Wednesday, March 9, 2016



Howdy Honey... (my fav ranch welcome) to my Artsy Honies!!!

It's been pouring rain here all week long; dreary and dull.
So I am "crazy for color" and sunshine!!
Here is my 12 x 12 canvas - making my studio brighter :)

This painting was inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. On May 15, 2015  Tracy painted a really fun "POD" creation LIVE on her Mixed Media Monday's broadcast. I am always awed by the way this little gal can paint LIVE. It really is amazing to watch - truly such a great gift.  At the time, I knew I wanted to try to paint some pods someday that were as fun as her lovely project. I finally did!!! 

 Here is Tracy's gorgeous work.

THANK YOU TRACY for your fabulous inspiration! j. 

And it also seemed appropriate to use one of her Dare2B Artzy Totally Tracy stamps too!

I have always loved the way this particular 'shine' stamp weaves up and down so I made a fun little creature for my garden in the same shape as Tracy's stamp.  To me, it's an inch worm! Hubby says it's a gecko!  Perhaps something in between!

I began with a 'Flourishes' stencil from ARTplorations using DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste. I just love using this - it has such a gritty but still fluffy feel to it. 

My sun was made with DecoArt Media White Gesso.  It was a new bottle and when I took the paper off the top there was the neatest design from the paste.  I just turned it over and made the center of my sun - so fun - eheheheeheh!!!  Then finger painted the rays!

After the Texture Sand Paste was dry I added DecoArt Metallic Lustre Brilliant Turquoise and Radiant Red to the sun and grass.

After the Metallic Lustre was dry... out came the DecoArt Americana NEONS Fluorescent Acrylics bright Thermal Green!

For the sun, DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister in yellow. Love these misters because they are permanent and the colors are WOW!! 

Here are the DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints used to complete background and the pods:
Bright Orange
Cadmium Yellow
True Red
Carousel Pink
Sour Apple
Desert Turquoise

After the background was complete it was time to work on what I hoped would be the star of the show.... the PODS!!! 
I painted them in with DecoArt Media White Gesso. 

Heheheh - it was so fun... decorating these little pods!! 

And after they were done... I decided to use one of my favorite products - DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze.  See how battered my jar is - eheheheh - almost time to order a new one.  I spread it over the grass, stems and pods - leaving it to dry overnight.

Out come the DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina Green. 
Apply it over the Crackle Glaze (as seen in pics below). Then wipe and look at those lusciously glazed cracks!!

You KNOW I just HAD to add DecoArt Champagne Glamour Dust to the sun. I tried to slap my hand but so love the shimmer!! 

This project was ALL DecoArt products. Much to my surprise, I even followed Tracy's example and outlined with my liner brush. You are right Tracy...a good liner brush makes all the difference!!  

Just a few close-ups for the road!! 


Remember my 'reply' button still doesn't work - but if it did...
I would say YOU ARE THE BEST and your comments are very special to me :)   HUGS, j

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