Andy Skinner Challenge: Bold & Bright

Transit #2

Transit #2

Hi all! Today I’m really stepping outside my familiar comfort zone.  Andy Skinner is hosting a new challenge – Bold & Bright.  I’m very much a grunge girl and I have always loved Andy’s faux rust techniques.  For this challenge I really tried to brighten my palette using products I already had.

I’ve been in love with DecoArt’s Media line for a long time and I actually had some bright colors in my stash.  I started with a substrate of chipboard and added a background image from my personal photo stash (from our wonderful junkyard that is no more – see previous post).  I painted over the entire thing with ultra-matte varnish (one of my most fave products).  If you’ve never used this I highly recommend it.  It leaves a beautifully matte finish which you can then build on without fear of ruining whatever is underneath (and great for hiding the shiny glue that accidentally seeped out onto your project).

Next I applied modeling paste tinted with cobalt teal hue through Andy’s ‘shredded’ stencil on transit #1 and ‘Industrial Elements’ on Transit #2 .  I then had fun rubbing and splattering various colors until I was pretty happy with it.  I also tried a new idea I had and sprayed/splattered white and titian buff and let that dry.  Then I used several colors of marker over the white.  This made a sort of translucent effect which I thought turned out pretty neat.

I happened to have some vintage rail tickets which I scanned and altered (and printed out as a sticker) to add a bit of purple hue.  This whole project was really fun and playful and I can’t say enough how much I love Andy’s products!  I think I’ll use these as covers and bind them into a journal or something similar.

Transit #1

Transit #1

Materials used:


  • Media Misters
    • yellow green
    • shimmer white
  • Media Fluid Acrylics
    • cobalt teal hue
    • quinacridone gold
    • blue green light
    • titian buff
    • transparent yellow iron oxide
  • Media Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • Media Modeling Paste
  • Andy Skinner stencils
    • Industrial Elements
    • Shredded


  •   Various markers (highlights)
  •   Vintage ephemera tickets, personal photo, chipboard

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8 Responses to Andy Skinner Challenge: Bold & Bright

  1. Joi@RR says:

    Wow Heather – such LUSCIOUS colors and textures. The way the colors blend is soooo amazingly lovely. So fun to see your vintage tickets. One of them was made for the year I was born – imagine that!!!! j

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks for the kind feedback Joi! I love seeing stuff that has survived from another time – especially if it is a significant day. Glad you liked it!


  2. Anne R says:

    Well I think you stepped out of your comfort zone very well! The colours are truly fantastic and I just love all the texture you created on this beautiful piece!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Crazy for Colour Challenge at Anything But Cute. xx Anne DT

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks so much! It is especially good to hear that a new method is not a total disaster! 🙂

  3. Branka says:

    Woow, it’s a stunningly beautiful project with such vibrant and bold colours! Love your wonderful textures and awesome design! Simply marvelous!
    Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DT xx

  4. Samra says:

    Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

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