Monday, April 24, 2017

Woodburning with DecoArt Media Bling!

Howdy Honeys!

A bit of wood burning enhancement....

for a box hubby made for a friend. 

The verse was wood burned onto a piece of cedar and then enhanced with DecoArt products. 

DecoArt Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre was used to make the wood match the inside of the box. DecoArt Media Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylic was used to add bling to the inside of the lettering, the top and the sides. And the entire piece was covered with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass for shimmer and protection. 

It was a bit tedious but my very thin Dynasty liner brush made all the difference getting the Metallic Gold into those letters!  And the shimmer of the DecoArt products made the little plaque elegant.

Thanks for letting me share! 

This is only my second project using a wood burner. I'm a bit slow but it's rather interesting!! 
Have a super fine week! Xj.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Bunnies or Wild Hares? Abstract on Paper

Howdy Honeys!!! 

It's spring at the ranch and we have lots of real bunnies hopping all over the fields.  It's so fun to see their little nests here and there. 

Here is a Bunny Pair on 12x12 paper. 
Yes - abstract... as requested by my SIL.
For me... they are more like "Wild Hares"!!!
But she loves them. Whew!

The paper is: 
Elle's Studio, Flowers for You - Shine Collection.

I treated the front and the back of the paper with DecoArt Media Matt Medium. This helps with curling and protects paper.

Using DecoArt Media Misters and dabbing some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic... the fun began!

The rabbits were sketched with a Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pen. 

Using a pencil and then a Dynasty brush/water to activate... the pink sketched lines were enhanced to give a bit of dimension.  Spraying the White Shimmer Mister onto my craft pad, I went over the top of the bunnies with the white mister paints and the Dynasty Brush.  Now bunnies have a white shimmer!!

Products Used: 
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Yellow Green Light
DecoArt Media Misters: Red, Yellow-Green
DecoArt Media Shimmer Misters: White, Yellow
DecoArt Media: Matt Medium
DecoArt Media: Gesso
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens
Faber-Castell Grip 2001 Pencil
Dynasty Brushes: Black/Gold 5/0
Sponge Dabber
12x12 Paper

Here are the bunnies in the acrylic tray that we change out on holidays!  It's brighter in person - just the lights I guess!

HAPPY EASTER to those who celebrate...


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Irish Luck Unexplained! Acrylics on Canvas


Have you ever found a four leaf clover? 

When I was a child, I literally hunted for hours to find them and then saved them between pages of books!  My 13 yr old granddaughter didn't know there was such a thing - wow.

Do you believe in "the luck of the Irish"?  
They say that it's an 'unexplained' phenomena.

Today I have forever preserved a four leaf clover using Andy Skinner's Stampendous stamp set.  
Do you think that my luck may change for the better??!!!

Using an 8x10 canvas panel that previously held some left over green and white paint...I added a bit more color along the way.

Begin by stamping the designs and words onto tissue paper. 

I thought it would be fun for the 4th leaf to be green/white and the other 3 leaves of the clover to be black/white.

Then begin laying out your design for the project.

The stamped images were added with Matte Medium. 

The heart came from the center of one of Andy's flying creatures!

In order to give the center of the shamrock a bit of pizzazz, a swirl of opalescent mother-of-pearl by Kaisercraft was added. 

Remember how much I love my DecoArt Glamour Dust?
The Ice Crystal was added all over - of course!!

Getting close to being done, and then I thought... hmmmm...
the circles in the Dare2BArtzy Totally Tracy Textures would simulate the circles in the center of the shamrock.  Out came the Totally Tracy stamps which were stamped right onto the canvas.

Here are the products used: 

DecoArt Media Mister Yellow Green
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Translucent White, Green Gold
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
DecoArt Media Tinting Base
DecoArt Glamour Dust Iced Crystal

Unexplained and Handle with Care

Totally Tracy Textures

Archival Ink and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens too!

And a few close-ups..."showin' of the green"! 

Hope you can see some of the shimmer of the Glamour Dust! 

Once again... Happy St. Patty's Day. 
Sending you wishes for a lucky day!! Xj.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Acrylics on Wood - Mixed Media Monolith

Moonlit Lantern Monolith

We have many old fashioned lanterns hanging at the ranch.

