Friday, October 17, 2014


What a fun page this was to do.  I really liked doing those numbers at the side and all the drips and spots well they where just therapeutic to do..  I loved those sunglasses so just had to figure out a way to put them on here. I have been doing too much worrying lately about things that there is nothing that I can do about it, so the quote was the perfect fit for me.  I so liked hunting for all the blue collage pieces for this so wont be my last page done in blue. 

Hope you like it too.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Journal cover

Just a quick update post about my watercolour Midori insert that I made the other week.. I have been having a lot of fun with collage, painting and drawing in this and will do a flip of all the pages when it is finished.. The cover was getting a bit mucky with all the art that I have been doing in it.. So I collaged on the cover with some of the copies of my index cards and popped packaging tape over it. Keeps it all wonderfully clean and is a pleasure to use when its got a nice cover on it..  This journal was made from the tutorial at My life all in one place with Ray Blake

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Altered playing card challenge...

I am playing along with Claudines art corner card challenge.. Each week Claudine posts on her blog a technique to do 2 playing cards.. Its been going for 5 weeks now and I have done the last 4 so thought I would show this on a monthly blog post.. I am pretty much following along with what Claudine is doing, so I am not going to repeat it all and go into to much detail here. Claudine has step by step pictures and details on her blog of how she does her cards so pop on over and see her great pictured tutorial instuctions.

Week one... 
We had to Gesso all the cards...

Week 2... Dylusions backgrounds...

 Week 3... 
Tim Holtz stamps and die cuts with inky backgrounds...

Week 4...   Acrylic paint backgrounds with Gelli print houses and Paper smooches stamps.. I drew the cat lady and collaged her dress and her onto the card.. Doodled the sun with some spots. The stamp at the top says 'My door is always open'. 

Have a great day
Claudine's Art CornerSandy :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I have been missing for a few weeks and thought I would catch up with a bit of blogging.. Art is still going on and isn't that a big thing that I can actually call what I do art now and not shy away from the term.. 
I am thoroughly enjoying my membership with The Artstronauts club and made my own Midori sized watercolour journal.. I am enjoying this size and will make myself a leather cover soon once I feel a need for one.. I watched a fabulous tutorial from My life all in one place with Ray Blake. Fabulous easy to use tutorial. 

I have done a few pages in this and am exploring with my drawing and collage techniques.. Teesha has many videos and collage sheets to download and they are such fun to use.. I have been printing out and cutting up some of my index card art for borders and the dress on my lady above is a index card print.. The swirly part is a deli paper Gelli print that I had used a comb on to get the swirly pattern. Lots of pen work and doodling and the yellow is Dylusions which always works well with my pens and does not kill them.. So just a bit of a catch up and saying a big hi to anyone that is reading this..

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My art supply case...

I was needing a new case for my travel supplies as I could not go away without doing some form of art and the case I have now is too small. I saw this on a clearance rack last week and thought oh that is just the perfect size.. So took some photos of the way I did this along the way.. 

This is what it looked like to start with and even thought I love owls these where a bit too kiddy for me.. So as I am in that I will cover everything with collage mood off I went.. 

First I covered both sides with Gesso.. 
Then I painted them both with Turquoise Kaisercraft Kaisercolour paint.
I cut out a heap of collage pieces from Collage sheets from the Teesha Moore's Artstronauts club. I am really enjoying my membership and getting so much handy information and inspiration..
All the purple, yellow and blue painted bits is my art work that I cut to fit in my scanner and then copied and printed 2 sheets to cut up into shapes. 

Side 2
I did not take any photos while I was doing the collage I get so sticky and messy that there is no way I am touching anything.. I will just say that the tutorial that I watched on Jenniebellie (watch it here) last week on collage was the way I did it and it stuck it down so well.. I used Helmars Decoupage and craft paste to glue it all down. 
Put glue on the case.
Then glue on the piece of paper you are sticking down.
Then glue over the top.
Then wipe with credit card to really press it on.. 

Side 1
I had to have dangly bits off the handle so popped some of my rolled paper beads off there.. They are threaded on some blue twine. Then just a bit of turquoise lace that I have had on my desk just had to go on there too..  Can you tell I like blue.


On the side I popped some washi tape that I had as I am getting quite a collection of and it was so nice to use some up on this.. 
So hope you like my case and that next time you see something on clearance that you take a second glance and think collage.. 
I am going to link this at the following
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge anything goes

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paint Party Friday, Create Art...

I got some new black pens and wanted to try them out.  They are the Pilot permaball and the fude ball.. They both work awesome over acrylic paint no more killing my other good pens yay.. I have been wanting to try the cut out letters from magazines too so always fun to play in my journal.. The art stamp is one I carved out of an eraser.. 

Linking this up at 
Paint Party Friday hi everyone.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tangents and Tactics...

I am starting a new weekly series of art journal prompts. This series of prompts are called Art journal Tangents & Tactics that Tammy has over at Daisy Yellow. This is the first one Starburst. There is a wonderfully fun tutorial on how to do these happy bright watercolours. So if you want to join in pop over and take a peek and join in on the fun.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)
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