Sunday, 22 July 2018

Acrylic Pour Leftover Background - My First post for Andy's Team.

Good morning all,

I am so happy to be here, on Andy's team!  Some of you probably know that I have known Andy a few years now, and am a DecoArt Helping Artist, and also demonstrate the DecoArt line on Hochanda in between Andy's shows.  I am super lucky and privileged to have the job I do, and to be able to share it with you.

For my first post I am sharing an MDF and Greyboard pieces canvas, made with an acrylic pour background.  I had mixed a lot of paint for the pours, and found I had too much of course, so continued to make backgrounds with the paint I had left.  The one I used was a muted one that I had 'swiped' a couple of times and it ended up not as vibrant as some others, but made a perfect start for a background.

On top of the background I stamped Andy's Fish Skeleton stamp, in white chalk paint.  Over this I added a texture stamp in black Archival in areas.

The layering is Tando Greyboard shapes, which I 'smooshed' face down into the leftover paint in my tray from the pours.  I made tons of these, and probably have enough for another 3 or 4 projects!  After that, if you have any paint left still, a tip is to run some card or paper through it, then you have more backgrounds or card to die cut with lovely paint patterns on, a ready made embellishment.

All of the boards were stamped with the texture stamp in Archival, and then words/numbers added to some with black Versafine, and embossed with clear embossing powder...  I prefer clear embossing powder on black ink to black embossing powder, as if you can't brush off all of the excess it doesn't show like a coloured powder would. The frog circle was then covered with Crackle Glaze to give dimension and shine.

The fossil was an old fridge magnet I had, but was the perfect size, so it had a layer of Tinting Base, and then Yellow Oxide, and some Paynes Grey, to give it a 'Quarry Fossil' look.

The main panel and all of the smaller panels were then edged in DecoArt Metallic Lustre, in Iced Espresso, using my finger to apply.  There is a lot of texture in the finished piece from the 'smooshed' panels, as they take on the effect of seaweed from prizing them up from the paint and being left to dry naturally.

I hope you like my first post, can't wait to bring you more.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Andy skinner Crafts: Word Up

Andy Skinner's Stampendous Stamps:

DecoArt Media Line:
Prussian Blue Hue
Titanium White
Cobalt Teal Hue
Yellow Oxide
Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
2 oz Chalk Paint - Everlasting
DecoArt Multi Surface Metallics - Chocolate
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Iced Espresso

Other Products Used:

Tando Creative Greyboard pieces (rectangles/squares/circles).
Clear Embossing Powder.
Versafine Onyx Ink.
Archival Black Ink

Friday, 20 July 2018

Altered Steampunk Clock

Hi Everyone! I must be the crazy lady with all the huge altered projects. I was at the discount store and saw this awesome clock, bought it, and tore it all apart, added a number of Andy Skinner Industrial Elements, and altered the daylights out of it. Clock Andy Skinner
For photo purposes I took the glass out. But this is what the clock somewhat looked like after I tore it all apart. 

 I took the back panel off and the outer ring.
 Using a thick piece of cardboard, I traced the outer circle and cut into smaller pieces. IMG_4202 
 I distressed the edges of each piece and then glued it all together. IMG_4207.jpg 
 After I added a layer of gesso, I painted with layer after layer of DecoArt Fluid Acrylicsfor just the right grunge look. 

 After I got the background really how I like it. I decided to wrap all the numbers on the clock with metal tape. Using a thick crackle glaze to get the aged look, I used a bit of a dirty wash to highlight the cracks on the numbers. 
  Clock Andy Skinner close up 5
I thought the centre of the clock could use something so I added an additional clock face from the Compendium kit in the centre. Altering the Industrial Elements I added more gears, and bolt heads. Clock Andy Skinner Close up 1
I used the texture sand paste to add more details to all of the pieces and with fine attention to details. I fit extra gears in here and there.

Clock Andy Skinner cloe-up 3 
 After all was said and done, the inner rim was a little tight and needed some trimming but it all came together great. I put in a battery and perfect, the clock actually worked, It still would have been a great project even if the clock didn't work, but I am so glad it did. clock Andy Skinner cloe up 2
I hope you enjoy the project and look forward to my next crazy project.
Have a great creative Day!
black and white head shot
Titian Buff
Paynes Grey
Burnt Umber
Dioxozine Purple
Phthalo Turquoise
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Quinacridone Gold
Carbon Black
Ultra Matte Varnish
Tinting Base
Modeling Paste
Crackle Glaze
Texture Sand Paste

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

Facebook page:  Love Creations
Instagram: Love Creations

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!