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I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
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Friday 7 September 2018

Mixed Media Fossil Canvas for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog

Hi all!
My latest project for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog is worked on an upcycled canvas.

I added layers of papers, lace, paint and heat embossing to the canvas.
 I stamped the fossil image onto calico, coloured it in with DecoArt paints, added layers of fabric, thread, gems and a bit of broken jewellery.
For a detailed tutorial on the technique I used for stamping and colouring the fossil, have a look at my YouTube channel here .
And why not have a go at the challenge yourself - always fab prizes to be won!
Thanks for looking.

Fossil Stamp 3 ways! Andy Skinner DT project

Todays post is about taking a stamp and using it in different ways. I ended up with 3 projects, all stamped onto calico, with the same technique for colouring and shading the images, but very different results. Alongside this post there is a detailed YouTube tutorial of exactly how I change the images, transfer them to my projects, and shade around them. You'll also find tips on painting onto fabric and all the tools I used. Hope you enjoy it!

To create this Sci-Fi image I used the smaller of the two ammonite stamps from Andy Skinners 'Fossil' stamp set, straight onto a piece of calico using an Archival ink pad  (not pre-washed or prepared fabric, just ironed). Click here for the full YouTube tutorial . I over-stamped with a dye based ink. Then using a wet brush I dragged out the colour of the ink pad.  Once dry I brush over the back of the fabric with a wash of watery Decoupage Glue. I created shading by using washes of colour with Paynes Grey and Quin Gold around the image, once dry I went over with a black Posca Paint Pen, and also used this to draw in the 'visor' of the fossil helmet. The brad in the middle is a silver, flat backed gem which I sanded back and glued on. And here is how I created the background that I attached the image to as this isn't in the YouTube tutorial....
I took a 5x7inch canvas board which I'd already used but didn't like. I went over it with black modelling paste through a circle stencil - any stencil would do really, it's just to add texture.

Leave the modelling paste to dry thoroughly then give the canvas a thin coat of Carbon Black with a wet brush. this means the paint will be a little diluted and some of the underlying colour will come through.
Then I added layers of metallic lustres....Copper, Iced Espresso and Champagne

 I decided to try something a bit different.....I chopped up a multi coloured crayon (I have a pack of several from Poundland!) and melt it across the surface with a heat guy - tipping the canvas so it runs across....careful with the melted wax, it's hot! 
More Lustres and a mixture of more Carbon Black, Quinacrydone Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide...

A couple of metal embellishments from my stash - they had holes and craters on them so I added crystal gems in the small holes, then dotted a few more gems around the canvas. Then a bit of rusty wire which I threaded through the metal charms and wrapped around the canvas, click here for details of the metal wire.  That was the background finished.
Here is the image at the end of the YouTube tutorial. Before adding it to the background, I cut off all the frayed edges and the corners so it fitted on the canvas. Then I added Metallic Lustres around the edges - you can easily do this by adding water to the lustres and applying with a brush -and dipped each edge into Paynes Grey to frame it .  Once dry I glued it over the wire, using Pinflair 3D glue gel, added the wing, also with the gel, and stamped the words 'Top Secret' from Andy's 'Word Up' stamp set. The paper for the sentiment was a stark white, so I added a 'dirty wash' and edged the sentiment with neat quin gold.

Here's the finished Sci-Fi person......
Here is the stamp in it's normal glory...….
And here is the same stamp but I've painted in an eye!
Thanks for looking.