Thursday, April 17, 2014

Color permanence

Refers to a pigment’s lasting power. Tubes and other containers of paint are sometimes labeled with a code indicating a color’s degree of permanence.
Letter codeDegree of color permanence
AAHighest
AStandard
CLess than permanent, though fairly durable
CFugitive

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I don't even remember making the background on this art journal page, it was so long ago, but it sat in my art journal hoping to become a page one day. Frankly I wasn't sure that day was actually going to come at all...it sat, and it sat. I would flip through my journal and run across this page and shrug and move on....until today.


I had a couple of small scraps leftover from Susan K. Weckesser's Beautiful Daydreams and just couldn't throw them away either. ( A pattern is emerging, I don't throw things away very well, lol ) So, I fussy cut them out, pop dotted and doodled on them... and they seem to fit well on the abandoned page.

I also had some fabulous stamps like this one from Grandma's needle point and I thought she would be perfect for holding the kite, so I stamped her on flesh colored paper and then colored her in with some PITT pens.

I also have this very old stencil that just looks like a gust of wind blowing and it fit so perfectly with my theme using my Sakura pens to draw it in.

And for our lettering homework from The Art of Whimsical Lettering, I used p. 80, the Wonky Printing to complete my mantra. Joanne's book is full of great lettering ideas and definitely worth buying plus you get to play along with us and see everyone's wonderful lettering journals over on the FB page!

I am off working on my bear, the deadline is approaching!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Patina, patinate....really?

Definition of PATINATE

transitive verb
:  to give a patina to
intransitive verb
:  to take on a patina —usually used in the past participle<patinated bronze>
— pat·i·na·tion  noun



Cool huh?
You can visit the Frosted Designs blog to see my finished birdcage and see how I decorated it with the Beauty of Nature kit.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sundays with Sandee - getting inky!


Hope you hop on over to Frosted Designs blog, I have a some great tips on using those Tim Holtz Distress Marker plus 2 ways to use your stencils!

And wait for it....an awesome way to use that Distress Marker spritzer, with NO MARKERS! HA!

See ya over there?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Color

A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; the visual response to the wavelengths of light, identified as red, blue, green, etc.; primary and secondary colors; warm, cool, and neutral colors, color value; hue; and intensity

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I am sorry, I know I have not been blogging like usual but I am just a little busy painting my bear for the Bearfootin' event for my hometown.

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Starting on yet another adventure....teaching.
I'm not over fond of teaching in person, there is no edit button when you are "live". lol But that won't be for at least another month and if it all comes together. Do you ever feel "called" to do something? Doing this class with my ladies from church has been on my mind a lot, so I figure it's something I need to do.


The heart shape I made from card board so they can trace around it easily and the wavy lines came from an OLD journaling stencil from EK Success. I used Dylusion Ink Sprays ( as a water color ) along with a water brush, and my pens are from my SAKURA-Pigma Sensei Manga Pen Set. Keeping the ingrediants simple and the journal small will hopefully keep the non - artistic ladies from getting over whelmed.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bar Lettering


Yep, it's that time again for lettering!
I admit, it's become a favorite time for me, I am loving my lettering more and more! You can too, if you are willing to practice it. I'm always surprised that someone would practice drawing and learn techniques but feel that their handwriting is hopeless....it's just word art folks!

I love starting a lettering journal, a place to keep handy all those whimsical fonts that I see everywhere! So easy to pull out whenever I need some inspiration!

And, as promised here are the letter identification charts for your easy reference.


Stop by the Frosted Designs blog to see my video :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Autism awareness


The Autism Awareness Ribbon — The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.


Both of my background papers came from gelli prints using the new line of Deco Arts Media Fluid acrylics
DecoArt® Mixed Media Program
They are a lot of fun to use in your gelli printing and this sign shows why. After putting my colors down on my plate, I lightly brayered them in one direction only. 

The first several pulls will give you a very bright and vivid background, After it dried I used a white pen to trace around some puzzle pieces to create the background.
 ( On a nationwide level, the Puzzle Piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, since every puzzle piece is different in some way, a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected. )

But it's the last pull that gets me, you know when you have dried bits of paint left over? Just squirt a healthy layer of water onto your gelli plate and press your paper down to get a dreamy soft swirl of color. Your paper will most likely curl after soaking in all that water, but just let it dry and then press it under some heavy books and it will flatten back out again.

Lettering completed with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen, wood butterfly from the Frosted Designs Moments in Time Kit.
A Moment in Time

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fairy Garden - Helmar


World Autism Awareness Day logo
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This is my little fairy garden that I created over on the Helmar blog. If you want to know how I made it then please go visit me over there.


I will let you in on a secret that only you, my lovely followers will get to see, which is what I did to the gazing ball, ( btw it's a finial that broke off a lamp ).
This is the gazing ball before, nothing much to look into, is it?

I wanted a special treat for anyone who got close enough to peek into the ball so I glued a sticker onto the bottom, and wow, it magnifies beautifully doesn't it?

As for the sign in her garden "As you wish" is a quote taken from the movie The Princess Bride where the farm boy uses it as a euphemism for "I love you".
What is a euphemism?
A mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.