Monday, 18 December 2017

Andy Skinner Creative Team 2018 Continues...

We have more team members to announce and we couldn't be more excited!

Introducing... Suz Humphreys!

"I'm Suz Humphreys, an artist, teacher and demonstrator. I run a small business teaching classes in various art forms, both in Surrey, where I'm based and also around the country.

I've loved making things since childhood but never formally studied art. Then in 2013 I took an art journal class with Dyan Reaveley and later that year a mixed media class with Andy Skinner. I've been hooked on both ever since. Art is my therapy. It helps me balance a 'cwaaaazy' life with a bit of peace and calm. 

I love designing, making, and sharing ideas and techniques in my classes or on my blog. I have been part of Andy's Ministry of Mixology team since it started, where I have a bit of a reputation for playing pranks, dressing up and generally being a bit daft. 

I've been on various design teams. I've been a DecoArt Helping Artist since 2014, and I'm also part of the Craft Stamper Design Team for 2018. I'm incredibly proud to be invited by Andy to be part of his Creative Team for 2018, with a truly a fab bunch of people.  I can't wait to start!"

You can view more of Suz's fab work here;

Please extend a warm welcome to Phoebe Tonosaki

"I am a mixed media crazie who live in Japan, a place where mixed media is still not very well spread and know. The key words in my work are texture and dimensional! 

Mixed media work lets my mind fly free and shows me so many possibilities. My goal is to share these possibilities with you."

Explore more of Phoebe's work;

Also joining the team... Heather Thompson

 "In my spare time I work full time as a Emergency Nurse in a trauma center, otherwise I am a little bit  of A Mixed Media Artist, Crafter, Scrapper, Gardener, Hosta Connoisseur and a mother all wrapped into one fun loving, energetic type A personality. 

I started my creative journey in the world of mixed media back in 2014, and continue to expand and explore techniques, products and various styles and modalities of art. I look forward to this next creative adventure."

Check out Heather's creations at the links below;

Andy Skinner Creative Team 2018 LAUNCH!

As the new year fast approaches it is time to start revealing Andy Skinner's Creative Team 2018 and more to come!

First up it's Monika Maksym!

"Since I can remember I have always been into arts and crafts but my real journey began in 2010 when I discovered a decoupage technique. Making and transforming everyday objects into something new and creative gave me so much joy that very quickly something that was just a hobby become my passion and full time work. 

Things that made my creativity explode was definitely mixed media techniques. I love the infinite possibilities of using it and how easy is to incorporate this into creating truly unique and beautiful designs with amazing feel and textures. 

I am a big fan of everything that’s edgy, rusty and dark. Steampunk, industrial and vintage that’s where my creative side works best. I also truly believe that craft and design can be as much functional as beautiful."

You can check out more of Monika's amazing work here;

Please also welcome...  Brenda Brown!

"I have designed and created things all my life even as a child in primary school I can remember designing patterns and images for my cross stitching, and it was my mum who taught me how to knit and use a sewing machine.

As I got older I loved observational drawing and studied oil painting at college. Being a full time primary school teacher prevented me from having too much time to explore my creative side whilst working but since retiring I have been able to have the luxury of designing, creating and making in my work room much more.

I love all thing vintage, shabby and timeworn and designing projects I can share through my blog or teach at workshops. I am a DecoArt Helping Artist and Tutor and a member of the Mixed Media Design Team. The DecoArt media line of paints and mediums are my go-to materials to work with and I love experimenting with and using/ mixing them with other products. 

Having worked through a variety of artistic genres over the years mixed media has definately become my style taking me all the way back to my college days."

For more of Brenda's fabulous work, please vist her links below;

Also joining us for another year of adventure... Candy Colwell!

"Hi, I’m Candy Colwell. I live in the heartland of the United States. My husband and high school sweetheart, Vic, and I have two wonderful children and four precious grandchildren. 

I have always had art in my life. I love expressing myself through my art. I started out as a paper crafter and have really found my passion in mixed media art. I get bored easily and mixed media affords me the opportunity to explore all sorts of arsty avenues because the creative possibilities are endless. Andy Skinner is my “Mixed Media Guru”. I think of him as an illusionist because he can literally transform DecoArt’s fabulous paints and other mediums into anything he imagines them to be. That fascinates me! I tend to gravitate to dimensional art, texture and detail in my work. Be it vintage, grungy and distressed, steampunk or something soft and shabby, I love it all! 

My art has been published in print and online magazines as well as various websites. I am an educator. I not only love to help students create something but explain how and why products react the way they do. I am probably best known for my lengthy pictorial tutorials on my blog.  This way, I can not only teach in a classroom setting but also online.  I try to be a versatile artist; creating anything from dimensional home d├ęcor pieces to art journal pages.  I am so honored to have done design work and guest artist spots for some wonderful companies." 

Visit Candy's awesome sites to find out more;

Wednesday, 13 December 2017


It's almost Christmas!  Have you got your gifts wrapped and under the tree?  
They need tags, right?  Or how about a handmade vintage tag as an ornament on your tree?

This vintage style tag was created using a standard manila tag along with DecoArt products and Tando Creative Laser die cuts.

Before we get into the tutorial, let's list the products you'll need for this project:

  • DecoArt Decoupage Paper (sheet music)
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
  • DecoArt Chalky Finish Romance (red) Paint
  • DecoArt Vintage Effects White Paint
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Decoart Media Liquid Glass

  • Clock Face
  • Large Book Plate
Other Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Palette Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Mat
  • Regular Size Manila Tag
  • White Flocking
  • Holly Greenery Garland
  • Vintage Bells
  • Vintage Beads (to embellish the garland)
  • Gold Ribbon (to create a small bow)
  • Craft Pick (to clean out excess Crackle Paste on Tando Creative pieces)
  • Anna Giffin Santa Tags
  • Adhesive Pop Dots
  • Dear Santa Stamp
  • Permanent Black Ink
Now let's begin to create ...

