Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inner Voice

Today I just had to get some paint on my hands and in my journal.. I wanted to use my new Dina Wakley Affirmations word stencil and 2 new texture stamps from Kaisercraft that I bought yesterday.. The Kaisercraft stamps are called Arty and Triangles. The background is done with my 2 favourite colours in the DecoArt acrylic paint range, Sea Breeze and Vivid Violet always a great start when you just want to play.. Some doodling to brighten up my flowers that I painted and then added sewing here, there and around the edge and some lace at the top of the page.  So mission accomplished inked new items, got paint on my hands and had some fun..

Going to link this up over at Creative Every day Check in for Feb 23 - Mar 1.

Have a great day
Sandy :) 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friends are like stars...

I got a new stencil and stamp set of coordinating stars and could not wait to play with it in my art journal.. I also got some Lindy's stamp gang ink sprays.. When I buy something to try out, I always buy it in blue, as its the colour I use the most.. So I sprayed my background in 2 different blues, one has sparkle its so pretty. Then used Tim Holtz distress stain and a blending tool for the background stars.. Grabbed France Papillon's design cube as it has little stars, so stamped them in black.. Then I went back to the stencil and outlined the stars through the stencil onto a Gelli plate acrylic paint print that I had been wanting to use.. I cut them out and stuck them onto my background.. Then well if you follow me you know what I always do next is the fun part, the doodling around the edges of the stars and adding the white Signo pen lines.. I also added little white dots here and there.

I wanted to write something, I nearly printed it out on my computer and that little voice in my head said no, its practice time.. So out came the pen and I wrote the Quote.. Good friends are like stars you don't always see them but you know they're always there. I just had to sew around the edge of it. It does not look finished to me now until I sew around the edges.. 

So to all my friends and followers this one is for you.. :)

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Last year I bought one of Teesha Moore's awesome mystery grab bags of mixed rubber stamps.. I have had such fun stamping them to see what they look like. Sometimes you just cant really see it till you stamp it out.. I saw this was faces but until I stamped it and went woohoo, I just did not know how awesome this one was.. The faces are all in the one stamp but I cut them up separately to make three Artstronauts..
I had this great Gelli print of the purple collaged on the bottom, so added blue circles and spots to match the border at the sides. The collage is some from Teesha Moore and some printed out art from my index cards. The blue bodies of the Artstronauts are from a sheet of collage paper from Jenniebellie.  Her blue border collage made awesome space suits. I added some Zendangles and more white spots and some long reeds to make it a bit more space like. I also drew my own sheet of separate black and white striped arms and legs that I can print out to use on my collage. 
This was done in my Watercolour travelers notebook insert that I made.. It Travels everywhere with me in my handbag and I like to add bits of doodling to the collage here and there. Today I did the black stripey reeds and that's when I thought, think this is done now. One day I may add some words, you just never know but for now I am calling it done. Hope you like my Artstronauts.

Adding this over at Creative Every Day check in for week Feb 16 - 22. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)


Finishing off some pages in my hand made watercolour journal insert that goes in my travelers notebook. I so love playing in this book only about 4 pages left to do and its only a few bits and pieces. This page was just really relaxing with all those spots going here and there.. I saw Teesha Moore do one with lots and spots and thought how cool is that so had to have a go. The top right and the bottom left corners are a very cool Gelli plate print. I just loved the colours that turned up on it..  Adding one of Teesha Moore's cool little characters she showed us how to draw. They just add a fun little element to the page. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Monday, February 16, 2015

DecoArt and colour..

I have some huge news to share with you today. I have been accepted into the DecoArt blogger outreach program. They reach all the way to country Australia. How exciting is that!! 
I am honored to be among all the other wonderful artist there, as part of this awesome program. 

So onto some art. This is No 3 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.. 

When I saw this weeks video I went woohoo look at all that colour.. So out came my favourite turquoise and pink, so love them with black.. I thought hmm I think this week I might do a canvas to hang on wall, as well as inspiration journal pages..  This was fun all done with my fingers.. (No paintbrush was harmed in the making of these journal pages).. You really do get a feel for the paint that way. This was just so much fun to do. I highly recommend you pop the paintbrush away and get those hands messy even if its just the once. 

