Thursday, 18 October 2018

Gone Fishing By Heather Thompson

Well this might be a first. A scrapbooking page up on the Andy Skinner Blog....Well....why not right. I wanted to show how not only are Andy's Grey board kits great for mixed media, altered art and everything else in-between. But a scrapbooking page as well.
I started out with some photos of my boy, knowing how much he loves fishing I decided to put the Scrap Metal Fish and Heart to use.
Using the Mish Mash Stencil on the background with some crackle past from DecoArt, I started on the background. After that was all dried, I used the Distress Diamond Stencil.
Moving on the the heart and the fish, I had a awesome paper pack that had lots of metal and industrial elements on it. I added an adhesive to the back of the grey board, and used various papers to get a patchwork effect. after cutting them all back out, I put on the base of the fish.
I topped them all off with some DecoArt Crackle Glaze.
I added a little extra flair using some old baits from Late Grandpa Larry's stash.  Along with hooks and netting.


I hope you enjoy the layout, Thanks for stopping  by~!
Have a great creative Day
black and white head shot
Crackle Paste
Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Have Your Say Stencil ANDY53

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Industrial Steampunk Tag- Fiona Randall

Morning all, today I thought I'd share my latest project an Industrial Steampunk tag,
Using Tagtastic 2, So Call Me Already and Industrial Clock face/ Not to mention utilising
Andy's Illusionary Artists Stamp Sets Tech Trauma and Word Up and Numbers.

I started by giving the tag a base coat of  DecoArt Media Tinting base followed by a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Titan Buff. I then added washes of Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna. Then Cobalt Turquoise Hue mixed with a little Veridian in a spray bottle was sprayed over the tag. This gives lovely bluish/ Green tones. The tag was then stamped using Andy's Tech Trauma stamps with black archival ink. To finish the edges were then swiped with Potting Soil Archival ink.

The Industrial clock face was given one of Andy's Rust treatments and set aside.

Next up the phone dial was given a base coat of  DecoArt Chalky finish in Relic. Then a Patina effect was added by mixing DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Green Blue and Phthalo Blue to get a lovely Turquiose shade. This was then added to a mini mister bottle and a little water added then sprizted over the Phone dial and whilst still wet dabbed with a sea sponge in places to give a worn mottled effect.

The number card for the phone dial was given a dirty wash treatment and stamped with Andy's Illusionary Artists Word Up and Numbers stamp set. All pieces of the phone dial were then assembled and attached to the tag base along with the industrial clock face which had been cut in half to attach to the side of the tag.

Here's a close up of the Detail.

Thanks for stopping By Today.


Titan Buff
Paynes Grey
Quinacrodone Gold
Raw Umber
Phtalo Blue
Phthalo Green Blue.
DecoArt Media Tinting Base.
DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish.
DecoArt Chalky Finish- Relic

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Danger Tag by Monika Maksym

  Today I wanted to share with you my grungy, industrial tag I've created lately.

These are two separate greyboard tags, larger one is size 10 from Tando Creative and the smaller one comes in Tagtastic 2 sets.

I've started with applying base colour to both of the tags which was 1:1 mixture of Media Fluid Acrylic paints in Black and Burnt Umber. 

I've added candle wax resist in random places, to create worn out look. I've painted the small tag in Burnt Orange Acrylic Paint and large with Chalky Finish Paint in Whisper. Once heated I was able to rub off the areas where candle wax was previously applied revealing what's underneath.

Both tags were stamped with black Archival ink, then I've added washes of Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Gold Media Fluid Acrylics.

Last step was to add a little bit of texture using stencil and Modeling Paste in Black and add cut out stamped skeleton embellishment.

 Products used:

 Tagtastic 2

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Whisper
Americana Acrylic Paint in Burnt Orange
Decoart Media Modeling Black Paste
Media Fluid Acrylics in Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black

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Monday, 17 September 2018


Greetings Mixed Media Lovers! 

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought I'd experiment with one of Andy's really cool stamps; the skull from his Skuldoggery set and see if I couldn't make it a bit 3D. I actually LOVE the way it finished out and am excited to share the process with you!

Here is the finished tag.  I'll share the steps used in creating both for you as it was so much fun and I don't want you to miss out on any of the techniques.

First let's do the tag and then we'll concentrate on the rather wicked boney fellow!

The tag is a Long Greyboard Tag from Tando Creative.  It is 7 1/2" long rather than the standard 6 1/4" tag.  So lots of extra space for you to work with and the greyboard is strong and sturdy and takes lots of abuse from mixed media elements.

Here I started with a fairly thin but thick enough to stamp in layer of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste applied with a palette knife.  Then I gently began to heat set it; not completely but enough so that you can press the stamp into the almost dried Modeling Paste and get a wonderful imprint.  I chose the stamps from Andy's wonderful Fossils stamp set to keep with the theme of "bones".  I also just love those stamps!  

Lightly spritz the stamp with water before stamping into the Modeling Paste.  Then wash the stamp immediately.  Then continue to heat set the tag until dry.  I also used the stamps to actually stamp Modeling Paste onto the tag.  I spread some Modeling Paste onto my craft mat with my finger, pressed the stamps into it as you would an ink pad and then stamped it onto the tag. Heat set.

To add even more texture, I randomly added some DecoArt Media Crackle Paste onto the tag.  Let this air dry as the crackling needs air drying to really work properly.

