to create a separate compartment.These were then filled with  DecoArt  Matte Medium and sprinkled with small glass beads to create texture.
Once dry all the pieces were given a coat of  DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics using a mixture of 2 parts to 1 of metallic Gold and Raw Umber to create a dark patina effect and to highlight all the texture.
 All the pieces were then given a coat of DecoArt Media Patina Antiquing cream and wiped back with a baby wipe. Lovely verdigris effect here.

All the numbers were given three coats of the metallic gold / raw umber mix and heated with a heat tool to create the bubbling paint texture.
The centrepiece of the clock was given the same treatment but omitting the Antiquing cream step. All the pieces were then assembled onto the clock base to finish.
In this close up you can see all the lovely aged and weathered texture of this timepiece. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this Tutorial. Fiona xx
Products used.

Media Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black, Raw Umber and Metallic Gold.
Media Antiquing Cream Patina.
DecoArt Matte Medium.

Tando Creative Andy Skinner Large Reversible Clock.
Other- String and Glass beads.



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Eye Eye!

Hi folks, Dee here. As I am typing this up I am waiting for a call from the hospital to go pick up my son who is having his wisdom teeth pulled out!!! I remember having mine out and it really hurt plus I looked like I had been in the boxing ring with Mike Tyson! Remember him?With Tando Creatives Andy Skinner Industrial Wings Kit I have created this post using Andy's salt technique on the wings.

Firstly I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste through Andy's Fossil stencil. I also replaced the stencil and put some Texture Sand Paste in area's and around the edges.

Once dry I applied a coat of Titan Buff and followed with very watery washes of Prussian Blue and Raw Umber.

I added a coat of Black Antiquing Cream around all the sides then knocked back with a baby wipe. The Texture Sand Paste  soaks up the black and creates an unusual effect.

Above is a close up of the sand paste after the Antiquing Creamhas been absorbed. Quinacridone Gold along with touches of Metallic Lustre were applied after the cream.A bit of dry brushing was used over the entire tag. That was the base tag done next came the wings.

I gave a the base wing a coat of gesso when this was dry I followed it with a very watery coat of Payne's Grey. While still very wet I sprinkled salt over it. Once dry I followed it with a very watery coat of Carbon Black and followed the same process. As you can see in the photo it gives a
 lovely mottled effect.

Once it was dry and all the salt had been brushed off, a coat of Quinacridone Gold was applied.

A photo of the finished base wing.

I started with the smallest wing using the Andy Skinner Shedded 12x3 Stencil with Modelling Paste and Texture Sand Paste.

...a couple of coats of watery Payne's Grey.

Followed by Quinacridone Gold. 

For the centre piece I stamped the eye stamp from the HANDLE WITH CARE rubber stamp set onto white card with black Archival Ink. I painted the pupil with Yellow Iron Oxide and tinged the edges 
with Cadmium Orange. I followed this with a top coat of Media Interference Gold.

I brushed matt medium over the image this was then covered with the glass bead. Rusty wire was manipulated with pliers then glued around the centre bead.

An old rusty washer was used for the tag hole and Patina Antiquing Cream was used to highlight the end of the wings.

On the name plate I used Payne's Grey with Tinting Base followed
 by Crackle Glaze and Metallic Lustre CHAMPAGNE ICE. The inset was card washed with iron oxide then stamped with the numbers from the SKULDOGGERY rubber stamp set.

I hope you have all enjoyed my post please feel free to ask any questions or let me know what you think. (PS my son is now home and got a nice swollen face but is fine!)
Dee x

Products used:
  • Handle with Care rubber stamp set
  • Skuldoggery rubber stamp set

  • Deco Art Fluid Acrylics: Payne's Grey, Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Carbon Black, Yellow Iron Oxide, Cadmium Orange, Interference Gold
  • Deco Art Antiquing Cream: Patina, Carbon Black
  • Pastes and mediums: Crackle Paste, Texture Sand Paste, White Modelling Paste, Gesso, Tinting Base, Matte Medium
  • Fossil stencil
  • Shedded Stencil

All products can be purchased through Tando Creative.