Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Steampunk Grunge


Hi everyone I am so honoured that Andy invited me to be a part of this Awesomely talented team. For my first creation I decided to create a Steampunk Grunge piece. I have used a lot of techniques for this piece all learnt from Andy in his online courses and attending his classes at The Ministry of Mixology.
Base coat a canvas board  with media white gesso. Once dry apply a mix of Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue fluid acrylics. When dry cover the whole board with a thick coat of media crackle paste with a palette knife and  leave to dry overnight. ( don't heat dry as it will not crack properly).
Then apply washes of  Cobalt Teal Hue and Quinacrodone Gold fluid acrylics building up the layers until  happy. Apply Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylic to the edges and then a final wash of Carbon Black fluid acrylic all over to knock back the colour. Then apply two coats of  media Matte Varnish to seal.
Butterfly Base and Top.

 I cut the butterfly on my scan n cut and gave the base of the butterfly washes of Prussian Blue Hue and Transparent Yellow Oxide fluid acrylics. When dry  stamp with Andy's scratch stamp from the Toxic set with potting soil archival ink.
The top part of the butterfly was given Andy's Easy Rust Painting technique. Then spattered with media patina antiquing cream.
Base coat the bookplate from Andy's Industrial Elements set with Raw Umber fluid acrylic and dry. Apply hair clay around the edges and the keyhole to act as a resist. Apply media crackle paint and allow to dry. Once dry wipe back with a baby wipe around edges to reveal base colour leaning a distressed finish. Apply a wash of Quinacrodone Gold fluid acrylic. Stanp with black archival ink using stamp from Andy's Steampunk set.. Give bolts and washers from Andy's Industial Elements set the same rust technique as the butterfly and glue to the top and bottom of the bookplate.
Cog and Centrepiece.
Stamp a Large cog from the Industrial elements set with the text stamp from Andy's Steampunk set with media matte Medium. Once dry apply a coat of neat Quinacrodone Gold fluid acrylic. The matte medium acts as a resist.
Base coat a chipboard circle with media tinting base , stamp the eye from Andy's Handle with Care set with black archival ink. Paint the iris with media turquoise shimmer mister. Apply a coat of one step crackle and when dry apply media black antiquing cream and wipe back with a baby wipe. Base coat one of the large washers from the industrial set with Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylic, followed by a coat of Turquoise interference paint. Then glue the pieces together.
Large Tag.
Using a sheet of Tando Creative 12x12 chipboard cut a large tag. Apply media modelling paste through Andy's Timewarp stencil. Once dry apply Andy's Faux Copper technique by base coating with Payne's Grey fluid acrylic. When dry apply media Patina antiquing cream then wipe back with a baby wipe and buff to a shine.
Finishing touches.
Stamp over the canvas board using stamps from Andy's Steampunk and Unexplained sets  with black and potting soil archival ink. Finally glue and layer up all elements onto canvas board.
Hope you have enjoyed this post today and I would love to hear what you think.
Fiona x
Products used.
Media Fluid Acrylics, Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacrodone Gold  Carbon black
Media Misters Turquoise Shimmer.
Media Antiquing Creams Black and Patina.
Media Modelling paste and White Gesso One step Crackle.
12x12 chipboard sheets. Andy's  Industrial Elements Set.
Andy's Stamp sets Unexplained, Handle with care, Toxic and Steampunk.
Andy's Stencils Timewarp.
Archival Ink Pads Potting Soil and Black.
About Fiona.
I am a full time cardiology nurse living in the UK. My creative journey started many years ago. I have a passion for all things mixed media since being introduced to the DecoArt range by Andy Skinner in his online workshops and am totally hooked. I love exploring new techniques to create interest and texture in my work. The grungier the better. Looking forward to this creative journey.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Grungy Chic Up Cycled Wine Crate

Thank you for stopping by, Mark here with my first make for the new Andy Skinner DT and wow what an honour to be part of this amazing team, Thank you Andy for inviting me along.

For my first make I have decided to go down the up cycling route and heavily distress a wine crate that was given to me a little while back.

This is how the crate started life,
I started with layers of Decoart Chalky Finish paint sanding back between layers to get a nice naturally distressed finish, added some extra detail with some of Andy's Decoart Stencils as well as stencils from the Chalky Finish Line.
To start with the aged and grungy process I used the dark cream wax's wiping off the excess wax almost straight away to leave a dark stained finish.
Additional distressing was added using Decoart Media Fluids, Quinacridrone Gold and Carbon Black added as colour washes.
The whole crate was given a coat of Decoart Decor Satin Varnish and the handles were added to finish off.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look, keep popping back as we share more creations from the new Design Team.
 xxx. M.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Featured in Craft Stamper

I've teamed up with Hochanda this month to create a step-by-step piece for Craft Stamper magazine, for their 'As Seen on TV' feature. See how I used DecoArt's Weathered Wood to create my vintage tag using my latest stamps from Stampendous.

