Friday, September 12, 2014

Happy Fall Ya'll home decor

Here's a cute and easy fall decor project. 

Supplies used:
DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Satin paints, pumpkin patch,eggplant,chartreuse,black, cotton ball, orange sherbet
DecoArt Paper effects black pearl
DecoArt StarLite Varnish
DecoArt white gesso
DecoArt glass paint marker
flower - Gerber Daisy
fuzzy pipe cleaners
paper die cut leaves
black buttons

Class being taught at
Hendersonville NC Park & Recreations Athletic and Activity Center
September 16th
$20.00 - all supplies included
e-mail me at to reserve your spot

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I love you more than...

I say...yesssssssss
I love my Gelli plate!

I think collaging in my art journal has now crossed over into my card making!! I took 2 different stickers and put them together for this funky little Halloweenie image! Not sure how I would feel if I found him walking around in my pumpkin patch, but I love him on my card!

 My favorite part of this Gelli print is really along the edge

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

time flies

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
― Pablo Picasso
 25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973

To know that Pablo Picasso actually lived during my lifetime makes me smile, even if he lived very far away from me. Picasso was baptised Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives. How would you have liked to have grown up with that name?

I did a mixed media art journal page over on the {mysweet earth} blog where I ask the question:
"What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life"
a quote from Mary Oliver.

I hope you plan on stopping over and checking this page out, I think it might be one of the prettiest pages I have ever done.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


You never know for the most part if you have ever inspired someone. I wouldn't have known about this, if my friend Donna hadn't run across this blog, Quilling,Art and Expression by Antonella, and brought it to my attention. I hope you go over and check out her post and leave her some love.

I have to say I am always surprised that Halloween art sells so well, here are my previous pieces. I need to make some more!
SOLD ~ Helmar Design Team member ~ Sandee

SOLD~ Halloween, wall art

SOLD ~ mixed media signs

Monday, September 1, 2014

Leggy geraniums

So, if you can read my journaling you will know that I have issues with my stubbornness and plants, don't even get me started on vines...::sigh::

This is a contribution to Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

embracing my inner Frida

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?
I started out with the thought of just doing her face and the iconic eyebrows, but afters hours of pouring over her pictures, again, and just immersing myself into her art and lifestyle, I just let go. I embraced my inner Frida.

I was influenced by this painting of hers: The Wounded Deer
But instead of grounding her image in the pain and suffering that she experienced over her lifetime, I morphed her spirit into a free flying bird. Free of the pain, free to go and do what she wanted without any constraints.

The Wounded Deer - Frida Kahlo

"Later in her life, Kahlo was interested in ancient Eastern religions and mysticism, and The Little Deer is an assimilation of her Mexican and European heritage with these ancient beliefs. The image is of Kahlo’s head placed on top of a stag, which is pierced with arrows. The arrows no doubt refer to her own pain and suffering due to her injuries, as well as her injurious marriage to Diego Rivera. At the bottom of the painting, Kahlo has written “carma,” alluding to these ancient mystic beliefs. She also combines the eastern belief system with Aztec. An ancient Aztec symbol, the deer symbolized the right foot, and in this she was alluding to her injured right side, the foot of which had been crushed in a bus accident, and right leg being fractured in eleven different places. One year before her death, her right leg was amputated up to her right knee, due to complications from gangrene." 

entering this in 
Art Journal Journey - Frida

Friday, August 29, 2014

Remembering 9-11-01

This is my journal page after I had gently ripped off some netting that I had glued down with my Helmar Collage Paste. After removing the netting I was left with some very textured surface which I then covered over with the left over paint from my brayer. I always keep my journal open to pages that I had messed up when I am playing with my gelli plate, so no paint gets wasted!

Sometimes from mistakes, you get cool textures. Both pages pretty much had the same overall effect of leftover collage paste, glitter and netting imprint. I REALLY liked it and never would have been able to achieve this effect if I had wanted to....even if I had tried really hard! lol

So these pages were left open while I made my Gelli prints, rolling the left over paint that was on the brayer onto the pages. After I made my prints, I was then left with this mess on my Gelli plate:

One of the easiest ways to clean off a dried Gelli plate is by removing the paint with packing tape. Lay it across your plate, rub it, and pull it off to reveal an almost perfectly clean plate.

Of course, then you have all these lovely translucent strips of tape to play with so I did what any creative person would do....used them! I adhered them onto the journal with my Helmars Decoupage Paste and I really liked how they looked. They are the same colors but more intense looking when over laid across the painted pages of the journal book. You can see where I marked them to be cut so I would have an even border around them leaving the texture visible.

I used my Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste to adhere the strips of painted packing tape to the page. Once that was done I used Sharpie marker to sketch out a skyline and the Statue of Liberty onto the packing tape for my layout design.

Over on the Helmar blog today I made stencils for Gelli printing by using the Foam Glue. I hope you hop over there and check it out, so much better than using a hot glue gun!