Saturday, January 20, 2018

Introducing the Master of Mixed Media and Layering that is Sandi Spink

Hello Everyone
Where has this week gone - I was suppose to have introduce Sandi to you all on Thursday,  but I seem to have lost a couple of days sitting on the floor sorting out boxes of chipboard, cutting 100's of pieces from our new release collection and doing up  heaps of prize packs ready to give away. More about that later on this month. Not to mention that it has been over 40 degrees C here in Adelaide for the past 3 days and again today. Which for anyone on the other side of the world is over 100 degree F. Just plain too hot to do too much. Anyway no more complaining.
Back to the amazing and super talented Sandi.
I think I have met Sandi - once, but I have know her for a few years now. She lives in country SA near the coast in a beautiful country town.
Not only is she another super talented all around scrapbooker, Sandi is an amazing photographer and shares some of her work on facebook.

 I just love the ones she took at her local beach.

I asked Sandi to put together a bit of a Bio about herself.

Sandi is a mum of 2 daughters and Nana of 2 beautiful grandchildren and her day job is working with children at an Early Learning Centre in Millicent. Craft has always been a huge part of her life, everything from knitting, sewing and crocheting , bear design and making just to name a few. Encouraged by a friend she started scrapbooking about 8 yrs ago but was talked into entering challenges around 5yrs ago. Since her children have moved out on their own she now has a cr...aft room that has been overtaken over by scrapbooking supplies.Sandi says that being a Design Team member is her opportunity to share her creative flair to not only challenge herself but develop techniques and provide others with the inspiration to think outside of the box. Whenever possible she take on the opportunity to attend workshops of a range of scrapbooking artists to develop her skills and learn about new products. As a very keen photographer there are lots of photos to scrap, any excuse to scrap she reckons so when going camping, the scrapbooking supplies and cameras are packed first; scrapbooking with her camping buddy ‘Scramping’ is one of Sandi's favourite past times.
 I can just picture Sandi in a tent scrapbooking on a card table by candle light late into the night. 
Sandi's scrapbooking shows she is a master of the mixed media art, she confidently uses lots of strong colours, layers upon layers and lots of elements on her projects

Just look at this layout, so much on the page, but the important bit - the photo is still the focus. A beautiful grungy layout and an excellent example of Sandi's work

This project is amazing, Sandi gave me only one photo of her project and I was intrigued as to how she did it. I went back through her blog until I found the post were she featured this as her Imaginarium Designs project. It is a page that Sandi created in her handmade journal book. She used Lindys Stamp Gang spays, a black watercolour pencil, book pages and a selection of our chipboard Alpha's.

 You can see the chipboard Alphas in the background.

Sandi glued the chipboard Alpha randomly onto her journal page then covered each one with torn book pages using a matte transparent medium. Once it had dried, Sandi sprayed ink into a palette and using a water spray bottle and a large water brush, added the sprayed ink onto the pages in layers. She dried each layer as she went along. Sandi's journal page is a double page and is segmented using a black watercolour pencil and shading the lines with a bit of water to create the eight sections you can see. Very cleverly done as when I first saw the photo, that's what I thought Sandi had done, 8 little panels joined together, so it wasn't until I found the post she did showing this project, that I found out it was a double page and the "panels" were put on after.

Sandi used a  honeycomb die from Tim Holtz to cut out her photo. she covered the hexagon shapes out of our Honeycomb chipboard and Loolabelles' nested hexagons to compliment the photo shape. The title 'Got the travel bug' and 'oh yeah' were painted with acrylic paint

I love this layout of Sandi's. The way she has layered up all her elements is a lesson is the art of adding a heap of bits and pieces and making it all work. I just love the drips and splatters along with her background. All Sandi needed to do was add the perfect title and photo to finish.

This layout shows how two elements can work on one layout. The space around each one helps to make them pop off the page. Sandi has used another one of her beautiful photos for this layout and a perfect phrase.

While looking through Sandi's blog for the information I needed for her journal page, I came across this one. I love the simplicity of this layout. Sandi used Lindy's stamp gang spray inks for her background. A stamp from Fiona Paltridge complements out chipboard Feather.
The arrow chipboard Sandi  covered with Silver Vera Color ink and then embossed with Tinby Metallic Melts.

The piechart chipboard was coated with the blue Lindy's spray which Sandi had left to dry out considerably in a palette to concentrate the colour and make it thicker to paint with.
As you can see, there is a lot to Sandi's creative style, I look forward eagerly to seeing what Sandi creates for us this year.
Please feel free to leave a personal message for Sandi to welcome her back to our team for 2018
I will be introducing another talent design team member tomorrow.
See you soon

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