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. 


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