The hardest thing about this was deciding where to put the circles of colour or even if I wanted to pop them on there. 
I pressed forward and am happy with the way it finished up..  Quote is 'It's ok to colour outside the lines'..  

I am happy that I did the canvas at the same time.. I really liked that I could practice in my inspiration journal and straight away put what I had done on the canvas. I can see this will not be the last time I do this..  

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Listen to your Heart...

Watched Tracy at Mixed Media Monday today and loved the background she created all shades of blue with splatters of white and black.. I don't have black and white acrylic paint mixed up for splatters but I had Dylusions sprays so I used those.. Tracy always says to use what you have.. Andy Skinner was watching today too so thought of all the ways to grunge one of Tracy's heart's up.. So here is what I did for my grungy version.. I got a piece of white cardstock and ran it through my Tim Holtz gear embossing folder. Then painted it red and gently brushed over some black to just highlight the embossing. Added some cardboard wings that had been sitting on my desk they had gone through a different embossing folder of roses. Then it was sticking random gears and letters on it and I used Helmar's Tacky glue and decopage. Then I went all around the pages and over the hearts and gears with my sewing machine.. It's getting harder to take photo's in my journal now it is getting very fat with art.. 

Have a great day 
Sandy :)

Saturday, February 7, 2015


I realised I had not written in my journal for a while and thought it was time to rectify that. So I added this quote. The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything .. 
I bought the new round Pin wheel stencil and thought It was about time I used it. It works really well and is quite fun to use.. Of course I had to doodle and use my pens to play on it.. I used a little Prima stamp (#960124) looks a bit like a typewriter keyboard.. Think it looks cute stamped here and there.. I also used my France Papillon design cube to add the tiny circles they are subtle but they add to the texture.. 
I will post this over at Paint Party Friday and have a pop around to see what everyone is up to..
Mix it Monthly for February is use fabric so I popped a little used paint covered baby wipe, that I tried to fold into a bow with a piece of dyed to match ribbon. As I was sewing thought it needed something sewed on there.. 

Have a great day 

Edit... Background is done with Dylusion sprays in vibrant turquoise and fresh lime.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Inspiration Journal...

Second one in my Inspiration Journal. I have joined the Donna Downey Inspiration Wednesday group for 2015.. So you will see my pages pop up fortnightly as I follow along.. 

Lots of collage and digging in to my container of bits to see what I could stick on it.. I love tearing pages of music and book pages and trying to piece them together.. Then gesso and paint over it you just never know what you are going to get at the end, it is always a surprise.. I loved the pink and grey that I ended up with.. The reason I used pink is that I had this really lovely pink patterned tissue paper on it at the start.. I think you can see just a tiny bit of it now under all the layers of paint.. That's the fun of it all hey not knowing where it is going to go when you start.. The art wording there is my hand carved stamp that I was using the other day and you know how you prime them on a piece of paper and stamp to see if you have it inked.. Torn up and stuck there to add to the collage.. Fun stuff.. The quote across the middle of the page I just found in my container and it says..
Love will last forever. Give it freely without fear of being hurt.. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


You know when you stumble across something and you go WOW and get all inspired. Well I was looking on Youtube and I found PicCandle.. I so loved the cute little characters she draws they made me smile.. So after watching several Youtubes of her drawing them I was inspired to draw my own page of little guys..

PicCandle has a wonderful youtube tutorial of how to draw these characters and how to go about connecting them all on the page. They are such fun to draw, having them peek out from each other and holding little signs and things.. All the little details and tangles are such fun to add in the gaps.. I am looking forward to adding these little characters in among my collage work and journal pages.. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)

Sunday, February 1, 2015

28 Patterns...

If you are on Instagram Julie Fei-Fan of Balzer Designs is having a challenge that you make any kind of pattern. Paint, draw, stamp, doodle whatever on anything in any size for the month of February. You just hashtag it #28Patterns and join in the fun. 

I am using index cards and am going to be making and using my hand carved stamps. I just wanted it to be a simple fun thing to do and not have to over think it. So just going to focus (do you see my word of the year) FOCUS on one theme. Oh if you want to find me over on Instagram I am @sandybeachart.

Have a great day
Sandy :)