Tuesday 4 June 2013

I am a Bad Blogger!

My lack of blog posts recently has been due to lack of time,  you will be pleased to know that I have given myself a damn good talking too and will attempt to be more productive in the future!

Hopefully I can catch you up with what I have been creating since my last post. I will start with the most recent.

I have spent the last few days demonstrating at the Craft Barn Extravaganza, I stupidly decided to place a bet on Facebook that if my post received more than 100 likes I would wear glitter nail varnish at the event.... guess what ???

andy skinner nail varnish craft barn extravaganza

After 10 minutes Demonstrating with the Gelli plate my nails were ruined lol

One thing I like to do with Gelli prints is to use them for backgrounds on tags, the one below was a section of a print that I was drawn too.
I added some washes of Decoart Traditions yellow iron oxide and Quinacridone gold to areas and stenciled in Prussian Blue with my Skullduggery stencil.
Finally I pushed Decoart Modeling paste through a Crafters workshop script stencil and added a wash of Quinacridone Violet to the script.

andy skinner decoart tag stencils

Next up is a project I worked on for a new workshop at the craft barn on July 20th and the Stamp Attic on July 27th.  
It is using this pack of three blank wooden nesting boxes.

This is the larger box, unfortunately these are for a workshop so can't give too much away on techniques.
andy skinner decoart tag stencils

Some close ups.

This is the opposite side.

andy skinner decoart tag stencils

Here are the other two boxes.

andy skinner decoart tag stencils

I held my second Stix 2 workshop at the Stamp Attic recently using the printable texture sheets.
All painted with Decoart Traditions using layering of translucent colours.
Here are some of the finished paintings.

andy skinner decoart tag stencils

Finally a mixed media painting, Audrey Hepburn with a new hairdo!

andy skinner decoart tag stencils

Thanks for reading,



  1. Love that new box, just my colours! Nails look very good on you!

  2. Love the boxes and those paintings are gorgeous!

  3. Life got in the way of the Craft Barn this time :( but wow you did it then and wore the nail varnish lol
    Fabulous boxes ! and stunning painting :)
    Von ☺

  4. Those boxes are totally fabulous!! Amazing how you've made them look ancient - maybe after your workshop, you'll share some of the techniques for us Yanks! I love using interesting boxes and baskets to store supplies and these are great!
    The nail polish is hilarious-and the color is actually very nice. What a shame that the Gelli plate took it off. :-)
    All the best ~
    Sally Downes

  5. Did you know you can get crackle nail polish? Maybe you can do that next time...more up your street Andy! Lol!
    Good to see you at the weekend, & you can't escape, I'm coming to your boxes class too! They look fab! Love Audrey with her new hairdo, & the Stix 2 canvasses!

  6. ...awesome projects Andy, but especially love the stacking boxes, love the stencils too, some delicious colours used...don't ya just love crackled, chipped paint...Melxx :)
    Oh and great looking nails too!

  7. The tag and the painting are so great...but I love the altered boxes!
    What a great look Andy.

    kind regards, Alie :-0

  8. Wonderful projects....by the way, you are NOT a bad blogger...my blog is awaiting since July 2012!!! If you can do it, guess I better get back to blogging too - time just slips away doesn't it - LOL!
    Paper Hugs,

  9. I thought you looked rather fetching until the paint covered it. . . .! I love your tag and thanks to you I'm now addicted to my new gelli plate. Made a whole load of tags from pieces of prints on sunday. (thanks for the ideas on further steps for the tags too). Thanks for a great class and if there are places left on the box class I may well pop up again - how lucky for you would that be!! Looooove Audrey's new hairdo - I'm a big fan of that stylish lady.

  10. Wow - stunning boxes, and those translucent paintings are sensational!
    Alison x

  11. Lots of wonderful projects here Andy, the gelli plate tag is fabulous, love the boxes and its already sold out and the nails are rather a fetching colour. Loved the class Friday and it was good to catch up with you again on Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Andy, you wear that color well!

  13. Lovethe look of the gelli tag! Ad wow thos epoxies, vintage stencils, chipped paint very cool ...wish I lived closer! Fab fab fab x

  14. You rather seem to be overproductive- only a bad blogger! Haha. I hope the new workshop is an online one. PS I love the nails

  15. Not a bad blogger, no way, love the coke crates and that tag is fantastic, you rock on the gelli. Oh and those nails just beautiful.


  16. LOVE your stacking boxes, Andy! They definitely look terrific! (Well, I love the other projects too, but these are me favourites ;).
    Did you try crackle nail polish as well? LOL.

    Claudia x

  17. It is fabulous! It is a pity I am so far :-(((

  18. great blog thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Wonderful inspiration as always Andy and I can't believe I didn't notice your nails last weekend LOl! Chris x


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