Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sundays with Sandee

Do you love your lettering?
I admit that a year ago, I did not. I began seeking out others who could help me, like Joanne Sharpe, and if you need some inspiration, then she has a fabulous book to get you inspired.
The Art of Whimsical Lettering

Everyone knows that I sell my signs and I have been lucky to have some success with it, but lately I have started selling signs that use my own handwriting, and that really puts a smile on my face. Here are a couple of my wall hangings that recently sold where I used my own whimsical lettering style:

SOLD~ in the hills of North Carolina: Helmar - Summer

So, if you don't like your lettering then please join me every Sunday for some lettering practice, 
writing is an art style, 
the only thing you have to do, 
to get better at it...
is to practice!

Here is my latest wall hanging, I am sure you know the drill by now. If you want to see the video for creating this, then please hop over to the Frosted Design's blog and while you are there, you can leave me a comment...hint,

I'd love to enter all my hand written signs into the Moxie Fab World's
but this is my newest one so I will enter "Advice from a mountain."

Friday, April 25, 2014

Helmar - Today is a new day....

I teamed up my Susan K. Weckesser papers and Unity stampsHelmar glues and threw in a dash of Frosted Designs Kits to create this cute little quote book.

Here's a quick slideshow to show you the process, if you need any step out instructions then please pop over to the Helmar blog :)

entering my little quote booklet in:
Unity Stamp Company -Be Inspired
I was inspired by the colors

It's the week-end, anyone got any plans?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Elderbeary shout outs!

This has been one of my most fun experiences in life, painting one of the huge bear sculptures that will be auctioned off to raise money for charity. My main sponsor, Meals on Wheels has been a delight to work with and I want to say thank you for picking me to paint your bear! I am honored!!

I also want to thank another sponsor who stepped up and made this project affordable and easy, Deco Art Inc. I don't know what I would have done without your help! They supplied all my paints and it was definitely appreciated!

I also want to mention that the Multi Surface Satins were exceptional to use, they went on creamy smooth and were easy to blend out. I had other artists in the same building who came over to check out my paints because my paints were doing so much better than the acrylics they were using. Notes were taken as to the paints I had chosen and I bet next year more Deco Arts Multi Surface paints will be used on the bears! These are the colors I used:

I also want to thank a few friends who sent me some products of their own who helped in ways I bet they didn't know when they sent me their gifts:

First, a shout out to the washi tape loving Tamiko McCurry who sent me loads of washi tape ( I never had used the stuff before and was delighted at how it helped with the lettering. ) I stretched out the washi tape and was able to write on it too in order to correctly space my words. It peeled right out afterwards with no damage to the paint!

I also want to thank Yvonne Armitage for sending me a pen, that literally saved my life with the small details of the Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. If I had to do the fine lines with a paint brush, well, I think I would have given up. I had plenty of odd looks from my fellow artists when I used a ball point pen too, lol but it worked like a dream! I had one artist ask to use it on her bear but it didn't work on her chalky acrylic paint, so another shout out goes up for the Deco Art Multi Surface Satin paints!! 

I could not have finished my bear without the help from everyone involved

Here is a slide show presentation of the bear's creation.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Color separation

A traditional photographic process of separating artwork into component films of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in preparation for printing to ultimately create a full-color printed product. Recent computer innovations have obviated the need for separated film negatives in certain applications.


I just LOVE this house stamp by Susan K. Weckesser called Heartfelt Warmth and just about use it on everything, seriously, it's that cute!!

I used the same ink that I stamped with to "re-color" the flower as the original blue did not match. The design on the house came from the Grandma's Needlepoint stamp and instead of using an acrylic block I just held it in with my fingers so I could press the end of the stitches onto the house instead of drawing bricks or something like that.

I love the embossed ink and the tiny sentiment which I printed out, then cut out, inked the sides and doodled along the edges before gluing them down. The striped twine just adds a little more whimsy to the tag.

entering my house stamp tag into:
Simon Monday Challenge - Big Stamp

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
DecoArtĀ® 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
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.