Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sacred Book

I have survived another Ministry of Mixology in Coventry this last April. Along with such great people and creativity, there is always Di and Toni's on sight Tando Store. So many fun products you get to see in person, feel and touch.
Well I fell in love with these Mini Books.
I decided to give it a try and do a faux alligator skin. Using Andy's shedded stencil, I added a thick layer of modeling paste.
After the paste dried, I painted and blended and then added a layer of crackle glaze to add to the layers of the book. Topping off with some antiquing cream to emphasize the texture of the book.
The inside was a little tricky, I wanted to have multiple pages, it was a matter of getting the inside to close and fold appropriate and fit together. But I got it to work.
Topping off the cover with the Flaming Heart kit, and some elements from the industrial elements kit.  Using some liquid resin to fill in the heart, and seal the flame crown across the top.
I love how this little book turned out, and it is little. I will have to play around with the other ones that I got, so we will see. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great creative day.
black and white head shot
Shedded Stencil - Andy08
Quinacridone Gold
Naphthol Red Light
Phthalo Green Yellow
Primary Yellow
Primary Cyan
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Medium Grey ValuePaynes Grey
Sap Green
Crackle Glaze
Modeling Paste
Antiquing Cream Carbon Black
France Papillon Tags And Embellishments Kit

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Hello all!

I've had such a fantastic time playing with a couple of DecoArt's newest product lines from their Paint Pouring Program. So easy to use and I cannot express enough how much FUN they are!  

Andy has been demoing this crazy new product at several Craft and Hobby Shows.  HERE is a video of him in action.

Here is my finished piece using an 8" x 8" canvas, DecoArt's new Pouring Mediums and other DecoArt products, pieces from Andy's fabulous Industrial Elements Kit from Tando Creative as well as the Clock Hands from Tando Creative, two of Andy's wonderful new Illusionary Artists stamp sets and some odds and ends from my craft stash.

Ready to dive into the process?  Let's go ...

First I chose several pieces from Andy's Industrial Elements Tando Creative set.  These are wonderful heavy grey board pieces that accept any kind of art medium you torture them with. First I covered the door plate with DecoArt's Media Modeling Paste using a palette knife to smooth it out and leave a not thick but substantial base coat.  Then I gently heat set it were still a tiny bit tacky on the top but almost dry. I spritzed the Ouija Board Stamp from Andy's Spook Stamp Set with water and randomly pressed it into the Modeling Paste. Immediately clean your stamp after this process! Then I heat set it.  Next I added a bit of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste here and there on two miscellaneous frames and randomly on the door plate and let it air dry. It if very important to not heat set the Crackle Paste!

Now to add some wonderful color to these pieces!  I brushed DecoArt Media Yellow Oxide over all of the pieces and gently heat set it.  I love using my fingers when I work so I rubbed DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber all over the pieces and then wiped off the excess using a paper towel.  Be sure to work the cream down into the crevasses so that you get that really aged look.

Now for the rusting technique to really age the grey board pieces I am adding! In this photo, you can the various pieces that I am using as they age step by step with several layers of DecoArt Media products.
First (left) I applied DecoArt Media Metallic Silver to all of the pieces using my fingers. Next I added bits of Media Metallic Gold over the silver. Next I randomly add Media Carbon Black to give some depth and definition to each piece. At this point, the pieces look like old and weathered metal.  Now for the RUST! of my favorite Fluid Acrylics ... Quinacridone Gold!  I randomly add this lovely "rust" all over the pieces using my finger to tap and smear it on.  Finally, I use a combination of Media Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue to create a lovely patina effect.  I apply the Titan Buff first to give a calcified look and then lightly tap over it with the Cobalt Teal Hue to add the patina effect. LOVE the results! IN the inset, you can see two book plates that are finished using this rusting technique and then the words "Hidden" and "Heart" from Andy's Illusionary Artists Word Up Stamp Set added.

This is the general layout of the pieces as I envision them on the canvas. Looks very old and medieval, doesn't it?  I used two sets of matching Clock Hands from Tando's set by the same name.  I cut the ends of the hands off a bit and overlapped the hands. Then I placed the book plates on top of them.  They remind me of old metal wrought iron on a window.

Now for the background ... my 8' X 8" canvas using DecoArt's Pouring Medium and Clear Pouring Top Coat.  This picture shows a closeup of the beautiful layers and runs you get using this product.  I used DecoArt Media Titanium White, Cobalt Teal Hue and Vermilion as my color choices. You simply mix a ratio of the Pouring Medium into each color of paint (depending on the type of paint you are using) and stir it. Then I combined all three paints into one cup. I placed the blank canvas on top of the cup, turned it upside down and then pulled the cup up to release the paint onto the canvas.  Next I lifted the canvas and moved it from side to side; watching the paint ooze and move in different directions.  
IT WAS FASCINATING TO WATCH! I let the canvas dry overnight. Then I applied the Clear Pouring Topcoat which leaves a lovely glossy finish.  I also let it dry overnight.

