Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Quick Mixed Media Background Tutorial

Once in a while Tracy Weinzapfel and I have a virtual painting session via video link-up in order to come up with ideas for Dare 2 Create. Normally we set a theme and/or colour palette as our starting point. The rules for this week were to get texture by applying the background paint with a palette knife only, I also used the Phthalo family of paints for the background.

Step by Step

1. Apply a thin coat of white DecoArt Media Gesso to your substrate. This is just to prime the surface and stop the paint from being absorbed too much but it will be covered with texture so there is no need to be even or neat - just slap on a quick layer!

2. Mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic colours with gesso for texture, apply with a palette knife or a credit card with very little pressure using vertical strokes. I have used these 3 colours: Phthalo Green Blue. Phthalo Blue. Cobalt Teal Hue (Tip: I cut some of my credit cards into pieces; it's useful to have different sizes for different sized substrates and also to create different effects).

3. Once dry, lightly skim the surface witha palette knife using white gesso - keep it light so that it just picks up on the peaks of the texture.

4. Stamp with a stamp of your choice using a permenant black ink

5, Add a little water to your brush and apply a thin coat of Media Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

6. Side load a flat brush with Media Dark Grey Value 3 and float around the edges.
Once dry repeat with Quinacridone Gold.

7. Seal with two coats of DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.

8. I finally applied a generous coat of Americana One Step Crackle, once dry I applied Media Black Antiquing Cream, dried and wiped back to leave the cream in the cracks. (If I am honest I like it better before the crackle but we have to experiment!)

To finish off I embellished with some of the cogs from my Tando Industrial set, a rub-on (my own printed design) and a stencilled word detail.

Products used:
  • Andy Skinner Industrial Elements
  • Tando Creative Mixed Media Tag
  • Printed rub-on

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic colours used:
  • Phthalo Green Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Dark Grey Value 3
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Mediums used:
  • Media White Gesso
  • Media Ultra Matte Varnish
  • Americana One Step Crackle
  • Media Black Antiquing Cream
Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. If you have a go at following it, I'd love to see what you make so do share either below in a comment or on Facebook.

Monday, 28 November 2016

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th 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 2017. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 
Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 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 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm (EST), 2016. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here at 



Thursday, 8 September 2016

Wanderlust 2017

I am very happy to have been invited back as one of the teachers for wanderlust 2017!

Wanderlust is whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the classes you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers. Wanderlust is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Buy Wanderlust 2017 before 31st December 2016 and save 20%!
Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)
Now it’s a great time to buy the class to take advantage of the current exchange rate!

Follow the teacher's reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media. Every day somebody new!
As far revealed are: Mary Wangerin, Wilna Furstenberg, Amanda Grace, Alena Hennessy, Guiana, Jessica Sporn, Mindy Lacefield, Dyan Reaveley, Kate Crane, Finnabair, Vicky Papaionnou, Rae Missigman, Sandra Evertson, Nicki Dennett, Jo Firth-Young, Azoline, Wendy Brightbill, Lorraine Bell, Marta Lapkowska.