Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Hello blogging buddies!

I've been having so much fun playing in my studio with my new DecoArt goodies! 

I started with three plain wooden containers that measure 3 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" deep x 4" wide. The top is open. I saw them at a local craft store.  They were cheap and I thought with a little help, they could be very cool pencil/art brush holders that I have been desperately needing.

Using my new DecoArt products and the knowledge I gained by watching Andy Skinner's "Rock my Book" video as a bonus feature of his "Book of Ruination" Online Workshop I created these amazingly easy and FUN to create Steampunk style holders. 

While I would LOVE to share the step by step with you, that would not be fair to Andy.  Even though this project is my own idea, the technique behind it is Andy's.  However, if you click on the "Book of Ruination" link above, you will be whisked away to Andy's blog for all of the details for that class plus the added bonus of this technique in "Rock My Book".  

I CAN tell you that I used

  • DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylic Paints
  • DecoArt's Antiquing Cream
  • DecoArt's Texture Paste
  • DecoArt's Matte Decopage (Glue-sealer-finish)
  • DecoArt's Molding Paste
  • Various metal, chipboard and paper elements for the steampunk pieces 

Considering that this started out as a plain wooden box, I think the transformation is pretty amazing; how it looks like a rock bursting open with all sorts of steampunk-ish stuff pouring out.

DecoArt products are easy to use and there is no limit to what you can create simply by manipulating acrylic paints and other mediums to become what you envision in your head!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can make some time for yourself to day to play!



  1. Fabulous Candy - I knew you would make something awesome! Nikki xx

  2. Fabulous Candy! I love the transformation, you really "rocked" it!! LOL

  3. I just LOVEEEEE the pencil holder wowwzersss now you can see what Andy can do to your crafting hehehe fabulous Candy I love it xxxx

  4. Well you ROCKED it alright girl!! :D WTG and TFS

  5. Those new holders look amazing! The rocks look quite real!

  6. Fantastic Candy, great idea, beautifully executed. Adore the texture . Hugs. Tracy x

  7. What a clever idea to incorporate steampunk elements with rocks! It looks so real! Brilliant!
    Branka xxx

  8. SERIOUSLY, Candy! You can just make ANYTHING look spectacular! These are BEYOND gorgeous!

  9. OK! This is sooooo cool, Candy!


  10. Wow! These really rock, Candy!
    Have watched this bonus workshop too but still haven't got round to give it a try.... :(
    Yours remind me to make time for this one asap! And your colouring is fantastic!

    Claudia x

  11. These are such beautiful creations Candy, I love all the texture you created and the idea of having the steampunk elements bursting out is just fantastic! Great colour too. I know you used Andy's technique but you made it all your very own... Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Oh my gosh Candy, Rock my Book is one of my favourite Andy projects and you have really captured all of his wonderful elements and textures while staying true to your own style!! What an incredible project, LOVE THEM!!!! hugs :)

  13. I so need to have a play day! LOVE what you've done here. The look is so different and unique, and just awesome!

  14. Love these candy, new you would rock the Decoart media line x

  15. absolutely amazing ! Candy just my kind of creating ! Really must have a go with the deco art products . x

  16. OK, you have convinced me to get to that book! Candy, you have Rocked that Book for sure. I love the gears and so much great texture! Love it much!

  17. How fun is this? I love DecoArt products and use them a lot in my projects, but this technique is amazing! It looks like you blasted open a rock wall and found a whole steampunk treasure trove inside. Very, very cool! Rock on, Candy!


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