Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

There is no Sundays with Sandee today, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. This is my big bunny head that I made about 6 years ago, and I revamped it a little this spring with a new paint job and some fresh flowers. ♥ I love seasonal door decor!

I have been making little Easter treats for the ladies in my building for the last 3 years. There are 4 of us and I always sneak down the night before and put something out for them. This year I found these cute little Lindt chocolate bugs, so I hot glued them onto the flower stem that I created, hung a tag on it and taped it to their doorbell. They look so cute, it will be a shame when they take them inside, lol

After church, I am off today to go have Easter lunch with 2 of my art besties at the Arboretum and hopeful the weather is going to cooperate with us and give us a nice sunny spring day. Here's wishing you a wonderful Easter!

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
CLess than permanent, though fairly durable


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 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 awesome way to use that Distress Marker spritzer, with NO MARKERS! HA!

See ya over there?

Thursday, April 10, 2014


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


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.


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'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