Monday, 15 January 2018

Tagtastic 2 Kit - Valentine Heart

Hi Everyone, it's Brenda here from Bumblebees and Butterflies and I'm really excited to be publishing my first project here on Andy's blog as part of his new Creative Team. Some of you will know that I love Andy's grungy style and have learned masses from him both from his on-line workshops and real life workshops, his teaching has helped me develop my own style over the years I have known him.
I'm calling this look pretty grunge because it incorporates a bit of Andy's style and a lot of mine, to me there's a sort of feel of masculinity about it but plenty of femininity too. So with Valentine's Day coming up I thought I would throw in a heart and some fabric and use some of the red and pink colours in both the DecoArt media acrylics and the chalky finish paints to create background layers and focal elements in what might also be called a shabby style.

The Tando Creative chipboard elements here are from one of Andy's new kits coming out that will be released on the 18th February at the Stitches trade show in Birmingham. I have been lucky enough to have a pre-release play and apart from the fabric, ribbon and arrow everything else is from the kit. If you saw Dee's fabulous post last Friday she used the same set but different elements so you will see it is really versatile. I added some other bits from my supplies like this arrow which shows how you can mix and match with your own collection of embellishments.

Cheesecloth is my favourite go-to item when playing in the shabby style and it fitted in perfectly with the elements and style.

The heart has lots of layers of paints, stenciling and stamping before a coat of clear crackle glaze and don't you just love the cracks that appeared after I rubbed in some white antiquing cream?

Do keep your eye on both this blog for lots of inspiring projects yet to come and also on Andy's Face Book page for more projects and to keep up with all the news.

If you would like to see the process steps of how I put this together then they are all over on my blog.

Have a fabulous week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Check out Andy's new Stamps below!

Tagtastic 2 kit - Released 18th February 2018
Stencil - Dot Stream

Stamp sets - Industrial, Shabby Chic, Handle With Care

Mixed Media Acrylics - pyrrole red, quinacridone magenta, titanium white, raw umber
Chalky Finish Paints - romance, relic, everlasting
Medium - white crackle paste, clear crackle glaze

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Lovely New Andy goodies To Play with

Hi everyone Dee here with a project using one of Andy's new kits from Tando Creative the one I am using is being released at stitches in February I used lots of different techniques on the fish including some embossing would be rude not to.

I have also used the text from the Tech Trauma Stamp Set by Illusionary Artist available on pre order today on Here.
 I used different techniques for the different sections of the fish the tail and top fin were triple embossed and then stamped with Andy's industrial stamp set from Stampendous.I also used Andy's Stencil - FRENCH ELEMENTS to stencil in the numbers. Deco arts ferro paste and crackle paint completed the fish.
For the base tag I used a long tag from tando creative which I treated with a base coat of modelling paste followed by clear modelling paste put through Andy's shedded stencil once dry washes of paint were followed with Media Interference - Turquoiseto give it that lovely rainbow effect that fish have on there scales. The photo's had to be taken at night so the colour has got a bit lost.

The amazing distressed tag from the Tagtastic 2 set was given a brush with texture sand paste around the edges  this was then given a coat of chalk paint followed by crackle medium then chalk paint. I rubbed back to allow the base colour to show through. Using versa fine I stamped the writing of tech trauma onto the tag and using raw umber chalk rubbed it over to give a soft look to the text. the texture sand paste was edges with quinacridone gold.

Thats it for today below is a list of all products used.

  • DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Everlasting
  • DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish legacy
  • DecoArt Americana Crackle medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference Turquoise 
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso
  • DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media White modelling paste
  • DecoArt Media clear modelling paste
  • Deco Art Andy's Stencil French Elements

  • Tagtastic 2 - coming soon!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Always... by Katy Leitch

I was lucky enough to receive the Gothic Grunge set from Illusionary Artists for my debut DT piece. As soon as I saw it I thought it would pair beautifully with Andy's skull stencil for a monochrome project. The word stamp comes from the versatile IA Word Up set - I decided to give this romantic sentiment a sinister twist....

Here's how I made it:
1 Repeat stamp the arch window in a pattern onto the journal page – be sure to use permanent ink. Overstamp areas with the smaller arch.

2 Mute the stamping by covering with a thin coat of white gesso.

3 Add colour wet-in-wet with Dark Grey 6 and Translucent White DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

4 Stamp the gravestones in Watering Can Archival and again over the top in Jet Black (this gives an illusion of perspective).

5 Stamp all around the edges using just the very top of the scenic stamp and one of the ‘fig’ text stamps to create a 'frame' to your page.

6 Draw the outline of the skull through the stencil with pencil and block out in white gesso.

7 Position the stencil again over the gessoed area and apply Carbon Black Americana Premium through it with a stencilling brush.

8 Use your finger to apply more Carbon Black around the page edges.

9 Finish with the word ‘always’ stamped into a white area of the skull image.

I hope you like my Gothic-inspired journal page!

Katy x

 Gothic Grunge and Word Up sets from Illusionary Artists - available here

Introducing Illusionary Artists

I would like to Introduce you to some amazing new stamps!

Illusionary Artists is the product of the collaboration between mixed media artists France Papillon and myself. 

To ensure the quality of the stamps, we called on the English manufacturer Chocolate Baroque. The result are quirky designs in high quality rubber stamps, unmounted, to suit as many mixed media techniques as possible.

These sets are all in A5 and I very much hope you like them! 

They are NOW available for purchase on Pre order as from 9am GMT this morning, January 10th until 5pm on Friday January 12th 2018 on my online store here: Store

For wholesale trade orders with Chocolate Baroque? go 

Already have a trade account with Chocolate Baroque then go here:

To find out more about France Papillon visit her blog Here:

Thanks for taking the time to look,


Friday, 5 January 2018

Warning Signs by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, Hannah here with my very first post for the Andy Skinner Creative Team 2018. I am so excited to share my projects with you!

"Warning Signs" has been created using DecoArt acrylic paints and Tando Creative elements. The panel has been painted in layers and distressed, the base layers - painted in chalky finish acrylics, have been rubbed back to reveal the different layers underneath.

Andy Skinner stamps from the Toxic and Steampunk collections have been used to give the panel it's warning theme. Over this layer a crackle layer has been introduced and washes then cover this too. Bolts and washers from Tando Creative have been given a rusty finish and used within the design.

The main focal embellishment heart, also from Tando Creative, has been painted in tonal colours. Washed back to give a more grungy look, and finished with rusty wire laced through it.

List of products used;

DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Rustic
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Serene
DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Timeless
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Magenta
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Orange Hue

Tando Creative Textured Hearts
Tando Creative Andy Skinner Industrial Elements Bolts/ Washers Sheet

Andy Skinner Toxic Stamp Set
Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set