Friday, 22 May 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Observations Tag

Evening all, A little late today posting my little sneak peak of my De Stempelwinkel project.
I have been playing with Decoart's Media Misters and Frantage embossing powder along with stamps from De Stempelwinkel for my Sciencey themed tag.
Head over to see the full tag xx
A big thank you as always for stopping by xx.

Monday, 18 May 2015

De Stempelwinkel Tile and Class pics.

Ok, so I am a day late posting this little make for De Stempelwinkel ooops ;)
I have used the Decoart media line products and stamps from De Stempelwinkel, I have also used a stencil from iStencil
Now the reason for being late to my blog is I was kept nice and busy teaching my Decoart Mixed Media frame class with a private booking from a crafty group in Essex.
Here is what the ladies made.
I am always amazed at how different and personal the frames are when the colour pallet and mediums are the same.


Friday, 8 May 2015

Wooden Heart

 Its De Stempelwinkel time again and I am sharing this little wooden heart, painted with Deocoart Media Paints and stamped with images from De Stempelwinkel.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Industrial Grunge Step By Step.

Morning all, I am sharing an older post here that was shared when I was asked to be a guest designer that was a bit of a step by step.
The whole piece was not shared here before so I thought I would dust it of and put it up.
All the products used are from the Decoart Media Line.
My wall hanging is an assemblage of smaller pieces gathered together.
I started with a small pre Gessoed Canvas and after a base coat of white I built up and blended my colours using Decoarts Media Fluids, Translucent yellow oxide, Quinacridone burnt orange and Quinacridone gold before edging the canvas with black archival ink.

The middle and bottom sections have both been cut from foam board. The middle section has been made from two layered sections of board. The base was painted With Raw Umber and then a coat of Decoarts Crackle paint (this comes white but is easily coloured with the fluid acrylics)
once dry I added some washes of black and quinacridone gold to give an aged and tarnished look.
The top board was given a base coat of white and then a coat of Green Gold this is a really bright almost citrus green/yellow colour, it was looking a little to bright so some more washes of black and quin gold were added to grub it up.
If you are not sure what I mean by a wash, its when you really water down the paint. The fluid acrylics are pretty much pure pigment so the colour stays true even when thinned down. I add a small amount of paint to my craft mat and then start adding water with my brush till I get the results I am after. If you apply the wash and its to strong in colour, just spritz the piece with water to dilute and get the finish you are happy with. The chipped edges have just been painted on by hand using Raw Umber.
The decals are from 7 Gypsies and are rub ons.

The main focal piece comes from a kids Airfix model and has been given a tarnished brass finish that I 
picked up on Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques online class.

The Bottom section was coated with Decoarts Modelling paste and was applied patchy and randomly, I wanted the surface to have some texture.Once dry the edges were coated with their texture paste.
Again a base of white was added and then a slightly watered down coat of colbalt blue. A few colour washes were added to pick out the low spots. Finally the edeges and rust runs were added by painting Quin gold and just scrubbing it into the textured sections

The red box was also from the model kit and painted to look like an old metal unit.

The top section has been made from a mixed media board from Tando-creative these are laser cut boards made from grey board.
I used a diamond plate embossing folder, coated the board with texture paste once dry a coat of white paint and then a coat of Panes Grey media fluid acrylic.

paint over with some quin gold and let dry, this starts to bring out a really nice rusty look, If you want to go a little further you can add a wash of Red Iron Oxide and just let it dry naturally.

The finishing touches were added, Tim's tap head has been painted with the Patina antiquing cream, left to dry and then just rubbed back to reveal the metal.

Some rust wire was added from the industrial box to the machine.

A few other embellishments were added, a couple more Tim pieces and a light bulb from one of my dads old cars (don't worry, he had accumulated lots of car bits while he was still around)

Thanks as always for stopping by xx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Decoart Crackle Paste ATC - De Stempelwinkel and a Shabby Box

Morning all.
I'm sharing over at De Stempelwinkel.
Jetske has just got several of the Decoart Media mediums in stock and I have been playing with the Crackle Paste and Antiquing Creams to come up with a steam punk ATC.
If you have time it would be lovely to see you over there and if you have time you can check out our latest challenge theme on our new challenge blog.
I am also sharing this little shabby chic box I painted using the Decoart Chalk Paint and Stencils.

For the last few months I have been busy shabby chicing loads of things as I have taken the plunge and opened a stand at the new Christchurch Emporium in Dorset
It opened last weekend and it was amazing to see the number of people that turned up on opening day. I was back there this weekend and this is one of the new pieces I added. I picked the box up a few weeks ago and it was beautiful but just plain wood.
I used Decoarts Chalk Paint 'Vintage' and gave the box a couple of coats to get a nice even coat.Using a sanding block and medium grade paper I distressed the box and finished by give a final sanding with some fine grade paper.
Using 'Relic' the stencilling was added and then sanded back to make it look distressed. The box was finished with a couple of coats of satin varnish.
Ill be sharing more pics of the stand soon. xx
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

De Stempelinkel - Tribalish Tag

Morning all, It's time again over at De Stempelwinkel for a little share.
I have a little tribalish tag to share using the Decoart Media Fluids and stamps from De Stempelinkel.
It would be great to see you over there xx.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

De Stempelwinkel - ATC With A Twist

Morning all and thank you for stopping by x.
It's my turn over at De Stempelwinkel today.
I'm working on a new ATC mixed media workshop at the moment and this is my first play at trying something a little different.
My ATC was kindly cut for me by That's Crafty from Acrylic. I used Decoart Media Fluids for my back ground and black Stazon ink for my stamping.
You can see the full ATC over on the De Stempelwinkel and you can see how the image is hovering over the background.
Thanks as always for stopping by xx

I would like to enter this atc into the challenge over at Wicked Wednesdays atc challenge. The theme is groovy Chicks. 

Thursday, 9 April 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Salvation And Fly stamp board ovals

Today I am sharing these stamp board ovals on the De Stempelwinkel blog, I normally share just a teaser but I really fancied playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge, their theme is 'A', my 'A' is Alcohol Inks. It's been a while since I have played along in a challenge and I am feeling out of the loop what with the house move and life generally happening ;)
You can find more info on what I did on the De Stempelwinkel designers blog xx
thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, 6 April 2015

WARNING - Not For Everyone ;) Haunted Design House - Going Green Brett Weldele style

So is everyone making the most of their long weekend? Now I know this little post won't be for some of you so just skip past ;)
It's the first Monday of the month and this means it is time to get your creep on over at Haunted Design House.
The theme this month is 'Going Green' and this can be interpreted in any way you like (just keep it creepy/gothic) ;)
I first saw this stamp set from Bret Weldele at the Stitches trade show in Feb and new I had to have it when it hit the shops, since then I have been itching to use it as I am a huge zombie and horror fan as well as a massive comic book fan, It's well worth checking out Brett's art.
Can you tell I'm a fan?
Ok, back to the challenge at hand, Obviously my green is my little zombie, but you can create something using re cycled products, we love to see people thinking outside the box.
I started with a Tando-Creative Mixed Media Board and coated it with white acrylic paint.
I added washes of several greens to get a base colour and stamped the zombie with archival ink.

I used Phthalo Blue and a tiny bit of Dioxadine Purple  around the edge to help frame my zombie, I also watered down the Phthalo Blue to paint the jacket and some watered down Burnt Orange.  Some  hi lights were added with white and a little blood was added to the teeth, I also added the barb wire crown.
The alphabet stamp set is from De Stempelwinkel, I was almost done here but it just did not feel finished.

I decided to tone the bg down a little with some Transparent Yellow Oxide, masked the zombie off and used the Media Acrylic Misters to add my blood splatters, The joker was not standing out enough so it was re stamped with embossing ink and some Frantage embossing bowder was added. Finally the edges were distressed with black archival ink and a couple of coats of Satin Varnish were added.
All the painty products used are from the Decoart Media Line.

Thanks for stopping by, we would love to see you join us over at Haunted Design House you have a whole month to take part.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Brusho's Media Board

Another quick post today, I'm over at De Stempelwinkel sharing a little Tando-Creative Mixed Media Board using Brusho's and the Hibiscus stamp from Designs By Ryn, De Stempelwinkel are now stocking her designs. xx
Thanks for stopping by. xxx.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Vintage Botabical ATC's

Morning all and thank you for stopping by. I have a set of Vintage Botanical ATC's over on the De Stempelwinkel blog. You can find lots more pictures and a little what's what of how they were made. If you have  time I would love to see you over there.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Green Man Tag

Morning. I hope you are all keeping well? I'm at De Stempelwinkel today sharing my Tando-Creative media board tag. I have used Decoart Fluid Acrylics and stamps from De Stempelwinkel.
If you have time it would be great to see you there.
You can also catch me on my new Facebook Page Speshink.
Thanks for stopping by xx.  

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

De Stempelwinkel and Haunted Design House Mini Canvas

Morning all, Ok, so I am being a little cheeky today and my little canvas is pulling double duty.
It's my turn over at De Stempelwinkel today, you can find more pics and a little of what I did over on their blog. If you have time it would be great to see you over there. xx.
It's also that time where Haunted Design House start their monthly challenge, our theme for March Is 'The Naughty Corner'
Now this can mean what ever you want it to mean, you can create something a little bit naughty or make something with corners, my corners are those of the canvas ;)
Just remember no Cute, unless it's horrible cute ;) xx
If you fancy getting your creep on we would love to see you join us in the dungeon.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

De Stempelwinkel - Caution Canvas Board

A quick post this morning as It's my turn over at De Stempelwinkel and I have painted a 3x3 canvas board.
I have used stamps from De Stempelwinkel and the Decoart Media fluids, acrylic misters and Andy Skinners new stencils.
I have also just started a Facebook page for Speshink, I would love to see you over there.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Friday, 20 February 2015

De Stempelwinkel and Stitches Trade Show round up

Morning all, thanks for stopping by I'm killing two birds with one post here today, first up is a little peak of my make over at De Stempelwinkel, I made this whilst I was demoing at the CHSI trade show where I was on the Decoart stand demoing the Chalk finish paints.
You can find the full piece over on the De Stempelwinkel blog, I used Stamps from De Stempelwinkel, Decoart chalk paints and the New Andy Skinner Stencils (coming real soon)
If you have some time it would be great to see you over there xxxx.

A few pics from the make and takes.
Thanks for everyone that stopped by and had a play.
And now for a little peak at what's coming out soon.
High Gloss D├ęcor Paint
Some brights added to the Metalic Lustres

And some very cool Decoupage Papers, I love the bottom two rows.
A couple of pieces I painted for the stand using the Chalk Paints, Ill be posting more about the samples in the next couple of days over on my shabby blog
Spesh-chic along with pics of the make and takes.

The Infamous Andy Skinner helping show off my side board to all it's potential.
I need to say a great big thanks to Decoart for the opportunity they gave me at the show, It was a lot of fun, I got to demo alongside Andy and Lindsay Mason, we had a blast, lots of laughs and I got to meet lots of new people as well as catching up with old crafty friends, some of whom I met for the first time at the show. Thanks to all of you that stopped by.
I even managed to book a few more classes, Ill add details as soon as I get them ;) xx
I have just started a facebook page and I would love to have you join me there. It will be a little more upto date and Ill be sharing other posts and links that wont make it to the blog xx
you can find me at Speshink aka Mark Gould