Friday, 6 December 2019

Colour Theme Mini Book

Hi there, Celia here with November’s colour theme. These are my absolute favourite colours so it was a lot of fun making this little book. It’s my first Tando mini book and I’m now hooked!

I first chose my colours - I seem to have rather a lot of purple and turquoise so matching up the colours was easy!

I started off by gessoing the cover in white, just to get nice vibrant colours. Then I did a base coat of Cobolt Teal and stencilled the other colours randomly all over. I chose stencils with small designs to go with the tinyness of the book. I was going for a sort of colourful yet grungy look.

I used embossing powder on the book plate and made a little label with my alphabet stamps.

For the pages, I tore up some watercolour paper (15cm x 8cm) to get a nice rustic feel and folded them in half. I made 5 signatures and sewed them individually together.
Then I cut a piece of calico to  bind them together. I measured the spine (1.5 cm) and put glue thickly in a strip in the middle of the calico, then pushed the folded signatures into it. I had them held together with a clip and they stayed upright like that till they were dry.

Then I glued the fabric either side of the living hinge inside the cover, avoiding putting glue on the hinge.
I made a quick splashy paper to put on the inside.

There are some other methods of bookbinding on the blog and the website too. You can also get a mini book 'innis' set, which I forgot to order. It has some templates for the pages and so you can make concertina pages too.

I hope you like my colourful little book!

Celia x

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Tando Tuts on Thursday. ATC Concertina Book by Fiona Randall

Over on Tando's Facebook Group- Tando Creative Zone you will find the step by step tutorial to create  this ATC Concertina Book.
Here's the link to download the step by step tutorial.
Have Fun
Fiona x

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Colour Theme ATCoin

This month's colour theme is this gorgeous set:

I've given the {Artist Trading Coin} a coat of {White Gesso} then added {White Crackle Paste} that I'd mixed with some acrylic paint to, across parts of it.

Once dry, I blended acrylic paint over the base and added ink to show up the cracks. Then added some paint dabs and doodles.

I've painted some {Mini Snowflakes} white and added glitter glue onto them.

Here's the collection I've made this year:

Monday, 2 December 2019

December colour theme

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last colour theme week of 2019!

Carol with you today sharing my last two artist trading coin and card:-

The colour theme for this week is:-

and here are my two:-

Both have been painted using acrylic paint and so have all of my mini Christmas elements.

Do pop back during the week for some more colour projects.

TFL xx

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Reach for the Stars Tag

This week on the Tando Creative blog the theme is 'In The Stars' .
For my project I decided to decorate a Tando Long Tag with a moon and stars theme.
I used DecoArt Chalky Finish in Legacy mixed with a little Carbon Chalky finish to give a dark midnight blue colour. I applied this to the textured background of the tag the two circles from the Tando Grab bag of circles and the moon and  stars which I had cast from molds. I then swiped DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished brass across the raised areas of the tag to highlight the texture as well as the moon and stars also. I then stencilled onto the larger of the circles with DecoArt Extreme Sheene in Burnished brass and attached the moon to the small circle and then edged both of the circles with the metallic lustre. A piece of brass chicken wire from my stash was then attached to the tag. Some twigs from the garden were given a swipe of metallic lustre before attaching on top of the chicken wire . Then the circles and stars layered on top. A splattering of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Titanium white was then applied. Word strips were then typed up on my vintage typewriter and attached to the tag base to finish.
                                                         Here's a close up of the detail.
List of products used.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read
Hugs Fiona x



Wednesday, 27 November 2019

'Mystical In The Stars' by Jane


This week on the Tando Creative blog the theme is 'In The Stars' and I decided to go for an astrological feel to my project...

I decided to decorate the triple arch astral frame that was on the most recent HOCHANDA shows with Di and Fiona.  

After sticking my frame pieces together I dabbed texture sand paste over the arches using my finger and once it had dried painted the whole piece plus the decorative inserts with black gesso...

Next I used the Decoart interference paints in turquiose, violet and gold across all the pieces then once this had dried used gold gilding wax to add extra highlights to the texture...

Then I put the acrylic circles into place and attached the decorative pieces.  Finally I added some stars that I had cast in a mould using clear resin and purple glitter, and used a bit more gilding wax on top to tie the whole piece together...

Here are the products I used:

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Anything Goes Week - Mini Book Case by Nikki K

Morning all,

It's Anything Goes week so I have decorated one of Tando's fantastic Mini Book shelves.  They are the perfect storage for your little book collection.

I started by painting all the pieces in Rouge Chalk paint.  Be careful to avoid the tabs if you can, it makes it easier to glue your pieces together afterwards.  I used a brayer to paint, it gives a nice smooth even finish with not too much paint.

