What better way to kick start the week with Andy Skinner himself! - this is Andy's post:-
"Some of you may know that the last online Book of Secrets workshop this year has just started and bookings will stop as of 12pm tonight.
Putting this workshop together is where my love affair with Tando Creative chipboard first started, I loved the thickness and the way it held up to everything I chucked at it... and I mean everything!
My next discovery was the fantastic durability of their stencils and as they are manufactured from 350 micron plastic, I have never had one tear yet and they are used by so many in workshops around the country each week that they certainly get put through their paces, hence when I decided to design my own stencils Tando Creative was the first and only place I headed.
So I decided to make a special Book of Secrets but with a difference to start this week of, lets call it a book of parts.... Tando parts!
I wanted the book box to to look as if it had been discovered laying on the sea bed or in a wreck for hundreds of years, this was achieved by applying many layers of Decoart Americana and Traditions acrylic paint.
In this close up you should be able to see the many textures and layers going on giving a decayed appearance.
For the reverse of the book I decided to apply Decoart Modeling paste through some of my stencils, you get a lovely smooth surface with great detail, also great depth can be achieved because of the amazing thickness of the stencils.
After a few washes of acrylic paint it was antiqued by painting with Raw Umber and wiping it back before the paint was dry."
What a fabulous start to the week - A big Thank You to Andy for joining us today.
Don't forget to pop back tomorrow for another great piece.