Monday, 6 December 2021

Kit of the Month, Large Whimsical Birds 2 - Zoë Sanderson

 Well Hello again!  I enjoyed this kit so much that I've made a second set and here they are

As always with me it was all about messing about and trying different things out.  Not a step by step this time but I'll try to talk you through each one.  you know if when you read our posts you have any questions you can always leave them in a comment and we will get back to you.

Cracked up.  After preparing with Gesso the body and wings were sprayed with Media Mister Shimmer Yellow.  Hand painted a flower on the body and painted the head and legs using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics .  The eyes were painted white and given flat back gems.  Body, Head and Eyes covered with Media Clear Crackle Glaze.  When that was dry DecoArt Metallic Lustre worked all over to really bring out the cracks, on the body and head, while pink pastel chalk was rubbed into the eyes.  The back board which is also part of the kit had Stamperia Glass Paste smeared over it and before it dried DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Metallic Gold squirted on top and then spread with the same spreading knife.   The result is so textured and really shines, it might be my favourite part of this bird.

Next up Jail Bird.  All the Tando elements here were painted using a traditional brush and paint method.  when the body and wings were dry they were given contrasting blue strips in acrylic paint.  The arrows were drawn on with felt tip pen.  Once again the eyes are flat back gems.   The red painted Tag is also a Tando piece attached with a scrap of red eyelash ribbon.

This time the background is an acrylic pour.  I'm still just getting the hang of this technique.  Did not use enough paint this time so around the edges there were some bare areas there were covered with more of the Metallic Lustre.  It was a very pleasant surprise to see how well the two mediums worked together and when I discovered that the luster rubbed over the acrylic paint could be rubbed away revealing the paint below I was delighted.  Another avenue to be explored in the future.

Finally What the Cluck!   Body and Wings were sprayed again this time with Media Mister in Orange.  Probably because I was quite vigorous in my spraying the finish was not even but happily there were some yellow looking patches.  These inspired me to dot with Cosmic Shimmer Lava paste. This was then blasted with the heat gun to make it expand and puff up, before it was sprayed with the yellow mister.  This time for the eyes I've used a couple of spiral die cuts, the sort you use to make flowers, pulled them out a little to make the eyes pop.  The egg is a left over from an Easter project cut in half and attached with Silicon glue.

The background board has simply just given a covering of Metallic Lustre - Cosmic Blue.  To apply these pastes, waxes, call them what you will I use a cotton make up remover pad.  Pick up a good amount of the medium and with circular movements work it into the board, repeat until the the desired coverage and depth of colour is achieved. 

Have you taken a look around the blog and seen all the different but equally brilliant ways the team has presented these Large Whimsical Birds?  Have we inspired you to create something yourself.  If we have then our job is done and we would love you to show us what you have done over on our Face Book page.


Tando Large Whimsical Birds

Tando Tag Size 1

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

DecoArt Media Misters

DecoArt Metallic Lustres

DecoArt Media Clear Crackle Glaze.

From my stash

Stamperia Glass Paste

Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste

Flat back gems

Silicon glue

Plastic egg

eyelash ribbon

Sunday, 5 December 2021

whimsical birds monthly kit….

 Hi, Carol with you today - I've hi-jacked the monthly kits lol - I love the previous whimsical birds and when Di said she had designed this kit I just had to get in on the act….

Unlike my monthly kit teamies I haven't done step by step instructions… but, here is my take…

First up…. as soon as I saw the birds and the boards I thought of those photo booths that are all the rage at parties, weddings etc…so, this is my take on a photo booth… with a baby sneaking in at the bottom (not included in the kit)

my last piece is my usual grungy style.

thank you for joining me today.

Carol xx

Saturday, 4 December 2021

Whimsical Birds, kit of the month - Sharon Nettleship

 This month's kit is the Whimsical Bird kit and it has 3 birds to make up and 3 A4 backboards. They are so versatile and you can dress them up any way you want. You could even make them festive! So now I have to confess I mucked up on one of them so I have just the two to show, sorry. 

 For my first whimsical bird I gessoed all my pieces and then used stencils and texture paste. I've used Tando's  background stencils for the legs,wings and backboard.

I then used gloss sprays all over the backboard in Autumnal colours. I left this to dry while I worked on the other pieces. 

Again for the body, legs and wings I've used gloss sprays and gold wax to edge it. I highlighted his crest with a white pen and painted it with black acrylic. For the head and beak I've used some acrylic paint and gold wax for the edges.

I've used the Tando leaf branch with 3 leaves  and inked them up with distress oxides and gold wax. 

Once the backboard was dry I adhered the bird and leaves and here is the final piece.

For my pretty little girl bird I gessoed all the pieces first . For the backboard I have used 3 shades of Pentart antiquing gel. I then used one of the Tando stencils and crackle texture paste in white. When this was dry I stamped some images randomly. 

