Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine, DecoArt, Stamps & Me!

 Wow...such a treat to see a bit of my creativity in the June 2017, Issue 205 of Craft Stamper Magazine

I didn't think I could do them well at all, but you know what... it was really a fun time for me. I created a bit of a story about a plain and simple gal who changed her life by believing she could! My inchies ended up as a bit of a story board!!! 

Once upon a time.... 

She was a quiet, plain, simple gal. 
One day...
 she finally knew in her heart that she was worthy. 
And became content with who she was.
 Her metamorphosis encouraged her to follow her dreams...
Did you know... 
this could be my story when it comes to my artwork?

I would never have had the courage to dream of being in Craft Stamper Magazine!

Here is how I did the little story!

I began with papers that I created with my left over paint. I do not like to waste anything. So when I am painting I always dry up my left over colors with piece of mixed media paper. 

I cut these down to their "inchie" format. 

After I cut the first squares I decided they needed more color so I pulled out my favorite hues - oranges - and began cutting all over again.

I felt better about the 'look' then. 

For all my tiny bits and pieces...
I used the following stamp sets: 

Journal Doodles with a Heart
Unity Stamps/Susan Weckesser

Love Ya Whole Bunches
Jullian/Susan Weckesser

Kaisercraft ClearStamps

Finnabair ClearStamps

I stamped multiples of each image in different colors. Some of the designs I fussy cut out just the flowers or the circles. I did this so I could pick and choose which ones to add during in the creative process. 
StazOn: Jet Black, Teal Blue
Ranger Archival Ink: Sepia

Here are more of the products used.
The DecoArt products added lots of glitz and shimmer to the little inchies.  

DecoArt Media:
Tinting Base
Shimmer Mister - Turquoise
Cobalt Turquoise Hue Fluid Acrylics
Green Gold Fluid Acrylics
Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylics
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: 
Copper Kettle
Polished Coral
Iced Espresso
Brilliant Turquoise
Lavish Green
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics: 

Thanks bunches for sharing my story and my excitement about the inchies in Craft Stamper Magazine. Xj.

Monday, July 10, 2017

DecoArt Media Design Team FRESH FLOWERS Fluid Acrylic Painting

HOWDY sweet friends!

I always feel so giddy when I am up on the DecoArt Media blog! 

I did a floral painting on paper for you and you can view the step by step here:

Or click on this link:

It's something most everyone can do so I hope you will give it a try.  I would also really appreciate you leaving a comment on my DecoArt Media page. 

Thanks bunches for visiting me today and sharing my DecoArt Media joy!!  I truly do love their products. 

This badge sure makes me smile big... almost as much as your comments!!  HUGS.j. 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patriotic Escapes in Art Class - DecoArt Media Acrylic

Happy Independence Day America!!

Celebrating patriotic fun creating in an art class at the ranch.  Here are some photos to give you a glimpse into my life... as some of you have been curious!

Although I made an creative example for the class (click here for step by step in the previous blog post) this class wanted to create their own art. 
I was thrilled! 

Hubby made the wood pallets and easels!
We are set up to go!

A short demo and we begin painting with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic, Gesso, Glamour Dust and Metallic Lustre paints.  We did not get a good photo of the DecoArt paint table at all!! 

But here are some of the products used!

 You can see my "example" up front for all to view but it was great fun to see each one come up with their own creation! 

Here are the examples done for the class.
One was made prior to the class and one was finished as a demo as things went along.

They not only used DecoArt Americana Decoupage Papers but stencils and wooden letters too. 

Before I knew it... everyone was doing an amazing job of creating their own original designs!

Ranch Staff and Hubby also having a fun time laughing at our antics as we paint!! 

Have a great holiday if you live in the USA! 
There will be around 45 folks at the ranch and some fireworks in the sky too!
Hugs to all! j.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Abstract Flag on Wood

Time for a bit of 'group' creativity!

These projects were done in prep for a class here at the ranch in celebration of patriotic holidays.

One was a pro-type and one was done during the teaching of the class. Hubby cut the wood panels!

On the wood panel - sketch out you plan!

Add a layer of paint. In this case, I added DecoArt Media Prussian Blue Hue all over the wood board.  I wanted the blue color to show through a bit underneath the other colors.  I also love that the wood grain shows through the colors.

Using DecoArt Media Crackle Paste and an old star stencil - the stars were randomly added.

I added the paper stars early because I enjoy painting around them to make them blend better but you could also add them after you finish painting the stripes. 

As you can see I cut out the stars from DecoArt Americana Decoupage Papers: Olde Worlde and Victorian Romance. There were several different choices of patterns. Using DecoArt Media Matte Medium, they were placed on the wood background.

Painting the red and white stripes was the next step in the process. This was done with DecoArt Media Transparent White and Pyrrole Red. 

Spicing up the stars with DecoArt Metallic Lustre was fun!  Just use a liner brush and add the "bling" around each star.

To add dimension, paint around the stars with Prussian Blue Hue and Metallic Silver. 

Accent the red, white and blue with DecoArt Glamour Dust. The sparkle looks like the flag is waving!

Products Used: 

A few additional photos:

Can you see the glitter sparkle?!!

I believe in YOU... go be creative!!! 
Hugs. j.

My daughter likes the one on the right. I like the one on the left.  And in the class, everyone had permission to do what made them feel happy.  You won't believe the outcome.  Check back soon for the photos from the patriotic fun we had in our class!!!