Monday, 17 February 2020

'Dark' - Featuring Andy's new Creative Expressions Releases

Morning everyone,

I don't know if you have seen Andy's new releases yet, but they are really worth checking out.  I have been fortunate to try the new Structure Paste, the Stamps and new Chalk Paints, and they don't disappoint.

I made this arch with quite a few of the new products.  I started with the new Structure Paste, all over the front of the frame, in a thin layer.  It went on beautifully, spreads easily and dried nice and quickly.

The whole frame was then given a coat of sponged Chalk paints, in several colours, mixed in places.  The back plate was also given the same treatment with one less colour, as was the media board.

The book plate, Circle, flourishes & cog were painted, then crackle medium added.  I found that the Creative Expressions Crackle medium works with the Chalk paints, which was brilliant.

I stamped 'Cracked Up', all over the frame, 'Eye Spy' in the circle, and 'Distressed Mandala' in two different colours on the backplate and media board.  'Vanitas' was stamped in black ink and clear embossed, then varnished with Super Matte Varnish.

I stencilled the word Dark to put in the book plate, then used the Crackle Medium as a clear varnish, over the eye and the word.  As I wasn't putting a paint on top, it just gives a clear protective coat.

I hope you have had time to check out the rest of the team's work, and Andy's new products.  I'm sure you will have as much fun playing with them as I have. x

Best Wishes,


Products Used:

Andy Skinner/Creative Expressions:
Stamps: Eye Spy, Vanitas, Cracked Up, Distressed Mandala.
Matt Chalk in Olive Grove, Mustard Seed & Grey Haze.
Artist Pigment in Quinacridone Gold & Paynes Grey.
Structure Paste
Super Matte Varnish
CE Crackle Glaze
Andy Skinner Tando Creative Resurrection Arch Kit.

Thursday, 13 February 2020


Hello All!  Welcome back to Andy's Blog where you will find some really fun projects from his Creative Design Team.

Andy and Creative Expressions have teamed to create some really fabulous and fun new products!  This canvas I'm sharing highlights just a few of the products from his new release.

This is an 8" x 10" mixed media canvas that literally came together in a couple of hours. Don't you love it when you're in the "flow" and things just work together like they were meant for each other?

I began with a blank 8" x 10" canvas, a 3" x 3" canvas, the three little silhouette figures I found online and sized to fit my design and a couple of boxes of crayons.  They are black and printed on heavy cardstock that I cut out.  I then painted over them with Black Acrylic Paint to make them even stronger, cut them out and set them to the side for later.

Now add Creative Expressions products to the mix ...

I started by brushing White Gesso over both canvases.  Then I heat set those to speed up the process.  Next I added just a little water to the Cosmic Shimmer Ocean Breeze Matt Chalk Paint and lightly brushed it over the surface of the large canvas.  I first brushed up and down and then across to create a bit of a crosshatch pattern.  Then I repeated the process using Cosmic Shimmer Olive Grove.  These are such lovely soft colors.  They brush on beautifully and leave such a soft, matte blended look.  I truly LOVE THEM!  And the colors are luscious!

Using Black Permanent Ink, I stamped this fabulous image from Andy's New Creative Expressions Stamp; Memories of India.  I mean, this stamp really has the WOW factor! I did not use an acrylic block; just the stamp so that I could stamp the background and bend the stamp to randomly fill in areas. Then heat set the ink to dry.

As you can see in the previous picture, the black ink and the background provide a stark contrast.  To soften that look, I again went over the canvas with a touch of water added to each of the Cosmic Shimmer paints.  Only this time I added a touch of a white Translucent White with the Chalk Paints to soften the colors and better meld the stamped images into the background.

I stamped this fabulous sentiment from Andy's new Artists stamp through Creative Expressions onto a piece of plain white tissue paper using Black Permanent Ink.  Who among us can't relate to THIS???

It is the perfect size to fill in the area of the 3" x 3" canvas and also give some dimension to the canvas by adding an extra level. Heat set to dry.  Then apply a generous amount of Matte Medium to the little canvas front and carefully lay the stamped tissue paper in place; centering it on the small canvas.  Brush matte medium over the canvas top.  Heat set to dry. Tear away the excess tissue and apply a light amount of Matte Medium around the edges to seal them in place.  Heat set.  Then apply Black Acrylic Paint around the sides of the smaller canvas and using your finger, rub the black paint along the top edges of the canvas; framing the sentiment.  Next I brushed Black Acrylic Paint around the edges of the larger canvas and used my finger to create a frame of black across the top edge of the canvas. Heat set and set aside.

