Friday, February 16, 2018

New life

Didn't you love it as a kid? A bonifide "do over"?
Well, in art, we can also re-think our art, and breathe in some new life to it!

Sometimes, it happens while working on a piece, maybe you sleep on it over night and wake up with a different plan. Sometimes you create something and just know it wasn't your best effort, and it sits there like a big white elephant in the room, staring at you every day, thinking, 
why did she abandon me? Doesn't she love me?

Sighs the artist, yes I love you but I didn't have the time...the direction...I was lost.
until now...

I totally love the redesign, just some simple touches with paper, paint and embossing powder and it has a new life breathed into it. I love the Art Deco Alphabet stencil, very cool lettering. I felt I need to jazz up the word "ART" a little so it could hold it's own next to the sophisticated "MATTERS".

I know you can easily see that I collaged the background with text paper, but did you notice that I also added assorted papers  to the paintbrushes and a few inspiring stamped words too!

The base was really easy to create with some Van Gogh Painting washi tape which I sealed with some Deco-page paste, added some Exotic Orient washi tape to the brush, a little bit of Dresden trim and some Mirror Gold embossing powder and I love it!

And speaking of embossing powder I covered the mug completely with all sorts of different Baked Textured powders designed by Seth Apter of The Altered Page and wow, it has a lot of dimension and depth now.

And some awesome products from DecoArt which helped me to pull it all together.

Now, guess who is also feeling a bit neglected now?

Linking up to Paint Party Friday where no one feels neglected!

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Thank you to everyone who posted healing wishes for me last Friday. I'm currently still on crutches but every day is an improvement so I am doing OK. Linking up my new found art this week to Paint Party Friday.


I admit I have attempted doing the 29 faces challenges before but I've never completed them...
Not. Once.
But being one that never gives up I'm going to try again. I have new factors to add in...a banged up knee that I'm having to keep elevated which means trips back to the art room are challenging. BUT I got myself an IPad for Christmas with the intention of learning digital art so I am going to try and do a digital face every day and I figure this will be a great way to learn!

Day 1
I downloaded a free APP called Sketches which is really made for children and doodling. This fact seem to make it less daunting and I just played with the brushes and trying to figure out how it works.  Hopefully as I improve I will get the courage up to download a better APP.
Day 2
Upped my game a little bit, now learning how the different brushes lay over one another. Also learning how to mix the colors. I am quite fascinated by this new art form and find it to be addicting! 
day 3
I am noticing that my hand falls asleep while drawing, which is the same thing that happens when I try and something like zen-doodling. I think I am gripping the pen too hard, it doesn't happen when I paint or draw normally...I think I stress and grip...
day 4
I decided to be brave and download a more "adult" program, well one with more bells and whistles anyway. I also wanted to sketch men so I tried Bob Ross. It's funny in a bad way, lol, but I'll keep working on this. I call this Bob Ross on Botox, 😜
day 5
Playing around with my new program, trying to learn how to use things. I was trying a new style by emulating Tina Berning but got side tracked playing with the digital brushes, lol Definitely loose.

day 6
Today I am feeling more comfortable with the digital brushes, I accidentally tilted the paper but cannot figure out how to do it on purpose, lol Each day has it's own learning curves for sure! I did notice that my hand didn't fall asleep so I must be relaxing a little more. 😜

day 7
So excited that I have now discovered how to tilt my "paper" and the enlarge it so I can work on details better. Little steps sure can make one feel accomplished as long as you are stepping in the right direction!
day 8
Well today I learned how to work the symetry feature, which was pretty darn cool for drawing a face. This is a feature I could learn to love although it feels like cheating a bit, however I got over that guilty feeling cause I liked it too much, lol I'm learning how to create png pictures and the fill's a lot harder than one would think...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Facebook tests and art journaling

Please do excuse the fact that I am re-posting an older post for Paint Party Friday but today I will be going to pick up my crutches.
What's old, fat and goes splat...Sandee tripping over her own feet!
Oh well, anyway back to elevating and icing my knee, I'll be sure to visit all of you since I'll be on the couch computer for the rest of the week-end! I look forward to having ya'll inspire me back to a quick recovery and get back to arting again real soon!
I'm always looking for new ways to add journaling to my pages and I think I have found a new and fun way! At least it is for me since I like to play around with the Facebook tests. I find them to be basically upbeat and positive on the whole and sometimes they actually fit so I keep those and do an art journal page about them.

tiny crow

So this is fun and this way I get to keep all those tests that I want to keep and look back over them .

Thursday, January 25, 2018


confession: I am a paper hoarder

Ok, maybe a little bit...more than a normal person but not quite to hoarding capacity!
 I did do a little research on Inside the Hoarders Brain  and came to this mind blowing revelation:
 you can almost replace the word hoarder with artist and it fits.
Mind. Blown.

I keep scraps of paper close by to my art desk, so I can grab a sheet of paper to brayer off excess paint, practice a stamp or stencil on and in general clean up messes with. I end up with some really pretty papers this way. I don't do much in the way of true collage work but I'll use these papers for backgrounds, and layering in my art journal like I did here.  

Currently, I am watching my daily video in Creative Jumpstart 2018 and Gwen Lafleur is explaining this process as a "shortcut" to creating layers of depth for mixed media. I can even spy one of the Irresistible India Mini Woodblock Border Stamps that you can purchase from her store on the top of the blue paper.
 I love these papers so much that I'll even keep tiny shards...
I just hate throwing them away! 
Can anyone relate?

