I was so excited when I received my Stampendous Stamps by Andy Skinner. I immediately thought of Shakespeare and the set props and costumes. I decided to make a set of themed blocks to show case some of my favorite quotes and to celebrate literature.
First I painted all of the blocks with a thin coat of DecoArt Matte Medium and let that dry. While that was drying I ripped up a bunch of papers that I liked from books, song hymnals, scrap book paper and letters. I rip the pieces towards me so that I do not get that white edge on any of the papers that I am collaging down as that will draw paint into it and attract the eye. Once I get all of the blocks covered in papers i collage down the images I am using and then coat the blocks in 2 coats of matte medium letting them dry in between coats. After all of the matte medium is dry I like to paint the backgrounds of the blocks with a thin watered down coat of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in a variety of colors, drying between colors so the colors don’t mix and make mud, I also like to take some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey and shade around the collaged items with a flat brush and the paint watered down.’
Next I stamped a bunch of the images onto the blocks that coordinated with the images and the quotes that I was using. I used Black StayzOn Ink pad, as it does not bleed and is permanent.
Next all of the images collaged down and the stamps need to be painted. I use small detail brushes and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to paint over all of the images, to bring them to life and make them my own. Paint all eyes, hair, feathers etc. As you can see painting over the images make them far more interesting and make them yours! The DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics are the perfect paints for this if you want a color to be more opaque just mix it with a little titanium white as I did with the green gold for the eyes.
I wanted some texture and interest on the top of the blocks too, so for this one I used DecoArt Modeling Paste and spread a thin layer on top of the block with a palette knife, once the modeling paste was almost dry I sprayed the Andy Skinner Rubber Stamp with water and pressed it into the modeling paste to make am impression and then dried with the craft dryer. I the painted it with thin coats of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Raw Umber, Paynes Grey and Burnt Umber. I let that dry and then I super glued on a knob with Rhino glue.
For this block I painted the Andy Skinner Stamp with The DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, White and Burnt Umber. Them I sprayed a bit of DecoArt Media Misters in Red.
Take the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black and take your finger and rub it around all of the edges
For the side of block two I used DecoArt Liquid Glass over the bottles to give them dimension. I spread DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with just a couple of drops of the DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic in Burnt umber. Once that was dry I brushed DecoArt
Media fluid acrylics waters down a tiny bit in gold and in burnt umber letting it dry between coats. I also rubbed the edges with some of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue and then also did the edges with Carbon black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic with my finger.
For this side I just glued down my character and did the sides with the metallic lustre and the carbon black paint mentioned for the previous side. I didn’t do much else as I did not want to cover the bugs.
For this Side I glued down my fashion model image and painted the face, and hair and added some antlers. Then I made a mask out of deli paper to protect her and put the DecoArt doily stencil down and applied Indigo Blu Flitter glu with a makeup sponge through the stencil and applied gold leaf to it. I also rubbed the edges with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black and DecoArt metallic lustre in Cosmic Blue with my fingers.
For this side of the block I painted the birds with a small detail brush and script liner brush with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. Paint background with a few watered down colors of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints. I also rubbed more of the Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue on it, Sprayed a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Mister in Red and rubbed the sides with my finger and the Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic.
For the top of block two I applied the DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Phthalo Turquoise. One dry, I rubbed it with DecoArtFluid Acrylics in Phthalo Turquoise, Burnt umber and ultramarine Blue letting dry between colors and wiping off excess. Once dry I applied gold and copper leaf and then glued on a knob with Rhino Glue.
For block 3's first side I used a medallion for a cupboard from the hardware store and dry brushed it with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue, Cobalt Turquoise and Paynes Grey till I got a color I like. I covered the side of the block with DecoArt Texture Paste mixed with a little bit of the burnt umber in the Media Fluid acrylic. once that is dry I brushed on the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise, Phthalo Turquoise and Burnt Umber letting dry between colors and wiping off excess with a baby wipe.
Then glue the medallion to the block with glue I used E6000.
Glue little fake half pearls where the nail wholes are and paint in paynes grey and Cobalt turquoise until they look like aged nail heads. For the top of this block I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a bit of Paynes Grey, when it was dry I rubbed on Burnt Umber and Phthalo Turquoise DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics letting dry between coats and rubbing off the excess.
For the rest of the sides I just collaged the images down and shaded around them with Paynes Grey. I painted over all of the images. Paint eyes and everything you can to make the images look more like your own and painterly vs. photograph. The skeleton and skull under glass as well as bottles are Graphic 45 paper.
Stamp the Andy Skinner Stampendous stamps on the blocks in black with Stayz On ink.
For block 4 I used the same techniques I shaded around the collaged images, painted all of the collaged images
I used DecoArt Crackle Paste and then rubbed paint over them removing the excess when dry with diaper wipes I used several of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in the magenta and red hues. I rubbed the carbon black on with my finger and then stamped words from the Andy Skinner stamp collection.
For block five the top was done exactly like block 4. The collaged images were all painted with the DecoArt media fluid acrylics and the corners were done with the crackle paste and stained with the media fluid acrylics drying and wiping off excess with baby wipes as mentioned above.
For block 6 I really just collaged down the images, Stamped on the words in the Andy Skinner Stampendous stamps and painted the background around the collaged owl. I rubbed all of the corners with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Black.
(I used Graphic 45 paper for the bottle images.)
Once all the blocks were dry I sprayed them with DecoArt Glossy Spray Finish.
These blocks were so fun to make. I hope you make a set you can enjoy too.