Good morning all,
I am so happy to be here, on Andy's team! Some of you probably know that I have known Andy a few years now, and am a DecoArt Helping Artist, and also demonstrate the DecoArt line on Hochanda in between Andy's shows. I am super lucky and privileged to have the job I do, and to be able to share it with you.
For my first post I am sharing an MDF and Greyboard pieces canvas, made with an acrylic pour background. I had mixed a lot of paint for the pours, and found I had too much of course, so continued to make backgrounds with the paint I had left. The one I used was a muted one that I had 'swiped' a couple of times and it ended up not as vibrant as some others, but made a perfect start for a background.
On top of the background I stamped Andy's Fish Skeleton stamp, in white chalk paint. Over this I added a texture stamp in black Archival in areas.
The layering is Tando Greyboard shapes, which I 'smooshed' face down into the leftover paint in my tray from the pours. I made tons of these, and probably have enough for another 3 or 4 projects! After that, if you have any paint left still, a tip is to run some card or paper through it, then you have more backgrounds or card to die cut with lovely paint patterns on, a ready made embellishment.
All of the boards were stamped with the texture stamp in Archival, and then words/numbers added to some with black Versafine, and embossed with clear embossing powder... I prefer clear embossing powder on black ink to black embossing powder, as if you can't brush off all of the excess it doesn't show like a coloured powder would. The frog circle was then covered with Crackle Glaze to give dimension and shine.
The fossil was an old fridge magnet I had, but was the perfect size, so it had a layer of Tinting Base, and then Yellow Oxide, and some Paynes Grey, to give it a 'Quarry Fossil' look.
The main panel and all of the smaller panels were then edged in DecoArt Metallic Lustre, in Iced Espresso, using my finger to apply. There is a lot of texture in the finished piece from the 'smooshed' panels, as they take on the effect of seaweed from prizing them up from the paint and being left to dry naturally.
I hope you like my first post, can't wait to bring you more.
Andy skinner Crafts: Word Up
Andy Skinner's Stampendous Stamps:
Prussian Blue Hue
Cobalt Teal Hue
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
2 oz Chalk Paint - Everlasting
DecoArt Multi Surface Metallics - Chocolate
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Iced Espresso
Other Products Used:
Tando Creative Greyboard pieces (rectangles/squares/circles).
Clear Embossing Powder.
Versafine Onyx Ink.
Archival Black Ink