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


Kate Yetter said...

Your journal is so lovely. I really love those birds!

Monika Gulyas said...

Congratulation Brenda for your new work and DT membership!!! The Tando chickens are really adorable!!! Great journal with fabulous textures!!! xx

Gina said...

Am tempted to say I hate you right now...but it is purely jealousy at your fabulous talent and amazing abilities lol . Tando are so lucky to have you, and I am sure you are going to continue to WoW us with your stunning projects :D Huge congrats XXX

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Congratulations Brenda!
Great page!

Words and Pictures said...

Those birds are so much fun, and I love all the techniques and ideas here. A fabulous journal (great colours), and lots of inspiration as always. Brilliant to see you joining the Tando team - you'll be a treasure to them, no doubt. I'm sad I can't make the April Mixology (Andy and France and you into the bargain... what a treat)... I'll be the wrong side of the Atlantic again by then.
Alison x

froebelsternchen said...

That cover is brilliant - you made it into a treasure - I love the colours and textures - Thank you for sharing the steps -
and big congrats on the new DT job! You are such an artist! Super!
Happy weekend!

Patty O'Malley said...

Congratulations, Brenda! Your journal is amazing. Love the cover.

hazel said...

That's wonderful news Brenda, congratulations. I love your journal especially the quirky bird.
xxx Hazel. said...

Woo hoo! Congrats to you!
Looking forward to seeing all your new beautiful creations!

Meggymay said...

Congratulations Brenda.
This is an awesome project as well.
Yvonne xx

sarascloset said...

Congratulations on your new position with Tando! I can't wait to see what you will create! Your journal is adorable; quite out of your usual, but the birds look fabulous on that textured journal cover! Hugs!

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations Brenda - Tando is very lucky to have you! Love your journal! I don't usually do cute but I really LOVE those birds! Nicola x

Hazel Agnew said...

Many congratulations Brenda. They are lucky to have you. Enjoy yourself. Xx 😊

Littlelamb said...

Congratulations on joining the Tando team. Love the journal cover. Thank you for sharing this.

Jane said...

Many congratulations dear Brenda and so well deserved, lucky Tando! I love those stencils with the rings..what a great idea. Your journal is lovely...I know how un you those birds are but your have made such a sweet cover with them. Hugs xxx

Annie said...

Fabulous news Brenda and I am over the moon for you !!! You will be the most marvellous addition to their DT and I look forward to viewing your makes. Your journal is just fabulous and I love those super quirky birds !!! real cute !!

Sending my best wishes and huge hugs
Annie xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Brenda, well done I so love Tando stuff and look forward to seeing all the fun things you make. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

Henry said...

Congratulations, Brenda!!! Your journal is very very beautiful. I really like it. Thanks for sharing:)

Redanne said...

Wonderful news Brenda, you really are such a perfect fit with the fabulous Tando products! Love what you created here, those birds are such fun! Hugs, Anne xx

Karin said...

What a fun day we had. I love how your journal turned out, it's beautiful. Congratulations on joining the Tando creative team xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Though not usual for you, the birds are so fun and I wouldn't have been able to resist myself! Love them! This journal is the coolest concept, I love it! Biggest congrats on your new team. Will be so fun to see your projects. Hugs, Autumn

Mrs.B said...

Congratulations on joining the Tando Team, and such a fabulous journal for your first project. Those little birds look so cute.
Avril xx

Jackie PN said...

Huge Congratulation my friend!! I am so thrilled for you Brenda! I absolutely know you will make a great asset to the Tando team and they are so lucky to have you!!
And as well, we are lucky to be able to see how you create with all of those awesome Tando products!
Super first project- your journal is awesome!!
hugs and best wishes Brenda!
Jackie xo

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Huge congrats Brenda, you’ll be a wonderful addition to the team there. I love your owls, they’re deliciously quirky
Donna xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Great pproject , you really made a beautiful creation with the fanny birds , I love the way you did this project, you are really a talented lady and makes always beautiful art!!

Have fun!!

A Pink said...

Slap my hands and sit me on the naughty step - I am so sorry Brenda I genuinely thought I had left a comment on your exciting news! I hope you will forgive me as I rectify that right away .
'Huge Congratulations' On your new DT position with Tando Creative. Absolutely thrilled for you and am so looking forward to seeing all your creativity with them. Your journal is fantastic and shows why they chose you to join them - They obviously know know talent when they see it .
Good luck and enjoy

hugs x