Monday, 25 April 2016

Ministry of Mixology, Chicago, il

Ministry of Mixology USA registration is LIVE and ready for registration!  Seats are limited.  Book your place HERE:
Dates: Sat 22- Sun 23 October 2016
(informal Meet & Greet for delegates wishing to stay on Fri 21st)
Tutors: Andy Skinner & Tracy Weinzapfel
Venue: Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare-Rosemont

Price: Introductory Price of $198 (until 15 May 2016)
(regular price $220)

(please note – overnight accommodation is not included but is bookable at a special event price)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Ministry of Mixology April 2016

Back from a frantic but fun-filled weekend at our second Ministry of Mixology event in Coventry. I think from the feedback I've heard so far, we did even better than last time! Here's a little video of some of the highlights.

Kate Crane and I taught sell-out workshops and we were joined by a host of talented artists who did amazing demos and make & takes on Saturday evening. 
To round off the fun on Saturday we had a raffle with prizes ranging from some handmade stamps by Kate Crane to a free place at the next Mixology UK event. The event had such a lovely atmosphere and it was great to see so many happy, smiling faces and so many people making new friends and taking away new experiences.

Di and Tony ran a wonderful retail shop on-site and judging by the state of the shelves on Sunday, there was plenty of shopping going on!

Di and Myself have to say a huge 'thank you' to the amazing team of helpers and demonstrators who gave their time voluntarily to help make this event even more fantastic. Massive thanks also to our sponsors Tando Creative, DecoArt, Stampendous and Craft Stamper magazine who helped enormously to give our event added value and keep our costs down. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who came to play this weekend - events are nothing without enthusiastic and creative delegates!!!

We are incredibly excited to be taking MOM to the next phase this year as we take our retreats to the USA, starting in Chicago this October. But home grown fans there is no need to worry - we'll be back at Coventry again in November for another weekend of fun!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

My (sort of) European Tour

Announcing two dates in Europe this summer! I'll be travelling to Italy and Greece for weekend events and would love to see you there. There are still a few places available at each location.

7th-8th May
Scrap n Pieces, Agios Dimitrios, Athens

For more info contact the store on:
tel 2114042654

Make two fantastic mixed media pieces - Note to Self altered book and an Altered Appliques assemblage piece.

4th-5th June & 11th-12th June
Marte, Savona, Italy

For more info contact the store:

 Not one but two weekends of mixed media fun featuring four different projects - Book of Redemption, All Seeing, Scrap Metal and Note to Self

Booking's are via the stores and you can find more info on their website. Looking forward to these dates - mixed media fun and if I am lucky a bit of time in the sun too!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Stampendous ATCs

I've created three ATCs to share with you. The base for each is MDF and it's such a fantastic substrate to work with - it will take all the product you can throw at it and not complain! The ATCs are a new product from Tando Creative and will be available soon.


Step 1: Base coat the MDF ATC with DecoArt Media black gesso. Apply a resist where you want top coat to come away and distress. I use men's hair clay for this as I think it gives the best results but you can alternatively use Vaseline. I concentrated on the edges and added a few additional areas here and there over the surface.

Step 2: Apply one coat of Americana Chalky Finish - the colour I chose is Everlasting but you could choose any of the lighter colours you like.

Step 3: Stamp with 'clouterie' stamp from the Shabby Chic set using black StazOn.

Step 4: Heat set the ink (or leave to dry well) and then gently wipe back the areas of resist with a paper towel. The chalk paint won't have adhered where the hair clay was present so will wipe right off.


Step 1: Base coat the MDF ATC with Media fluid acrylic in Blue Green Light.

Step 2: Brush fluid acrylic onto palette paper. Press the scratch stamp from the Toxic set into the wet paint.

Step 3: Stamp the red paint over the ATC as shown.

Step 4: Use different paint colours with the scratch stamp to continue building the background. Make sure to keep cleaning your stamp so it doesn't get clogged with paint. Clean well when finished (scrub with a damp cloth or wash with warm soapy water).

Step 5: Finish with a collage of stamping in black StazOn.


Step 1: Apply Texture Sand Paste to edges of an MDF ATC and dry.

Step 2:  Base coat with Titanium Buff; just cover the top edges of the Texture Sand.

Step 3: Stamp with the crackle stamp from the Toxic set using black StazOn.

Step 4: Stamp with the all seeing eye from the Curio set using black StazOn.

Step 5: Paint the Texture Sand with Raw Umber fluid acrylic.

Step 6: Once Raw Umber is dry, apply a coat of Quinacridone Gold over the Raw Umber, again just working over the Texture Sand.

Step 7: Mix Quinacridone Gold with approx. 30% Raw Umber. Dilute heavily with water to make a transparent aging wash and apply over the whole surface except the Texture Sand.

Use the edge of a flat brush to apply a little watered down Quinacridone Gold to the top edge of the Texture Sand Paste; this gives it extra definition. Finally, seal with Media Ultra Matte Varnish - this gives the whole piece a matt finish as the Quin Gold has a slightly shiny satin finish.

These are all quite easy techniques so don't be afraid to give them a go. I hope I've inspired you to create today!


Monday, 21 March 2016

We Dare YOU to Create!

Tracy Weinzapfel and I are at it again! But this time we are daring YOU to create.

If you've never had the pleasure of seeing our Dare to Create experiments, they are collaborative efforts where Tracy and I take turns to add layers to a piece of art. The end result is a Skinzapfel original - a piece with both our styles in one! There are a couple of videos on YouTube and below is the piece we made together at this year's CHA.

In honour of our Dare to Create experiments we want to see how you can incorporate both our styles into your own piece(s). Gather up your DecoArt supplies, get making, and let us know how you turned your piece into a Skinzapfel masterpiece!

Here is how to enter:
This challenge is running via our Facebook Groups only - links to which are below. My group is pretty new but growing fast. It's well worth signing up as I'll be running exclusive events, like this challenge, and doing tutorials and giveaways just for group members.

1 Join our Facebook Groups

2 Create your piece using any DecoArt products and upload to the Photo Albums in our respective groups. For more chances to win why not submit a different piece of art to each group?

3  Please have your submissions uploaded by April 18th so you are counted.

Simple as that! We will each choose two winners from our own group! I'll be selecting one piece as my favourite entry and drawing the second at random from all the entries.

My prizes are a mix of DecoArt Media mediums and my brand new stencils!

Can't wait to see how you interpret this fun challenge!