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This piece was commissioned as a ship’s log for the MV Bluedon. Not the official log, but one that is suitably decorative for a steampunk captain.

The base is a plain art journal, decorated using DecoArt products, including Media Texture Sand Paste, Modelling Paste, Crackle Paste, and Crackle Glaze, together with Media Fluid Acrylics. Embellishments by Tando and Tim Holtz. Special techniques inspired by Anna Dabrowska and Andy Skinner.

Front cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Back cover of the Bluedon ship’s log

Front cover detail


Design © 2017, Kim P Moody



Another hectic weekend. This time in Coventry at the Ministry of Mixology – the ever-popular event for all mixed media maniacs. Thanks to the Mixology crew for organising a great event.

For the full MoM experience you have to arrive Friday evening. There’s a bit of a meet’n’greet in the bar, always a good place to start. But not too late to bed because Saturday morning you need to get booked in, do a little light shopping in the Tando store, the into your chosen first class.


Julie’s heart box

I started in France Papillon‘s class (pronounced Fronce Pappy-on, she’s from Belgium, you know). We constructed a small book/box and treated it to some super techniques, including Weathered Wood crackle, triple thick glazing medium, and some gauze like material called Cambric.

Saturday night is all make-and-takes. The hall was filled with tables where you could sit and complete a small demo piece in 30 minutes – then move on to another. The evening was punctuated with Andy Skinner and Craig De Souza dressed as ballerinas, putting on a birthday treat (?) for Andy’s daughter. And of course the raffle. And the odd glass or two of wine …


Not finished yet … but soon

Sunday was hangover day for some, but the pressure was still on. In to Kate Crane‘s class (pronounced Kate Crane, she’s from Yorkshire, you know). Kate loves colour, and her work is lively, vibrant, and lifts the spirit. All very poetical, but driven by the fierce school teacher that she is. We learned, well I did, how to use a brayer (little roller) to great effect. Using a light touch, and super colour combo, we created beautiful textured backgrounds.

And then there was Monday … and back to work. Looking forward to next time.

Another challenge! This one is all about Thanksgiving – and giving thanks. It originated on Tracy’s blog when she went back to her journal and created a page for all the things she is grateful for.

img_2085I started with photo mount board that I found lurking in my stash. First, a base coat of DecoArt Media White Gesso, followed by some texture using Media Modelling Paste through a ‘Rays’ stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection.

The letters were cut from another piece of photo board. It’s nice and thick and will look like rusty ironwork when I’ve finished. Some tiny brads will be turned in to rusty rivets. The colours had to be autumnal, so for the background I blended DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics; Primary Magenta, Cadmium Orange Hue, and Diarylide Yellow.

To dirty-up the background I used a selection of Brusho crystals spritzed and dribbled; mostly dark brown and leaf green. Final background effect is courtesy Andy Skinner’s Stampendous texture stamp and archival black ink.

Words were handwritten with a Zig 005 Millennium pen – hidden amongst the texture for you to seek out.

The ‘thanks’ letters are mine – super rust technique is Andy Skinner’s.


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I didn’t get to the Ministry of Mixology in Coventry, an event of painting, fun, and laughter, with Andy Skinner, Brenda Brown, and Mark Gould, so I made up my own.

I’ve got a couple of projects to get ready for our own event in March, and this was a good opportunity to make progress with those, and, while the layers were drying, a little bit of doodling’.

So here we are, a little bit of ‘line and wash’ …


Another challenge from the Weinzapfel /  Skinner team at DecoArt. This time only three colours – black, white, and a colour of my choice.

My son tried to draw me into  the ‘black isn’t a colour’ argument but I carefully sidestepped and explained that it didn’t matter, because I had to use it, whatever it is. My third colour, from the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics range is Cobalt Blue Hue.img_2032

I used an 14×10 artist board, with two coats of Media Black Gesso.

I added the spotty texture with Modelling Paste through a stencil, and the two large clock faces, and splats, were crackle paste through stencils. Once they were dry the whole surface was painted in Media Carbon Black. The fluid acrylic is finer and doesn’t fill the crackle in the paste.

The textured areas were dry-brushed with Media Titanium White to highlight the various textures and features.

The ‘glow over the horizon’ was sponged on Titanium White; the skull is Cobalt Blue Hue. Background texture is from the Andy Skinner ‘Toxic’ stamps.

The words are adapted from a phrase first recorded by St. Marher in 1225. Tide does not, in this case, refer to to the rise and fall of the sea, but in a period of time – as in Yuletide, or Whitsuntide.

The watch faces are without hands, except for the one on the left, which is set to two minutes to midnight – the end of the day.

… under the sea! So sang the Beatles. Well, the nearest I can get is the DecoArt Media Under The Sea challenge, so here is my offering.underthesea

I started with a 10″x8″ canvas board, slathered with a thick coat of Media White Gesso to get the texture going. Base coat followed: Media tinting base blended with (starting from the top) Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, and Phthalo Green-Blue Fluid Acrylics. Wavy seaweed is Phthalo Green-Blue and Phthalo Green-Yellow straight from the pot.

The sea floor is Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic applied on Andy Skinner’s ‘Industrial’ Texture stamp, and Cobalt Teal Hue on Andy’s ‘Toxic’ Texture stamp adds to the background. The bubbles are stencilled on with Media Modelling Paste. The rays of light filtering through the water are dry brushed with Media Metallic Silver.

The diver is painted with Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, the trio of fish are in Diarylide Yellow tinted with Trans Yellow Iron Oxide. The stuck on fibre board crabs, sea stars, shells, rocks, etc., are painted with various Media Fluid acrylics. The dark vignette edge is a wash of Prussian Blue. White highlights were added with a gel pen, and the ‘Journey’ stamp is archival ink.

It’s been a week since Ministry of Mixology #2, and what a great weekend it was. There were some changes in the way the Saturday evening workshops were run, and these were an improvement over #1.

Julie and I arrived Friday night and headed for the bar for the meet and greet session with the DecoArt, Tando Creative, Stampendous, and Craft Stamper teams. Always a good start to an event I say.IMG_0531

On Saturday we we in Kate Crane‘s class. We did a mixed media piece using stencils, stamps, decoupage and white journalling pens. I was pleased to learn a technique involving DecoArt Media Tinting Base and Media Fluid Acrylics. Kate is great to work with, she is so relaxed that when visitors came in to the room the atmosphere was described as zen-like.

IMG_0532Sunday we were with Andy Skinner. Andy’s style is industrial-steampunk-dark-goth if you like. We created a shadow box using paint techniques to produce the appearance of metal plates, with rusty bolts, with rust and verdigris. Andy continues to entertain and educate with new finishes and effects.

A great weekend – as usual credit to the organisers. Great venue, ideal location, and super combination of teachers.