Wednesday, 13 December 2017


It's almost Christmas!  Have you got your gifts wrapped and under the tree?  
They need tags, right?  Or how about a handmade vintage tag as an ornament on your tree?

This vintage style tag was created using a standard manila tag along with DecoArt products and Tando Creative Laser die cuts.

Before we get into the tutorial, let's list the products you'll need for this project:

  • DecoArt Decoupage Paper (sheet music)
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Chalky Finish Romance (red) Paint
  • DecoArt Vintage Effects White Paint
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Decoart Media Liquid Glass

  • Clock Face
  • Large Book Plate
Other Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Palette Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Mat
  • Regular Size Manila Tag
  • White Flocking
  • Holly Greenery Garland
  • Vintage Bells
  • Vintage Beads (to embellish the garland)
  • Gold Ribbon (to create a small bow)
  • Craft Pick (to clean out excess Crackle Paste on Tando Creative pieces)
  • Anna Giffin Santa Tags
  • Adhesive Pop Dots
  • Dear Santa Stamp
  • Permanent Black Ink
Now let's begin to create ...

Step 1:  Brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium onto a regular tag and lay the sheet music decoupage paper on top of the tag.  Press into place; removing all air bubbles and wrinkles.  Heat set then cut away the excess paper.

Step 2:  Using a palette knife, smear DecoArt Media Crackle Paste randomly on the tag. Let completely air dry. The inset picture shows you the lovely crackle effect when dry.

Step 3:  Brush over the tag with DecoArt Chalky Finish Romance Paint for a beautiful vintage matte appearance. Heat set. Next, Randomly brush DecoArt Vintage Effects over the tag; wiping away excess and adding more paint as needed to create a really lovely vintage feel.  Then repeat this step again; adding more red and white layers.  Heat set in between each layer.

Just look at all of the texture and varied colors!

Brush on a wash of water and Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber paint and wipe away the excess. This gives your tag even more of an aged, vintage look.

Cover the Tando Creative Pieces with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste.  I used my finger to get more of a random coverage and then used a Craft Pick to clean out excess Crackle Paste between the roman numerals.  (I also cut the clock about 2/3 across to fit on my tag the way I wanted it to). Let these pieces completely air dry.

When dry, I added DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold paint using a small brush to cover the crackle paint. 

I also added some of the Metallic Gold Paint to my tag using my finger to create a soft shimmer in the light.

Next add some DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber with your finger over the crackled gold Tando Creative pieces to give them more of an aged appearance.  I also added Burnt Umber around the edge of the tag wiping it with my finger to define the edges of the tag.

Next I instantly aged a retro Santa tag by lightly brushing a wash of water and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.  In the inset, you can see the difference that the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide makes!  I absolutely LOVE this paint!  It's one of my favorite vintage style tools!

Next glue the clock face in place on the tag using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass as a glue.  It dries clear and is an excellent glue. 

For an even more vintage appeal, I added white Flocking randomly on my Santa tag.  I did this by using a small brush and brushing DecoArt Media Matte Medium over areas of the tag that I wanted to be covered in the flocking.  Then I sprinkled the flocking on top of the wet Matte Medium, gently tapped it down, lifted up the tag and tapped off the excess flocking. I also anchored the holly greenery garland through the tag hole.

Here you get a closer look at the flocking that has been applied with the DecoArt Matte Medium.  It's the little details like this that can make all the difference!

The Santa tag is almost finished!  I layed everything in place to get my design and then hot glued everything down.  The Tando Creative Book Plate is raised with a couple of pop dots underneath.  The "Dear Santa" is stamped onto cardstock that was washed with a DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide wash. The next to the last step was to use my finger to wipe DecoArt Media Fluid Acryilcs Metallic Gold around the edges of the tag. This really pulled everything together.

And finally, I hot glued all of the little vintage bells, beads and bows in place to complete the festive look.

Merry Christmas everyone!  

About the Artist:  Candy Colwell

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Patinalicious for a Tag.

Hello and thanks for stopping by today. Fiona here with a tag tutorial using DecoArt Media Interference Acrylics in conjunction with DecoArt Metallic Lustres.
To start I die cut a Tag from Tando Creative Greyboard and then ran through an embossing folder to add background texture. I then mixed Media fluid acrylics in pyrole red and carbon black  and coated the tag to achieve a nice deep burgundy colour.
In a mini mister bottle filled with water add a couple of drops of DecoArt Media Interference Turquoise and give it a shake to mix. Spritz over the tag letting it pool in areas and leave to dry naturally. You end up with a wonderful Shimmery Patina effect.
Highlight some of the raised areas on the tag and all the edges with DecoArt Tarnished Brass Metallic Lustre and buff to a shine when dry.
Die cut a small arch from greyboard and apply DecoArt Media crackle paste. Once dry apply a coat of of DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in metallic gold dry with a heat tool. Next apply a coat of Black Antiquing cream and wipe back when dry to reaveal all the lovely cracks.
Die cut some wings from Tando Geyboard and apply DecoArt texture sand paste and once dry give them a coat of Media fluid acrylic in paynes grey, followed by a coat of Media fluid acrylic interference turquoise. Apply Tarnished brass metallic lustre to a tiny arch frame add a vintage image and seal the image with DecoArt triple thick glaze.
Apply DecoArt texture sand paste to an mdf  key embellishment and when dry give a coat of Tarnished brass metallic lustre. Using one of the small bookplates from Andy's industrial elements set I applied Tarnished brass metallic lustre and when dry buffed to a shine. I added a couple of brads and a title from a vintage bookpage.
I then assembled all elements onto the tag to finish. Here's another look.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you have enjoyed the process.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Carbon Black.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Pyrole Red.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Gold.
DecoArt Antiquing Cream Carbon Black.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Interference Turquoise.
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste.
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste.
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Tarnished Brass.
DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

GreyBoard Sheets from Tando Creative.

