Thursday, June 8, 2017

Denim Journal Cover

  Today I have a recycled denim journal cover I made using up some more of my old denim jeans. To check out more great tutorials head over to the Helmar Creative team Blog


I cut the denim fabic into pieces and sewed the leg of the jeans and the back pocket together to make one long length. I then ironed it flat so you get a nice seam. 


Then figure out how big you want your journal to be. Mine ended up being about 9 inch high x 6 inch wide. I wanted to keep the pocket on the front so that I could store pens in it.

Using the Helmar Fabric Glue spread it over the cardboard and press it on to the fabric. Smoothing it as you go. My denim is a bit stretchy so this was tricky but if you glue it bit by bit you will get it to work.


I cut the corners on the inside folding it over so it makes it neat and then put the  Helmar Fabric Glue on the fabric edges. Fold over onto the cardboard on the inside. Working the corners in neatly as you go.

 

I then grabbed some card stock and cut it to size. Using the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue I glued it to the inside, to cover up the edges of the fabric and make it neat. 



I threaded some of my paper beads on to some hat elastic and tied it in a knot so it fit around my journal. Then I can just thread my letter journals onto the elastic. I will be able to put a few in this. I will make a note book and a few blank journals for the inside so I have a all in one journal to suit me. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :) 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Crocheted daisies and a bag..

 This is a project I did for the Helmar Creative Team if you would like to see more details pop over to the Helmar Creative Team Blog
Well I have done crochet a lot over the years and thought I would crochet some flowers and decorate a bag for my pens. 



So the first thing I did using the Youtube tutorial from Happy Berry Crochet was crocheted three flowers. I just stopped the video and crocheted along with her. Don't you love Youtube.


I needed a bag to pop my pens in that will go in my handbag. So thought I would make one. You could skip this step and decorate any bag you have but I have a bag full of zippers a friend gave me, so it was nice to use one.  I made a triangular bag at a class a while ago when I went to a craft expo. It was much simpler to do a rectangular one. For the sizing, I just grabbed my pens and made it longer than that so they fit and thought it turned out ok. I was quite happy with my little bag.



So after my bag was sewn together. I grabbed my Helmar Fabric Glue and some buttons and glued the buttons in the center of my flowers. 


Then I popped some Helmar Fabric Glue on the back of my flowers and glued them to the top right hand side of my bag, pressing firmly. 


Of course you don't have to make the bag you could easily decorate anything with the same method. On a t-shirt would be cute or a headband. I hope I have given you some ideas to decorate something easily with Helmar Fabric Glue. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helmar art journal cover

Over on the Helmar Creative Team page I created an art journal. I  have been joining in with Rae Missigmans doing the Art Marks 30 Day Challenge Rae announced during the week that she is doing another challenge in March so a whole new set of prompts.  So I needed a new art journal for the new challenge. So it was time to make another one.


First I grabbed my craft knife and cutting mat and cut my cardboard. So my cover ended up being 
8 1/2 inches ( 21.5 cm) by 5 1/5 inches (13.97 cm).


I used the cardboard backing that was with my paper. The cardboard is quite sturdy and I cut it in half. So that meant it was the perfect size for my book. The paper I use is Monte Marte Watercolour paper and has 30 sheets so I will get 2 books of 30 pages so it works out so well and the paper holds up to sewing really well. I punched holes 4 cm in from each inside edge. I spread Gesso over the cardboard and then painted with my palette knife. I used a stencil to add some details and interest.

I then placed some book and dictionary papers together with a bit of plasterers tape and tacked it together with some Helmar Tacky Craft Glue to hold. I added a little paint over the paper, so it matched in to the background. Let that dry a bit, then I sewed with my sewing machine in a zig zag motion. Add this to the cardboard cover on the background with the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue


Then on the inside I thought I would add some interest with some painted desk papers that I use to cover my desk when I paint. 


So I drew around it and cut it to size.


Then I spread the inside cover with the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Glue with the paint and glue spreader. I also added the Helmar Decoupage and Craft Glue to the back of the painted underpapers and used the paint and glue spreader to remove any excess glue and bubbles so I get a nice smooth finish.
I used some Payne's grey Decoart paint on the edges.


I then cut my watercolour papers to size and using the cover as a guide I punched the holes to suit and added the rings

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Friday, February 10, 2017

5 days of Art Marks...

For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. Rae gives you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and there is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine. 

From day 11 I have been doing my daily pages on Periscope I am @sandybeached  if you would like to follow me there and catch me live. Make sure to say hi would love to chat to you while I art. Its been fun and I have joined a periscope group called Little Deb's Creative crew were we do art live one after the other for 12 hours on Saturdays. 
I am on Saturday from 8pm to 9 pm EST or in Australia it is Sunday at 12 midday. 


Day 10 Criss cross.
 Some doodling to make flowers. Book paper and lace with a bit of sewing just fun stuff. 


Day 11, Lines.
I used Decoart paints and a TCW stencil by Ronda Palazzari what a fun stencil dots lines and squiggles. I added a doily and doodling.


Day 12, Puddles.
 I sewed around and around the circles to make puddles of sewing. I also did some drips and splashes. Catch the replay on Periscope at http://bit.ly/2ktqNnn


Day 13, Patterns. 
I used 2 TCW stencils and Decoart paints.


Day 14, Dashes.
 Live on periscope, this was just so ugly but hey its practice and I kept layering and adding colour till I went ok that's enough time to work on the next one..

Linking this up with the talented artists over at  Paint Party Friday.
Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Rings and Chevrons...


