Sunday 21 July 2013

Shock Horror Flowers were used in the making!

Before I start apologies to everyone booked on the stacking crates workshop yesterday,  I did everything in my power to try and get to you but alas the car had to be towed to a garage only to find out it was a simple loose connection and the breakdown guy should have been able to fix it on the road!

Ok I am working on a whole heap of stuff at the moment but wanted to share this picture frame with a beach theme, skeleton leaves have been stuck to the surface with Decoart Faux Finishing medium, then modeling paste was applied to the corners,  shells and yes... flowers were pushed into the modelling paste and allowed to dry.

Everything was then painted with titanium white before numerous colour washes, dry brushing and finally stencilling.

I love the way the Skeleton leaves have worked for texture.

All in all happy with this for a £1.50 second hand wooden frame.

A quick share of this Ikea mirror for those who did not see it on Facebook, I have simply printed out vintage signs on heavy cardstock and made a patchwork before distressing with acrylic paint, it's quite effective and very simple.

Thanks for reading,



  1. These frames look awesome Andy. Lee x

  2. ooo those leaves under the paint looks really good and a brilliant way to use them up Andy. Clever thinking! Hope your car gets over its hissy fit and behaves in future x

  3. Me and a bunch of my crafty mates were just talking about how great your work is last night. The leaves look great and I wouldn't mind having a go at that Ikea mirror.

  4. Oh my goodness you read my mind!!! My cousin is a beach lady and I wanted to make something for her. I was just thinking last night, "I wonder how it would look if I used small shells and things with Andy's techniques?" and voila!
    Did you glue actual skeletal leaves to the frame or is this just the imprint? It looks like you put the leaves on but how did you get them to stay down so nicely and go around the frame corners without bunching up?

    1. I used Decoart Faux finishing medium to stick them down, similar to matte medium but better IMO

    2. Thank you, I'll have to try and find some! My cousin calls herself The Beach Lady and I'd love to make something like the one with shells and roses for her. The patchwork is awesome too. I need to try and make a Rt. 66 one for hubby.

  5. Such fantastic makes Andy, definitely a fan of dry brushing since completing the book of secrets workshop

    Best wishes Annie

  6. I think you picture frame has turned out fab. I also love the photo, is it one of yours? Love Francesca

  7. Sorry about the car! Flowers? the heat has got to you hasn't it! Beautiful though, love the colour and texture.

  8. Fabulous frames Andy, I just love the beach one, great with the shells and flowers, woo hoo flowers, my word you are being daring lol.
    Hope the car behaves itself now.
    Have a great week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  9. I love your frames Andy, the beach one is amazing.
    xxx Hazel.


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