Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bougainvillea Butterfly-DecoArt Media Design Team Post


Howdy Artsy Friends!!!

For those of you that did not get to see this when presented by DecoArt Media on their web site... 
I can now share this project that I did as one of their International Design Team members.

And - for those of you who DID see it...
there are more pictures and a BIG QUESTION for you...
at the bottom of the page so please take a look!!!
I really would like to know your CHOICE!

We have a beautiful garden at the ranch and part of it includes some incredible Bougainvilleas which the butterflies love!

Watching the dance of the flowers with the butterflies this spring inspired me to create this Bougainvillea Butterfly canvas!!

It all began with DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and an Artploration stencil entitled Weathered Wood. 

Next came the fabulous DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso. 

Applying lightly at first and then adding more to get the right look including Metallic Lustre Black Shimmer and Rose Gold.

After drawing in a few of the flowers, the painting began. I was concerned about the placement of the leaves around the post so I began with those. The butterfly is a Stampers Anonymous Stencil. 

Here is a picture of my stencil, entitled Perspective CMS213, and a photo of the completed butterfly. 

This is how the painting looked after the initial painting. 
Quinacridone Red
Primary Magenta
Yellow Green Light
Blue Green Light
Green Gold
Sap Green
Diaxazine Purple
Quinacridone Violet
Raw Sienna

Also used the DecoArt Media Misters in: Red, Purple, Shimmer Yellow and Shimmer Turquoise. 

Faber-Castell Big Brush and Pitt Pens were used to outline.

The background was fun! I used a sponge stipple brush with DecoArt Media Raw Sienna and DecoArt Media Medium Grey Antiquing Cream. I just love the Antiquing Cream...proof: I have emptied an entire bottle of my fav two colors very quickly!!! 

After the background was done (the first time)!

I thought I was done... but I just couldn't leave it alone!!

I just HAD to have some shimmer and a bit more color. 
 Plus...I studied the real bougainvillea flowers and tried to make them look better as I continued to work on the painting. Do you enjoy the shimmer and colors in the finished piece?

On the flowers and the butterfly I added DecoArt Media:
Shimmer Mister Turquoise
Mister Red
Mister Purple
Interference Violet
Interference Turquoise
Interference Blue
Patina Green Antiquing Cream
Titanium White Antiquing Cream
as well as:
DecoArt Glamour Dust Ice Crystal
DecoArt Glamour Dust Black Ice

Here are some additional photos. 
I hope you can see some of the shimmer!

And here is the big question... which way does this painting go?
Everyone that has seen it so far likes it a different way. 
I like all three - really just don't know which way is best!
Let me know your choice! 

Choice #1

Choice #2

Choice #3

YES... Hubby made the incredible cedar planters for the Bougainvilleas.  NO... I do not keep up that huge garden. We have ranch hands that do it for us. And we have a gal with a green thumb too!!! We share the food with them and all of the guests that come for meetings at our ranch retreat center.   Hugs. j. 

P.S. This is the way it was originally painted!!!
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Excited to enter the following challenges:

 Mixed Media Challenge

I used Artplorations Weather Wood Stencil. 


Happy 2nd Anniversary to you ALL!
I chose: MMMC#24, Butterflies and Blooms

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