Here is a photo of the finished canvas as I am beginning to put all of my pieces together. I placed a piece of vintage lace in the center of the canvas.  My other Grey Board pieces would be glued over it.  In the inset you see a metal flower that I cut apart to use in the corners of this canvas.  

And is the finished piece with all of it's rust, crackles, patina, and metal embellishments to finish it off. Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you learned a little bit about a technique or a product you've been interested in trying.


  • DecoArt Media Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paste (white)
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Antiquing Cream Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion

Miscellaneous Supplies
  • 8" x 8" Stretch Canvas
  • Palette Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Paint Brushes
  • Clear Drying Glue
  • Miscellaneous Metal pieces such as wire, a key, ornate flower (to cut apart), buttons
  • Strip of Vintage Lace

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Monday, 14 May 2018

Curio Fish Tag by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, Hannah here with my latest project for the Andy Skinner Creative Team. Today I am sharing a tag created using Andy's Tagtastic 2 kit.

I have taken then scrapyard fish and used this with the larger tag. 
The elements of the fish have been embossed to created a deep texture to the surface, with each element being painted in a different faux metal effect. I have also used the washer and book plate to give added detail.

Layers of painted, rubbed back and crackled, create a grungy background. Edges of the tag and areas of the fish have been darkened using Paynes Grey, sponged on to the surface to give more drama and depth to the tag.

Rusty wire looped through the eye and the top of the tag add more grungy details.

Decoupage paper has also been included in the layered background with a crackle glaze top to add an even more weathered look.

The word "Curio" is from Illusionary Artists Word Up & Numbers stamp set, adding the perfect sentiment to finish the tag.

I hope you have enjoyed this project! Until next time :)

List of products used;

Stampendous Andy Skinner Textures Cling Rubber Stamp

DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Relic
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Treasure
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Refreshing
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish - Everlasting
DecoArt American Decor Crackle Medium
DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Paper - Olde Worlde
DecoArt Americana Premium Decou-Page Glue - Matte
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Paynes Grey
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Bunrt Umber
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
DecoArt Media - Matte Medium
DecoArt Media - Crackle Glaze

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Steampunkery Tag by Fiona Randall.

Morning all Fiona here with a Steampunk inspired tag.  The base tag was spritzed with Media fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey and Blue Green Light.
Next I created tiles to layer up and give dimension. Some embossed ( highlighted on the raised areas with Metallic lustre in Burnished Brass ) others stamped using Andy's Curiosity stamp set and coloured using the same colour palette as the base
Next step Gears and nuts and bolts from Andy's Industrial Elements set were given Andy's rust treatment.
Finally a Greyboard Circle was given a basecoat  and washes of media fluid acrylics in Titan Buff, Cobalt Teal Hue and Quin Gold before being stamped with the circle image from Andy's Curiosity stamp set. Media Crackle Glaze was then applied and when dry Media Antiquing cream in Carbon Black was applied and wiped back to reveal the cracks. Mounted onto a larger greyboard circle which had a diecut applied to the edge painted with Media Fluid Acrylic in Blue Green Light and highlighted with Burnished Brass Metallic Lustre to frame and create a focal point.
All pieces were then arranged and layered onto the tag base to complete.
Here's a close up of all the detail.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have enjoyed the process.
Fiona xx



Monday, 7 May 2018

Mechanical Fish Tag by Monika Maksym

 Hi !
It's Monika here with my latest tag.  
To start with I've painted my tag with black gesso, then using brayer I've applied a layer of chalky finish paint in revive. To add some interest to the background I've used my favourite  Andy's Tech trauma and Steampunk stamps.


Next step was to create textured tiles and fish elements. I've cut the greyboard into a small rectangular shapes. Then using texture sand paste, modeling paste and stencils I've added different textures to each of the tiles and fish pieces. Then I've painted them with chalky finish and acrylic paints, stamped on and glued them on the tag and fish mdf base.



 To finish it off  I have added washes of paynes grey, english red oxide and quinacridone gold, some paint splatters and rusty wire.

Thank You for stopping by, I hope You've enjoyed my post.

Monika, x
 Products used:



Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics -  Paynes Grey, English Red Oxide, Quinacridone Gold

Decoart weathered wood medium

Decoart Chalky Finish Paint - , Revive, Yesteryear

Decoart Media  Modeling Paste Decoart Media
 Texture Sand Paste
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