Journal Notes 6 by Pam Carriker and Pen and Ink by Leslie Riley
other supplies:
DecoArt, Rubbermoon
So my question to you consider yourself a hoarder of paper? maybe art supplies?
 trinkets and doodads for assemblage work? Is your craft room out of control?

I think mine verges on it,
 I mean it's crammed full of stuff that I hate to throw out because I may need it.
And on that note, I have been working on clearing out bags of stuff: taking it to the dumpster.
It's a work in progress to release my inner hoarder but I am really giving it an effort to try.
I did get tickled about the comment in the article about shredding paper, cause my first thought was yes, I could shred, but can I take that home? Ya never know, it could make for some interesting art.
I know.
I need help.
Or do I?
::waggling eyebrows::

linking up to
Paint Party Friday

Friday, January 19, 2018

Boutique boots

I kinda think you need boot music my friends for this post!

Are you ready boots? start walking!

Whether you are painting tennis shoes or painting a pair of shoes, consider it as a fashion trend! It's all the rage to upcycle these days so why not give an old pair of boots a little winter flair. I mean, yes, I could throw out my boots because the heels were pretty much trashed and spend $$$ on a new pair but why when these just needed some stylish TLC. So off I went to Pinterest to get some ideas and I settled on these 2 for my inspiration.

I used Gwen's Decorative Six Petal Flower stencil to emulate the heel on the left.

To get the lines painted I used some old washi tape to guide me to for the stripe. And then stamped Rubbermoon's Mod Marks Dark - Rubber Art Stamp as an accent on the white stripe.

To jazz them up a bit I applied Mirror Gold embossing powder to create the small line. I laid a thin line of double stick tape along the white stripe and then covered the tape with the EP. I really love how the embossing worked out!

These boots are walking over to
Paint Party Friday
to see what everyone has been doing this past week!

Friday, January 12, 2018

a little bag of inspiration

 Welcome to the 
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition Blog Hop
where fun and inspiration is in the bag! 
Well, at least it's in my bag anyway!

Using the cards is easy as 1, 2, 3
Inspirational guide cards are designed to inspire your mixed media and art journaling practice and Kiala's cards are fun and creative, guaranteed to get you motivated!

I knew I wanted to decorate my little pouch from the moment I laid eyes on it! 
It called to me to make it artsy. Really, it did.😸

The 2017 Empowerment Edition - Mixed Media Inspiration Deck

Shattered, by Lizzie Mayne and  Ancient Marks by Suzi Dennis
After looking through the cards, I chose 3 that appealed to me and of course, the first step had to include stencils because I love stencils and they always give me a jumping off point in my art, no matter what kind of project I am working on...

DecoArt - Aqua Sky, Sunny Day, Bubblegum Pink 

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.
—Georgia O’Keeffe

Color can stimulate and excite us so that's why I picked bright sunny colors to decorate my pouch with because I want this bag to be full of creative juices to stir my senses long before opening it up. Along with the geometric shapes which suggest organization and efficiency which, heck, I need most days! Basically, I am empowering this bag so it has a greater creative association with the cards it holds within.

Rubbermoon - Imagine, New Moon
Did you know that the moon can set intentions, and clear energy? I like to mediate under the light of a full moon and can feel it's vibes and energy pouring into me, feeding my creative powers, so it's no wonder that I wanted to display the moon symbol on my inspiration pouch.
Now I love to sew and this seemed to be the perfect time to doodle with my needle and thread . While I admit to detesting the task of sewing a loose button back onto a shirt, I will happily sew on my art projects for hours...
I'm weird that way. 😜

And close-up shots of the sewing because hey, it's all about the details, right?

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AND a 
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition !
Visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment there for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Mistakes Happen

I learned something new, well, new to me anyway, 😜
I have to admit that I have never used embossing powder with paint before, only with ink and then only with stamps but now I learned that it works great with paint and that has opened up a whole new area with mixed media!  

I'm like a kid with my first box of crayons, sheer giddy with excitement! 

Still crushing on the Dresden trim, this time I used some Antiquing creams to knock some of the shine off the angel wing because the background is an explosion of glittery goodness between the gold embossing powder and metallic paints that I used.

I typed out word strips and glued them to the back of the wing for some hidden journaling. You can bend the Dresden trim but I don't think it would stand up to repeated opening and closing but then I'm pretty much the only person who looks at my journals anyway so I'm thinking it will be fine.

I'm trying hard to use up old supplies so I used some old vinyl letters, I had to use a gel medium to make them stick and then painted them black since they had polka dots on them. Somehow polka dots did not seem to work on this page, lol And yeah, added a sprinkling of embossing powder over them!

In hindsight, I'm not sure why I titled this page "mistakes happen" because I was really intending this to be another page to go along with my WOTY hope which is used in the writing on the back of the wing. 
A mistake?...maybe...but they do happen!

 Gwen's Supplies:
Khadi Papers Sketchbook
German Dresden Trim - Extra Large Wings
MT Washi Tape - Crystals 
Exotic Oriental Traditional Chinese Metal Wafer Dies - Round Chinese Screen 
Emerald Creek Embossing Powder - Mirror Gold

Art Deco Collection  - Alphabet stencil


Americana Lamp (Ebony Black)
Dazzling Metallics in Royal Ruby, Splendid Gold
Glamour Dust in Limelight, Copper
Media Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black,Patina Green
Linking up to Paint Party Friday