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Mark Gould - Stampendous! Blog Hop [Day 2]

By: Spesh Ink
March 8, 2016

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Welcome to day two of the DecoArt Media & Stampendous! week-long blog hop! Today Design Team Member Mark Gould has an awesome sideshow-inspired sign tutorial for you using Andy Skinner's NEW Stampendous! Stamps and the DecoArt Media line of products.

Don't forget, there are prizes involved! Leave a comment on each post this week to be entered. More details below. Now, on to Mark's project.

Morning and thanks for stopping by, Mark here and today as part of the Decoart / Stampendous blog hop I have created a vintage -inspired carnival sign using Andy Skinner's new Stampendous Stamps and the Decoart Media line.

Looking at Andy's latest stamp release they just screamed vintage / distressed with a healthy dose of the great American sideshow thrown in.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • Stampendous! Andy Skinner Stamp Sets: Toxic and Curiosity
  • Brushes: mop / wash, fine detail, and 1
  • Archival ink
  • Straight edge or long ruler.


With an idea in mind I popped into my local craft shop That's Crafty and got them to laser cut me some mdf shapes ready for my project.

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My MDF pieces were base coated with DecoArt Media Tinting Base and after looking at some vintage circus posters I decided to go for a star burst style pattern. 

Just mark the center line and pick a point along it where you would like the star burst pattern to start.

I started mine so it would start behind the focal point of the piece.

I marked off points around the edge of the backboard every inch and using a straight edge joined them up passing through my centre point.

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The burst pattern has been painted using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Pyrrole Red and Diarylide Yellow. Both are rich warm colours and are a classic sideshow colour scheme.

I used a straight edge to paint my lines for the red but didn't worry to much with the odd smudge as it adds to the hand painted vintage sign feel, the yellow was just painted to fill the gaps again not worrying if there is a little overlap.

Using the scratch mark stamp from Andy's Toxic set the distressed detail was added.

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The scratches were stamped using Media Fluid Acrylics. When stamping with paint it's a good idea to spread the paint out as thin as you can on a craft sheet and work quickly. If the paint is too thick on the craft sheet the detail can be lost and the images look blobby once stamped.

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To add an aged look to the backboard I used washes of Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold.

Instead of coating the whole board in an even wash I used a mop brush as they pick up and hold a lot of water and gently flicked my wash across the board.

I always have a spritzing bottle of water and some kitchen towel at hand when working with washes.

The spritzing bottle allows you to dilute the wash once it's on the piece in case it's looking a little too dark. The kitchen towel allows you to soak up some of the excess water if the wash gets away from you.

Allow each wash to dry before adding other colours so they don't muddy up. A heat gun can be used here to speed up the process.

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My accent pieces have been given a couple of coats of the Tinting Base and then to give a crisp white finish a coat of Titanium White was added.

Using Andy's cracked paint stamp from the Toxic set, I stamped my pieces using some archival ink.

One of the things I love about the Stampendous stamps is they have the design printed on the cling foam so you can easily line the images up. On the square I have stamped the crackle in different directions so it keeps the design looking random,

It's important to stamp the edges of the pieces with the crackle stamp as well, otherwise things can start to look a little weird when the details don't match up.

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The all seeing eye image from the Curiosity set was stamped over the crackle and to add some more depth and distress the edges were painted with a fine detail brush and some Raw Umber.

This adds to the effect of a chipped and rusty piece of signage.


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I cut a piece of grey board to size and gave it the same treatment as above after painting the arrow.

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The three screws were given a rust treatment using the technique I did a tutorial on in my Jack Frost Wand Tutorial for the DecoArt Media Winter Wonderland Challenge.

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Using wood glue I attached all my pieces to the backboard.

The main board was given a coat of Media Satin Varnish as I wanted the soft sheen it gives and it really helps make the colours and details pop.

The chipped paint pieces were given a coat of Media Ultra Matte varnish. Some of the pigments have a natural glossy sheen to them so using the different varnishes helps give a uniform finish to a piece and the Ultra Matte completely removes any sheen at all.


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Here is the finished sign with all the pieces in place.

I have used an old circus font and stamped Zoltan the Great. The word 'the' was hand drawn.

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Thanks for hopping over to the DecoArt Blog. Leave a comment for a chance to win an awesome prize pack from DecoArt Media and Stampendous! Three winners will be selected at the conclusion of the weeklong hop through a random number generator.