To really colorize and bring out the texture patterns of the tag, I started with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and painted over the entire tag.  Then I DRY BRUSHED a layer of Titanium White.  Repeat this process until you achieve the stone look and all of the highpoints to be highlighted as much as desired.  Next I added random DRY BRUSHING of Quinacridone Gold and Metallic Gold to further bring out the high areas of the tag and mimic iron or or mineral deposits in the "stone".  Finally I added bits of Seth Apter's Baked Texture Embossing Powders randomly on the iron fence and tag.  The colors were Patina Oxide (green shade) and Chunky Rust (orange shade).  These embossing powders are exactly what Seth named them ... "baked texture". Very cool.  You use these just as you would any embossing powder.

Now ... onto the experimentation and the wicked skull!!!

I began by stamping the skull from Andy's Skuldoggery stamp set 5 times onto chipboard.  I cut out three complete skulls and glued them on top of each other.  Next I cut off the lower jaw bone and cut out the eye sockets on the 4th stamped image and glued it on top of the others.  Finally, I cut out the 5th stamped image right above the teeth and cut out the eye sockets and glued it into place.  I found the eyes at a craft store (Michaels) in their Halloween section and glued them into place.  They are wicked cool!

The next layer was a coat of DecoArt Media Gesso over the entire skull.  Heat set dry and then begin to build a face onto the skull with DecoArt Media Modeling Paste.  I used primarily a brush to do this but sometimes used my moist finger to smooth out the Modeling Paste.  Let this completely dry!  I heat set some of it but allowed it to dry overnight to be sure.

Next I tinted the skull using DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics.  I began with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide followed by traces of Quinacridone Gold and finally Burnt Umber for the more shadowy recessed areas of the skull.

I stamped the skull image again onto a piece of plain white tissue paper using Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  I tried Black Permanent Ink as well but I decided against that much contrast for the detail of my skull.  In this picture, you can begin to see how the flat stamp of the skull is starting to come to "life".

Next you lightly brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium over the skull.  Carefully line the tissue stamped image of the skull onto the chipboard and Modeling Paste skull and lay it in place.  Then brush Matte Medium over the entire skull, even on the sides and around the back to secure it in place.  See how the tissue just melts into the skull and really brings out all of the details??  Cool!

Once the tissue image was dry through heat setting, I added some more details using a small brush and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold for the rusty highlights and Paynes Grey for the recessed shadowy areas.  I also embedded a rusty screw from Tando Creative's Screws Greyboard set.  This was simple.  I first used a coat of DecoArt Metallic Silver Fluid Acrylics paint on the screw followed by several random layers of Quinadridone Gold to add that really rusty, weathered look.  I slit the skull using an Exacto Knife and glued the screw in place.  I surrounded the base of the screw with Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold to really accentuate the literal "hole in his head".

For even more texture, I added random areas of the Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  This time adding the Faux Beeswax on areas of the skull.  I can't tell you how tactile and fun this skull looks in person!  

This is a nice comparison of how the skull started out and how it finished up. Really a fun thing to do!

And finally, I added the "Face Your Fears" sentiment from Andy's Unexplained stamp set.  This was heat embossed on cardstock using the Chunky Rust Embossing Powder.  The edges of the cardstock are lined with Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics using my finger.

I hope this tutorial was as fun for you to follow as it was for me to do!  Here are the list of supplies you will need for this project:

  • Long Greyboard Tags
  • Greyboard Screws

Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Chipboard
  • Craft Sheet
  • Palette Knife
  • Brushes
  • Exacto Knife
  • Small metal fence piece (tag)
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Seth Apter Baked Texure Embossing Powders: Chunky Rust, Faux Beeswax, Patina
  • Cardstock Scrap (sentiment)
  • Plain White Tissue Paper
  • Eyes for skull

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Friday, 7 September 2018

Sci - fi Fossil - how to change the look of your stamp!

Hi all

For todays post I'm bringing you a little sci-fi person! I've used Andy's Ammonite stamp on calico, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, decoupage glue, inks, pens and a gem!
For the main image I took Andy's Ammonite stamp from his Fossil set (you can see the range here), added my own design (for a full YouTube tutorial on how I did it, have a look here.....)
I used washes of paints, added definition with pens and a gem.

The background for the sci-fi person is a 7x5 inch upcycled canvas board with lots added to it, modelling paste, paints, gems, rusty wire, and some embellies...have a look at my blog for the full details!

Here's another way to use the same fossil stamp!
The background for this tag was a mixture of decopaged paper, paint, stampendous embossing enamels and more stamps. The main image is created in the same way as the sci-fi person, just a different design.
The final project, this 8x8 card again using the same technique for the main image. The card blank was stamped with dye inks and the fossil all the way around. Layered up with fabrics and upcycled cereal packet, scraps of cloth and some jazzy thread.
There is a detailed step by step for the canvas background for the Sci-Fi person on my blog (click here). And a detailed YouTube tutorial on how I designed the Sci-Fi person, transfering my altered design onto my project and how I painted the shaded detail on all 3 projects here.
Products used :
DecoArt Media Fluid Acryics: Paynes Gray, Quin Gold, , Carbon Black Burnt Sienna, Interference Gold, Decoupage Glue, Black Modelling Paste
Stamp sets used: Stampendous Fossils, Illusionary Artist Word Up set by Andy Skinner