Choose the crayons you want to use and in the succession you want them to be glued in place.  Measure 2" from the top of the canvas and draw a line across the canvas.  Using hot glue; line the crayons in place along the line you're drawn and glue them in place making sure the the "Crayon" label is centered on the crayon.  I glued my crayons in place along the line by lining up the actual line on the crayon where the round part of the crayon starts to slender down to the pointed area. 

Next I glued the 3" x 3" canvas in place and the three silhouette images in place using Matte Medium. (I hot glued the canvas in place to speed up the process). Put the silhouettes in place the same way you added the tissue paper to the 3" x 3" canvas.  Brush a generous amount of Matte Medium over the area you want to add the three figures. Work one at a time. Set it in place and gently press it down with your fingers to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.  Then brush over the figure with Matte Medium and heat set to dry. This glues and seals the image.  Do this for the little girl on the left and the woman on the right.  The little boy next to the canvas will be glued on using adhesive pop dots stacked on top of each other and pressed into place.  Then lightly brush over the larger canvas with the Matte Medium to seal it.  Do not brush Matte Medium over the crayons. Gently heat set to dry the canvas but don't get the heat tool too close to the crayons ... yet!

NOW you want to get the heat tool close to the crayons!  You will gently place the heat tool close to the crayons so that the crayons will begin to melt and run down the canvas.  Hold the canvas in an upright position so that the wax will run down the canvas.  Hold the heat tool at an angle so that the wax will run down the canvas, not blow across it.  Do this a section at a time and when the wax has run as much as you want it to, lay the canvas flat and allow the wax to dry just a little before you move on to the next section.  You can always make the wax run more by applying more heat to the crayons.

Here is a view from the the side of the canvas so you can see the dimension of the little boy and the smaller canvas in comparison to the 8" x 10" canvas.  It really makes a difference that the little boy and the smaller canvas stick up from the larger canvas! Very dimensional and really grabs your attention!

I hope you've maybe learned something new with this fun mixed media piece.  It want together so quickly!  So if you're looking for something new and different to try that won't take a lot of time; this is your project!

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • 8" x 10" Canvas
  • 3" x 3" Canvas
  • Plain Tissue Paper
  • Permanent Black Ink
  • White Gesso
  • Matte Medium
  • Paint Brushes
  • Silhouette Images - 3 3/4" little girl, 4" little boy, 5" woman
  • Small Scissors (to cut silhouette images)
  • Heavy Cardstock
  • Two Boxes of Crayons
  • Heat Tool
  • Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
  • Adhesive Pop Dots
  • Acrylic White Translucent Paint
  • Acrylic Black Paint

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Sunday, 9 February 2020

'Rice Bike' on Fabric - featuring the new Andy Skinner releases

Morning all.
I've made a little 5 x 7 canvas created using lots of Andy's fab new releases!
The base is made using rice paper onto the canvas board, 
then structure paste (which is the best I've ever used) through the Cog stencils.
 Layers of watered down chalk paint and dry brushing.
 Rice bike' stamped onto calico, vintage book page, fabric, a bit more stamping with 'cracked up' and lots of embellishments.
I loved making this and using all the new products! For a more detailed look at how I made the project, have a look at the full tutorial on my blog HERE.
Thanks for looking.

Products used:
Rice Bike Stamp, Cracked Up Stamp, Cogged Up stencil, Structure Paste, Rice papers, Chestnut and Warm White Chalk Paints.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Beauty attracts the eye Journal Panel

I love creating panels that can be put into journals and here is one I made using lots of Andy's new products.

This stamp is called 'Eye Spy' and look at the amazing detail on it.

It has been combined with a mixed media background using some of the chalk paints and pigment paints that Andy now has in his range and in the background you just catch a glimpse of the stamp called 'Distressed Mandala' which is great for adding depth and interest to the layers.

I added some of my own wooden hearts altered with paints and combined them with a lovely quote I found on the internet.

If you would like more details about how I put this panel together please pop over to
Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxcx


Artist Pigment Paint - Prussian Blue

Click the links to be taken to each product.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Send In The Clowns Decorative Envelope

Hello Everyone!

It's 2020 and a great time to start setting your sights on something new and exciting for the new year.  How about stretching your creative vision and trying a new product or a new style? Or, if you're really comfortable with a style you've chosen, then maybe try introducing a little bit of mixed media or some other genre to give your style a new look. 

