Tuesday, 25 April 2017

3D STICKERS - a Gina Ahrens Design Team Challenge

For April our challenge was 'stickers' and boy, oh boy!!!...I was giving myself a hard time of trying to think of what to do. It would of been so easy to make stickers if I only ownered a sticker making machine...lol...well, I think I came up with the solution and ended up putting together some 3D stickers using Ginas words from her stamps and digi downloads...the end result...fabulous stickers!

These would be great to pop into a happy mail for someone or to use in your art projects and if you don't own a die cutting machine, you can always cut shapes by hand and still end up with some awesome stickers.



Once I had made the 3D stickers I used some of them for the front of my cards/notes that I send to people in my swaps or thank you notes....

Thanks for stopping by, Have a Great Day!

Thursday, 20 April 2017


I've been playing catch up with the April prompts for the facebook group My Year 2017. The prompt for this month is Crayons, Pencils and Markers. I had been picking out some inspirational artists to also learn more about during my months but after having a not so good health start to the month, I ended up finding inspiration from the teachers in the group.

My introductory page was a rather simple layout where I used paint markers, and some watercolour pencils which was quite appropriate for this month.The sticker labels were already on the page from my intial start to my journal. A quick video of the process is below...

My next page was from inspiration I found from Cindy Utter. Cindy put out a challenge awhile ago where she said to use your colouring books to make a page. So after I coloured in a few flowers and cut the out. I used a matt gel medium to collage them onto my journal page.
This was fun and the page turned out lovely.
The process can be seen in the video below...

Below is the still picture...

My final catch up layout was inspired by Jeri Bellini another one of the teachers in the facebook group. This was a fun experiment where I melted crayons, something which I had been wanting to do for such a long time. I did leave a fair bit of space on this layout so I can fill it in later with some journaling (writing). Process video is below.

and this is a picture before I added my journalling. I liked leaving the melted crayons on the card and placing it in a clear plastic bag. It ended up roughly the size of an ATC, which gave me more inspiration to actually make some ATC's out of this method.

Thanks very much for dropping by and Have a good day!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Art Journal Page

I have been making quite a few crafty things in the past couple of weeks so I thought it was time to get some paint on my fingers again. This is where I made an art journal page and using a decorated envelope that was sent to me and putting layers after layer on the pages to get an effect I was happy with. I cut the envelope up in to a couple of flowers. Hope you enjoy!

Here are a couple of pictures of the final layout.

Have a Great Day!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Altered Paper clips with SAYINGS...

I was asked by a fellow Youtuber to show my process for making my altered paper clips with the sayings on them. It is a very simple process and the end result is very lovely. They can be used in junk journals or on any other journals as an added decoration.

The background has a slap of paint on it, then is stamped on using stazon in. Then a border of faux stitching using a sharpie pen. It is then put together using hot glue and a small shaped heart or circle on the back to cover any unsightly glue.

The whole process video can be viewed below, enjoy!

Have a great day!!!

Monday, 3 April 2017

FLOW-ISH JOURNALS are addictive!!

Recently I joined a swap at our Australian Art Swap Group on facebook where we had to put together a flow-ish Journal. I absolutely love putting these together as it gives me a chance to use up a lot of papers and items I have been hoarding. A flow-ish journal is based on the Flow magazines and books with the intent that everything inside can be pulled out and used by another person in their own art works or projects.

Below are a few pictures and videos of me showing you through the ones I have put together. Once I start one, I seem to want to keep making them. Todate, I think I have put together at leadt five of these types of journals and sent them to friends and swap partners.

This Flow-ish journal is the one I made for the swap. The cover was a real estate guide booklet and I decided to decorate it, to make it look a little prettier. It is full of patterned papers, die cuts, tissue paper, handmade envelopes and pockets filled with odds and ends, that I thought the recipient would get some sort of use out of in their art projects.

This is a video of the flip through for it...showing you how I decorated the cover and also some of the items I placed inside.

The pictures below show the second flow-ish I put together straight after making the one above. I had all the items out, so why not keep going and put another one together. I do find it a very relaxing process.

 A couple of pictures showing the inside of some pages.

The cover for this flow-ish I left as is. This was a childs book that was ready to be binned and I managed to save the cover. The cover was the only thing not ripped or torn. I like the cover a great deal as this is a spin-off of the original children story 'The old lady that swallowed a fly'. This story is the Australian version called 'There was an old Lady who swallowed a mozzie'...I still keep laughing everytime I say it...lol

If you'd like to see the video of me showing you through it, it is below...