I painted the body and wings with a chalk paint and edged them with black ink and rub on stitching. For the wings I white embossed them with a flower stamp. The pockets and little flowers have been made using grab bags from Tando.

The head and eyes/beak came seperate in my bird so I painted them white exept the beak and crest. I added black paint for the eyes and gave her pink, rosy cheeks. I dabbed on some texture sand paste for the beak and then painted it. Again it was all edged with black ink and highlighted with a white pen. 

The legs have also been painted and I've used the Tando stencil with white paint.

Once everything was dry I adhered the bird to the backboard. And here she is. 

Products used:

Acrylic paints -
Tando Creative - Grab bags

Friday, 3 December 2021

Kit of the Month Large Whimsical Birds - Zoë Sanderson

Well is this month's kit a package of fun or what!  It is the latest addition to the Whimsical Range this time Large Whimsical Birds.  As with all the Whimsical range you get laser cut boards with various elements allowing you to build up your birds however you want.

This is my Large Whimsical Bird Family.   Let me introduce you to them and show you how they ended up like this!

When you first get your kit it will contain 3 Plain A4 sized (295mm x 208mm) Tando Boards.  On top of which there are 2 laser cut boards with legs/feet, wings and eyes cut ready to be released as required. There are also 3 main body pieces and 2 head pieces and a separate beak!  Thats a lot of chip board for you to mix and match.

The first thing I did was release a lot of the parts from the boards and started to arrange them to see how my birds might look.  Remember this is just a first try out until things are stuck together you can change your mind and make as many different arrangements as you like.

With the beginnings of some ideas it was time to focus on just one bird.  For starters I worked with the the middle bird in the picture.  I also pulled out a few bits from other other Tando packs to add to it and the overall them of Whimsical or as I like to think of it Quirky.

Everything was then given a base coat of white Gesso.   Gesso was developed for artists to use as a preparation base on their canvas especially for Acrylic paints.  It is used a lot now to cover over something you might not like and start again or to soften bold colours helping to knock them back into the background.  With board like this it also acts as a sealant so your bright acrylic paints stay on the surface and are not dulled by being soaked into the board.  Generally with your Tando board if you are going to paint it then it is good practice to give it a coat of Gesso first.

Once the gesso was dry it was time to start painting. 
I choose to use DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics because they give good coverage and strong colour.   It was always my intention with these birds that they should be bright, bold, loud and silly.  So starting as I meant to go on bird one is predominantly Green and Blue.  The body needed something more than just a flat green colour so an old folk art stencil got plonked on top with yellow paint daubed through it.   The eyes although already gessoed white needed to be a coat of white paint to keep them as bright as everything else.  Red paint touched around the edges of the eyes making them look a little bloodshot.

When the various elements were dry everything was stuck together with PVC glue.  A good wet glue is best for this job, you can just run it around the edges and then add a scribble of glue in the middle and everything should be secure.

Turning to the other birds I looked again at the layout of them and played around a little, I also decided to add some of the Whimsical Birds from a previous set.  This allowed me to used the elements in yet more different combinations.

At this points everything not already given a coat of Gesso received one.  It was time to start on the second bird.

Using a Tando stencil and DecoArt Modelling paste the body of this bird was given some texture.  You can be as neat and tidy as you want doing something like this.  I like messy with some of the paste going over the edges and some of the circles not completely filled as it just adds to the overall somewhat wacky finish.

If you use paste like this through a stencil remember to remove and clean your stencil quickly.  If the paste dries on it then you will not be able to remove it which might make your stencil unusable in the future.

While waiting for the paste to dry I played with an acrylic pour on one of the plain boards which eventually became the backing for this project.

Time now to get the paints out again.    First of all the whole body, and while I was at it all the gesso readied boards, were painted.   Then on the 2nd bird body the stencil was put back on for yellow and red paint to be daubed through.  As with the paste I was not looking for a neat and tidy precise result and didn't get one. 

For the Third body I took an idea that I first saw on Project Runway about 10 years ago, it might have been longer thinking about it.  Anyway the designers on the show were given the challenge to make clothing out of the raw materials from a newspaper printers (New York Times I think it was).  One designer made an amazing trench coat complete with faux fur collar and cuffs.   To get the "fur" effect she used small pieces of the paper crumpled and then allowed to relax slightly before being glued into place. 

Very happy to take this idea and run with it, using some printed tissue from the stash mountain.  I die cut lots of circles in 3 different sizes.   The smallest for the outer edges and for those tighter little places such as the top of the beak just below the eyes.

To attach the tissue paper I applied gel medium first of all at the side worked on that, then the other side and finally the middle.  Gel medium does allow you a little time to work and move things around if you need to so using it here and doing just a bit at a time gave me the opportunity to make sure my tissue ruffles were as snug as I wanted them.

The Wings were added last and again I used the gel medium to fit them over the ruffles.

So now my Large Whimsical birds are complete. Here they are:




If nothing else I hope you have had fun reading this!