I consider myself more of a vintage style artist but love to add some mixed media elements to my work.  I am excited to share my newest creation using Andy Skinner's Creative Expressions line of products. They are awesome!

This lastest piece is called "Send In The Clowns".  It is a vintage style envelope that is perfect for a gift card or placing in a junk journal, handmade book or any number of things.  I love the detail in this piece as well as the textural elements and muted colors.

I also love how dimensional this little envelope is. The layering of stenciled patterns, stamped images melded into the colorful envelope and the flashy free standing "big top", provides the perfect background! Whimsical clowns fly through the air and race around a vintage truck to complete this very vintage look.

This started off as a kraft-ish colored paper envelope measuring 4 1/4" x 5" when the flap is folded.  So there is a lot of fun little details added to a fairly small space.

I began with a basecoat of DecoArt Traditions White Gesso.  When dry, I applied Andy's new Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Strata Paste with a palette knife through his Whirlpool stencil. Gritty and very textural; I LOVE this paste!  

Because this paste is gives such a raised and gritty feel, I added a light coat of Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Super Matte Varnish to protect and seal the Strata Paste for my next layers.

Andy's new Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paints are fantastic! They provide lush color yet it is semi transparent. So you get a soft yet vivid layer of color.  First a layer of Yellow followed by a light wash of Quinacridone Gold.

Using a baby wipe, I added just small touches of Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Artist Pigment Paint Cobalt Teal to pop some teal-ish accents. I then added a bit of Quinacridone Red using a baby wipe as well.

Now that the base was complete, it was time to begin adding all of the decorative layers.  I stamped two images from Andy's Creative Expressions Roll Up! Roll Up! Stamp onto a piece of plain white tissue paper using Black Permanent Ink.  Heat set to dry.  Then I tore around one of the images.  Tearing the edges helps them to blend better into the background than using a cut edge.

Using DecoArt's Media Matte Medium, I brushed a fairly heavy layer onto the envelope and then laid the stamped image on tissue paper over that area of the envelope. Then I added a layer of the Matte Medium over the images and gently punched the brush over the raised surfaces to be sure the image was gripping to the envelope.  Heat set to dry.  To make the edges further blend into the base, I created a light wash of water and Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer Yellow Artist Pigment Paint and gently brushed over the stamped image again, paying even more attention to the edges.  Heat set.

Andy has some WONDERFUL Rub On images from his Creative Expressions line of Mixed Media Transfers.  This truck is from Retrology.  I rubbed it onto a piece of striped cardstock and love how it turned out to go onto my envelope.

Here is the finished envelope with the truck in place.  Clowns all around and having a great time "clowning around".

Next, I fashioned the "Big Top" for the top of the envelope using a fancy edge trimmer and a scrap of striped paper.  I folded the edges of the paper to make the Big Top dimensional and stand away from the envelope.  Then I used double sided tape along the top edge and the side edges to adhere it to the envelope.  From Andy's Poe Diversity Mixed Media Transfer Set, I added the "CARNIVAL" rub on centered on the Big Top. (see the complete envelope picture)

The back of the envelope was very simple.  I first brushed a light coat of the white gesso.  Then I added a layer of Andy's Yellow Artist Pigment Paint followed by a wash mix of water and Andy's Raw Umber Artist Pigment Paint to give a really aged, vintage look.  Next I used Andy's Roll Up! Roll Up! stamp again randomly stamping the "circus" portion of the stamp onto the back of the envelope.   **Note:  Andy also has this same image on his Alchemy Plus Mixed Media Transfer Sheet!

All of the clowns are from an old sheet of Graphic 45 paper I had from years ago.  I love these little clowns!  They each have their own personality and add so much to this Circus envelope!  Everything was glued in place using some adhesive pads to raise the truck and some of the clowns.  But even those were glued in place using Andy's Cosmic Shimmer Quick Grab Glue!  This stuff is amazing and really does what its name says ... it grabs quickly!

Here is a list of all of the wonderful products used on this very vintage piece!  I encourage you to try them if you're not already addicted to them!

Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Palette Knife
  • 4 1/4" x 5" envelope (or whatever size you choose to use)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scrap cardstock (in this case, Graphic 45 for the clowns and striped paper)
  • Adhesive pop up pads for raising elements
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Decorative Edge Trimmer

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Thanks so much for stopping by!