Monday, 22 January 2018

Panel 2 - Unearthing the mystery of life on land

Here's panel 2 in this series of Fossil cards - the introduction and first one can be found here if you missed it.
I'm having great fun playing with Andy Skinner's new stamps, two sets are with Stampendous and the others are with a new collaboration between himself and France Papillon called Illusionary Artists.
My main focus is on the Fossils set which you buy from Tando Creative.

This little creature must have a name - Froglet perhaps?

Process steps
1. Seal the panel with tinting base.
2. Use a bubble stencil and cobalt blue, sap green and white titanium paints.
3. Stamp the froglet several times with coffee archival ink.

4. Brush some white gesso over randomly.
5. I stamped with the industrial texture stamp with weathered wood DI and covered it with microglaze but it still got lost in the next layers because it is water based.
6. Paint on a wash of quinacridone gold and paynes grey - this sat in small puddles over the wax of the microglaze.
7. Give it a coat of matte medium to seal it and provide tooth for the next layers.
8. Give it another wash of quin gold and payes grey.
9.Dip it in some watery titan buff.

I then stamped froglet using titan buff acrylic onto brown card and cut him out......

.... and finished with some more of my own computer generated words.

I hope you've had a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Make art nearly every other day - Panel 1 - Traces of Ancient Life

Ok, make art every day? I don't think I can commit to that - but nearly every other day? Well maybe but even then it's pushing it when larger projects need designing, making and written up for DT deadlines etc. So all I can say is I will try my best for three times a week.!!! 
I'm pleased to say I am no longer playing catch up and I am now at the point where I have been making samples as part of the Andy Skinner Creative Team for his new releases and ready for the CHSI Stitches show in Birmingham in a month's time. Using Andy's new stamps I have started a little project making just small pieces of art and these are something that has got me totally focussed and enjoying exploring background making and designing with a quick and satisfying finish to them. 

So this is panel one - they are all going to be the same size 7 cms wide by 10.8 cms in height and they are going into a journal - eventually! I am going to show you the panels in sequence but they will end up in a different order once I have enough to complete all the pages.
I sealed each of the panels using tinting base - half I brushed over the other half I used a palette knife to drag it over.
I then used a variety of ways to create backgrounds using a palette from titan buff, titanium white, cobalt blue, sap green, diarylide yellow, green gold, raw umber and quinacridone gold.

Process steps
1. Seal the panel with tinting base.
2. Dip into watery cobalt blue hue and dry.
3. Repeat step 2 with titan buff.
4. Stamp text with cornflower blue archival ink.
5. Stencil a layer using media acrylics.
6. Stencil dots with white crackle paste and leave to dry naturally.

7. Finish with a wash of paynes grey and quinacridone gold.

8. Stamp with two colors of archival inks on each print.

9. Add computer generated phrase.

Using the stamps and some of my own words to help bring them all together has been so rewarding I'm hoping that I can keep it up over a more prolonged length of time. More of all of that in a later post.

For now, have fun whenever you find some time to create.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 18 January 2018

DecoArt Mixed Media team - Tag Box

I am so happy to be invited back as part of the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team for 2018 and I have decorated a Tando Creative tag box for my first sample.

All the details can be see over on the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Pretty Grunge Heart Tag

This is my first project for the Andy Skinner blog and I have used part of one of his new kits coming out at Stitches on the 18th February. I'll be there and I'm looking forward to meeting up with some of the other members of the team and friends. I will also be demoing on Andy's stand so if you're going do please come and say hello.
I'm calling this Pretty Grunge Heart Tag because working with Andy and his fabulous products gives me every opportunity to explore my grungier mixed media style but I also like to create more shabby and vintage stuff too - hence the pinks!!!

Process steps
Using a palette knife scrape white crackle paste randomly over the surface and leave to dry.

Whilst waiting paint the heart with everlasting chalk paint leaving some of the chipboard exposed and dry.  Spritz one side with water and add a little romance, then spritz the other side and add a little primitive, let the two slightly blend and move together - dry.

Dip into watery raw umber - dry ......

...... and then repeat in titanium white.

With a stencil add some splatter dots of embossing ink and sprinkle white embossing powder                      over it and heat set. Stamp a couple of crosses as kisses ....

..... and then cover with clear crackle glaze and leave to dry. Rub over some white creme wax and buff off the excess leaving the white in the cracks.

Paint the label and 52 with romance chalky finish and add a little relic to deepen it.

Come back to the tag if it's dry and using pyrrole red and quinacridone magenta media acrylic paint some of each randomly and spritz with water letting the colours move around over the crackle areas. You will notice the colours remain on the exposed board areas. Let it completely dry.

Stamp some texture over using the everlasting chalky finish paint ....

... edge the tag with titanium white acrylic .....

  .......and splatter with some mixed colours to create more depth and interest .....

.... and dip into a watery wash of raw umber.

Seal with matte varnish

Take some cheesecloth and soak it in some watery everlasting paint. I love using the chalk paint on it as it helps to stiffen it which makes it look more distressed.

Use a stamp to create a word and adhere to the label frame and then seal with matte varnish. I used Andy's handle with care set.
Take a metal arrow paint with a slightly watery red and magenta used on the tag

And there we have it. You may well have seen that Andy has released lots of new stamps for this year and is working in partnership with France Papillon which is going to be amazing so watch this space for some samples coming up soon.

Have a great week. Please pop over to Andy's blog to not only see this tag but lots of other fabulous inspiration from the team.

hugs Brenda xxx

Andy Skinner and other related products
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

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Tando Media Board - Faux Metals

Yes Faux Metal has been the theme over on the Tando blog this week and there have been several posts with great ideas for inspiration.
I have made one of my easel boards using the Tando chipboards, Andy Skinner stamps and kits and DecoArt media line paints and metallic lustres.

I love adding an easel (using Tim's small easel die) so the board can stand up and be displayed somewhere.

If you fancy seeing a super quick Tarnished Silver technique that I created on the clock and how to mix that gorgeous metallic bronze on the heart then do pop over to the Tando Creative Blog and all will be revealed..........

Wow this week went super fast with so many deadlines to get projects finished and out and teaching a workshop yesterday I just don't know where it went.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others. 
Orson Welles
hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 8 January 2018

Grungy Journal covers - Andy style - DecoArt Media Team

Welcome everyone - I was over on the DecoArt Media Design Team blog last year with this very grungy Andy Skinner style HeArtfelt journal. All the details can be seen over there and you can be transported if you click HERE.

To keep all my work in one place I have now added all the details below.

I made two cover panels using Andy's mega crackle technique (link to Andy's tutorial here) using DecoArt media fluid paints and mediums. Just look at the MEGA crackles that appeared.

On to the focal embellishing of the cover. I took a piece of card big enough to take the skull and dipped it in watery washes of sap green, titan buff and burnt umber drying between each layer.

I stamped the skull and just had enough room for the specimen plate as well.

Take a piece of greyboard cut to size to fit the journal panels and draw where the cut out skull and specimen plate will go. With a palette knife add some texture sand paste around the edges. Let it dry although it can be helped along with a heat gun.

Then paint over the whole piece with black gesso.

Now take a stiff bristled brush and dry brush with white gesso - you can see here where the stamped pieces will go ....

.... and the same with yellow iron oxide but keeping it to one edge all the way round.

Repeat with sap green and phthalo blue ....

.... and lastly some quinacridone gold.

Now for some random watery washes, the first is sap green mixed with transparent yellow iron oxide ....

...the second is burnt umber mixed with straight yellow oxide.

Next I turned my attention to the stamped pieces and added some watery quinacridone edges and painted a little inside the skull to help them blend in with the plaque. 

When they were dry I glued them to the plaque and gave it all a coat of ultra matte varnish.

Back to the mega crackle panels, I dabbled watery washes of the same three colours used on the stamped pieces and spritzed the areas with water before drying each colour separately.

I then made a dirty glaze to seal the surfaces using one of Andy's recipes - find it about 3/4 of the way through this video HERE.

At the same time I edged a quote chip with quinacridone gold and sealed it with the glaze.

I had a rust making session creating four nuts and bolts and  some rusty card to die-cut some decorative elements. I chose this one and gently rubbed over some lavish green metallic lustre.

Going back to the journal covers I overlapped and struck the spines together with redline tape and gave them a coat of white gesso. When it was dry I stamped the crackles using black archival ink and then repeated the steps of dabbled washes and dirty glaze (see above).

Sand the edges of the panels and ink them with ground espresso distress ink and adhere them to the covers and assemble the elements on the front cover of the journal.

Cut papers to create inside panels and also cut and score a thin one to cover the inside of the spine. Add elastic to hold page inserts.

Make up little 'booklets' of papers and pockets to tuck under the elastic.

Some of you will have seen that I am now a proud member of the Andy Skinner Creative Team and I'm looking forward to making samples with lots of his new products that will be coming out over the next few weeks. Stay Tuned.

hugs Brenda xxx

Products Used:
Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
Media Fluid Acrylics Sap Green
Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
Media Fluid Acrylics Phthalo Blue
Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Media Crackle Paint
Media Texture Sand Paste
Media Black Gesso
Media White Gesso
Media Ultra matte Varnish
Metallic Paint – Metallic Lustre Lavish Green
Americana – Weathered Wood

Supplies Used:
Assorted Brushes
300 gms White Cardstock
Strong double sided tape
A piece of greyboard
Andy Skinner Stampendous Skulldogery Stamp Set
Andy Skinner Andy Skinner Industrial Elements Bolts/Washers sheet
Items for embellishments
Journal and papers
A Quote Chip
Crackle stamp
Black archival ink