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

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Colour Theme ATC

The colour theme for this month is probably my fave of all year:

I took some of the inner pieces for the new {Twinchies - Organic} and stuck them onto an {Artist Trading Coin} then gave everything a coat of {White Gesso}.

I then blended various acrylic paints over the ATC until I was happy.
Once dry I stamped a text stamp onto the light turquoise (which you can't see on the photo).
I then dabbed white paint onto the raised bumps.
I dotted paint around the edges and then used gold watercolour paint onto the dots to make them sparkle.
It's finished off with one of my fave Stampotique stamps, a word and some doodles.

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Spooky and Creepy

Hello Everyone and thank you for joining me (Carol) this Saturday.

I created these Artist trading coin and card for the colour week, but, due to personal reasons didn't get to publish them, so, they are having their outing today!

Both were painted with red acrylic paint and then using a stencil I created a background.  Ephemera was added to both pieces, along with a stamped spider….

TFL xx

Friday, 1 November 2019

Spooky & Creepy by Nikki

Hi everyone,

It's Spooky and Creepy week here at Tando, and I've just got a tag to share with you that I made for Di's recent Hochanda shows, but it didn't get seen as I was poorly, so I thought I'd share with you now.

The tags were designed by my lovely teamie Fiona Randall, and brought to life by Tando.  This is just one way you could decorate yours if you were lucky to get them on Hochanda last week.

I started by putting modelling paste through a stencil, and then painting the whole tag black, front and back pieces.  They were then glued straight together, making sure I glued around the keyhole well so it was a sealed 'bezel'.

I used Pebeo Paint in Fantasy Prism, and carefully used a lolly stick to spoon paint all the way into the key shape.  When this dries it does mad things and creates fab patterns in the paint.

I painted a  spider in black, and a cobweb, and adhered to the tag.  Finally I dry brushed the whole thing with silver, to pick out the detail.

Hope you like it, don't forget to check out the rest of the team's Spooky and Creepy makes this week. x

Best Wishes,

Nikki K

Products Used:
Spiders Grab Bag
Layered Tags
Haunted House stencil (bats)

DecoArt Media Line:
Metallic Silver
Black Gesso

Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Trick or Treat- Tando Tuts on Thursday- Fiona Randall

Happy Halloween Folks.
Over on Tando's Facebook Group- Tando Creative Zone you will find the step by step tutorials to create these wickedly fun Halloween projects. Projects I hear you say..........
Yes I have  created not one but THREE for you this week. At Tando we are not about the TRICKS but the TREATS.

Here's the link to download the tutorials.
Have Fun
Fiona x

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Spooky and creepy by Dee

Hi everyone Dee here with my post for Spooky and Creepy I wasn't sure what to do for this `i have some amazing stamps and I wanted to do a folder that I have from Tando with lovely pages in unfortunately had to take mum to hospital so didn't have time in the end so I have done this tag.

I used a Tango tag, Tando's mini Flourish stencil and Extra thins Harlequin. I used modelling paste through the stencil to the top left and bottom right of the tag. On the opposite sides I glued the Tando Harlequin's extra thins.

I stamped the Tim holtz skull from his life of the party set along with the compass from indigo blue and the butterfly onto paper I then cut them out. I coated the tag with # Deco art chalk paint in whisper.

Next i glued the stamped images onto the tag then I used crackle paste around the skull and the edges of the tag and allowed to dry. I also used the crackle paste through my old spider stencil as I love him.

I dry brushed colours onto the tag I used raw umber fluid acrylic on the Deco art crackle paste and the followed by black antiquing cream. I used ultra matt varnish on the skull and the compass so that they would not absorb any other colours and if they did I could knock them back. Next I used artisan powders and quinacridone gold I dry brushed with them till I was happy

I hope you have all enjoyed my project please feel free to let me know what you think.
Cheers Dee x

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Spooky and Creepy Tag by Jane


As we are heading towards Halloween, this week the theme on the Tando Creative blog is Spooky and Creepy and I decided to decorate one of the technique binder tags...

I started by using the small cobweb stencil by Tando Creative with crackle paste.  This was done at the top and the bottom of the tag and I filled in any spaces in between with more paste.  To make sure my webs all looked joined up I used my pokey tool to make some of the lines longer, scraping back the paste.

Once this had dried and cracked I used a shimmery spray ink in metallic silver to add colour.  I liked the way the colour soaked into the exposed grey board areas but left the crackle paste quite light and decided to leave the colour like that...

Using a spider from the Tando grab bag, I added some texture sand paste then once it was dry used purple paint and silver gilding wax.

I stamped out the poison bottle using a Bee Crafty stamp from my stash, this then had clear embossing powder added.  A bit of colour was added using Faber Castell pens then I re stamped the label to add another layer to the bottle.

The words were chosen from the Tim Holtz clippings set, and I picked 3 that I thought went with the spooky theme which I backed onto black card for extra stability...

Here are the links to the products used:

* Technique Binder and Tags
* Grab Bag of Spiders
* 4" x 4" Stencil - Cobweb
* Decoart Media Line - Crackle Paste; Texture Sand Paste

There will be more spooky projects this week from the rest of the team so do please pop back to see them.

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Crackle Week - Nikki K

Morning all,

It's my turn for the Crackle week post, hope you've enjoyed everyone's inspiration this week.

I took one of Di's fab Ring Binders, and painted it first in Everlasting Chalk Paint.  I then added a layer of Americana Chalk Crackle, which only works with the chalk paints.  But instead of doing a different colour for the top layer..  I did a 'same colour' crackle, so Everlasting over the top again.  This still gives a crackle, but more of a subtle texture than contrast.

When the crackle had dried, I added black modelling paste through the Suit's stencil, which I love. I covered the front and back, but left the edges. I then added a wash of Cadmium Red Hue inside and out.  This gave a sheen on top of the black modelling paste, as well as seeping into some of the crackle, and leaving other spaces whiter.

I felt it was bright at this point, and I wanted a darker, more sinister look, for a sort of 'dark Alice in Wonderland' feel.  So I added Black Antiquing Cream and wiped back in places.  I gave a plaster heart the same treatment, red paint then antiquing cream.  I also dry brushed Interference Gold paint to give a sheen.

The whole binder was given a coat of Matte Varnish, to seal the Antiquing Cream and protect it.

I also made a plaque in the same way, with a Tando greyboard square I had, and a plaster skull.

Hope this gives you some ideas,

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Tando Creative
Ring Binder
Greyboard Pieces (Plaque)
Suits Stencil

DecoArt Paints:
Everlasting Chalk Paint
Americana Chalk Crackle
Cadmium Red Hue Media
Black Antiquing Cream
Ultra Matte Varnish
Interference Gold Media
Quinacridone Gold (on plaque)
Raw Umber (on plaque)

Skull from own Mold
Heart Clock from Stamperia Mold