Friday, January 13, 2017

Letter Journals

I thought I would show you what I have been working on since September last year when I joined a facebook group for letter journals. It's been fun and I have met so many fabulous people. I joined this group and when I did I thought everything I do I am just going to have fun with. No pressure just fun stuff and I really have had some fun. Some letter journals have themes but the ones I love the most are just the free style ones that I can just paint what I feel like on the day. So here are some samples of the work I have done in the 5 letter journals that I have done so far. I love my Decoart Acrylic paints and think that shows up in my letter journals.

These are the 5 filled letter journals that I have filled with some lovely art work from all over Australia, America and Canada. 

The following art is all mine that I have either done in my letter journals before sending them off or in other people's letter journals. 

I made my own stickers with my printer and joined them up with some fun pen work.

Think this one is my favourite cover of a letter journal.

The theme to this one was inspirational quotes.

Spring themed letter journal.

I had these numbers on my desk from a Typo bag it was a bingo card so I cut them up and collaged them on. 

Flower theme.

Painted some gum tree flowers for an Australian themed letter journal

I really enjoy this group and can see me getting quite a collection over the next year. I am currently in 3 more letter journal groups one international and 2 Australian. There is a maximum of 4 people in the group and it takes a few months for the international ones to get posted around. 

Linking this up with Paint Party Friday.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wood block Christmas decorations.

This was a project that I did for Helmar for Christmas. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy and art filled New Year. 

I have made some decorations to sit on my shelf. They could easily be adapted to be hung on the tree or on the wall. This is out of more recycling of the wood off cuts that we get from a friend that builds staircases.

First I sanded all the edges of the wood off cuts and painted the back and sides with Gesso. Then I painted the sides with True Red Decoart paint. Using some Christmas music themed paper I covered the front with Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste and using the paint and glue spreader smoothed it out so there were no bubbles.I painted some book paper with some watered down Gesso. Then I drew a snowman and Angel and fussy cut them out. I pieced a tree together in some layers of different Christmas themed scrapbooking paperpaper.
I used some Decoart modeling paste at the bottom of the snowman and the Angel on the backgrounds to give it some texture and was going for a look of snow and a cloud. 

I painted the background added some rub-ons and drew some dangles at the top. Then I added my images of the snowman angel and tree with my Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste and paint and glue spreader. 
I added the words with my Alphabet stamp set and added a bit of glitter to the stars. 

So hope you enjoyed my Christmas project. I enjoyed making these and adding my Grandmothers tiny Christmas tree in the photos.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


I was live on Periscope doing some Gelli printing on some deli paper and I loved the way this print turned out with the flowers. It was so pretty so I decided to use it in the background to make a small canvas for my Helmar Creative Team project. You can find more details and list of products used over on the blog at Helmar Creative team.

On Sunday I was live on Periscope doing some Gelli printing on some deli paper and I loved the way this one turned out with the flowers. It was so pretty so I decided to use it to make a small canvas. 

I used the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste and spread it over the canvas panel with the paint and glue spreader. Then placed my deli paper print over the top and used the paint and glue spreader to get any air bubbles and lumps out. 

I painted some music paper with some Gesso then painted the background with some Decoart paints using the paint and glue spreader. Then I stamped the Tim Holtz butterfly stamp on top of that. I put that on top of some canvas material using some Helmar Tacky Craft Glue waited for that to dry and then sewed it on the side with black cotton on my sewing machine. 

I threaded some twine through the wooden letter banners. Then tied some bows through 2 buttons to hold my banner at the sides. I used the Helmar Scrap Dots on the back of the buttons, as it was over the top of the twine so with the dimension this worked great. 

Using Helmar Tacky Craft Glue I placed my sewed butterfly panel on top of my canvas.

Any time I do a canvas I always finish it off with 2 coats of  Helmar Krystal Kote Matte Varnish 
this protects it from dust and fading and keeps it from yellowing. 
Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Today I choose Happiness...

Hi all, I have been wanting to get my sewing machine out and sew in my art journal for a while so this week it was time to do just that. 

I got 2 dictionary pages out and glued them on to a piece of cardstock with Helmar Decoupage and craft paste. Then I painted them with different blues in Decoart Americana paints. I used 4 different blues and blended them also with white to get different variations. Added some circles with a stencil from TYPO. 

I bought this wonderful word papers on clearance at Kaisercraft and could not wait to use it. So it went on the background over the piece of Hessian that I had added some gesso and paint.  I also bought the paper with the quote on, It was a 12 x 12 sheet with all different quotes cards. 

Will link this up with Paint Party Friday and Art Every Day Month and pop over and visit and see what you have been up to this week 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Have you tried Periscope. I have been doing a few live periscopes and having some fun. I am very new to talking and painting, drawing and explaining the things that I am doing live. Chatting to people that pop on to watch and ask questions. I was live on periscope last Sunday morning using my small 3" x 5" Gelli printing plate.

If you would like to check out the Periscope replay <------- click..

I had fun and ended up with heaps of prints. I did some decortated envelopes for happy mail, worked directly in my art journal and some prints over some old card stock that I will add layers too.  I am going to use them in my art journal, letter journals and the deli paper ones to make some small bags to include in happy mail. I show the bags on the scope.  So it was a very productive morning now I just have to make the deli paper bags and they are so fun to make.

I loved the scrap paper that I had taped down on my desk (photo below) will be using that somewhere. I am so glad I popped a new piece down on my desk before I started.

Hope you can pop over and see the replay leave me some hearts by tapping the screen. Don't forget to follow me to get notifications for when I will be on live, so you can drop in and have a chat with me. Hope to see you there soon.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Friday, October 21, 2016

In my art journal..

Thought I would add more of the art journal pages that I have been doing in the last few weeks on to my blog for you all to see. These are all painted with Decoart Americana paints.

Stencils and random circles. Doodled hearts and splatters.

Andy Skinner stencil and Finnabair stamped heart. Music paper collage. 

Finnabair stencil for the black spots, Dylusion stencil for the letters. 
Random circles and splatters. 

I am having a great time just playing with colour, paint and stencils and just having fun with it all. 
Linking this up with Paint Party Friday.. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Birthday Owl...

 For the last 2 years for my daughters birthday instead of giving her a card I have painted her a small canvas of an owl. We both love owls and as you know they are one of my favourite things to add to my art. She loved him and he sits on her computer desk on a little stand. If you want to see more details head over to the Helmar Creative Team Page. 

I used the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste. Collaging the background with music paper, book paper and some Tim Holtz washi tape. Then on some book paper I drew the owl and painted him with DecoArt paints adding doodling with a stabilo pencil and black pen. I cut him out and added him to the page with the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste adding more doodling around him to blend him in to the background. I drew the legs and feet adding a piece of collage with the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste to the bottom of the canvas so that he had something to stand on. I added some dangles to the top left of the canvas and coloured them in.  

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)