Saturday, 20 January 2018


Send In The Clowns Canvas

Hi Andy Skinner lovers!  
I'm so excited to be back this year on Andy's talented Creative Team. It is a dream come true!

It's a new year and time for lots of new inspiration!  Stay tuned for Andy's new items for 2018 that will be available SOON!  You're going to LOVE them!

To start off the new year, I've created this layered 8" x 8" canvas.  A bit quirky and a bit vintage; I loved creating this piece!

This canvas was created using DecoArt's Media Line of acrylic paints and mediums. First there were layers cardstock, Matte Medium then DecoArt Crackle Paint randomly placed for more or the aged, vintage feel as well as texture and interest. Next COLOR! Lots and lots of layers of color; either brushed on or dripped from the top down using a misting water bottle to allow the paints to freely run down the canvas. They were then heat set and the "Bubbles" of red from Andy's stencil were randomly applied.  

Ticket No 337 and the arrows are from another of Andy's fab stencils.  This time, I used DecoArt's Black Gesso for more depth and texture.

The large clown head is an image I found online, sized and printed on regular computer paper on a black and white laser printer.  I used a variation of Andy's transfer techniques to apply the image onto the canvas after creating the background.  You can watch a couple of wonderful videos on Andy's image transfer techniques HERE and HERE.  

After the black and white image transfer was complete, it was fun to color the white face using DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylics.  The skin tones were created using a combination of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Quinacridone Magenta; more magenta on the cheeks.  Both of these paints are semi transparent and are perfect for this technique because they allow the black and white printed image to still show all of the detail! The reddish clown color was also painted using the semi transparent Quinacridone Magenta. I then used a more opaque (but watered down) Cobalt Turquoise Hue for the trim on the ruffled collar and the hat. The eyes were painted with Blue Green Light.

After the clown image was in place and sealed with clear DecoArt Matte Medium, I added more stamping using Andy's very versatile stamp sets and permanent black ink.  The stamps were heat set.  I added a layer of DecoArt Soft Touch Varnish to seal the canvas and then added the beautifully detailed laser die cut vintage bicycle using adhesive pop dots.  The clowns showing off on the bicycle were internet images that I sized, cut out and added using self adhesive pop dots. 


Andy Skinner and France Papillon have joined forces to create wonderful new stamps under their very catchy name of ...

Click HERE to be taken to see Andy's new stamp sets that are NOW AVAILABLE on Pre-sale!  I can't wait to get my hands on them!

List of Products used to create this piece:

  • Decoart Media Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
  • DecoArt Media Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso
  • DecoArt White Vintage Effects
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference Turquiose
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic SIlver
  • DecoArt Media Soft Touch Varnish

  • Andy Skinner Industrial
  • Andy Skinner Curiosity

  • DecoArt Bubbles Stencil
  • Industrial Elements
Other Miscellaneous Items
  • Clown Images from Internet sized for canvas
  • 8" x 8" stretch canvas
  • Paint brushes and stencil brush
  • Southern Trade Company Laser Die Cut Vintage Bicycle
About the Artist: Candy Colwell

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Fossil canvas panel by Monika Maksym

Hi all!
Monika here with my very first post for the Andy Skinner Creative Team. I am very excited to share my projects with you!

For my debut I've decided to make a canvas panel.

Firstly the whole surface was primed with gesso. Stencil, modelling paste, stamps and a little bit of sand helped me create stone and fossil effects.

Once dried, whole panel was painted with chalky finish paints and layered with a few washes of fluid acrylic paints to achieve aged look.

Then I've stamped and heat embossed some of the images to add even more texture and interest to my piece. 

To finish it off I've darkened edges of my  panel and  slightly splattered it with black paint.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it

Products used:

Check out Andy's new Stamps collection:

Andy Skinner Fossils Cling Rubber Stamp Set 

Andy Skinner Stencil -Fossil
A Skinner Stencil - FOSSIL

Mixed Media Acrylics - raw umber, yellow oxide, burnt sienna, english red oxide, carbon black, primary yellow, dark grey value 3
Chalky Finish Paints- enchanted, whisper
Decoart Media Gesso
Decoart Media Modelling Paste 

Facebook page:  Love Creations
Instagram: Love Creations

Monday, 15 January 2018

Tagtastic 2 Kit - Valentine Heart

Hi Everyone, it's Brenda here from Bumblebees and Butterflies and I'm really excited to be publishing my first project here on Andy's blog as part of his new Creative Team. Some of you will know that I love Andy's grungy style and have learned masses from him both from his on-line workshops and real life workshops, his teaching has helped me develop my own style over the years I have known him.
I'm calling this look pretty grunge because it incorporates a bit of Andy's style and a lot of mine, to me there's a sort of feel of masculinity about it but plenty of femininity too. So with Valentine's Day coming up I thought I would throw in a heart and some fabric and use some of the red and pink colours in both the DecoArt media acrylics and the chalky finish paints to create background layers and focal elements in what might also be called a shabby style.