I made this journal with rings at the side in a class a few years ago and have never used it. I thought this would be perfect for this challenge, as I can pull the pages out to work on them separately. For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. You kind of have to decide what kind of marks you like to make so look through previous journal pages and see what your marks are. Rae does give you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and the is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine.


Day 8 Rings
Decoart Americana Paints and used a inner of a cardboard roll to make the rings with some black Gesso. I used the Ronda Palazzari stencil to make the tiny circle marks and the little marks that look like tiny camera's.
Day 9 Chevron
Love the grungy look of this one using an Andy Skinner stencil to add the numbers words and chevrons. 

I am up to day 20 and have been having fun doing them live on periscope so if you would like to catch me on periscope live or watch a replay check out my page here.

Linking this up with Paint Party Friday 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gridded and Dozens...

I made this journal with rings at the side in a class a few years ago and have never used it. I thought this would be perfect for this challenge, as I can pull the pages out to work on them separately. For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. You kind of have to decide what kind of marks you like to make so look through previous journal pages and see what your marks are. Rae does give you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and the is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine.
Day 6 Gridded 
Using my stencils that I cut out of cardboard I stenciled the shaped on with  DecoArt Americana acrylics. I then sewed a grid pattern with my sewing machine. I really like the grungy look of the black and white Gesso. 

Day 7 Dozens
Added a butterfly from a Kaisercraft stamp set on top of some painted dictionary paper. Added the quote stamp from Tim Holtz on top of some Gesso so it would stand out. The main card I thought I would do 12 marks of everything so 12 triangles 12 dashes and also the number 12 to go with the prompt of dozens. Adding splatters is always fun. 

Have a great day 
Vicki-Ann :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

More than one...

I made this journal with rings at the side in a class a few years ago and have never used it. I thought this would be perfect for this challenge, as I can pull the pages out to work on them separately. For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. You kind of have to decide what kind of marks you like to make so look through previous journal pages and see what your marks are. Rae does give you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and the is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine. 


Day 5, More than one.
I used the cut out pieces of the cardboard stencils and glued them on to my page to add some dimension. Why would I waste fabulous shapes that were already cut out. The mini pomegranate stencil by Balzer Designs is under the quote. 


I like the way as the card was black that the white gesso kind of sat on top and made it look so textured. These colours were all from the new colour range in 2016 from Decoart. I can't wait for this years colours to come out they look terrific but know these colours will always be some of my favourites to work with. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :) 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Just three...

I made this journal with rings at the side in a class a few years ago and have never used it. I thought this would be perfect for this challenge, as I can pull the pages out to work on them separately. For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. You kind of have to decide what kind of marks you like to make so look through previous journal pages and see what your marks are. Rae does give you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and the is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine. 

Day 4, Just 3 
Decoart Americana paints and marks with spots and lines with pens and stamping with a small Prima stamp. I like the way this looks kind of weathered. 


I decided to make some stencils with a craft knife. I cut out these half circles some squares and triangles. I figured that I wanted some simple shapes to work with for this challenge and that I could cut them out myself. I just used the cardboard that my coffee capsules com in. 



The best thing about these stencils there is no cleaning and that with the added layers of paint they seem to be just getting stronger.
Have a great day 
Vicki-Ann :)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Art Marks 30 Day Challenge

I made this journal with rings at the side in a class a few years ago and have never used it. I thought this would be perfect for this challenge, as I can pull the pages out to work on them separately. For this challenge Rae would like you to make marks. You kind of have to decide what kind of marks you like to make so look through previous journal pages and see what your marks are. Rae does give you a sheet to download with some of her marks she likes to use and the is another page to download with the prompts for the 30 days. 
I have given myself another mini challenge to sew on all 30 pages with my sewing machine. 

This is my cover I might change this at the end to look more like something I would do.. 
I have used all Decoart Americana paints on my pages and I am loving trying out different colour combinations.

Day 1, Petal-like
I thought with the prompt of petal I kind of drew some petals like they had dropped off the flowers.

Day 2, Needlework
I used my hand carved stamps for this one and added some circles of scrapbook paper. 

Day 3, Concentric
Cut circles of dictionary paper and added a quote

I am very late linking this up with Paint Party Friday but am going to pop around and check out what people have been up to this last week. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Letter Journals

I thought I would show you what I have been working on since September last year when I joined a facebook group for letter journals. It's been fun and I have met so many fabulous people. I joined this group and when I did I thought everything I do I am just going to have fun with. No pressure just fun stuff and I really have had some fun. Some letter journals have themes but the ones I love the most are just the free style ones that I can just paint what I feel like on the day. So here are some samples of the work I have done in the 5 letter journals that I have done so far. I love my Decoart Acrylic paints and think that shows up in my letter journals.

These are the 5 filled letter journals that I have filled with some lovely art work from all over Australia, America and Canada. 

The following art is all mine that I have either done in my letter journals before sending them off or in other people's letter journals. 

I made my own stickers with my printer and joined them up with some fun pen work.



Think this one is my favourite cover of a letter journal.




The theme to this one was inspirational quotes.




Spring themed letter journal.


I had these numbers on my desk from a Typo bag it was a bingo card so I cut them up and collaged them on. 


Flower theme.


Painted some gum tree flowers for an Australian themed letter journal

I really enjoy this group and can see me getting quite a collection over the next year. I am currently in 3 more letter journal groups one international and 2 Australian. There is a maximum of 4 people in the group and it takes a few months for the international ones to get posted around. 

Linking this up with Paint Party Friday.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)