Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Andy Skinner week: day one

Hello everyone,
Hope you had a wonderful bank holiday weekend.
This week is a special Andy Skinner week. Some of you have already met him at the June Extravaganza, and if you go to the shop next weekend (Sept 3rd and 4th), you will have the chance to meet him during the demos on Saturday or (if you have been one of the very lucky ones to secure a place) during his class on Sunday.
Andy, who is a very talented and knowledgeable artist and tutor, has been our guest designer for a few weeks now and we are honoured to have him on the team.
He now has his own line of clear stamps so our talented DT has been playing and created some gorgeous samples and step by steps I will share with you this week.

So guess who is starting today? Andy himself of course ;)

First project: Weathered box
 Here's the step-by-step for this beautiful project: 

Lightly sand the box and seal with Multi medium matte and allow to dry.
Next apply a watered down wash of Decoart Gesso to the entire surface, you should be able to see the wood grain through the gesso. Allow this to dry.
Paint a little pva glue in random areas where you would like the paint to crack. Apply Vaseline with your fingers to areas you would like the paint to peel.

Pour a little Americana Indian turquoise and Snow (Titanium) white onto a pallet, with the pva glue still wet pick up the two colours onto a brush and apply this to the box, mixing the colours lightly as you go.
Once dry you will notice that the paint has cracked where the pva glue was applied. Now take a cloth and rub over the surface to start the paint peeling where the Vaseline was applied.
Sand the surface lightly with a fine grade sandpaper to soften the edges of the peeled paint.

Water down some Americana Burnt umber and Lamp (Ebony) black and pick up the paint onto a toothbrush. lightly speckle the box by flicking the bristles with your finger. Note: It is advisable to test this on some scrap paper first.
Highlight the edges with a little gold rub on using your fingers

Stamp the script with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Stamp the dove, cherub and antique sign with Black archival ink.
Highlight some areas within the stamps with a little titanium white to make them pop.
Finally, once fully dried attach a metal clasp, and spray with a light coat of Americana Matte spray sealer.

Materials List
Decoart Americana in: Indian Turquoise, Snow White, Burnt Umber, Lamp Black


Simple tag
Position the Tando clock mask over the tag. Pick up a little Americana snow white onto a stencil brush and paint in the numerals, allow to dry.
Using a blending tool apply mustard seed distress ink to the entire surface of the tag. Next blend barn door Distress ink, top left and bottom right of the tag.
Stamp the script top right and bottom left of the tag, using Broken China distress ink.
Stamp butterfly’s, berry bush and Object d' art using black archival ink.
Colour in the butterfly’s with fired brick, broken china and spiced marmalade distress ink using a brush.
Highlight the body's with an inksentials white gel pen.

 Materials List
Distress Ink in: Mustard seed , Barn door , Broken china, Fired brick, Spiced marmalade

Here's another tag for you

Andy has also made a couple of sample using our bisque embellishments.

Basecoat the bisque heart hanging ornament with Multi matte medium.
Once dry apply clear rock candy to the surface. I prefer to use a slightly stiffer brush than the one supplied with the bottle, to give a more even application.
Once cracks appear, finish the drying process with a heat tool.
Paint surface with Americana lamp black and allow to dry for approx 2 minutes.
Wipe back black acrylic using a baby wipe until it remains in the cracks only. 
Sand surface with 280 grade wet & dry fine sandpaper, this gives a smooth professional finish which is ideal for stamping onto.

After stamping apply Rub 'n Buff: Gold leaf to the edges.

I dipped this heart ornament using the alcohol ink floating method with brights, then applied the same technique as above.

Materials List
Bisque Heart ornament
Distress rock candy
Americana lamp black
Adirondack Alcohol inks in: Plum, Pool, Citrus
Lindsay Mason Designs: Tattered Butterflies

so how about this for a fantastic start of the week?
Let us know what you think in a comment below
See you tomorrow, 


  1. Wow, gorgeous projects, I especially love the tags. Thanks to Andy for the great tutorials also.

  2. Absolutely stunning projects.Love the weatherted look of the box too!Your tags are amazing love the butterfly one and the tywo tonned colour combo!

  3. Great work Andy! Looking forward to Sunday!

  4. thanks for sharing these tutorials...love all the projects

  5. Wonderful, wonderful projects, thanks for the tut, now I'll have to get me some Vaseline next time I'm out doing the groceries :)


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