Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Faithful Friend

Misty my cat has been very interested in what I have been doing the last few days. So it was inevitable that she would inspire a page in my moleskine art journal. 

I always use DecoArt Media Gesso on my pages first it gives it a great base to work on and makes my pages really sturdy. I used a flower stencil and some DecoArt  Modeling paste over the Gesso. I then used the DecoArt misters in Shimmer Turquoise and Yellow and the Primary Magenta over the top of  the flowers.  I went around that with the DecoArt Americana Turquoise Blue with a paint brush and grabbed a small sponge and dabbed in places. I then re sprayed the flowers over the top. I liked the layers it added. I used the side of a card and some Americana Snow white paint to add some lines. Added some water to a little Gesso and added the splatters.  I drew my cat on watercolour paper and painted her in Americana Vivid Violet and more of the Turquoise Blue in patches blending them together. I then cut her out and glued her on the page, shading around her and adding whiskers and more lines for details in black and white pens. I stamped some words around my cat just to add a little detail. Then I grabbed my pen and wrote the quote. I am liking writing my quotes and this one worked out well in the spot on the left there. I enjoyed drawing and painting my pink cat so this will not be the last one of these you see. Maybe a purple one next. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chunky mini Owl Canvas

I was going to paint a card for  my daughter for her recent birthday and instead I did this 6x6 inch chunky mini canvas. 

It is up on the Helmar blog today, so hope you pop over there
 and see all the details.  

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

She wanted to see the beauty...

I had to have another go at another girl today. I wanted to try to do hair a bit better. After looking at a few pins on Pinterest on how to draw hair. I saw that hair has wispy bits, yep of course it does. I had just never thought about that before. So many bits to a face until you go to draw or paint one you never think about.

I used DecoArt Americana paints in Ocean Blue and Vivid Violet for the background and used a brayer to paint it on. Then I used a stencil with Lemon Yellow for all the little flowers. I doodled around them with my black and white pen adding little highlights and dashes. Then it was time to draw my girl. I drew her then painted her in with DecoArt Media line Gesso so the next layers of colours stand out better. I used Deep Burgundy for her hair and then Flesh tone for her face with a tiny bit of the Deep Burgundy mixed into the Flesh tone to add some dimension to her face. I highlighted her nose and eyes with my white signo pen. Added little lines of black with my black pen, in her hair to add depth. I have been sketching a lot in a new small sketch book. Think all the eyes and faces I have been practicing drawing are really helping me to get more confidence with faces. 

Have a great day
Sandy :) 

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Today I wanted to play around with a different style of lettering. I think I got the hang of it and it did get easier to do once I got to the last letters.  I picked a big quote on purpose. Then I just kind of fit my quote around the flower and the girl. 

I am getting the hang of people, highlighting bits of the face and hair. (hair, oh hair how you thwart me.) Oh well practice, practice and then a bit more practice. I used Neocolor II for this and my water brush. I wanted to see how the Neocolor II went in my Moleskine without adding any Gesso first. To see how it would handle the water. Well I was really quite happy with the way it worked. I used Paint pens and black pen for the letters. Little spots in the background are from the France Papillon design cube and distress ink in Peacock feathers.

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Friday, August 14, 2015


I get together with a few friends on a Friday morning and we chat and we work on all different things. I always seem to work in my moleskine art journal and am getting quite good at taking everything I need in a small case. The first thing is though you have to know what colours and stencils you are going to need. So I kind of always have some idea of what I am wanting to make before I pack my case. Well I love the way Nika in Wonderland recently did a face and how it was peeking out from the stars. So as I have the star stencil I thought I would draw a face and have a go at that one too. If you want to see Nika's she has a wonderful youtube tutorial. Nika only has hers on one page and my book is always a 2 page spread its just the way I have found I like to work. So I wont go into too much detail today as Nika's Tutorial will show you everything you need to know. Isn't it fun though to see something and then try and do it in your own little way. I learn so much from Youtube. 

Going to link this up at Paint Party Friday.. 

Have a great day
Sandy :) 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Inner Child...

Another art journal page finished in my Moleskine today. This is another of my characters I liked that I did in my other Artstronaut club journal. I copied a few of them on my printer, they are made from bits and pieces of the wonderful collage sheets that are a part of the club. This time I went bright using DecoArt Americana Turquoise Blue, Vivid Violet in the background, then some Brilliant Red in the circles. I used my finger in some Snow white and just gave them each a little highlight. It was tricky when the circles got so tiny up on the left. Used the Andy Skinner stencil, Have your say for the white letters. Bit of stamping with a couple of stamps here and there. Then lots of splatters in watered down DecoArt Media line Gesso. Splatters are fun, they seem to bring it all together. I went around all the circles with my black Stabilo pencil then with the waterbrush to darken. Then around them again in black pen and doodling with a bit of the white signo pen. Just trying to add depth and interest.  Around the main character and his bit of collage that he is standing on, I used a Neocolour II and then rubbed it in to blend out with my finger. 
I am going to enter this in a challenge this month for the group on facebook that I am in called Mixing it up every day.. You have to use your fingers to paint an art journal page. Looking forward to seeing what everyone is going to create. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Inner Voice...

I thought I would copy one of the characters I liked that I did in my other Artstronaut club journal on my printer. She is made from bits and pieces of the wonderful collage sheets that are a part of the club. Thought she deserved her own art journal page. I picked this one because I really like the tan colours that she is. I thought I would challenge myself to work in another set of colours and not the brights that I have been sort of stuck on. I started with the torn up pattern papers. I tore them roughly and then used Decoupage matte glue to adhere them in three spots. Then I blended the colours over the top of them so they were not just sitting on top. I used DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna and Flesh Tone and blended them together. Then I used the Deep Burgundy with the Andy Skinner stencil Shedder. I had not used these colours and I really like the way they worked together. I then used the Andy Skinner Industrial Elements stencil and stenciled the arrow and the chevrons in Lamp Black. The words are from Dina Wakley affirmations stencil. Some Washi tape alphabet tape and then my main image was glued on. I went around her with NeocolourII and rubbed it in with my finger just to blend her into the page a bit.  
I was pleased with this one it was a lovely change to go with the brown darker colour scheme. 

Linking this up over at Paint Party Friday hi everyone..

Have a great day
Sandy :)