Friday, April 24, 2015


It was honor to be doing my first Design Team post for Helmar and they have asked me to do one themed for Anzac Day. This year it is such a special Anzac day for all of Australia and New Zealand. It is the 100th Centenary of the First World War landings, of our Anzac troops on the beaches of Gallipoli. In case you have not heard of the term Anzac before. Anzac stands for Australian and new Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
So to commemorate this special day I thought I would like to do an Art Journal spread. When I think of Anzac day, I always think of the poppies. So that is what I thought just had to go on my Art Journal pages. 

Teams I design for
This is just the background I created to see what the final Art Journal pages looked like, pop over to the Helmar Design Team blog post. 

Have a great day 
Vicki-Ann :)

Stepping out of my comfort zone..

Today I was inspired when Tam, Willowing popped up on my facebook news feed.. So I popped over to take a look and well I stepped out of my comfort zone and drew a person..  I was so inspired and just fell in love with the girl Willowing drew in her art journal.. I just had to have a go and draw my own. 
I used NeocolourII for most of this and a little bit of Gesso here and there to blend my collage in. Some Rub-ons from Kaisercraft, dangles and some stitching stamps. The design cube from France Papillon made an appearance again for the stars. 

So pop over and take a look at Tam's blog and have a look at her youtube video, it's well worth watching. Lots of great information about journals and watch right to the end as Tam paints one of her awesome paintings in her Art Journal. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)  

Colour fun...

I watched a fabulous tutorial over on Rae Missigman's blog. It was one of her 15 minutes of Mixed Media youtube videos that she has been doing.. The colours got me, those orange and pink with that striking yellow had to have a go.. I had made these glue gun stencil, stamp flowers a while ago.. So thought I would use those and see how they went. 

I have used them with sprays and on my Gelli plate but have never tried them with paint through them with a sponge.. I used Gesso through them and it worked ok. It gave me an image to go with. So I still did go over some of them with some more Gesso with a brush. I painted a couple of them with the colours that I had used on the background. I used all DecoArt Media line paints, Primary yellow and the Cadmium Orange Hue. The pink that is in the background, I mixed some paints to get the colour I wanted. I wanted a really soft pink, so I mixed the Quinacridone Red with Titanium White and it really came out so soft and pretty. The blue drips are Liquitex ink the Cerulean Blue Hue.

For the stamping I used a Kaisercraft stamp set called Rewind collection, so many cool stamps in that set.. I chose the three different circle ones.. One I used for the centre of the flowers. I also used France Papillon's design cube the handiest little stamp I have, that lives on my desk.  Lots of doodling on the pages and around the edges with my signo white pen and my black Pilot Permaball. I had a lot of fun with this. I typed a heap of quotes that I liked out and printed them out, they are so handy to just grab one and cut it up. I glued that on with my Helmars Tacky Craft Glue

Saying hi over at Paint Party Friday.

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Art Journal...


I started a new art journal. I have been wanting to try this Moleskine since I got it for my birthday last year.. I have only ever worked in one Art journal at a time but now I am finding that I have a few on the go at the same time. 

I started with Gesso then decided to use tissue paper sewing pattern and glued it all on with DecoArt Decoupage.  I then just grabbed my DecoArt Americana paints in Wisteria and Dessert Turquoise and scraped over with a card.  Then for some interest in the background I grabbed the DecoArt Andy Skinner stencils. I used the Industrial Elements and the Made to Measure 8x8 stencils with the Tuquoise Blue. It's subtle but I know it's there..  I added circles with a lid and stripes with the edge of a card in the Americana Ebony Black. The white I used Gesso and then watered down the black and white and a bit of the Turquoise Blue and got the fan brush out and splattered. Then I started looking around youtube for some inspiration as I had this background done but just did not know what to put on the top.. 

So off to youtube for some inspiration and one of my favourites to watch is France Papillon. I found this great  youtube of her doing this wonderful heart all patchworked. It looked fabulous so I had to have a go..  I added the Quote. Smile it is the key that fits the lock to everybody's heart. That quote is so me.. 

