Tuesday, September 23, 2014

altered canvas bag

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”― Pablo Picasso

Over on the {my sweet earth} blog today I am showing how I transformed this old but highly usable canvas bag that I cart around with me. I was tired of it's plain old look and wanted to liven it up a bit for my trip to Charleston, SC next month. :)

Here's a sneak peek..

Please pop on over and feel free to leave me some love!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop

Welcome to the Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop!
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Face Book group so that we can get to know each other better.
Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Face Book.
Our group is called Mixing it Up Everyday.
We would love to get to know you better too.

Here's are the links to every ones blog, remember in order to have a chance to win the prize package from Cottonwood Arts you must:
1. Be a blog hostess
2. Leave a comment on everyone's blog

This is the prize that Cottonwood Arts very generously donated to our group.

Let's be artists supporting other artists!

Hop along in any order and be patient if someone doesn't have their post ready, you have all week end to visit everyone. I hope that you join their blogs and have fun reading what they wrote.
Sandee Setliff http://inthehillsofnorthcarolina.blogspot.com/
Tiare Smith Woods http://www.tiaresmith.com
Martice Smith II http://www.uneekart.blogspot.com
Tiffany Goff Smith http://southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com/?m=1
Anna Turner Ely www.foronemoment.blogspot.com
Cat von Hassel-Davieshttp://www.catseyestudio.us/
Terri Sproul http://www.terrisproul.blogspot.com
Sharon D. Estes http://grannyskornerstudio.blogspot.com
Betty Guffey Richardson http://artyauntie.blogspot.com/
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson http://www.tommyjovilello.blogspot.com
Melissa Willard Edwards www.melissaedwards.org
Donna Simmons Lueders http://www.damseldesignsbydonna.blogspot.com/
Jean Marmo http://pagesintime.blogspot.com/
Tamiko McCurry http://mikosspot.blogspot.com

1. Am I a journal hoarder?
The journals that I do own are put to a specific use and I do use them. I try very hard not to hoard anything and find that I actually enjoy using my stuff daily.
I have 6 journals that I keep.

1. My Dylusions journal was my first one and the one that is closest to being completed. It's a modge podge of everything because I wasn't very organized and I used it for everything.
It's also the messiest.

2. My second journal is my graph journal that I use for lettering.
It's the cheapest and thinnest of all my journals.

3. My next journal is a Strathmore Mixed Media journal that I created to keep my bible verses to memorize and illustrate.
It's one that I feel the guiltiest about not working in it more.

4. My next journal is my plein air water colors ( also a Strathmore ) which I use to create my drawings that I use when I write my short stories for Rapid River Arts and Culture Magazine.
Writing short stories just kinda happened by accident but I enjoy it.

5. My next ( Strathmore ) journal is relatively new, it's my diet journal and if you visit My Plexus Journey blog you can see what I have been drawing and how I use it. Also you can follow me by e-mail and keep up with my diet journey there. If you really want to get to know me, stop over there and start back on the first post I wrote, I bear my soul openly and freely so that other people who are trying to diet know they aren't alone.
Being overweight sucks.

6. My newest journal and the most unique is the canvas journal from Cottonwood Arts.
 I didn't even know they made canvas journals but I am really enjoying it and using it for the prompts from Wet Canvas.
I love how sturdy this journal is.

This is my first painting in it.
We are to paint a still life with special meaning to us.
And, as my friends know, I am all about 2 things currently in my life.
Painting and trying to get a healthy body back .
Artist and chocoholic.
yep, those are my labels.
So I painted this:

That's suppose to be a brownie sitting on top of my Dylusions journal, but I need more practice painting food.

My life outside of art

Most likely if I am online I am playing Candy Crush, Criminal Case and Puzzly Words.
I think playing strategy games helps to keep your mind alert.

Something you may not know about me.
I hate phones....any phones.
I have the cheapest phone with the cheapest plan I can find.
All my real time friends know not to call me but will send me messages via FB or e-mail.
My editor at the magazine skypes me.
I am that bad.

I also do not have cable TV and only watch movies and shows that I get through Net Flix.
I find that watching TV makes me unproductive and keeps me from painting.
 I love SciFi, comedies and Action/Adventure movies.

I love to read books in bed when I an winding down at night.
My favorite books are series because I get wrapped up in a character and hate to let them go.

The secret of being happy...

This is just part of a journal page that I created for my Helmar blog post today but this part is a subject near and dear to my heart. This truly is the secret to being happy. Sometimes I forget this, but I remind myself that things always could be worse and to be thankful for what I do have!

Hope you skip on over to the Helmar blog and leave me some loving!
Sure would make me happy if you did ♥

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I hear people talk about their mojo being missing, that they aren't inspired, nothing is coming to them.....well, I never feel stuck in a rut because I do challenges. Sometimes they stump me, but figuring out how to do them is what keeps me energized and creative.

Take the current challenge over at Unity Stamps for example:

You have 3 choices to inspire you and usually I am drawn to the color challenges, but in this case I also liked the card sketch challenge. So I combined them together to create a card that normally I wouldn't even have thought of!

Keep in mind what the word challenge means:
a call or summons to engage in any contest, as of skill, strength, etc.

Having said that, let me point out the difficulty I faced in the color choice. They weren't colors I would normally pair up together but I wasn't going to let that stop me! See it as a fun experiment to do something different. 

I also like to use my stamps in different ways and I think the little girl from the Grandma's Needlepoint stamp set works really well in a Halloween card! Thinking outside the box can be a lot of fun!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Silhouette style canvas

Well, here I go again. :)
I have an upcoming show scheduled at the Art MoB Studios and Gallery on Dec. 5th ( time is yet to be scheduled for the opening ).
They loved my "Wildlife Silhouette series" and I'm so excited that they do!
All the canvases are painted with ink backgrounds with acrylic silhouettes.

The following 3 silhouettes are painted with the same ink background and DecoArts Black Tie Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic paint, with the only difference in adding DecoArts Interference from their Media Fluid Acrylics line. I wish I could take better pictures to get the true effect because if you look at the paintings from head on you cannot see the Interference paint, but one the light hits it from an angle, the paint really pops. It's quite a cool effect. It also shows up better on dark colors, hence "Flight" shows the effect better and the other 2 are more subtle, but still lovely.
with Interference Gold

 with Interference Magenta

showing Interference Magenta

showing Interference Gold

Here are more from the Wildlife Silhouette series, but these are without the DecoArt Interference paints.
"Wanderlust "



Now I just need to come up with a name for the show, not sure if "Wildlife Silhouettes" is enough? I feel like it needs a little oomph. I have enjoyed naming each piece though as they have all "spoken" to me as I created them.
And framing, this series will all be framed in black.

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 sandeesetliff@yahoo.com 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