Products Used.

Other Tando
Stencil Grid Round

Decorate Media Modelling Paste

Tissue paper, Gel Medium and PVC glue from my stash.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

 December kit of the month- large whimsical birds   By Julia Baker

These amazing characters were fun to make there is so much you can do with them.

I started by painting the bases and bird parts with white gesso.  When dry I put bird parts to one side and concentrated on the backgrounds. 

Paint will silver acrylic paint, mine needed two coats.

Using old book pages I used lilac, lime and turquoise drops of ink then spritzed with water, blot with kitchen paper leave to dry.

I randomly added blobs of PVA glue over the background and whilst the glue was still wet applied pieces of inked book pages. Leave to dry, overnight if possible.

When dry tear away excess paper. 

Add texture paste around each side and drop in a few beads while wet. Put aside to dry.

Going back to the birds paint with lilac, turquoise and lime acrylic paint and when dry start to add interest with paint and texture paste. Edge each piece with ink, I used ‘warm breeze’ versafine Clair.

Back to the backgrounds I used glossy crackle paste through Tando stencils, then used acrylic paint round borders.

Finish bird pieces with dot and star stamps. Assemble birds however you fancy anything goes here have fun! Glue birds together with PVA then glue to backgrounds. 

To finish birds I used a piece of flower trim and beads along each bird. Added black beads for eyes then used a white Posca pen to add dots and highlights and a couple of feathers.

Enjoy and have fun!

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Kit Week - Large Whimsical Birds - by Kim

It's party season and Tando Creative's new Large Whimsical Birds are all dressed up and ready for a night in the barn!

I ventured in to unknown territory this time - no, not parties in a barn - decoupage! I rummaged through some old garden magazines and tore out lots pages with bright colours. I chose them for the colours, not necessarily the flowers. I stuck bits and pieces on the bird bodies to make pleasing combinations. Any magazine will do - just tear out colours and textures not whole pictures.

The legs got black and white stripy socks for contrast. I used DecoArt Fawn and Burnt Orange together on the wings to look a bit feathery.

I base coated the faces with Fawn, the large areas of the eyes with white, the centres with black. The eyelids are Fawn, the eyelashes are Black. 'Cheeky Bird' got a little blusher in a pale pink (Coral Shell with a dab of Calico Red) for her cheeks, and some Burnt Umber speckles. I also stuck the extra beak section on a bit skew-if so it looks like she is singing along to the music.

The feet and beaks are Primary Yellow. I lightly sponged some Burnt Orange on the feet to 'dirty them up'. For the shading on the beaks I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, slightly watered down, first Diarylide Yellow then Cadmium Orange Hue

The background is Titanium White with Zinc blended up from the bottom in wispy strokes to give the impression of feathers laying on the barn floor - all being kicked up as they dance the night away! Some pastel coloured 'strobe lights' are sponged through the bubbles from the new Background and Flourish Stencils.

I glued the wings and legs to the back of the body. Stick your Party Birds on the background and they are ready to display. Make sure you pose them in their dancing actions!


Tando Creative Large Whimsical Birds Kit

DecoArt Americana Colours

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

New Background and Flourish Stencils (Bubbles)

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Product Focus - Large Matchbox &inserts by Art Angel

  I thought it would be fun to create a Christmas themed project this week using the oh so versatile Large Match boxes and Inserts, perfect as a piece of home decor but works equally well as a gifting idea as there’s plenty of room inside to place something special

I started with the large kit and a selection of Christmas themed minis. The matchbox kit so easily fits together and its held secure with pva glue.


I very lightly spritzed three of my inserts with water and run them through my die cutting machine using Tim Holtz Texture fades 3D embossing folder to give a brickwork effect. This is one big added advantage of using Tando greyboard over MDF all the pieces can be embossed

I positioned two vertically ad one horizontally just for a bit of variation and added interest.


I then went on to base coat all surfaces with  Decoart Americana Timeless Chalk paint ready to mount my paper

I cut panels of patterned paper a quarter of an inch smaller that all my surfaces and inked all edges with walnut distress oxide ink, to give an aged feel and them adhered my panels to each of the outer sleeve sides and the inside and outside of the drawer 

I also inked the edges of the sleeve, drawer and all inserts

I used a the walnut distress oxide on a sponge blender lightly over the brickwork to bring out the texture

I picked a selection of Christmas minis, thinking carefully about which ones i wanted on insert, i wanted all the cards different but with a connected colour theme to make a cohesive set, so all were painted in the same way, i based coated with timeless, adding touches of Treasure and turquoise media shimmer mist,when dry i added a little structure paste to give texture and the appearance if snow and sprinkled with a little glitter for some extra sparkle!!

 added some sand paste for snow before adding my elements

Small pieces of abaca added more texture and a rustic feel behind my minis

stickles glitter glue was then added here and there for yet more bling

I even  embossed my flourish plaque before adding my candle minis