Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GENTLE Baylor BEAR on 4ft Canvas, DecoArt Media

Howdy from Baylor Bear territory in Texas!!!

Baylor graduates run in our family so you know that bear paintings are a must.  This time I was in the mood to paint a gentle bear instead of ferocious one!!

This acrylic painting is on a 4ft by 4ft square canvas. 

Using an Elegant Writer Pen, the face was the starting point. It's so much fun to play with these pens!

Just draw and dab with a cloth - the pen makes the color. For me, it's an easy way to just play until satisfied with the design of a face. Yes, I purposely did the nose crooked so my bear didn't look like all the other bears on the block!

Time to sketch in the ears. 

Instead of my usual Baylor Green/Gold colors, my favorite DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue made the background. 

The body of the bear would be in the shadows, so out came the DecoArt Media Carbon Black Mister.  I sprayed it on and used a brush to create texture.

Ahhh ohhhh - out comes the greens!!!  

Heheheh - go ahead - giggle at that face!!!!
It's hard for me to believe it too - this crazy looking face is underneath the finished one!! Layers upon layers is the secret to success here.

My goal was to get the green and gold colors shining out from underneath. They are actually...
 DecoArt Media Yellow Green Light, Phthalo Green Yellow Titanium White and Diarylide Yellow.

After the layers of base coats, the fast and free fun began. Using my long skinny Dynasty Brushes, in various sizes, I began helter-skelter streaks of color in every direction. Of course, in the end, the streaks have some semblance of order, but looking close - you can see the "fling"!!

Here are some close-ups!
From a distance it has an overall blue tone but close up you can see all the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of strokes of color. 

DecoArt Media Tinting Base and DecoArt Traditions Glazing Medium saved the day - making dozens of new hues for each DecoArt color used.

These photos show you some of the shimmer from the DecoArt Media Metallic Gold.

Products used.

Thanks bunches for your sweet support and love!! 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Project, Acrylic on Wood

Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. friends and Wishing a Peaceful Weekend to all the rest of my sweeties! 

I saw a similar heart online but there was no artist listed to give thanks to for the idea. I adapted it to make a gift for one of our ranch hands. 

The big discussion was which way the word 'Fun' should have been placed!! I like it as is but others say it should have been upside down like the other words. And so is the way of creativity - right???!!! 

Hubby put the wood slats together for me. I added a bit of paint for a more even texture. 

The project begin by drawing the design onto the wood and then adding DecoArt Media Gesso with the DecoArt Americana Stencil - Pixelated.

If you follow me - you know I love shimmer and glitz! The cross was painted with DecoArt Bronze Dazzling Metallics. 

DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste was added to the stars and the cross. Love that texture.  The stars were just painted in with Gesso - free hand. They are a bit wonky - I agree - but fun and free!! 

To give the stars a bit more 'rustic' feel DecoArt Metallic Lustre was added. 

The variation of blue for the 'flag' was done with the DecoArt Cosmic Blue Metallic Lustre and the Primary Cyan DecoArt Media Mister. 

The Cosmic Blue Metallic Lustre was also added around the words. I am thrilled to own Dynasty liner brushes because now I can more successfully paint those tiny straight lines!!

The family name was done with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue (one of my fav colors!) topped with Metallic Lustre Silver Spark. 

Products Used: 

Some close-ups for you!

Here you can see a bit of the luscious shimmer!!! 

Can you see the Texture Sand Paste in the cross? 

THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by. 
I love seeing your art and also sharing mine. Xj. 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Really excited to share this with:



Monday, May 8, 2017

Embossing Sin City Stamps, Walnut Hollow Wood, DecoArt Media

Using a fabulous ornate Walnut Hollow Chippendale 8x10 piece of wood - the project began. 

DecoArt Media Crackle Paste was spread from top to bottom.  The Sin City Stamps in the photo were pushed into the crackle paste to form the flower pattern. With a pointed stick I drew in the fence and some earthy lines. 

After dry - spray with DecoArt Media Yellow Shimmer Mister. 

Have fun embossing!! 
Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powders:
Twilight Bronze Slate & Sweet Yellow Orange
Wow Embossing Powder:
Vintage Champagne
Ranger Archival Ink:Watering Can
Ranger Emboss It Dabber

The sky and the flowers were embossed. 

With the shimmering embossed flowers in the background, out came the flower stamp again.  This time it was coated with DecoArt Media Gesso and stamped right on top the other flowers.  

Time to paint the first layer!! 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
Cadmium Orange Hue, 
Quinacridone Gold, 
Diarylide Yellow
Dynasty Brush

And just keep repeating layers of paint until your flowers have the look that you can enjoy!
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:
Paynes Grey, 
Transparent Red Iron Oxide, 
Sap Green, 
Green Gold

Love the natural background texture that you get when painting on wood. Here are some close-ups!

It's hard to see the shimmer of the embossing powders but it looks so pretty in person!

More crackle and embossing shimmer in the sky!  


Here are the products used.  The Yellow DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister isn't pictured. 

 Thanks bunches for stopping by to share some fun art with me! Xj.

I feel lucky to share with the following challenges:
~ ~ ~
Sin City Stamps
Arts and Crafts made with Sin City Stamps

Craft Stamper Magazine
May: Anything Goes Stamping Challenge
Anything Goes + Embossing

May: Backgrounds
Mine is a 'Scenic Background'!