Thursday, July 21, 2016

1950 VOGUE - A Vintage Journey Guest Designer

Howdy from Texas on a 100 degree summer day.

All our ranch hands, summer 'Warriors' (interns), and hubby are out working in this heat. Whew. 

I'm quite thankful to be inside playing with 1950's Vintage Vogue!  But the colors used are definitely reflective of the Texas heat. 

How delighted I am to be a guest on A Vintage Journey is not up for debate... I am totally happy. :)   

Tracy has the theme of monochromatic which is something I have always enjoyed doing. It's such a fun challenge. 

Here is a glimpse at my creation. 

Go to A Vintage Journey... there is actually a photo of MY incredible face - eheheheheh!!! Go see!!!  

That's all for today except to send my love to you all.
Thanks bunches and bunches for stopping by.
Leave me a message if you have a minute to spare.

Hope you will hop on over to A Vintage Journey and leave me some love there too !!!  I would sure appreciate it :)  XXj.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

DecoArt Media Challenge: UNDER THE SEA

HOWDY from Joi@RR in Texas!

Hope you are having a great time creating your "Under the Sea" project for the DecoArt Media Challenge!!! It's soooo exciting.  I truly cannot wait to see your creations. 

Click HERE to enter the Under the Sea Round Up before August 12th! Then, find out on August 19, if you are the winner of the wonderful DecoArt gift card for products from our online store. 

As part of the DecoArt Media Design Team...
I am honored to take you to my little Under the Sea world.
It is a 16x20 painting on canvas board.

Have you ever  - literally - been under the sea?

I have not.  I've been in it but not under it!!! So when this challenge was announced my friend, Sonshine, sent me some links to help me find inspiration. She lives very near the ocean.

The photo below was taken in April 2006 by Lady Reefneck.
It says that these are called "zoanthids". 
After further research, it seems that there are lots of them under the sea in every shape and color imaginable. 

So I used Lady Reefneck's photo as my inspiration.

I began by just drawing a line to separate the sea from the zoanthids.

Then began adding colors for the sea. 

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Cerelean Blue, Translucent White and Prussian Blue Hue (one of my favorites!)

And of course, one must have texture under the sea!

I applied DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste with a knife. Seems like there just has to be some yummy sand texture in the ocean somewhere since it's on the shorelines :)

And lots of DecoArt Media Crackle Paste. 

Then begins the parade of vibrant DecoArt Media colors.
For the deep blue sea behind the zoanthids - Shimmering Turquoise Mister. And for the sand - Transparent Yellow Oxide.

The DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green was the perfect addition to the lumps and bumps of my ocean crackles. 

And here is the finished background...
go ahead - dive right in!!!!

Little by little I began drawing zoanthids and adding DecoArt Media Phthalo Turquoise to add depth to the water. 

Out came the LUSCIOUS DecoArt Metallic Lustres. 

And slowly the zoanthids began to come to life.

For me, every painting is all about the layers.  I like to see lots of depth of color and pattern.  After playing with the Metallic Lustres, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics were added again. 

Another layer to the green but this time with DecoArt Americana NEON Thermal Green.  Love that glow!!!

And how in the world could it be a Joi@RR Under the Sea wonderland without glitter??? 

I used the wonderful DecoArt Glamour Dust to add some dimension to the insides of the zoanthids. 

BUT... I also smeared glitter - with my fingers - all over the entire canvas.  Did my heart good to see ALL that FABULOUS sparkle. 

Here are close-ups where I'm hoping you can see some of the glittery bling that makes up a lot of the dimension in this painting. 

I'm not sure what these sweet little red creatures are in the upper corner. But they for sure needed something to make them pop.

Can you believe what I used???  
The DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint was perfect!
Definitely not just for cold weather projects!

And now, here are some more looks at the finished creation after adding DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish.

DecoArt Products Used: 

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Cerulean Blue
Translucent White
Phthalo Turquoise
Dairylide Yellow
Yellow Green Light
Prussian Blue Hue
Metallic Gold

DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream: Patina Green

DecoArt Media Misters:
Shimmering Yellow
Shimmering Turquoise

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Liquid Glass
DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish

DecoArt Metallic Lustre:
Rose Gold
Radiant Red
Cosmic Blue
Majestic Purple
Elegant Emerald
Brilliant Turquoise
Copper Kettle

DecoArt Americana Neon Thermal Green

DecoArt Glamour Dust:
Iced Crystal
Black Ice

DecoArt Traditions Glazing Medium

DecoArt Magic Brush & Stencil Cleaner

DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint

For those of you that have actually seen the beauty UNDER THE SEA... it must be an amazing adventure.  For me... I am quite happy just painting what 'could be' UNDER THE SEA!!!