France also printed with Black StaZon ink and made lovely wings for her delightful character. So thought I would try and stamp my key stamp on some transparent binding covers I have and cut them out. That worked so well, I will be doing that again. I added some glue dots to stick, but underneath I popped a little movers and shapers diecut, the Tim Holtz lock. 

So first pages done in my Moleskine and I tried a few new techniques. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Junk Journal...

I watched a tutorial on making a Junk Journal that Teesha Moore did on The Artstronauts club. It was last year and it stuck with me thinking gee I must make one of those.. So last week I went through all the recycling and tore some magazine covers off.. Anything that I thought would hold up to some collage. Sewed and stitched pages together and came up with this. So here are some pages in my Junk Journal.. 

This first one I was trying to incorporate the collage more.. So I did more of the black and yellow spots and I went off the collage for the tree branches.. I made a red pod  and gave the character a pink and purple tail. 

With this I was just really cutting and sticking collage from the collage sheets from Teesha.. Piecing it together. Bit of doodling and making some swirls along the edge.. Some of my drawn collage for the arms. That sheet of arms and legs that I drew and copy out on the computer comes in handy. 

With this one I felt more in the swing of it. Bit of doodling and drew the little pink line of characters. Not sure about the spots and the blue rock thing the flower grub is sitting on but it is what it is..  

Saying hi over at Paint Party Friday
and at Art Journal Journey favourite poems and quotes.

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Altered playing cards...

I am playing along with Claudines art corner card challenge.. Each week Claudine posts on her blog a technique to do 2 playing cards.. 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 9 
I used a stamp from Teesha Moore for the one on the left.. The stamp on the right is from Lacy Sunshine digi stamps. I just blew up the frog part of the stamp. 

 Week 10
With week 10 I had a bit of a mix up.. I did the ones above in about November last year and it's only last weekend, yes 6 months later that I thought. Oh I better finish this challenge. The posts are all still there to catch up and I did enjoy doing these cards a lot..  So I started doing them again got half way through this one and though wait think I have done this one.. Oh well think I like the second lot better than the first lot anyway. Dylusion stamps more of some Teesha Moore collage I used on these ones.

Week 11
Last year I was lucky enough to get a grab bag of mixed stamps from Teesha Moore. These stamped images where 2 of the stamps that I received. the one that says imagine that is the same stamp, stamped twice and I just turned one of them to make him look 2 eyed.  I like the other one on the planet well I thought it kind of looked like a planet.
 Week 12
This was for Thanksgiving it was a simple card week. Covered the card with cardstock and the purple is a printer copy of my art work. Cut out a butterfly and collaged that and the paper background on with Helmar Decoupage craft paste.
 Week 13
Bees I just gotta love bees.. I had these bees in my stash of papers for a while.. The big one was a magazine image that I cut out. I could not tell you what die the honeycomb is I cut that out at a friends one day to see what it was like. Just had the pieces in my stash. I used the DecoArt Media crackle glaze on the bird image inside the honeycomb.

Week 14 
Well this shows how far behind I am when I am doing Christmas cards at Easter.. These where both die cuts that I have had for ages, given to me by a friend. I don't have any snow embossing folders, thought this burst one looked ok though. Stampin'up stamp for the Merry Christmas. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Paint Party Friday and Inspiration Wednesday...

This is No 4 in this years journey with Donna Downey and the Inspiration Wednesday group for 2015.. You will see my pages pop up fortnightly as I follow along.. 

I found this one to be a very long process to get it done.. Think I am a very impatient art journaler and don't like the waiting for things to dry.. Because this has the modeling paste on both pages. I had to wait 2 days for this to be dry enough to pop the glazing fluid on. Did half one day wait to dry then the other page wait to dry..  Quite a process and a challenge in patience for me. It was quick after that though. I used the Dina Wakely stencil for the wording. The DecoArt media line Glazing fluid worked fabulous, with the Burnt Umber and Cobalt Turquoise Hue DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. The stamps I used where a Kaisercraft one for the poppies and a Darkroom Door one for the fabulous quote.

Warning.... Lots of Baby wipes where harmed in the making of these Art Journal pages. 

Saying hi to everyone over at Paint Party Friday

Have a great day
Sandy :)