Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sacred Heart Tags

Now that the infamous Andy Skinner Creative Team and the fearless leader himself, has made it back from Stitches all in one peice. I am sharing two of the pieces that I made for the show. This was made with the Andy's Sacred Heart Kit. Instead of keeping the kit together, I (like always) decontruct it and actually made two separated pieces with the collection along, with a few added elements from Andy's Industrial Elements Kits. Presenting the first piece is "Ray of Love" IMG_1274

Incombonation with the new stamps from Stampendous and the Illustionary Artists.


 The other piece titled "Gothic Wings" was inspired by one of Andy's older stamps sets "Handle with Care". I actually made a mould out of the stamp and cast a resin mould for the three dimensional wings for the tag.  

Here are a few close-ups for you. 



Have a great creative Day

black and white head shot
Find more of me Here: Heather Thompson 

Gothic Wings
DecoArt: Base: Titan Buff, Phthalo Gren-Blue, Colbalt Teal Hue, Medium Grey Value 6, Pyrrole Red, Paynes Grey, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Gold, Tinting Base, Ultra Matte Varnish, Americana Decou-Page Matte
Industrial Elements, Sacred Secrets
Andy Skinners Handle with Care ASCRS7, Andy Skinner Stamps AS Textures ASCR12, Industrial ASCRS03
Other Supplies:
Amazing Casting Resin
Ray Of Love 
Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red, Titan Bugg, Dairylide Yellow, Quinacridone Gold, Black Gesso, Ultra Matte Varnish, Medium Grey Value, Paynes Grey, Tinting Base
 Sacred Secrets, Large Straight Edge Arches, Industrial Elements
Textures ASCRS12, Industrial ASCRS03

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Brand New Kits from Andy Skinner

Today sees the pre-order release of the brand new Andy Skinner kits by Tando Creative.

These greyboard kits are manufactured by Tando Creative in quality greyboard that can be painted, embossed and altered. The kits all feature Andy's signature industrial style and are perfect for your mixed media creations. 

Head over to the Andy Skinner store now for the full range!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Greetings everyone!

It's Candy with another wild and crazy project using some of Andy's new Illusionary Artists stamp sets teamed with Andy's line of DecoArt Media products. 

This time, I was experimenting with some new stamps and playing with colors and textures.   This 6'x6" canvas is packed full of images creating a creepy sort of ghoulish scene with an already familiar gargoyle-ish figure I affectionately refer to as "Gary the Gargoyle".  He was actually the inspiration for this canvas!

I began by first washing a piece of watercolor paper with a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6, Dark Grey Value 3 and water.  (I also used this combination around the sides of the canvas).  Then I brayered DecoArt's Media Black Gesso over this lovely new 6" x 6" Stampendous background stamp.  After it was dry, I tore around the edges and glued it onto the canvas using DecoArt Media Matte Medium.  Using Permanent Black Ink, I stamped the skulls from Andy's new Spook Illusionary Stamp Set around all of the sides of the canvas and feathered the edges with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and touches of Metallic Gold.

Gary the Gargoyle is such a cute little guy ... if gargoyles can be cute. I first brushed DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold onto a piece of stamping paper.  When dry, I used Permanent Black Ink to stamp Gary in place.  I then heat set him, added the shading using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Viridian and painted his pitchfork Metallic Silver. I backed him with study cardstock and cut him out.  He was later glued onto the canvas with Adhesive Pop Dots as were several other pieces to give this canvas a lot of dimension.

I have never been a fan of Ouija Boards.  But I have to say that I love this stamp from Andy's Illusionary Artists Spook Stamp Set.  I washed a piece of stamping paper with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Sienna followed by Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and touches of Quinacridone Gold; creating an almost woodgrain effect. The image is stamped with Black Permanent Ink.  After heat setting it, I cut it out and rounded the corners with a 1/4" corner punch. Next I added Carbon Black paint to the edges using my finger. I love the way this turned out!  I actually looks like a miniature Ouija Board!

Time to experiment with textures and doing what Andy does so well ... making things look REAL that are not!

I washed a couple of pieces of dictionary paper with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver and Gold mixed with water.  Then I stamped the crosses from Andy's Illusionary Artists Gothic Stamp Set onto the paper using Embossing Ink and a granular embossing powder; a dark brown on the gold and a black on the silver.  Once heat set, they already had a gritty, pitted feeling. I loved that!

To mimic that very eerie mossy look on old tombstones, I mixed DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste with a touch of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Green Gold.  I used a very small brush to randomly add the "moss" to the crosses.  Next I sparingly sprinkled bits of a gritty embossing powder in a mossy green color.  I heat set all of this and the results are very cool and won't flake off.

Then I started gluing everything in place on the canvas with Adhesive Pop Dots.  Here you have a more closeup look at the moss.  I love the color, the texture and the depth it adds to this piece.

As a finishing touch, I added some tree trash from a river birch tree in my yard, I painted the twigs white using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Titanium White and added little torn strips of vintage netting among the "trees" gracing either side of the graveyard canvas.

"Fear THE UNKNOWN" conveniently sits side by side on Andy's new Illusiionary Artists Word Up Stamp Set and it worked perfectly for this canvas! I stamped the words onto a piece of paper using Black Permanent Ink and matted it on black chipboard then glued it in place.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you got some inspiration from this piece or from the techniques I have shared today. 

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Dark Grey Value 3
  • Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold 
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Viridian
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso
  • DecoArt Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste

  • Mixed Mesh 6" x 6" Background Stamp
  • 6" x 6" Stretch Canvas
  • Paint Brushes
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Brayer
  • Dictionary Paper
  • Stamping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tree Twigs
  • Vintage Netting
  • Adhesive Pop Dots
  • Hot Glue
  • Heat Tool

About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Friday, 9 March 2018

Guest Designer Competition

Could you be the next Guest Designer on either the Andy Skinner or France Papillon blogs?

Share with us your makes using stamps from Illusionary Artists and you could be in with a chance of winning this unique opportunity!

Illusionary Artists is the product if the collaboration between mixed media artists France Papillon and Andy Skinner. To ensure the quality of the stamps, the called on the English manufacturer Chocolate Baroque. The results are quirky designs in high quality rubber stamps, unmounted, to suit as many mixed media techniques as possible.

To be entered in to this competition, simply share with us your makes created using stamps from the Illusionary Artists range on the Facebook group Andy Skinner and Friends, or on Instagram using the hashtag #illusionaryartists and two winners will be selected to feature as a Guest Designer, one on Andy's blog and the other on France's.

Entries from this competition close 31st March 2018 23.59 GMT

Good luck, we look forward to seeing your creations!

Stay Positive

Hi Everyone - Brenda here with some small journal panels. I can remember a few years back when some friends and I made Positivity Journals and I have been feeling lately we really should keep with the philosophy that we need to stay constructive and confident and be optimistic and helpful in this world and demonstrate this in our art. So whilst making myself an altered book for a Vintage Journal I decided to also make a new Positivity Journal and here are my first two entries.

I have used Andy's stamps and stencils on both and DecoArt media acrylics and mediums plus a die-cut stars and Andy's cogs left over from one of his workshops I did.

I have added the recipe over on my blog and followed it for both of these panels which shows how you can make multiple projects from one set of process steps. You can find them over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you'd like to see how I brought them together.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

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