I can see myself making a few more of these flow-ish journals and sending them as happy mail or a RAK.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

ART DOLLS - wire

This is an awesome project and I'm not sure when I will actually be finished them. These art dolls are made from wire to which I have glued scrap strips of paper and other bits n pieces to them such as laces, flowers, altered jigsaw puzzle pieces, beads and anything else that was floating around my table from other finished projects.

On the back of this one, I glued a layered fabric flower that I received from a swap last year.I used it to give her a bussle.

   The two below are still works in progress as I find myself still adding scrap pieces to them.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Altered Junk Mail - Art Journal

 There was a recent swap being held in our Australian Swap Group on facebook where we had to alter junk mail for our partner. So, when I received an information booklet for Bowel Cancer, I decided to use that as my project, after reading through it, of course!

 This is a picture of the booklet, I used.

To start with, I pasted a heap of patterned papers, gelli prints and scrap papers to each page mainly to cover up most of the wording and a few of the pictures related to the content of the booklet..This was very therapeutic and a relaxing process. Posted below are a few of the pages after I finished gluing on some of the scrap papers.

I then decided to pretty up the front of the altered junk mail and do the front cover, as you can see in the picture below.

If you prefer to see the whole process of the front cover you can view it by watching the video below.

                                                 Hope you enjoy! Have a Great Day !

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Latest layout for My Year 2017

The prompt for My Year 2017 in March is 'trash and make it pretty'...so I am putting a little spin on this months prompt and also adding the style of retro with it. Really not sure how I'm going to go with this style but I am definitely going to give it my best try. Just like everything dealing with art, it is in the artists own interpretation of it, so this is what I've come up with...

This is my introductory page in my Year 2017 Journal. I have tried doing my page using some of the geometric images. Not sure if this is ever going to grow on me...lol...but I gave it a shot.

My first layout in my journal was what I would call a rather 'plain' page but at least with this one, I actually like the outcome. Using the bright blue as a background, although, rather plain, seemed to set the tone for the rest of the page.

You can view the process of my pages in the following videos...
This is my intro page...

and my first page layout here...

Thank you and Have a great day!! Wendy xox

Friday, 10 March 2017

#oopsadaisyhop - Scrap embellishments

I had the pleasure of psrticipating in a video hop on youtube that was hosted by Peg Robinson. The theme for the hop was Oops-a-daisy....

#oopsadaisyhop According to www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/ups-a-daisy.html
The form in which it is now most commonly spoken and spelled is 'oops-a-daisy'. The first known printed record of any form of the term is in Clough Robinson's The dialect of Leeds and its neighbourhood, 1862: Upsa daesy! a common ejaculation when a child, in play, is assisted in a spring-leap from the ground. Encouragement as some may call it. We as members of The YouTube art community proudly present our Oops-a-daisy videos as  a stepping off point for you. After watching the video above, hop to the next artists’ video by clicking on the first link below. Watch each video & continue to click on the first link below the video. You will know you have viewed all of the videos when you return to the first video you viewed! Happy Hopping!

I decided to work with pieces of scrap papers from patterned paper to gelli prints and other scrap pieces to make them into layered embellishments that could be used on tags, cards or even in art journal pages. I really enjoyed doing this technique of layering bits of torn paper on top of each other to make these embellishmnets. Hope you enjoy the video... xox

and a still shot of the layered embellishment tags below:

Thursday, 9 March 2017

My work in An Aussie Traveling Journal

Today, I remembered I had not blogged and shown pictures of my work in Deb's Pinterest Inspired Journal. I found working on the loose pages rather relaxing and after spending hours and then a few more hours going through the pictures on Pinterest, I finally found some inspiration from a few pictures. Mainly a couple that I had wanted to try for a few months and then another that kind of jumped out at me and said..."Do Me!...Do Me !...lol...and of course, I did.

This is the front of the folded page with a saying "Believe You Can". The background, I have used different colours of gellatos as well as a couple of distress paint dabbers. I have done a little bit of stenciling and some stamping. Placed a slither of washi tape along the bottom of the page which gives my little angel girl something to stand on...heehee

My angel girl has been made from a left over gelli print and her legs from black cardboard and drawing  the lines on with a white paint marker. I have painted her face on the page and used a piece of one of my grandsons painting for the wings. I think she turned out pretty cool. I used a credit card to put the black paint markings on the page for added detail.