Industrial Elements Set.
About the Artist:- Fiona Randall.
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Monday, 27 November 2017

I am Happy to be Part of Creative Jumpstart 2018!!!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 
Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details

You get 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Happy Fall Y'all!

I'm back with a new Autumnal Art Journal Spread using images from a magazine, the fabulous DecoArt Media Line products, Andy Skinner's amazing stamps and lovely little grey board accent pieces from Tando Creative.  Working magazine images into your own original art work is not only challenging, it's also a lot of fun.

You can find some of the most beautiful pictures that can be used in your art pieces out of magazines and calendars!  Be sure to tear out and save those lovely treasures because you never know when you'll wish you had them.  I found an entire "Country" magazine full of gorgeous autumn pictures.  Those plus the colorful falling leaves in our area were my inspiration for these pages.

Here are the supplies you will need for this style of art journal pages:

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Viridian 
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze
  • DecoArt Liquid Glass
  • Andy Skinner Nature Stamp Set
  • Book Plates
  • Mini People
Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Paint brushes
  • Book for art journal spread
  • Magazine or calendar images
  • Acrylic block for stamping
  • Permanent Brown and Black Ink
  • Sponge or something to dab paint onto surface
  • Computer generated verse
  • Permanent Black Ink Pen
  • Autumn leaves
  • Heat tool
  • 1/4" Double Sided Adhesive Tape
Time to get into creative mode!

Begin by painting DecoArt Media White Gesso over the surface of your art journal pages.  These pages happen to be in a paper children's book that I have been altering into an art journal.  Heat set or let air dry. You can go heavy or light on the gesso; depending on the opaqueness of the background you desire.

Cut our your magazine images and secure them to the pages using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  Matte Medium works as a transparent glue and sealer.  Apply the Matte Medium to the page surface lay the image in place.  Brayer or smooth out the air bubbles then brush over the image with Matte Medium to seal it.  This way, when you add paint to or around the images, they are protected and excess paint can easily be wiped away.

Here are the pages at this point.  They look strange but now the magic begins to happen as you bring everything together using DecoArt Media paints.

Choose colors that will blend and compliment the magazine images. Water down the paints to produce almost a watercolor effect. Brush the paint on and wipe away any excess.  Heat set.  Continue this process until you achieve the look you want.  The first layer was done using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Orange Hue.

Next I brushed on the almost watercolor effect to the background using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow.  Also use a small brush and touch the leaves with the watery acrylic colors to further enhance them. You can do this since you've sealed the paper with DecoArt Matte Medium.

Here are the pages at this stage.  I also added some green on the pages using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Viridian and Yellow Green Light in the leaves of the trees and along the ground on the left page to create balance.

Andy Skinner's Nature Stamp Set is amazing! At least for me, it's THE PERFECT set to add all sorts of detail to these pages.  From it's rustic wooden fence to the geese flying south, the stamped images really add so much to these pages!  

I began with this fence piece.  I inked the stamp first with a dark brown permanent ink and then tapped the stamp with permament black ink.  I used an acrylic block to ensure a good image.  I stamped to the left and overlapped that fence pole every time I stamped the fence image across the art journal spread.

Just look at the depth something that simple adds to this piece!!  LOVE IT!

Now to add more autumnal folliage to the background.  I stamped this beautiful tree using a dark brown permanent ink.

Next, use a small brush, water down the acrylic paints again and then lightly blot and brush colors that are complimentary to the leaves on the magazine image.  I also love how some of the original text from the children's book is showing through! 

Time to finish the background to compliment the ground on the opposite page.  Using DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff, Primary Yellow and Burnt Umber, I blotted color onto the surface using a sponge and then a small almost dry brush to create the streaks.  

Using yet another of Andy's beautiful stamps from this set, I stamped the old barn into the background then lightly painted over it. Again, with an almost watercolor paint, they translucency of the paints gives a bit of color but allows all of the detail from the stamp to show through.  

Here are the pages at this point.  Notice the geese flying south for the winter?  They were also added using permanent black ink and yes, they are also in this Andy Skinner stamp set!  The tree, the barn, the fence and the geese ... all used on these pages and I love what they add to the scene!

A large bookplate from Tando was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold followed by a healthy coating of DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze.  Let the Crackle Glaze and ALL DecoArt Media Crackle products air dry to achieve the truly beautiful crackle effect!

I rubbed over the crackled book plate with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey and wiped away the excess.  I painted the two mini people using the Paynes Grey and glued them in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass.

Next, I glued some real leaves from my yard randomly around the perimeter of the pages using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  First to glue them in place and then I brushed over them to seal them. 

As I was watching the autumn leaves gently floating to the ground one day, it struck me how similiar we are to the leaves.  In a philosophical moment for this art journal spread, I created this poem, computer generated the verse to fit the page, printed it out, cut it apart and glued it in place using double sided tape.  I highlighted the edges of the leaves and the poem using a permanent black ink pen.

Here is a closeup of the left page.

Here is a closeup of the right page.  I also added a black swipe of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey around the perimeter of the art journal pages to "frame" them and draw everything together.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out these pages.  I hope that you've learned something new about a product or a technique. Even if you're not a fabulous sketch artist, you can incorporate beautiful images into your art journal pages using magazine images!  It's so easy to blend them into your pages and make them work perfectly!

May you all have a blessed holiday season!

About the Artist:  Candy Colwell