Friday, January 29, 2016

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Aurora Borealis Canvas

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What FABULOUS FUN to play in the... 
DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.


So honored... so humbled... just stunned. 
But soooo very happy and grateful.  j. 


This challenge was to be a winter theme with purple and blue hues... maybe even some snow!!!

My best friend has asked me several times to paint a picture with the Aurora Borealis in the background.  This seemed like the perfect time to make my sky come to life in purples and blues!!! 
Incredible DecoArt Media products were used in this 12x16 painting on canvas and ohhhh how I love to work with glittering shimmering vivid colors!


I began with the background using: 
DecoArt Media Prussian Blue Hue, Dioxazine Purple, and Titanium White.


I also added:
DecoArt Media Shimmer Mist Turquoise
DecoArt Ice Crystal Glamour Dust 
DecoArt Black Ice Glamour Dust
DecoArt Champagne Glamour Dust

There was no green used but the photos picked up that color - might be the champagne glitter!


And of course, splatters with DecoArt Media Transparent White and DecoArt Media White Shimmer Mister.


I began drawing in my scene using Titanium White.


I realize most Aurora Borealis looks like ribbons but I also saw some pictures online where it was straighter and thought it was unique. Here I began adding color with DecoArt Media Turquoise Shimmer Mister and more DecoArt Media Dioxazine Purple.


Next came DecoArt Media Red Mister and then began overlaying more purple - just to change the hue a bit.  I also began adding DecoArt Media Modeling Paste where I wanted snow texture as well as on the moon. 





I used a bit of DecoArt Media Quin Gold to light up the cabin.



Took a long time to draw in all the trees! Beginning with DecoArt Media carbon black then adding DecoArt Media transparent white. The highlighting on the trees was done with DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream. The Patina Green had a turquoise hue when applied to this painting and blended well with the color scheme.   I also used this color, as well as DecoArt Media Medium Gray and Titanium White Antiquing Cream on the hills. 


If you look at the top of the mountains, along the edges of the river, and the crevices in the snow... you will see CRACKS!!  These were made with DecoArt Crackle Glaze. 






The moon, as well as the river, are covered with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass. The liquid glass made the colors so vivid and the shimmer is stunning. 



It's difficult to tell but the large tree on the right is textured with weathered wood. It was applied early and pretty much covered with "snow" but the texture did help keep it in the foreground. 



And let's not forget the DecoArt Brush and Stencil Cleaner! I am a bit limited on my mobility at times so this product is truly wonderful for me. It never fails to clean my brushes, stencils, craft mat etc etc.  It goes a long way too... I love it! 

Thanks bunches to DecoArt for this challenge. 

And thanks bunches to all of you for stopping by to see my shimmering winter wonderland creation.

STAY WARM. Hugs. j.  
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Although an art journal challenge they accept canvases and their January theme is Winter Wonderland!!




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