                                                             "Believe You Can"

When the page is opened this is the center layout, below. I started by laying down some bright coloured paints so when I blocked out the background colours, those colours would show through the images I had drawn. For the flower heads, I used a gelli print and I drew on the stems. The leaves were also cut from a gelli print. I used some flower stamps at the bottom of the page and went over them with a black gel pen and some highlights with a white signo pen. I drew the shape of the raindrops and the background colours can be seen through them. Pretty cool effect, I think.

                                          "You can't make a rainbow without alittle rain"

I was very happy with the outcome of this page and found that I actually like doing this 'blocking' technique and having the colourful background showing through my doodles.

The last half page was my cute little birdie. My inspiriational birdie was actually a lot brighter in colour than mine but I thoroughly enjoyed working through this process. I started with the brightly painted background and then some stenciling and stamping. I lightly drew the little birdie and then tried my hand at dry brushing the colour to fill him. A drawn little crown on his head and he was complete. I was very inspired by the one I found on Pinterest, that I can see myself trying my hand at this one again sometime. I used a white signo to highlight around the little bird and his wings and called it complete.

                                                     "Life Is An Adventure"

 So,there you go, I think you will be pleased with my contribution Deb, I had a lot of fun, especially trying to work out how it had been done in the first place. Thoroughly enjoyed this process in Deb's Journal. Thank you all and hope you enjoy! xox Wendy

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Artist Trading Cards (ATC)

It was time to have a play around and make some Artist Trading Cards. I was using the small canvas boards that a lovely person had gifted to me. I started by placing a layer of paint down using my paint dabbers. Then proceeded to do some stamping on each canvas board and on top of the stamping, I had fun with a touch of stenciling. I wanted to use up some of the scraps of paper and other items I had floating around on my desk, so on each ATC, I put some ripped paper, some fiber and a small saying of sorts. Then individually added some fibers, buttons and shapes such as a heart and circles.

Here are some pictures of the final results:




They turned out pretty cool considering they have been made from bits and pieces of materials I had floating around my desk.

                                                      HAVE A GREAT DAY!!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Letter Journal Layouts

Here are some of my recent Letter Journal layouts I've done...

This was for an unthemed Lj

This was also an unthemed Lj...and I found inspiration for this layout from Pinterest...

This letter journal was themed Retro and was a lot of fun to make...

A little human interest

I have thoroughly been enjoying getting inspiration from the infamous Banksy for the month of February and finding out all about Street Art and graffiti. So to wrap up my month I decided to do a bit of traveling around my home town/area and tape some street art. Just a little human interest video. Hope you enjoy! xox

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lady Love Angels

In the facebook group My Year 2017, for February, Jeri Bellini hosted a bonus project to make some paper heart dolls/angels. The idea was wonderful and I could not help myself when it came to thinking will I or won't I participate....lol..of course, I will...

I used a piece of background paper that was sent to me by Peggy Strong (Youtube) for the heart shaped body, some left over thin cardboard for the arms and legs and some gelli printed cardboard for the wings. The whole process can be viwed by clicking below.

And here is a still shot of the finished Lady Love Angels. The hair is made from a mop head I have been cutting strips from. I think they turned out rather cute.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Index Cards- Inspired by Banksy- Street Art

Making some index cards as part of a challenge from the facebook group MY YEAR 2017 by Cindy Utter. Cindy threw out a challenge to make some tags for February so I twerked the challenge to suit the style I was following in February and my inspirational artist for the month whom is Banksy.

I started using two normal index cards and two pieces of patterned card. On one index card I glued a brick work pattern and the left over piece I tore and glued to one of the cards. I then dabbed some Distress paint dabbers on them to put some colour on the back ground. From there I used a lead pencil, black gel pen, a white chalk pencil and white signo pen to add scribble on each of the cards. I also done some random stamping using a mixture of different stamps. On two of the index cards I also used stencils to add more interest to them.

The picture below shows the finished back grounds, which are all looking pretty cool...

Once I was happy with the back grounds, I hunted the internet finding some focal images to use on my grafitti wall background. Iprinted out a couple of images and placed them on the cards and then some finishing details of outlining the images using a black watercolour pencil.

My process video can be viewed here:

Then, I added my name in the form of a 'tag' and called my Banksy inspired street art index cards done.

 Hope you enjoy and thanks for staopping by xox Wendy xox