The Tando Creative chipboard elements here are from one of Andy's new kits coming out that will be released on the 18th February at the Stitches trade show in Birmingham. I have been lucky enough to have a pre-release play and apart from the fabric, ribbon and arrow everything else is from the kit. If you saw Dee's fabulous post last Friday she used the same set but different elements so you will see it is really versatile. I added some other bits from my supplies like this arrow which shows how you can mix and match with your own collection of embellishments.

Cheesecloth is my favourite go-to item when playing in the shabby style and it fitted in perfectly with the elements and style.

The heart has lots of layers of paints, stenciling and stamping before a coat of clear crackle glaze and don't you just love the cracks that appeared after I rubbed in some white antiquing cream?

Do keep your eye on both this blog for lots of inspiring projects yet to come and also on Andy's Face Book page for more projects and to keep up with all the news.

If you would like to see the process steps of how I put this together then they are all over on my blog.

Have a fabulous week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Check out Andy's new Stamps below!

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

Brenda Brown
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Friday, 12 January 2018

Lovely New Andy goodies To Play with

Hi everyone Dee here with a project using one of Andy's new kits from Tando Creative the one I am using is being released at stitches in February I used lots of different techniques on the fish including some embossing would be rude not to.

I have also used the text from the Tech Trauma Stamp Set by Illusionary Artist available on pre order today on Here.
 I used different techniques for the different sections of the fish the tail and top fin were triple embossed and then stamped with Andy's industrial stamp set from Stampendous.I also used Andy's Stencil - FRENCH ELEMENTS to stencil in the numbers. Deco arts ferro paste and crackle paint completed the fish.
For the base tag I used a long tag from tando creative which I treated with a base coat of modelling paste followed by clear modelling paste put through Andy's shedded stencil once dry washes of paint were followed with Media Interference - Turquoiseto give it that lovely rainbow effect that fish have on there scales. The photo's had to be taken at night so the colour has got a bit lost.

The amazing distressed tag from the Tagtastic 2 set was given a brush with texture sand paste around the edges  this was then given a coat of chalk paint followed by crackle medium then chalk paint. I rubbed back to allow the base colour to show through. Using versa fine I stamped the writing of tech trauma onto the tag and using raw umber chalk rubbed it over to give a soft look to the text. the texture sand paste was edges with quinacridone gold.

Thats it for today below is a list of all products used.

  • DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Everlasting
  • DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish legacy
  • DecoArt Americana Crackle medium
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Interference Turquoise 
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Black Gesso
  • DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media White modelling paste
  • DecoArt Media clear modelling paste
  • Deco Art Andy's Stencil French Elements

  • Tagtastic 2 - coming soon!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Always... by Katy Leitch

I was lucky enough to receive the Gothic Grunge set from Illusionary Artists for my debut DT piece. As soon as I saw it I thought it would pair beautifully with Andy's skull stencil for a monochrome project. The word stamp comes from the versatile IA Word Up set - I decided to give this romantic sentiment a sinister twist....

Here's how I made it:
1 Repeat stamp the arch window in a pattern onto the journal page – be sure to use permanent ink. Overstamp areas with the smaller arch.

2 Mute the stamping by covering with a thin coat of white gesso.

3 Add colour wet-in-wet with Dark Grey 6 and Translucent White DecoArt Fluid Acrylics

4 Stamp the gravestones in Watering Can Archival and again over the top in Jet Black (this gives an illusion of perspective).

5 Stamp all around the edges using just the very top of the scenic stamp and one of the ‘fig’ text stamps to create a 'frame' to your page.

6 Draw the outline of the skull through the stencil with pencil and block out in white gesso.

7 Position the stencil again over the gessoed area and apply Carbon Black Americana Premium through it with a stencilling brush.

8 Use your finger to apply more Carbon Black around the page edges.

9 Finish with the word ‘always’ stamped into a white area of the skull image.

I hope you like my Gothic-inspired journal page!

Katy x

 Gothic Grunge and Word Up sets from Illusionary Artists - available here