Friday, January 15, 2016

DecoArt at SanDee&Amelie's

Hello y'all! Today starts another challenge at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge. There have been a few changes but I promise you'll like em. We start with our new sponsor-DecoArt! How cool is that? At SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenge, we have the great honour and pleasure of having gained DecoArt as our "one and only" prize sponsor from now on, the whole team decided to put a special spotlight on some of the fabulous products from their wide range of media and paints. 

So this month each DT member not only used DecoArt paints and media on her DT project, but also introduces more closely one of the products she has used. 

Here is what I decided to make. This is my first time trying this Andy Skinner technique (which you can see HERE) and of course I put my spin on it. Enjoy! This is going to be a long journey.
I have had this art journal for over a year and only have 4 pages done in it. So I decided to start with the cover thinking if it looked better, I would be more inclined to use it. Hehe! 
I added some texture paste through 2 stencils, the number stencil is from Andy Skinner. I then added some sand texture paste thus starting the painting technique showcased in the video by Andy Skinner. 
I kept adding paints making sure everything was dry between layers. 
Then came the clock and gear chipboard piece. I watched another video (HERE) and used this technique (first time trying this one as well) but changed up the colors. Yellow green for the base. 
Then Cobalt Turquoise Hue applied using a new texture stamp. This is where I added my own spin to the painting technique because I just kept adding color until I was happy. 
The clock/gear chippie was glued down with DecoArt Liqui Glass and then whitewashed with DecoArt Titanium White antiquing cream. 
This is what it looks like all put together with the rest of my Art journal. The picture above is closer to what it looks like in real life. I don't think the lighting does it justice though as it isn't this washed out and blurry (like the pic below shows). Darn photos. :) 
Here is a quick peek at the prize package you could win! You have to be "In it, to Win It!" Just remember to have fun and enjoy the process. Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki
I would like to share this art journal cover with these lovely challenges:

(I have used 2 new techniques, and a new texture stamp)

(Anything Goes altered art)

(I used numbers, some of the colors from the board and plan to make time to use my art journal) 

(Anything Goes Altered Art/Mixed Media)


  1. Niki, this is truly fabulous! I am amazed by your process and appreciate the link on the technique. This cover is totally amazing!!!

  2. Great tuto and post, Niki!
    Thanks bunches for sharing the process - that was such a treat!

    Claudia x

  3. A very beautiful book cover. Thank you for joining us Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. the journal cover is awesome. i don't think you'll be able to avoid it now!

  5. How fan-tab-u-lous is this!! I love those cogs and the rusty look. The steampunk cover is just perfect and thank you for showing the techniques of how you did this. A gorgeous, gorgeous project xx

  6. Holy Dina, this is amazing! I can't wait to try some of this. I don't do much mixed media and am trying it out for my New Years resolution to expand my craft. Thank you for sharing this one.

  7. Very cool, Niki!! This would certainly inspire me to get into that journal, lol! Love all your details, but especially those butterflies!! And yea!! Deco Art!! Will definitely be trying to make something for this challenge site soon!! xxx Lynn

  8. Oh, so cool! I saw your thumbnail at Emerald Creek and had to come for a sneaky peek. I'll be back in the morning for the details! Off to see a movie with my hubby! Hugs!

  9. Great effects and cool technique Niki!!

  10. I so love this cover...the colour and texture is gorgeous.
    A super entry for our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  11. OK, so now you've completely won me over! This is my favorite of all Punkin' projects so far! You must have been reading my mind, because I thought if I decorate my journal cover, perhaps I will use it! You have used the most fabulous, grungy colors that I just love! The texture is just yummy-licious, and I know that this gorgeous color is going to draw you into use that journal more this year! Bravo, my friend! You've inspired me much more than you will ever know! Big hugs!

    PS To answer your question, I stenciled first ever so slowly. Each panel had to be done and then left to dry. Then I colored using paint, inks and my water brush. Tedious, but worth it. I will probably varnish over it, but I did a tiny bit, and it gave it a little sheen (even with DecoArt ultra matte) that didn't look so good on the camera. That was one of my "new" products! Durn!

  12. FANTASTIC ! Thank you for joining in at TioT's!

  13. What a fantastic sponsor to have! DecoArt products really are the best and you have used them beautifully. I love how old and grungy it looks - now that you have done such a fantastic job on the cover, you really must do some more pages now! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. Wow, Niki, I am completely blown away by this gryngy, rust and sooooo yummy book cover! You have used your DecoArt products wonderfully and it turned out fantastic!
    Love all the colours you used and that rich textures you have achieved!
    Marvelous, my friend! Huge hugs! Branka xxx

  15. Just saw that you have entered your fantastic make to Our Creative Corner's challenge which I am hosting too this month! Thank you so much for playing along with us!

    And I have to say it again: I LOVE love love this project of yours! It is always fascinating to see the process of other artists! TFS once again!

    Big hug,
    Claudia xxx

  16. Wow! This really is spectacular! With a cover like this I hope you are going to be completing more pages in your journal! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  17. Wow! This is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Emerald Creek Dares.
    {julia} Emerald Creek DT

  18. This is a fabulous cover Niki, and I'm sure you will enjoy using and adding more pages to it.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT with this great piece.
    Avril xx

  19. I absolutely love this! The techniques are amazingly done! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

  20. Beautiful journal cover Niki, amazing textures and colours! Have fun playing in that gorgeous journal, Deb xo

  21. Just wanted to say a big happy congrats to you for winning top 3 at Emerald Creek Dares! This is such a fantastic page and so worthy of great recognition! Well done, sweetie!

  22. What a fantastic journal cover Niki! Congratulations on your Top 3 spot. Jenny x

  23. Fabulous book cover, Niki! I can see you are going to have a lot of fun with all of your new media!

  24. Amazing rusty effects - your journal cover is spectacular!
    Alison x

  25. Just WONDERFULLY INTRIGUING Niki. LUSCIOUS texture and love how the colors came together. It's STUNNING. j.