This lantern scene was painted from a photo taken by a guest. She asked me to paint it for her and I did!!  The "monolith" is a piece of gnarly tree root found by hubby. It seemed the perfect substrate. 

Here are some of the products used in this project. 


Step One: 
Choose your substrate. My wood piece was approx 7" by 11". 

Step Two:
Prepare your substrate. I used Black Gesso on the front only.

Step Three: 
Begin adding colors for your background.  I used Tinting Base - mixing it with the blue to give various hues of the Prussian Blue Hue. This color was perfect for going from the dark blue at the top to the light blue a the bottom of this background.  I also used a bit of this color here and there on the back and side. 

Step Four:
Then using Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Gold and Dark Grey Value 3, add a bit to your dry background for the setting sun. 

Step Five: 
Next, paint your image onto your background with Black Gesso. 

Step Six:
After dry, add your choice of another color of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic color for layering texture. I added Translucent White. 

Step Seven:
Choose one of the many types of DecoArt Media Crackle Mediums to enhance your texture.  I chose DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood for my tree stump. 

Step Eight:
Working on the tree stump, it was quite fun adding the DecoArt Metallic Lustre in various colors. I love watching these metallics come to life with glitzy shimmer as I apply them to projects. 

Step Nine:
Let's move on to the lantern. Since our lanterns are all vintage, adding  DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze was the way to achieve that rustic flare. 

Step Ten:
When the crackle glaze was dry, add some more fluid acrylic paints. I chose Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Dark Grey Value 3 and Colbalt Turquoise Hue. 

Step Eleven:
For the lantern glass, add DecoArt Liquid Glass and DecoArt Iced Crystal Glamour Dust for a super dimensional look. 

Step Twelve:
Draw in the moon with white gesso and a liner brush. I used a Black Silver 0 Dynasty Liner Brush, which I adore.  Add a bit of DecoArt Media White Shimmer Mister to enhance the moon's glow. I just took off the lid and applied with my brush. Adding some Iced Crystal Glamour Dust makes a nice moon glow too!

And here are a few close-ups!

 Thanks bunches stopping by for a glimpse of fun from the ranch and for the opportunity to share my project with you today. This Rustic Lantern Creation was shared on the DecoArt Media Blog a few months ago and I wanted to share it here too!
Hugs. j. 


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

FUNKY COWBOY BOOTS: Fluid Acrylics on Wood


A new 30 x 40" wood sign because...

we just hired a new COWBOY at the ranch!

Did you know that everyone here wears boots every day? But only the cowboys wear spurs. Have you heard the old saying 
"Take off your boots and stay awhile"??  

Nooooo - please don't take off your boots here at the ranch until you are ready for bed! So... for our sign, I changed it to SPURS. Yes - please DO kick off your spurs and stay a while!!! 

Another thing we see around here is chaps. Chaps are leather pants without a seat, worn over jeans, to protect a cowboy's legs. I saw a photo of some dangling rawhide chaps and thought how fun it would be to make them really colorful and rather abstract. 

Here is my original sketch on the wood. 

I typed up the quote on my computer - decided on the size needed - then printed. I used DecoArt Graphite Paper to trace the letters onto the wood.  

Lots of DecoArt Media Black Gesso was used on the background as well as doing the letter with the White Gesso. 

Using DecoArt Media Tinting Base is so fun because it produces unique shades for each color of paint.  At this point, it was all about painting colors and making the chaps/boots look a bit funky!
Truly enjoying the journey with my fluid acrylics on wood and forgot to snap you some peeks. Very rare for me so I know you will forgive me this time.

Products Used:

Yellow Oxide
Dioxazine Purple
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Burnt Sienna
Titan Buff
Raw Sienna
Raw Umber
English Red Oxide
Prussian Blue Hue

Tinting Base, Black Gesso, White Gesso

0 Black Silver 4940

Dark Sepia, White, Indian Red

I love painting on wood! 
Here is the finished piece in place by the gate!

Some close-up photos: 

Thanks bunches for helping me welcome our new cowboy!!
Hugs. j.