Friday, 20 October 2017

Vintage Autumn for Tando Creative

Hi All - have you missed me? I've had a long break over September and October and because hubby has now retired we went away for a whole month to our lovely friends and 'home from home' in California. We didn't stay put the whole time though as we took a 4000 mile drive through Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and back into California. It was an amazing journey as we saw so much variation in landscapes, the most incredible scenery in several national parks and some incredible ancient native American sites with settlements built high up in the craggy rocks and fantastic pueblos with one that so inspired me in terms of colours and design, it was amazing!

But back to reality and I'm sharing a long tag over at the Tando Blog today and am revealing more of the process steps here on my own blog.


I began by collecting the substrates and embellishments together designing the tag as I went along.


I looked for a colour palette to inspire me and found this on Pinterest.....


.... and gathered my paints together to achieve similar colour tones, but as always I ended adding others to get exactly the look I wanted and I always have white, titan buff, raw umber and black to hand to change shades and tones.


I took each piece individually painting, texturing and colouring before putting back together again.     
The tag was painted first with gesso, given a watery coat of orange and buff mixed together, dabbed with kitchen roll and then dipped in watery washes of the autumnal colours.



The media board with a hole in was gives a coat of brown acrylic and then white crackle paint, sanded and inked with ground espresso distress ink.


I took texture sand paste and covered the gasket and then stippled with green and brown paint.


The brick grid was painted with reds, bronze, orange and brown......


..... and I used raw umber, dark green, silver and grey on the camera, but you'll see it didn't make it to the final cut lol. Do you do that too, plan on using a piece and then leave it out at the end?


The two sets of leaves were also painted with the acrylics, dipped in some watery washes sanded and inked with brown distress ink, in fact everything got that treatment..


The tag really wasn't looking good in my eyes so I used an old Tim Holtz grungy number stamp with quinacridone gold and raw umber paints, sanded the edges and inked them and oh boy I am so much happier with it.


When I put it together I added the vintage photo that sits behind the gasket and media board ...


... and an altered little metal heart.


Thanks for checking in and if you can pop over to the Tando blog you will see the list of products I have used with links to their website.

Have a fabulous weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx



Friday, 6 October 2017

The Colours of Autumn

More limited supplies for my contribution to the Colours of Autumn challenge at A Vintage Journey. I have so many mop up tags and scraps I really do need to use up or get rid of!!!!!

This is a tag background that I found with colours and a design that seemed perfect for Jennie's fabulous challenge.


So out came some papers, flowers and a vintage photo from one of Tim's ephemera packs and I was away.



I often find that reducing the supplies in front of me helps me focus and create something in less time than normal which is just what I need to be doing at the moment.

Hope we see you over on the challenge blog and joining us, but even if you just pop over to see the wonderful contributions from the AVJ team we would love to see you.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Halloween Triptych

I am up on the DecoArt Media Blog today with a Halloween Triptych made from Tando media boards and embellishments.



The raven is from a stamp but I have made him very textural and I've used Andy Skinner stamps too.
If you'd like to see all the details then please pop over to take a look. There's all the process steps and photos to go with them that you can look through and have fun with if you fancy making something similar.

Have a great Halloween month making your own decorations and spooky projects.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Tag Friday

I'm joining in with this Tag Friday at AVJ at quite the last minute, using left over bits and pieces and limited supplies. I have only a few boxes and tubs available to me at the moment so please bear with me for a while.

I began with a tag that I found in my cast off box.


So I collected together embellishments to decorate it with ....


.... and finished up with this.


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll pop over to A Vintage Journey to see the fabulous inspiration from the brilliant team.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Exciting news and new Journal

I've been sitting on this news for a little while but I'm really happy to announce that I am joining the Tando Creative Design Team and will be working with the fabulous Tando greyboard, acrylic and mdf products as well as continuing with demonstrating and teaching make and takes at the Mixology retreats and I'm so looking forward to it. So much so I recently attended one of Di's workshops at Let's Be Creative and made a new journal with her.




We all had fun using the Tando Art Journal Starter Kit which is a journalling kit laser cut from sturdy 2250 micron greyboard and consists of the following: 

2 x covers, 1 x drilled spine, 1 x 800 micron wrap around cover, 25 sheets A4 good quality cartridge paper, 2 book-binding needles and 10m of good quality book-binding thread.

I took a few pictures at the beginning of the process but then the concentration and the enjoyment of just sitting and making took over and the camera for forgotten.

I used one of the new stencils Di has designed that have added holes that will fit a standard ring mechanism. (The bottom right)


The stencil had crackle paste through it,


everything got a coat of gesso to prime and seal the greyboard,


the spine was given lots of gesso texture and layers of grungy, rusty paint,


and I also had fun playing with the Tando birds .....


..... keeping them to brown/black neutral colours.


Once everything was painted I assembled the journal - and here you can see the front, back and spine.


The front cover and ........


,,,,, the back cover.


It was a fabulous day and although these cute birds are not normally my style I wanted to play outside my comfort zone and loved the finished effects of the painting and stamping on them using the DecoArt media acrylics.

I wonder what else I will come up with with Di's products?????? We'll have to wait and see.
If you haven't visited the Tando Blog do pop over to see this journal and stop awhile to see lots of other fabulous inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy your weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 8 September 2017

The new Tim Holtz stamping platform

I recently had the new Stamping Platform by Tim Holtz delivered and at last I've had a chance to have a play with it.

I just took some left over inked backgrounds out of my scrap box and cut this to size.


I put it in the stamp platform and took out the Victorian stamp set (again unused and waiting to be inked up) and laid out the stamps where I would like them on the background .......


....... laid the top down to pick up the stamps, inked them and stamped them.


The ink wasn't as dark as I would have liked so I was able to repeat the process to darken it ......


I used watercolours to paint the images .....


..... and then used the stamp platform again to add the sentiment.

 I just inked the edges and added it to the card to finish.


Now I am out of the boot and beginning to get the strength back in my ankle and leg I need to get up the Pack House to see what needs to be added to my items for sale, I though this might make a good start.


Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Dragonfly Shadowbox Workshop

Sorry no Technique Tuesday today as I have been rather busy with workshops so I thought I would share the workshop photos of this rusted Dragonfly and Butterflies shadowbox.
I taught this at Let's Be Creative last week and had 11 most incredible variations from the attendees. I shared the original on my blog in April (see Here)


I also made another version and altered the frame too.


These were the amazing results at the end of the day.












Everybody enjoyed themselves and were pleased with their own version, I loved them all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have fun create your own art.

hugs Brenda xxx