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For more inspiration, and chances to win, make sure to visit the other hoppers on today's schedule:

1. Stampendous! Blog
2. Wendy Price
3. Tenia Nelson


Fantastic! Mark Such a cool original idea , altered superbly to create a really authentic Vintage Circus sign ! Thanks for sharing a great tute too x

Amanda Pink

March 8, 2016

awesome piece, love the colours and am totally in love with the eye and crackle stamp :-)


March 8, 2016

I like your Circus project! Great inspiration.


March 8, 2016

Eerily cool project.


March 8, 2016

OMGosh I love this project! Mark did an amazing job!

Lyn Gill

March 8, 2016

First - there is a mistake on this artwork Mark. It should have said "GOULD the GREAT". Hey - it's alliteration too - G the G!! Wonderful project. I can't decide whether that eye peeking through the vintage camera piece is fun or scary. It made a chill run up my spine!! And how you painted those stripes so well is beyond me. Just love Andy's toxic set and it's looks super here. The dimension, the texture, crackle, rust and side show flair just makes for a completely FABULOUS design. j.


March 8, 2016

Holy sheetz Batman!! This is absolutely amazing! So many wonderful details and techniques that I could sit and look at this for hours and keep finding new things to love about it!!! LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE it!! TFS!

barb macaskill

March 8, 2016

thanks for the inspiration - such a great blog hop - and thanks for the chance to win


March 8, 2016

Wow I love it, so interesting to see how different crafters use the same products! X

Jan Hill

March 8, 2016

Wow! Interesting.


March 8, 2016

What can I say ! Gorgeous ! Love it... great theme, great finish ! Corrie x


March 8, 2016

Great project Mark! I love things that are vintage and to do with circus - I spent some of my childhood around people who lived the circus life and had a winter base near my home. Great tutorial and good to know That's Crafty cut laser designs.


March 8, 2016

Wow. I am completely amazed. It's just perfect, and I thought it was an actual piece of memorabilia you had stamped on, until I read the process to create it. You are very talented. Thank you so much for sharing that talent. 💗💗💗


March 8, 2016

What an amazing piece! Looks like a real antique. Love that camera!!

D.Ann C

March 8, 2016

OH I absolutely love it!!!! I want someone to cut some MDF pieces for me!!

Sabrina Radican

March 8, 2016

Great tutorial. Love the finished piece especially the camera.

Karen Haworth

March 8, 2016

You brought the old Circus-feeling back to life ! What an original project ! Thank you for sharing your talent !


March 8, 2016

this is fantastic. Great circus poster. I love the crackle look on the smaller circle. thanks for sharing such a detailed diagram for making this poster.

Mary Holshouser

March 8, 2016

Wonderfully made sign, great job with the texturizing on it. Carla from Utah

Carla Hundley

March 8, 2016

WOWZERS!!!! I am in love with this piece! It just grabs your attention, I love it!

Victoria Banaszak

March 8, 2016

Fab piece, loving this blog hop motivating me to use all my lovely DecoArt products and buy more of Andy's stamps!


March 8, 2016

WOW, Mark! LOVE this piece!! It's so striking and wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

Laura Weed

March 8, 2016

Mark - this is absolutely fantastic! Amazing colors and so creative right down to the little camera eye spying on us! Thank you for sharing your talent with us today!

Stampendous Stamps

March 8, 2016

Totally loving this each and every bit of it. Love the crackle stamp and wow just all of it!~kim


March 8, 2016

Wow - how cool is this!!!

jean marmo

March 8, 2016

Great work Mark x

Kathy Gledsdale

March 8, 2016

I wouldn't be able to make such a gorgeous project... I would LOVE to win to make something very different! :)

Ellie Knol

March 8, 2016

Fantastic project and a great tutorial - thanks for sharing, Mark! :) x

Asia King

March 8, 2016

Great make, Mark! Thanks for sharing your tutorial on how your brilliant circus themed sign was made. Do you mind if I "borrow" your idea for a future project? I have a bunch of circus freaks waiting for a home and this technique will be very helpful in making signage for their tents ;)

Angela aka Lady B

March 8, 2016

What a wonderfully vintage piece!! I can smell popcorn and cotton candy in the air! Great techniques, too! Fabulous and inspiring work as always, Mark!

creepy glowbugg

March 8, 2016

Wonderful project. You scared me a little with all of that black, But I love how it give the project such and aged look. TFS


March 8, 2016

Love, love, love this piece! What a fun awesome project.Thanks for sharing how you made this with us.

Judy B

March 8, 2016

Really love this Carnivale really rocked it!


March 8, 2016

Amazing project. I love all the different techniques but the crackle affect really made it.

E. Marie

March 8, 2016

Love the design and colors!

Natalie Godfrey

March 8, 2016

Great piece of art - love it!


March 8, 2016

I love the textured paint you used on your circus sign! Amazing! :)

Amanda Rhodes

March 8, 2016

Great art work!


March 9, 2016

Wow! Wow! Wow! Unbelievably AMAZING project! All the color and style looks like you were fortunate enough to find an old circus sign in perfect condition. All the elements are PERFECT! Very talented and inspiring!

Wanda Reynolds

March 9, 2016

Great tutorial. Wonderful project. When I saw the word Zoltan it instantly reminded me of the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks looking for that traveling carnival Zoltan. Great colors.


March 9, 2016

Okay, the next time I hit comment I'll make sure my name and e-mail are attached. Anyway.........I was saying what a great tutorial and when I saw the word Zoltan it reminded me of the movie "Big" with Tom Hanks who needed to find the traveling carnival that had the Zoltan machine in it. Really nice project.


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March 9, 2016

Wow! great project!!! Love it!

Arianna Barbara

March 9, 2016

I LOVE Everything about this project , from the subject to it's authenticity, the crackle to the rust look finish on a couple of the elements...I have to get that eye stamp... Fantastic, thankyou for sharing...


March 9, 2016

FABULOUS post and techniques on this genious circus creation!!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial, so detailed and generous, it was a delight to read you, really. Coco x


March 9, 2016

This is so great. I love everything about it!


March 9, 2016

Wow, that starburst is awesome :)


March 9, 2016

Stunning! Thanks for a great tutorial. /Tina M.

Tina M.

March 9, 2016

Amazing project.

Gilda (McStamper)

March 9, 2016

Fabulous project! I love the sunburst you created! Hugs, Robin


March 10, 2016

Some great techniques here. It looks very aged and authentic!

Celia Low

March 10, 2016


Linda D

March 10, 2016

Very very cool piece Mark!! I especially love it because I live right outside of Rochester,NY and we are very familiar with Kodak and George Eastman's camera's! Excellent work! Jackie ")

Jackie PN

March 10, 2016

I love your project!


March 10, 2016

Thanks for the tips. The small eye peeking through the portal is a fantastic element. It ties to the all seeing eye and is a nice detail. The sign really looks like a vintage turn of the century circus display. I love the rusty add on to the screws.


March 11, 2016

This is a stupendously cool project!!! I especially love the small details (the black around the edges of the crackled pieces, the rusted screws). The whole thing screams vintage carnival. Really, really fine!

Heather Hart Maxwell

March 11, 2016

This is a great bloghop and nice work done here.

Merethe Arstein

March 11, 2016

That is blooming awesome! I love mixed media distressed projects that are still bright, cheerful and wonderfully lush! Will be pinning this as a tutorial and an inspiration! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration and great hop Karen x

Karen Petitt

March 11, 2016

It looks as I commented here, without leaving my name. Sorry. This is what I wrote : You brought the old Circus-feeling back to life ! What an original project ! Thank you for sharing your talent ! Anonymous March 8, 2016


March 11, 2016

amazing design and lots of tips in there !! will check the rusty nail post too !!


March 11, 2016

Fabulous art work! Love the starburst!


March 11, 2016

Truly remarkable piece. I enjoyed reading about the process and it is just so clever !

Barbara Rankin

March 12, 2016

Artsy and so cool. What a fabulous tutorial too!

Jean Bullock

March 13, 2016

I love this new line of Deco Arts. I have been wanting to use these new mediums. Your tutorials help so much in learning this new art form..

Kathy Bumb

March 16, 2016

So many layers that add up to Magic! Gorgeous!


March 20, 2016

great usual, love the step by step instructions. clever ideas all coming together to make a superb piece of art. thankyou for sharing jan

jan corp

March 29, 2016

Amazing indeed! This looks like an original that was hidden under the wall boards in an old warehouse! Just love the look you have achieved. Thank you for the step outs, you make it so easy to follow.

Gerrie Johnnic

March 16, 2017

That's awesome. Feel inspired.


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