I took a Chocolate Baroque Feather stamp and stamped the whole bookcase with tiny feathers.  This was followed by a coat of Crackle medium, but at this stage my crackle failed for some reason, so I went back in with a coat of Matte Varnish, which I actually preferred the look of anyway.  You can always cover up or change the look of something, if all else fails, paint it again!  We all make mistakes, and it's more fun experimenting.

I covered two Tando Mini feathers in modelling paste to make them look more realistic, and when dry painted in black gesso.  These were glued to the back of the bookcase top shelf.

I edged the bookcase in Iced Espresso Metallic Lustre to finish.

Now I need to make more mini books to fill it...

Best Wishes,

Nikki K

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Texture Paste Cog

Hi there, it’s Celia here with a look at texture pastes. They lend themselves very well to rust effects, and I find they're so useful to add interest to a project.
I decided to use four different pastes together, because why just use one! I used DecoArt Sand Paste on the cogs and stippled some Andy Skinner Lava Paste on the big MDF cog. This needs heat setting to make it puff up. If you stipple it on finely it creates a nice pitted rust effect.
For the base, I used a 6x6 greyboard sheet and stuck on some Tim Holtz Abandoned collage paper. I discovered that the big cog is the same size as the cut outs in Fiona’s new Layered Tags, so I cut one out to put behind the cog. I just sprayed this black.

I used a spatula to apply Andy Skinner's Strata Paste and DecoArt Crackle Paste randomly around the edges of the base board.

When this was dry I stippled on a mixture of DecoArt media fluid acrylics to roughly match the colours of the paper (Burnt Umber, Green Gold, Pthalo green yellow, Transparent Iron Oxide). I also stippled some rusty colours on the big cog. Then I dry brushed the texture pastes with Titan Buff to highlight. I also coated a couple of small cogs from the minis cogs tag with some Ferro.

Then I added a couple of washes to tie it all in together before assembling. I added some silver Gilding Paste to the cog to highlight the rusty texture. The combination of the different texture pastes produces all sorts off yummy crunchy goodness!

And here's the finished piece - 

Thanks for stopping by!

Celia x

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

A Tag of Many Textures!


I am on the Tando Creative blog today as part of 'Texture' week.  One of the many things I love about mixed media is the building and layering of different textures so I decided to decorate one of the technique tags using texture paste along with some grey board pieces and other materials...

First I added some texture paste through the distressed diamonds stencil from Tando Creative, but to add even more texture I tapped the paste with my palette knife to create extra peaks.  Once this was dry I painted the tag and the other grey board pieces with white gesso...

Next to create my colour I used some acrylic inks with water.  To help bring out the texture underneath I rubbed over gold gilding wax and then used black archival ink around the edges and across the texture too...

At this stage I felt that the tag needed some more interest so stamped the distressed diamond background from Bee Crafty using black archival ink...

Finally I built up my focal point using the grey board along with some cambric material, cotton thread and an acetate butterfly from Tim Holtz as well as some faux gems for the butterfly's body.  To create the finishing touch I adhered one of the Tim Holtz chat stickers at the bottom of the cambric...

Here are the products that I used:

I really enjoyed incorporating lots of different textures into my project.  Thank you for looking!

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Sunday, 10 November 2019

November colour week

Good Morning, Carol with you today bringing this week's theme to an end.

The colour way for November has been:-

Here is my ATC coin 11/12 and ATC (card) 11/12

For the card:-

I've used some harlequin extra thins along with a butterfly from the tag and a feather 

My coin is based along the same lines:-

This time I've used the extra thin circles and a smaller butterfly and feather.

TFL xx

Friday, 8 November 2019

Thursday Twinchie Tutorial

This week's Thursday Tutorial uses the new Organic Twinchie set.

You can find step by step photos HERE

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Sea Heart

Hi There!

It’s Celia here today and November's colour theme is this gorgeous selection:

I selected my colours - PaperArtsy Midnight, Turquoise and Glacier Ice, and a mixture of an old paint dabber in Mushroom mixed with Yellow Iron Oxide. I chose the Flaming Heart, the Scribbles Heart Thins and a Mini's heart for my tag. I stuck them down and added a few patches of DecoArt Sand Paste before painting them first with PaperArtsy Glacier Ice.

I then stippled in the other colours with a hog hair brush, keeping the darker Midnight round the edge and working the lighter colours towards the centre. I added a bit of DecoArt Ferro for some sparkle and texture and dry brushed the thins with Glacier Ice to highlight.

For the Flaming Heart, I painted the base with Blue Lagoon and used a translucent embossing powder (Emerald Creek Fractured Ice). I used Cosmic Shimmer Lagoon Lilac Aurora on the small heart and Heat it up Aged Gold on the outer heart.
Then it was just a matter of gluing on the Flamed Heart and adding a ribbon coloured with spray inks.

I hope you like my tag! Thanks for stopping by,

Celia x