Is it Halloween yet?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Dee's take on Andy's Tando Frame

Kicking off the blog posts for my new Creative Team is Dee Adams with a wonderful take on my Tando box frame that's typical of her grungy, textured work.

Hi everyone so pleased to be here and kicking off this new creative Team! I have to pinch myself to believe that I am here on this amazingly talented team. I thought I would go over the top with my first piece and introduce you to what I am mostly known for - my embossing and a new/old way
for you to look at your stamps. I used quite a few techniques for this piece, including some ageing ones that I learnt from Andy.

Firstly I worked out that I would emboss the corner pieces along with the centre piece details below.

On the remaining 4 panels I gessoed them then gave them a coat of Gold fluid acrylic.

I followed this with Weathered Wood and hair gel (resist) to a few areas so that the gold would show through here and there. I then added a coat of Crackle Paint to the dry Weathered Wood. This creates Andy's 'mega crackle' effect.

Once it was dry and cracked, I added washes Prussian Blue then used DecoArt Black Antiquing Cream over the top to age the panels.I think the antiquing creams are among my favourite medium as 
just love the effects that you can achieve with these. Knock back the black with a with damp cloth.

For the embossed areas:

1. Swipe your substrate/card with embossing ink then pour Stampendous Chunky Metallic Seasonings powders over the area.

2. Tip the remaining embossing powder back into its pot and heat set your embossing powder with your hot air gun until melted.

3. Follow the above steps with Stampedous Chunky Clear or ultra thick embossing powder.

4. Follow the above steps again with Stampendous Chunky Gold this will be your final layer of embossing powder.

5. Ink up the Andy Skinner scratch stamp from the Toxic set with a Versafine ink pad.

6. For this step you need to heat the embossing powder until it is molten.Working quickly, press your inked stamp into the molten embossing powder and allow to cool prior to peeling your stamp off. You will now have the imprint of the stamp in your embossing powder.

Do this for all 4 corners. For the frame I took the same steps but use the crackle stamp from
Andy's Industrial stamp set.

I coated the corners and centre piece with black Antiquing Cream and set aside to dry. I glued together the bolts and painted them with raw umber and black media fluid acrylics, and added a quick touch of Metallic Lustre to finish of. I knocked back the black Antiquing Cream with a damp cloth until I was happy with it.

The piece inside the niche started off as magenta then gradually I layered it up with transparent yellow Iron Oxide and Everlasting Chalky Finish paint, a very watery wash of Prussian Blue Hue followed by watery Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

Finally the scratch stamp was used with with Archival Potting Soil, followed with black.

The inside edge of the frame was given a couple of coats of Quinacridone Gold. The centre piece was a charity shop find which I gave a coat of gold paint.

Three little bolts have gems glued on and were attached under the main metal embellishment.

I hope you have all enjoyed my post today and I look forward to hearing what you think.

Dee x

Products used:
Tando Creative: Ministry of Mixology Andy Skinner Frame
Stampendous: Andy Skinner Stamps Industrial and Toxic; Stampendous embossing powders - Chunky Metallic Seasonings, Chunky Clear Deep Impression Embossing Enamel, Chunky Gold.
DecoArt Media: Black/White Gesso; Ultra Matte Varnish; Crackle Paint; Antiquing Cream - Black; Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Raw Umber, Gold, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Magenta. 
DecoArt Chalky Finish: Everlasting
DecoArt Weathered Wood
Inkpads: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Archival Potting Soil and Black

About Dee:
"Hi everyone my name is Dee, and I am a mixed media artist who enjoys working with all kinds of media. Texture is my passion along with embossing. I am very fortunate to be on the design teams for some amazing companies and challenge blogs which gives me the opportunity to play with some fabulous products."

My personal blog: www.deeadamsart.blogspot.co.uk

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A wonderful day at Hochanda

Hi everyone!

I had a fun day at Hochanda last week on Friday, 3 shows using Decoart products and a very early start, arriving at the doors for 6am!!

By 7am the set was finished and ready to go live at 8am, the guys at Hochanda are always so helpful, big thanks go out to them.

For my first and second shows I had Leonie Pujol presenting,  it's always fun, and laughter was had throughout the shows!

It seems to be a rule now that when I am on embarrassing pictures are emailed in and put on screen for all to see lol
First was this!


Next show one came in from my painting partner in crime Tracy Weinzapfel you can see the shock on my face below! Watch the videos to find out the story behind the pictures :)


Finally the day was finished of with an Italian meal with a lot more laughs!

Thanks for reading :)