Step 1:  Brush DecoArt Media Matte Medium onto a regular tag and lay the sheet music decoupage paper on top of the tag.  Press into place; removing all air bubbles and wrinkles.  Heat set then cut away the excess paper.

Step 2:  Using a palette knife, smear DecoArt Media Crackle Paste randomly on the tag. Let completely air dry. The inset picture shows you the lovely crackle effect when dry.

Step 3:  Brush over the tag with DecoArt Chalky Finish Romance Paint for a beautiful vintage matte appearance. Heat set. Next, Randomly brush DecoArt Vintage Effects over the tag; wiping away excess and adding more paint as needed to create a really lovely vintage feel.  Then repeat this step again; adding more red and white layers.  Heat set in between each layer.

Just look at all of the texture and varied colors!

Brush on a wash of water and Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber paint and wipe away the excess. This gives your tag even more of an aged, vintage look.

Cover the Tando Creative Pieces with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste.  I used my finger to get more of a random coverage and then used a Craft Pick to clean out excess Crackle Paste between the roman numerals.  (I also cut the clock about 2/3 across to fit on my tag the way I wanted it to). Let these pieces completely air dry.

When dry, I added DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold paint using a small brush to cover the crackle paint. 

I also added some of the Metallic Gold Paint to my tag using my finger to create a soft shimmer in the light.

Next add some DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Burnt Umber with your finger over the crackled gold Tando Creative pieces to give them more of an aged appearance.  I also added Burnt Umber around the edge of the tag wiping it with my finger to define the edges of the tag.

Next I instantly aged a retro Santa tag by lightly brushing a wash of water and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.  In the inset, you can see the difference that the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide makes!  I absolutely LOVE this paint!  It's one of my favorite vintage style tools!

Next glue the clock face in place on the tag using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass as a glue.  It dries clear and is an excellent glue. 

For an even more vintage appeal, I added white Flocking randomly on my Santa tag.  I did this by using a small brush and brushing DecoArt Media Matte Medium over areas of the tag that I wanted to be covered in the flocking.  Then I sprinkled the flocking on top of the wet Matte Medium, gently tapped it down, lifted up the tag and tapped off the excess flocking. I also anchored the holly greenery garland through the tag hole.

Here you get a closer look at the flocking that has been applied with the DecoArt Matte Medium.  It's the little details like this that can make all the difference!

The Santa tag is almost finished!  I layed everything in place to get my design and then hot glued everything down.  The Tando Creative Book Plate is raised with a couple of pop dots underneath.  The "Dear Santa" is stamped onto cardstock that was washed with a DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide wash. The next to the last step was to use my finger to wipe DecoArt Media Fluid Acryilcs Metallic Gold around the edges of the tag. This really pulled everything together.

And finally, I hot glued all of the little vintage bells, beads and bows in place to complete the festive look.

Merry Christmas everyone!  

About the Artist:  Candy Colwell

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Patinalicious for a Tag.

Hello and thanks for stopping by today. Fiona here with a tag tutorial using DecoArt Media Interference Acrylics in conjunction with DecoArt Metallic Lustres.
To start I die cut a Tag from Tando Creative Greyboard and then ran through an embossing folder to add background texture. I then mixed Media fluid acrylics in pyrole red and carbon black  and coated the tag to achieve a nice deep burgundy colour.
In a mini mister bottle filled with water add a couple of drops of DecoArt Media Interference Turquoise and give it a shake to mix. Spritz over the tag letting it pool in areas and leave to dry naturally. You end up with a wonderful Shimmery Patina effect.
Highlight some of the raised areas on the tag and all the edges with DecoArt Tarnished Brass Metallic Lustre and buff to a shine when dry.
Die cut a small arch from greyboard and apply DecoArt Media crackle paste. Once dry apply a coat of of DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in metallic gold dry with a heat tool. Next apply a coat of Black Antiquing cream and wipe back when dry to reaveal all the lovely cracks.
Die cut some wings from Tando Geyboard and apply DecoArt texture sand paste and once dry give them a coat of Media fluid acrylic in paynes grey, followed by a coat of Media fluid acrylic interference turquoise. Apply Tarnished brass metallic lustre to a tiny arch frame add a vintage image and seal the image with DecoArt triple thick glaze.
Apply DecoArt texture sand paste to an mdf  key embellishment and when dry give a coat of Tarnished brass metallic lustre. Using one of the small bookplates from Andy's industrial elements set I applied Tarnished brass metallic lustre and when dry buffed to a shine. I added a couple of brads and a title from a vintage bookpage.
I then assembled all elements onto the tag to finish. Here's another look.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you have enjoyed the process.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Carbon Black.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Pyrole Red.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Gold.
DecoArt Antiquing Cream Carbon Black.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Interference Turquoise.
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste.
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste.
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Tarnished Brass.
DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.

GreyBoard Sheets from Tando Creative.

Industrial Elements Set.
About the Artist:- Fiona Randall.
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Monday, 27 November 2017

I am Happy to be Part of Creative Jumpstart 2018!!!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018, run for the 7th 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 2018. 
Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 
Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 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 31 Downloadable videos - over 6 hours of unique content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.