Friday, April 20, 2018

3 Paintings from my Classwork: Ursula Wollenberg Kara Bullock

HOWDY from SPRING BEAUTY at the ranch!!!

I was indeed privileged to participate in a
fabulous class given by Ursula Wollenberg.
It was Mix Your Mediums through 

You know what???
I have always wanted to be able to
paint like Ursula. I sooo admire her artwork. 

Here are 3 paintings I did while following
her teaching in the class. Not anywhere
near her wonderful talent but...
it's a start!!! 

This is my prima ballerina granddaughter. 

This is my beautiful oldest granddaughter.

It's fun to go beyond your comfort zone and try new things.

If you have been wondering where I have been...
I was commissioned to paint 4'x5' painting for 
a big company of their new building with a
reflection of their old building in the water.  
Whew - it was a challenge!
Hope to share it soon. 

Love to you all and a big thank you to Ursula! Xj.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY Canvas - Abstract Blue Heart

Abstract Blue Heart 24"x36" canvas...
 shared to wish you a  

Just wanting to let you all know that you
always capture my heart with your love, 
encouragement and creativity. 

Lots of changes this year in my artsy world.
I rather think that my artsy heart looks 
like the one I painted with empty spaces.

It's all good though... it will give me more
time to finish some commission pieces
on order and do some creating for fun!

Here are some extra pics of the process. 

It's difficult to tell from the photos but lots of
shimmer, lustre and glitter were requested!

It went to a good home and they kindly sent this picture!

I have loved seeing all your WONDERFUL
Valentine's artwork. Thank you for making
it such a "LOVEly" week/month! Xj.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Big Eyed Owl Watercolor Card: Oddball Art, DecoArt

Howdy from Joi@RR!

This project was done on a 8 x 10 watercolor paper.

I have been in love with DecoArt Metallic Lustre
paints for a long time. In this project I am 
using them as watercolors - so fun!! 

Add your paints randomly for your background.

When dry... cover front and back of your paper with 
Matt Medium. It will protect your background
and help keep your paper from curling.

When your paper is dry, trace your
image using Americana Transfer Paper.

Paint your image.
This is completely done with Metallic Lustres.

After the Lustre was dry, I added Translucent White
Fluid Acrylics to make the feathers more intricate.
 I also added Carbon Black for the edges and eyes. 

In this photo you can see some of the 
INCREDIBLE Metallic Lustre Shimmer.

Products Used: 

DecoArt Products

Dynasty Brushes
Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pen
Image: Oddball Art Co.
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Accent Paper: Jillibean Soup: Irish Farm House

The digi image "Kawaii Big Eyed Owl" is from: 

Oddball Art Co. is the home of Lizze Love creations.
Lizzie Love is the perfect combination of sweet 
and sour that glitters up the grunge. 
There is a GREAT and WONDERFUL variety
of anything from original artwork to creative
images for you on the site. So fun!!!

This project is inspiration for the Jan. 30
challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

ENTER your project HERE:

Would love to see you there...
from cards to mixed media  - all projects welcome!

 This weeks prize: 
3 digi-stamps from Oddball Art Co.

~ ~ ~
Thanks bunches for letting me
perch with you for awhile!  Xj.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ABSTRACT GRUNGY FLOWERS, Inktense, Pattie's Creations, TTCRD

Howdy from Joi@RR!
I've been "Thinking of You"!

This project was done on a 18 x 24 wrapped canvas.

Step by Step Instructions 

Just have fun spreading your paint and making 
a background that makes you feel happy!
I used white gesso combined with
DecoArt fluid acrylics and spray misters.

Finished background. 

Add your digi-images with Matte Medium. 

My digi was only half of the flower so I 
printed multiples, cut and paste to make full flowers!
I love it that digi-images are so versatile. 

Do a wash (add some water to your gesso)
over the entire canvas. This makes your
image blend nicely with your background. 

After the canvas is totally dry, add Texture
Sand paste to the inside of your flowers.

Using a pallet knife add modeling paste - 
helter skelter - to the petals of your flowers.

Outline all your images with charcoal. 
I used Derwent Inktense Blocks but you
could use any type of product to outline. 
I was going for a grungy abstract look!

Continue painting - adding white gesso, translucent
white fluid acrylics until you get the "look" you desire.

Trace your sentiment with DecoArt Transfer Paper
and paint with Carbon Black paint.

Below you see the sentiment ready for tracing
as well as some of the left over flowers
that were not needed to make the "whole". 

Here's a close-up look at the grungy texture.

Products Used: 

Lots of DecoArt products

Dynasty Brushes
Derwent Inktense Blocks

The digi image "Thinking of You" is from: 

Pattie's Creations is the home of Pattieboop
and Allie CAT creations.  There are 
lots of wonderful images in Pattie's shop.

This project is inspiration for the Jan. 16
challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

ENTER your project HERE:

Would love to see you there...
from cards to mixed media  - all projects welcome!

 This weeks prize: 
3 digi-images from Pattie's Creations.

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Thanks bunches for stopping by!  Xj.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

NEW YEAR INSPIRATIONS... Jan/Feb Through the Craft Room Door Magazine

HOWDY... from Joi@RR!

It's 2018 - WOW.
How about starting your artsy new year off with:
Through the Craft Room Door Magazine.
It's the first issue of the year!!!

Just sharing a glimpse of my design 
for this fabulous Jan/Feb publication.

You can find the magazine here

 There are over a 100 pages of great ideas, tutorials, craft hints and photos. It is only $18 for a year.  Pretty awesome!!! 

Subscribe HERE!  

No - I promise - I don't make money if you subscribe. 
I just enjoy the magazine and the fun of designing. 
 You can contribute too if you love to create! 

Click here for the submission guidelines. 

Hoping you see my tutorial in this Jan/Feb edition of 

 to each one of you.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

TIME to Step into 2018!

Happy New Year from Joi@RR!

Stepping out of 2017 time into 2018...
just like the White Rabbit might have done
in your Wonderland dreams!!! 

This project was done on a 8 x 8 wood disc by Walnut Hollow.

Step by Step Instructions 

Using a compass, place some circles where you
would like your clock to go. Then using Matt Medium
place your digi image onto your substrate. 

Put your stencil in place and cover with crackle paste.
This stencil is "Made to Measure" by DecoArt/Andy Skinner. 

So fun to see the crackle when dry!!! 

Between the clock numbers add Texture Sand Paste. 
This will help add dimension to your clock so
it appears your image is stepping though. 

After the texture is totally dry, mask your clock
and rabbit before stamping your background. 
Stamp Set: Little Yellow Bicycle: Banners

Begin painting your project. 

You can add a few more paper pieces if desired. 
Here are some Wonderland type items that
were added to the background - inside the clock.

Continue painting, add gloss varnish and 
it's finished! 

Products Used: 
Lots of DecoArt Media products
Dynasty Brushes
Stamps and Stencil listed above

The digi image "Winnie Wonderland I'm Late" is from: 

Polkadoodles has inspirational papercrafts and
 designs as well as a challenge blog. 

This project is inspiration for the Jan. 2
challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

ENTER your project HERE:

Would love to see you there...
from cards to mixed media  - all projects welcome!

 This weeks prize: 
3 digi-stamp vouchers from Polkadoodles.

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Believing you have started of your travels
though 2018 in a 'timely' fashion!  Xj.