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An Archaeologists Field Book

By: Queenie's Scrap Mad
March 14, 2017

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An Archaeologists Field Book
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Inspired by Andy`s stamps I took my imagination to a dry deserted land, hearing tent flaps swishing in the breeze, the sounds of the insects scurrying and the archaeologists digging, finding unknown artifacts and recording it all in a little old book.

My journey took me to dying fabric with a mix of water and paint, building 3D skulls from stamps, painting, crackling and creating slides.

Thank you so much for looking

Big hugs


Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • Stampendous Andy Skinner Stamps - Skulldoggery, Unexplained, Handle with Care
  • Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black, Potting Shed
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Manilla Tags
  • Sliders
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Film Tape Ribbon
  • Memo Pins
  • Mini Paper Clips
  • Acetate
  • Fabric
  • Old Book Papers
  • Posca White Pen


Step one : Start by inking up the stamp, stamp a few times.

Instruction #1 - stamp hop d1
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Step two : Snip them out with scissors as shown.

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Step Three : Paint the images sparingly with Titan Buff, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.

Adhere the layers together using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass, then apply it to the darker areas of the skull.

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Step Four : Stamp the image again, cut out leaving a small border. Place it on the book and draw around as shown. Use a Craft knife and start cutting away the pages to create and aperture in the book.

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Step Five : Use Matte Medium to adhere all the pages together except the top two for now, leave to dry.

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Step Six : Apply a coat of Black Gesso to the base and dry. Apply Matte Medium randomly over the top then sprinkle with a little grit and sand.

Playing around with the skulls placement.

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Step Seven : Apply Gesso to the top two pages and then on the opposite side. Allow to dry.

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Step Eight : Add more grit and sand inside the aperture, fix the skull in place with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass, add embellishments. Cut clear acetate to size before sandwiching between the bottom and top pages using the liquid Glass, creating a viewing window.

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Step Nine : Apply a coat of Clear Crackle Glaze on top of the Black Gesso, leave to dry.

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Step Ten : Apply DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Titanium White, let dry then use a damp cloth to remove excess, buff with a dry cloth.

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Step Eleven : Stamp the image onto tissue paper, use a wet brush and go around the part you want to use, it`s much easier to tear it away when wet.

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Step Twelve : Create embellishments - Cut two acetate squares to fit inside the slide, place the image in between then use the Liquid Glass to seal it all in place. Apply masking tape to the sides allowing for more slides to be attached.

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Step Thirteen : Add more slides, use masking tape back and front, attach to side of book with tape before applying Black Gesso to cover all the tape.

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Step Fourteen : How to color fabric -Take a bowl add water and a drop of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Burnt Sienna, mix. Drop fabric in until covered, squeeze excess liquid out, use a heat tool to dry it off before stamping image.

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Step Fifteen : Color paper/ fabric in different water paint mixes as before, add stamping, embellishments then layer it all up.

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See the prizes to be won on the Stampendous Blog, and also check out Kitty Miller's work too!

More participating designers:

Jools Robertson

Maura Hibbitts

Pam Bray

Louise Healy

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus

Alison Heikkila



Tracy, Holy cats! Your field journal is beyond over the moon! This is so cool on so many levels! The details and elements you created and used- blew me away! The way you elevated that skull stamp to 3D-AmAziNg! I love that you shared the steps in making this Fabulous inspiration! Thanks so much! hugs, Jackie ")

Jackie Neal

March 14, 2017

Wow! What an amazing project! I am blown away by the details and love you put into it!

Michele K. Henderson

March 14, 2017

OHhhhhhh... you made those DecoArt products look FABULOUS and the Andy's Stampendous stamps look AMAZING. DANGER... CREATIVE GENIUS Archaeologist at Work. EVIDENCE of total SPECIMEN Salvation SUCCESS. Just INCREDIBLE Tracy. Xj.


March 14, 2017

WOWZA, HOLY COW, What a project, this is amazing, what talent, how do you think of something like this? Thank you for sharing this beautiful process.


March 14, 2017

WOW! I am stunned at the detail and time it took to create this masterpiece. It's simply gorgeous. Thanks for sharing how you made this project. It's really impressive.

Linda Agers

March 14, 2017

This completely blew me away! All the details are spot on. Love it!!


March 14, 2017

This is amazing !

Connie Mercer

March 14, 2017

This is amazeballz!!!!! I really feel like I am seeing a museum piece. Such incredible detail. WoW!

Viki Banaszak

March 14, 2017

Holy smokes, this is so cool. The details are amazing!!! I love how you went all Indiana Jones on tgis project!! It turned out Beautiful and unique and awesome!!!

Amy Martin

March 14, 2017

Wow that's sooooo awesome

Monique van Dijk

March 14, 2017

Wow, just amazing! And what fun to put together I imagine.

Becca Yahrling

March 14, 2017

Simply amazing details! So creative and unique! Love it!


March 14, 2017

This is absolutely amazing!!! I am in awe!!!!

Sabrina Radican

March 14, 2017

Fantastic project. Love the "case" that holds the skeleton. The way the skeleton was made is clever. So many interesting features to these pages. thanks for sharing.


March 14, 2017

Really cool techniques, thanks for sharing these ideas! Carol B ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Carol B

March 14, 2017

Wow!! That's about the most amazing piece ever! Your creativity blows me away! Just stunning! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and sharing!


March 14, 2017

Holy Crow!! What an absolutely amazing creation! There's soooo much to look at! My mind is blown away!

Christine Dring

March 14, 2017

Very cool project. Thanks for the inspiration

Teresa Godines #6857

March 14, 2017

What a fantastic field journal... I just love your hinged dimensional skull in its niche, and all the gathered fabrics and ephemera - a wonderful vintage make full of imagination and story! Alison x


March 14, 2017

Tracy, this is incredible! I can't imagine how thrilled you must be with the finished work, all the details in every layer was well worth the work. Thank you for sharing!

Janelle S

March 14, 2017

What an awesome project!!! Those stamps are just made for this idea!! So clever!!!

Kim Faucher

March 14, 2017

The book is one of THE coolest crafts I have seen. Ever.

Sharon Gullikson

March 14, 2017

WOW! Awesome design.

Natalie Godfrey

March 14, 2017

Awesome works of art, wowwww just luv way it all comes together. So much details so many ways to have it just right. Well done you just wish I had your talent xxxxx


March 15, 2017

Wow! This is absolutely AMAZING! I love how this all came together and I am itching to get my hands on this stamp! I have a few ideas for it and this creation gives me even more ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

Barb macaskill

March 15, 2017

OMG this is totally amazing Fantastic tutorial as well Thanks for sharing xxx

Trudi Miller

March 15, 2017

Wow, wow, wow Tracy, this is amazing, I love the whole concept and the details. Brilliant xxx

Brenda Brown

March 15, 2017

Wow - what an inspiration - this is fabulous, thank you for giving such an in-depth tutorial, so many ideas, you are so creative!

Rachel Alexander

March 15, 2017

Such varied talent! ..... Awesome


March 15, 2017

It might take me a year-but I am doing this. Brilliant!

Beth Williams

March 15, 2017

What a very unique and quite clever project! Thank you so much for sharing this with us all!

Michele Hudson

March 15, 2017

Amazing project by an amazing lady :)


March 15, 2017

WOW is all I have to say. This looks like it belongs in a museum. NICE JOB>

Brian Poteraj

March 15, 2017

Wow guys, thank you all so much for the lovely comments you have left. Totally inspired by Andy's stamps and the lush DecoArt Media products. Xxxx


March 16, 2017

Talk about the really rocked this challenge with this outstanding piece of art! Wowza. Going thru the steps and your detail, I learned so much from you..thank you. Probably one of the most detailed and complex projects I have seen in a long time. KUDOS to you for all your work and efforts....a most amazing trip!


March 17, 2017

Holy moley! I think your book is amazing. Love all the techniques you shared! Hugs, Carmen

Carmen Lucero

March 17, 2017

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