Saturday, 16 February 2019

Do you want to play a game? Playing cards box by Monika Maksym

I hope you are well :)
Today I wanted to share with you this project. Something I had in mind for a while and finally had time to make :) I hope you like it!

 I have started my project with painting a wooden box with dark grey chalky finish paint mixed with water (2:1) inside and out.

Next, I have applied light grey chalky paint and metallic fluid acrylic paint randomly using brayer.

I have scraped texture sand paste through stencils on top and sides of the box. Once dry I have added  few washes of Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylics to add a bit of colour and shading all over the box.
To accent the texture I have drybrushed the sides with white chalky paint.

Little greyboard book plate was painted with Raw Umber and Titan Buff then word 'SCARED?' was stamped on it and fixed on the front of the box

 I have included few playing cards as well...  :)
I hope you have enjoyed my inspiration

products used:

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Relic,Primitive and Everlasting
Decoart Media Texture Sand Paste
Decoart Media Heavy Gel Medium
Decoart Media Modeling Paste
Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold, Metallic Silver, Burnt Umber

Facebook page:  Love Creations
Instagram: Love Creations

Friday, 15 February 2019

Art Journalling vintage/mixed media

Hi it's Brenda here today to share an entry I created in my vintage altered journal. This is an old reading book with gessoed pages where I love experimenting with layers, mediums and paints and keeping it to a vintage theme.

I have used  some of Andy's stamps and stencils in the layering processes.

I started with the white gessoed page and added textures by using black modelling paste through the stencils.

After several layers of paints and more gesso I ended up with a wedding/anniversary themed page. As I had no idea where I was going when I began the double spread I am quite happy with the outcome.

For more details and photos please join me at Bumblebees and Butterflies where I explain the steps and techniques.

Have a wonderful weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


Illusionary Artists stamps - Gothic Grunge, Tech Trauma

Andy Skinner stencils - Creativity, Time Warp, Halftone

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics-cobalt blue hue, prussian blue, medium grey value 6, cerulean blue, titanium white, english red oxide, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow oxide and burnt umber
DecoArt Media mediums - black modeling paste, white gesso, heavy gel medium.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

My 'Almost' Valentine - by Nikki K

Morning everyone,

Today I'm sharing a Tag I made that's about as close to Valentine's as I get really.  I'm not one for hearts and flowers.  Just as well as my hubby usually buys me something like new brake pads for my van.

This tag started as an experiment, and has a LOT of layers.  I once got a brilliant peeled paint effect (never to be repeated), by using two crackles, one after the other, but then forgot which ones.  So I thought I'd have another play.  This one didn't do exactly the same, but the crackle is lovely!

The tag was first painted in chalk paint, then covered with a layer of weathered wood, and when completely dry, painted over with Media Line Titan Buff.

After this I went for the second layer of crackle, painting Chalk crackle medium over, and let that dry.  Another layer of chalk paint, and I got a crackle going in opposite directions to the first.  In between I gave a wash of paint over the Chalk to get the lovely browns and cream.  This still didn't have the desired effect, so I added yet another layer, of Crackle Glaze.  I was loving the effect, even if it wasn't quite the same as before.  I didn't want a glossy surface, so coated this with Ultra Matte Varnish, before the next step.

I stamped Script in Archival ink, and then the Skeleton and numbers in a darker Stazon.  This created my background.

I took Andy's Flaming Hearts Kit, and painted in Burnt Sienna, along with a book plate from the Industrial Elements set.  These were both embossed with Aged Spice embossing enamel.  The word Desire was taken from a paper pad and cut to fit inside the heart before gluing.  I added a layer of Crackle Glaze inside the 'frame' of the heart.

The Crosses were stamped onto card, then coated in Triple Thick Glaze, and varnished with Ultra Matte Varnish to take the shine away.  I added a stamped and antiqued word to the already embossed book plate, and some 'rusty' screws.  The word was treated with Crackle Glaze also.

A little washer was rusted and then a little white added, to draw the white from the Crosses into the design.  I put this and some tea stained ribbon at the top of the tag.

The whole tag was edged with some ink to frame it.  I hope you like it, don't forget to check out my team mate's blog's too, and let us know what inspires you.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Andy Skinner - Flaming Heart Frames.
Andy Skinner - Industrial Elements Kit
Illusionary Artists - Gothic Grunge Stamp Set.
Stampendous - Textures Stamp Set
Stampendous - Birds & Bones

Media Line:
Quinacridone Gold
Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Titan Buff
Titanium White
Crackle Glaze
Ultra Matte Varnish

Triple Thick Glaze
Chalk Paint - Everlasting
Chalk Crackle Medium
Decoupage Glue - Matte

Tando Tags - Tag Base Substrate
Stampendous Embossing Enamel - Aged Spice

Friday, 8 February 2019

So Call Me, Maybe? by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, welcome to my post for February - given that Valentines' is just around the corner I thought I would share with you a grungy heart project!

Hearts feature a lot in my work. I like the meanings you can convey by using a heart in your design. I have produced a range of similar designs along this same style as I am drawn to creating subtle differences using new techniques.

The heart substrate has been layered with resist and crackle techniques to give a truly weather worn look. Industrial style stamps from Andy's Illusionary Artists and Stampendous collections, offer another texture, while the rusted bolts pull the design together.

The main focus of this project is the retro phone dial, this I have textured with paint before adding washes to tone down the colours. A little textured heart to the centre of the dial emphasises the theme running through this project.

For a full step by step, please head over to my blog

List of supplies used;

Heart Substrate

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Rouge
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Everlasting
DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Green-Blue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Decoupage Glue Matte
DecoArt Decoupage Papers Victorian Romance

Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Patina Grunge Tag Art by Fiona Randall

Morning all Fiona Here with a Patina Grunge piece of Tag Art. To create this piece I used a number of elements from Andy's  Fabulous Greyboard kits Tagtasic 2, Industrial Elements and Flaming Hearts which can be found in Andy's online store HERE as well as a piece of Tando Greyboard for the base which I cut to size and is available to purchase from HERE.

To start I concentrated on the base first applying Tinting base before applying colour with Titan Buff and Raw Umber blending the colours with a baby wipe, next came stamping using my favourite stamp from Andy's Texures Stamp Set with potting soil Archival Ink. Crackle glaze was then applied and when dry Antiquing cream in Raw Umber was applied and wiped back to reveal the cracks and a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish applied to seal and protect.

Texture sand paste was applied  to the cogs and frame. Andys' Rust Treatment was applied to the cogs then set aside. The Tag and the frame were then coated with Raw Umber and when dry Patina Vintage effects Wash applied and wiped back. 

The tag was the stamped with the textures stamp in Watering can Archival Ink. The inner piece of the frame had text paper applied and a dirty wash applied to age it before  giving it a coat of crackle medium and when dry applying Antiquing cream in Raw Umber then wiping back to reveal the cracks.  

The Flaming Heart was then assembled and given the same treatment as the tag and frame. A quote was applied inside the heart before filling the recess with Triple Thick Glaze. All Elements apart from the cogs were the swiped with Metallic Lustre in Iced Espresso and buffed to a shine. 

All elements were then assembled onto the base board using off cuts of grey board to give dimension and depth.  Rusty Wire was wound round a slim pencil to create springs and attached to finish.


Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used.

Andys Textures Stamp Set.

Mediums- Tinting Base , Crackle Glaze. and Ultra Matte Varnish
Media Fluid Acrylics- Raw Umber, Titan Buff., Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Metalic Lustre- Iced Espresso
DecoArt Vintage Effects Wash- Patina


Ranger Archival Ink- Potting Soil and Watering Can.