Thanks bunches for exploring with me today.
It was a fun adventure.  
Hugs. j.  


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BEE... WHERE.... more signs at the ranch!!!

Hello dear artsy friends! 

Guess what???? 

We have now decorated the home of our bees at the ranch. 
The hive is called a top bar hive and it has 20 producing honeycombs inside plus a viewing window in the front.  

Thought you would enjoy a peek! 

There are two signs so lots of process photos.

Hubby made the center sign on cedar - a play on words...
Beware - Bee Where - the land flows with honey!!! 
Nothing is very "normal" at the ranch :)

And we added a bench so that guests can sit and look through the viewing window in comfort.  

The hive stands alone; prior to the additions of the signs! 
See - the viewing window is open.

This is what it looks like inside the viewing window.  This is not a good picture at all.  Much more interesting in person. 

And now.... on to the creating of the signs for our bees! 
What fun to play with so many different products!!

The signs are 2'x3' plywood. I began by painting them yellow. Then adding the words of the poem (written by me!), I traced it with DecoArt Americana Graphite Paper onto the board.  

Adding the bee family was fun... let me introduce you!!! 

The Nectar Collectors

The Nurse Bees

The Worker Bees

The Alarm Bees - sending out the banana smell. 

Using the Faber-Castell 101 Stencil Package - there was the perfect honeycomb and I began tracing with the Faber-Castell Raw Umber Big Brush Pitt Pen.  It took a while!!! 

The little bee characters have found their place.  The letters are done which was the hardest part for me. I painted each one with Decoart Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic - tedious. Now it's time to play with colors and textures.  

The honeycomb was painted with Transparent Yellow Oxide. 

Then came one of my favorite products: 
DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze. 

After the Crackle Glaze was totally dry, DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream highlighted the Crackle Glaze. 

Since the sign would be outside it seemed best to have an extra coat of protection by adding DecoArt Media Matte Medium. 

I added a bit of Metallic Lustre to the crackle - just couldn't resist!

And here are some more of the bee family members!!! 

Guard Bees!

Support Center Bees

And most important... THE QUEEN BEE.

Just had to add some DecoArt Media Liquid Glass to the wings!!! 

Bees have to have flowers... right? Right!! 
So, of course, I added a few with this cute ArtPlorations Bloom Factory Stencil with a Faber-Castell Black Big Brush Pitt Pen. 

Just because I love shimmer and bling I completely painted my flowers with DecoArt Metallic Lustre. 

Below, you can see a bit of the shimmer.


After again painting the wood yellow, I arranged the words to the second "poem" I wrote and then began tracing the letters. 

I hand drew the honey pots but I sure wish I would have made them bigger - oh well!

The scrolls were made from pages from an old Shakespeare book that had tanning to the pages. I wrapped them around a tiny dowel and glued.  The words are hand written. 

After added some Metallic Lustre to the book pages and then Crackle Glaze.  There is a close up later that shows you how the crackle glaze turned out.  After the glaze was dry - I enhanced it with Raw Umber Antiquing Cream.  

The words did not quite seem to show up enough from a distance so I used the WONDERFUL DecoArt Snow Writer.  Love the texture it added to the scrolls. 

Just kept working - adding colors and texture until the scrolls seemed to look vintage and readable. 

Here you can see the DecoArt Crackle Paste in the background. 

The finished sign is darker but this is a basic look!!

The DecoArt Media Liquid Glass was used in a number of ways. 
For the drips of honey as well as they yummy honey in the pot!

The HONEY DO'S are things that we can make from our honey!

This penny was to show you how huge the signs really are!

One last look at the fun crackle honey combs!!! 
Did I mention that I added some Metallic Lustre!!!???

Products Used: 

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints:
Cerulean Blue
Raw Umber
Prussian Blue Hue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide

DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream: Raw Umber

DecoArt Media Liquid Glass

DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze

DecoArt Media Matte Medium

DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint

DecoArt Americana Graphite Paper

DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:
Cadmium Yellow
True Blue
Bright Orange 

DecoArt Metallic Lustre:
Champagne Ice
Black Shimmer
Cosmic Blue
Copper Kettle
Radiant Red

Faber-Castell Big Brush PITT Artists Pens:
Black and Raw Umber

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft: 101 Stencils

ARTplorations Stencils: Bloom Factory

Hope you weren't too bored with all the photos. Using lots of different products is fun to share with you!

If need be, our bees could help us live off the land with so many products to be made from their work.  Right now we mostly just enjoy the honey, the honeycomb, candy and candles!

Thanks bunches for spending time with me. I always love having you here and sharing my little corner of the world!
Hugs, joi

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Excitedly entering the following challenges: 

Winged Things



Mixed Media Challenge
Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge