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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Faux Fabric - Brenda

It's faux fabric week and I struggled to think what I could do when I remembered I had a faux linen texture paint effect in my little technique book. Out it came and eh voila a new binder was created with the linen effect on both the outside and inside covers. 
Once it was finished like this it is much easier to see close up and difficult to photo.

I wanted to keep this rather shabby looking so I used both Titanium White and Titan Buff Premium Acrylics with Traditions Glazing Medium. I mixed Titan Buff first 50/50 with the glazing medium and painted sections vertically then took a dry brush and gently pulled the bristles in the same direction wiping the paint off on the kitchen roll between each swipe. I dried it and them mixed the Titanium White in with what was left over, added a bit more glazing medium and repeated the process only this time painting in the horizontal direction

It wasn't easy to capture the effect on camera being a dull day, but here is stage 1 ........

.... and then stage 2.

I think my practice piece gives you a better idea of what the effect looks like.

Next I glued on some magnets for keeping the binder flap closed and added some texture with these Tando stencils and DecoArt White Modeling Paste.

When it was dry I spritzed on some water, dipped a small paint brush in cobalt teal hue and dabbled it around spritzing a bit more and dried it. Then I mixed some raw umber with water in a mini mister and sprayed some of that over and dried it.

I gathered some embellishments and painted the chipboards white and then adhered them to the covers adding all the embellishments .......

...... before having some fun with gesso and mixing my own paint sprays in cerulean blue, prussian blue hue and titanium white media acrylics. I finished off with white and burnt umber splatters and some remnant rubs.

If you were given the challenge 'faux fabric' what would you have made? Comments below please. :o) 

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Mini Book Store - decoupage project by Monika

 Hi all!
It's Monika here with my latest project. This time I've decided to decorate this mini books storage  using decoupage technique. These  mini books are perfect little gifts, keepsakes or mini albums. Can't wait to build my collection :)

For this project I've used Alchemy paper by Stamperia.

The storage comes in as a flat pack which helps you to decorate it easily! To start with I've primed all of the pieces with Decoart white gesso. Next I've cut my rice paper to the size and covered shelves and indside walls using Decoart decoupage glue. Then I've assembeled everything together using the same glue, and covered the outer walls. Using a make up sponge and Decoart fluid acrylics in raw umber I've darkened the edges and corners and I've added a cup marks and white paint splatters to give it an old, distressed look.

 I've also used Decoart ultra matte varnish to protect the surface.

When my pieces were drying I've prepared my resin embellishments and small greyboard hinges. These were painted with Decoart black gesso, then with Decoart antiquing cream in patina green, once dry I've wiped the excess with baby tissue and applied Decoart metallic lustre in gold rush all over to accent the textures.


Hope you've enjoyed this post. See you next time!


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Friday, 15 June 2018


Hi everyone I hope you are all well. I have a Tag for you today and I made it using a Tando tag from the mega bundle pack. This is an amazing pack with different sized tags.

 I started with putting dimensional paste through a the bubbles thick stencil.
Once dry I painted the entire tag with gesso or tinting base.
I tripple embossed a Tando circle and stamped it with a # Stampendous stamp.
I used a Seth Apter die and using black cut out the circles and gave then a coat of iron ferro.
Once dry I touched  it up with silver Guilding wax.
I sprayed the entire tag with a mix of spray inks and splatted white paint over the tag.
I hope you have all enjoyed my tag.
Cheers Dee x


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Anything Goes Week - Joker Media Board by Nikki K.

Hi everyone,

It's my turn for the Anything Goes week, and I've combined mine with the Same but different week we had a week or so ago, where everyone made their piece from the same kit.  I liked my kit so much I asked if I could keep it and use it as my make and take at the Ministry of Mixology workshops, and share it with you later (now).

So this was the kit we were sent: (photo by Brenda).

All I did was ask for the words to be changed for me to use for the make and takes, and had 'Ring Ring'.

I painted the Media board in Tinting Base, and added some 'harlequin' pattern by using a Tando mini stencil with Crackle Paint, and then gave it a diagonal wash each of Blue Green Light, and Dioxazine Purple.  Let one colour dry before adding the other wash, or you end up with mud.

The background scratches were then stamped with Pyrrole Red, and Roulette Wheel in Carbon Black.  (You could use ink if you prefer).

The dial was also painted with Pyrrole Red, and then covered in Crackle Glaze.  When dry I rubbed Antiquing Cream into the cracks and wiped off, to make it look aged.  The numbers and Joker picture were given a 'dirty wash' (an Andy technique) with Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold.

The words were painted Red, the top layer Silver, and then Antiquing Cream was added, which sort of pooled over the letters which I liked so I didn't rub it off.

Finally Paynes Grey was washed around the edges of the board to darken them, and Red drips added to the top edge.

Hope you like it :)

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Kit by Tando Creative.
Joker Vector - Andy Skinner
Andy Skinner Stamps.
DecoArt Media Line Paints - Pyrrole Red, Dioxazine Purple, Blue Green Light, Carbon Black, Metallic Silver, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey.  Antiquing Cream - Raw Umber.
DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Anything Goes - Shining Heart Media Board


For anything goes week on the Tando Creative blog I have decorated one of the media boards using a selection of hearts and mini cogs...

After applying white gesso to prepare the surfaces I used the mini cogs stencil with some texture paste to add some detail to the main board.  I then used a selection of metallic paints to colour all the pieces...

To make sure the pieces stood out I used some black archival ink around the edges and then used the same ink to stamp some of the Andy Skinner Steampunk images onto the shapes.  After adhering all the parts I finished off the project with some Tim Holtz small talk stickers...

Here are the links to the products used...

* Media Boards
* Mini Hearts
* Mini Cogs
* Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Anything Goes Week- Eternal Tag by Fiona Randall.

Morning all Fiona here with my contribution to the "Anything Goes" week.
I'd like to say a big Thank You to Di Oliver ( Mrs Tando ) for inviting me to be a part of the Creative Team. To say I am honoured is an understatement !!
For my first project for Team Tando I decided to keep it simple with a Tag.
The Long Tag base has been painted in a patina effect using media fluid acrylics in Raw Umber, Gold and Cobalt Turquoise Hue.
Next step was to apply distressed effects, rusting and stencilling using DecoArt paints and mediums to the circles and the hearts. With touches of metallic lustre added in Burnished Brass.
Finally all assembled onto the tag base and a stamped sentiment applied to an offcut of grey board cut free hand.
I hope you have enjoyed my first project.
Products used.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Anything Goes

HI it's Brenda here as it's Anything Goes week I thought I would share the project I taught at Ministry of Mixology the other weekend.

We used media boards that Di cuts specially for me - they are 12 1/2 x 18 cms and a lovely size to work on.

I had 10 lovely ladies join me and we sat and used ordinary kitchen greaseproof paper for the background. 
Because it repels water when spritzed it pools and if you then add tiny amounts of the media fluid acrylics it looks brilliantly distressed.

With some stamping using Andy Skinner Tech Trauma stamps and one of his stencils with decoart black modeling paste plus some tissue tape the background started to come alive.

We finished by painting some fabulous stars that Di also cut especially for this project although I believe she will be adding some to the shop, so keep your eyes peeled.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx