Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team - Gratefully Honored.


 Howdy to all my artistic sweeties!!!

Yesterday a special announcement was made by:
DecoArt Inc. and now I get to share it with you!

So honored and grateful to be a part of the:
DecoArt Mixed Media International Design Team. 

I made a little color wheel thank you project - just for you!!
Thank you from my heart!

As most of you know... many years ago... I decided it was just easier to stop dreaming.  Somehow it made life more normal - more even keeled for me.  I learned to bloom where I was planted - find contentment in the moment and I was happy.

When I began painting, I saw all these projects that said DREAM and BELIEVE etc.  And sentiments (phrases) that encouraged dreaming and flying and conquering fears. But still... I held back on allowing myself to dream. 

Then, thru Tracy Weinzapfel Studios, I found DecoArt and completely fell in love with the paints and the people associated with the company.  I tried every type of paint out there - from the very expensive to the very inexpensive. DecoArt was and still is my favorite and especially the media line! 

The more I became familiar with the company, the more excited I got about all the products.  And then came the challenges - what??? They have challenges too - how incredible is that!!!!???? 

And that is when I began to DREAM.  But I didn't share it with anyone.... for a long long time.  And then one day, when I was writing a comment on Tracy Weinzapfel's blog... I admitted that I had a tiny dream. I did not tell her what it was though.  

What was that dream????  
Yep, you guessed it... to win a DecoArt challenge.
and even now as I say it... I have tears in my eyes.
Beyond my wildest imaginings.....
I WON a DecoArt challenge. 
And then.... dear me... I won another DecoArt challenge.
(And no - Tracy was not one of the judges - I promise!)
You have no idea how stunned I was by that time.

And now... the rest is history. 
I feel like no one on the planet could be more grateful for this opportunity than I (of course, that's not true - eheheheh) but my heart is just overflowing with deep deep gratitude.  

Yes - I admit - fear creeps in and tries to tell my I'm not good enough and I can't do this but you know what... I am taking those thoughts captive and replacing them with visions of the next project I will do for the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog!!!  

If you are not following the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog... 
click the link... you don't want to miss out!!! 

And here are some close up pictures of my 
project! It was done in my (almost full) art journal. 

This was just done as a playful thank you to DecoArt so I didn't take process pictures. It wasn't even meant to be perfect or pristine. It was just done for fun out of my delight and excitement for this opportunity. It's just playing with the various DecoArt Media line acrylic paints - as you can see in the picture. 

Of course, DecoArt makes all sorts of different kinds of paints.  No need to limit yourself to the Media line at all.  Go explore all the possibilities and products they have at

I began with DecoArt Media Gesso - of course! Sometimes I used a mix of two colors or some DecoArt Media Tinting Base to make the color variations on the wheel.

If you look at the photo with the products in it you will so a syringe beside the DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.  Yes, I know - yucky syringe but out here on the ranch - it's just part of the life of a cow!!! I use the left overs in art work!!! Adding the paint color mixed from my color wheel to the syringe - it was then squirted to make the funky swirls around the outside of the color wheel.  Shimmery and shiny swirls!!! 

I also used the DecoArt Media Liquid Glass over the color wheel colors to add depth and bling to the colors of the color wheel. 

And the sentiment is so true for me... and for you, I bet...
"I found I could say with colors and shapes...
things I couldn't say any other way."

Today I am 'saying' thank you to DecoArt from my heart!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I sooo love your comments. 

And no worries, I will still use lots of other products too.  Mixed media is what I love and there are lots of wonderful products and brands that all fit together nicely to make wonderful ART!!

Congratulations to my sweet friend Brenda Brown who also became a DecoArt Media DT member yesterday too!!! 

Hugs. joi

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