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
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
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
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
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 Décor 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
Saturday, 14 February 2015
Morning all, Thanks for stopping by, It's my turn to share something over at the De Stempelwinkel blog today and as it is Valentines day I thought I would make Kelly a little Canvas as I really do not like making cards ;)
I used the Decoart Media line and stamps from De Stempelwinkel store to create the mini canvas.
If you have time it would be great to see you over there.
We have also just started our new challenge on the challenge blog, The theme this time is Red, you can find all the details on the De Stempelwinkel blog.
I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some pics from the Stitches trade show where I am lucky enough to be demoing the chalk finish paints for Decoart.
Monday, 9 February 2015
A little clean and simple make for me over at De Stempelwinkel today using Decoart's Chalk Finish Paint for glass (you can bake this in the oven for a durable dishwasher safe finish) and Stamps that are available from De Stempelwinkel, Links can be found on my post over at De Stempelwinkel.
If you have time it would be great to see you over there and remember we now have a new challenge blog running, the theme at the moment is Winter and there is a prize for the winner each challenge. Details can be found at the top of the sidebaron the De Stempelwinkel page.
Now some of you have probable seen these pics before as I put them on Facebook last night but here are the results from Sundays class in Daventry with Ali-craft. A very busy day but lots of fun, thank you to all the ladies and gent that came along. I ove how everybodys piece is so different although each step and technique was the same.
29 participants in total and one busy day but we all got there ;) I had loads of fun and managed to put a few faces to people I know on Facebook or have seen at other shows.
The class was a 12" canvas and we used products from the Decoart Media Line and the brand new (about to be released) Andy Skinner Stencils. I'm a big fan of this release as the designs lend themselves to so many different types of project.
If you are interested in any of my classes you can find a schedule at the top of the page, Ill be in Southampton and Newcastle soon.
Thanks for stopping by xx
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Finally I am back and playing again in the Dungeon that Is Haunted Design House. There are a few differences to the challenges this year, the challenges are now monthly and you can enter up to three times a month. For all the details you can find them on the blog.
The theme for Feb is Love/Hate and as always you can interpret the theme any way you want (just as long as it's not cute) ;)
My piece was made in an Andy Skinner workshop and uses the Decoart Media fluids and mediums as well as some Tim Holtz embellishments.
To see what else our DT have created for inspiration head on over, there will also now be a mid way inspiration reminder so keep popping back to see what's new.
So if you are like me and you like to let your wilder darker side out to play every now and then it would be great to see you in the dungeon xxx.
Monday, 2 February 2015
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Thanks for stopping by. It's my turn over at De Stempelwinkel to share a little something.
I have my little vintage steampunk artist trading block, I used the Decoart Media Fluids and stamps available from De Stempelwinkel, you can find the links on my post. xx
thank you for stopping by.
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Morning, I hope you are all enjoying a good start to your year? Still chaos here but slowly, slowly things are getting back to normal, I still need to lay the craft room floor before I can really get all my goodies unpacked.
I have a little make over at De Stempelwinkel today using the new Decoart Media Misters. These are Acrylic misters rather than the water based ink misters and I love them, very quick, great coverage, they sit on top of your surface rather than being absorbed, they will not be reactive with water or a varnish like the ink misters and the colour will not leach into products like modelling pastes.You can build up the colours and get the speckled look that you can not achieve with the ink misters.
Thanks for stopping by xx
Thursday, 1 January 2015
Happy new year everyone and thank you for stopping by.sorry for the abscence recently but finally we are in our new hous, we moved in on xmas eve in the end and its chaos here, everything is still in boxes and we are dodging builders whilst they finish all the work.
Over at De Stempelwinkel this year we are trying some new things, firstly our new challenge blog, you can find it HERE. (Once I get to a computer I'll add links, the app won't let me)
On the first of the month we are doing away with the calendar pages and will be brining you different step by steps. Today I'm sharing a quick matte medium resist technique on a couple of swatches for my little swatch book that I found the other day.
It would be great to see you over there and or taking part in our new challenges, they start tomorrow with an anything goes theme.
Again. Happy new year and thank you all so much for the support you have given me. I'm excited for my crafty year to begin, I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to be traveling around a little this year and am booked in to lots of new shops for my classes, I hope I get the chance to meet some of you along the way.
I'm also over the moon to say Decoart have asked me back to demo at the uk trade show stitches in feb. If you find yourself at the show, please stop by and say hi.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
sorry it's not a step by step but my big fat cat has broken my laptop by sitting on it and I am writing this on a mobile device.
I made this a little while back after Di from Tando-Creative set me the challenge of converting her existing Xmas tree into the classic Dr Who villain.
I started by assembling the kit into all the component parts with a couple of small changes, the feet of the xmas tree were trimmed off at the ankles level with the lowest point of the tree to create a level base.the top of the tree was also trimmed down, I used an old telephone bell to create my domed top but a plastic top from a deodorant can should do the trick, just play around with different lids till you find something with the right contours.the neck piece was made from some grey board. Some plastic mesh was added to the top and some rings were cut using some circle dies.a wooden kebab stick was used for the arms and a cocktail stick with a couple of beads was used for the nose.
Around the base I added strips of masking tape for the skirt.
To the right you can see how the Tando kit look normally.
Below I'll show how to get a tarnished look for the main body. The other sections were first painted black using Decoart carbon media fluid acrylic and once dry I used their Metalic Lustres rubbed on with a finger gently.
The inside of the drawers were also painted black, the fronts of the drawers had some large half pearls added.
I picked the tarnished technique up from Andy Skinners online workshop Timeworn Techniques and have adapted the technique for the Media line which is easy to do with all the timeworn techniques. The course is well worth having a look at if you love the grungy and industrial look of mixed media. Andy has kindly let me show a little step by step of this process.
Start by painting the surface with the gold fluid acrylic, you will be surprised how little paint it takes to get coverage .
The next step is to add colour washes, I start with black you only need a tiny amount of the fluid acrylic and then add water to really dilute the paint, play around with the intensity, I always keep a mister bottle of water close by incase the wash is still to strong. Just spray to thin the intensity down.
Cover the surface with the wash, I then tilt the surface to get the wash to run and at the same time I apply heat from my heat gun to speed up the drying process and to keep the run patterns on the surface.
This step is the repeated with Quinacridone Burnt Orange.
Keep going till you get the results you like.
The surface was then finished off with some Quinacridone Gold. I used a tiny amount of Quin gold and really worked into the surface.the Quinacridone colours have a beautiful rich but transparent quality about the, that really helps on this type of look.
The Dalek was then finished of with a satin varnish for protection but you could easily use the matte varnish for a nice flat look to the piece.
Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane, this is about as Christmassy as I will get I'm afraid ;-)
And a big thank you to Helen who was able to add the last of these pics for me when my computer died, you really saved me on this one xx
Friday, 7 November 2014
Thanks for stopping by, another very quick post today from me. I have just blogged a little step by step Shabby ageing tutorial on my shabby Blog Spesh-chic. If you have time I would love to see you over there. xxx