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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So excited to enter the following challenges:




Valerie-Jael said...

Totally and absolutely FANTASTIC, love every colourful inch of it. Hugs, Valerie

Lizzy Hill said...

Absolutely fabulicious, stunning, gorgeous, sunny and soooooo 'original', even if I can see where you got the inspiration from! I'd be proud as punch if I'd created this!!! And who can NOT add sparkle??!!!

maria f. said...

Vibrant. Fun. Inspiring.

Redanne said...

Colourful, vibrant and totally gorgeous Joi!! It is only a small thing but I love how you created the base for the sun, so clever and so very effective. The colours really are amazing and so is your design and I just adore the sentiment too - definitely an inchworm, in my opinion! Love this wonderful piece of art!

Thanks so much for joining in our Crazy for Colour Challenge at Anything But Cute. xx Anne DT

Redanne said...

PS - there are only a few hours left (fingers crossed you make it!!) but you should enter this into Andy Skinner's Bright and Bold competition -

Vintagehandmade said...

OMG, Joi, I am completely in love with your bold and vibrant canvas! It's such an unique and original piece of artwork! I enjoyed reading your wonderful post! You really made my day with this totally awesome and absolutely outstanding make! LOVE it!
Thank you so much for joining in our Crazy For Colour challenge at Anything But Cute! Have a wonderful day! Big hugs! Branka DT :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Fabulous colourful piece Joi, it really adds sunshine to ones day! Brilliantly put together and I just love the subtle crackle effects in the earth section, wonderful like always!

Astrid Maclean said...

Oops, just noticed when looking again, there are actually crackles on the flowers too, love them there too lol, they just add that extra bit of depth....

Pamellia said...

Well Joi, as much I like the original, yours is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better! GORGEOUS!! Your colours are just jumping off my screen and all your amazing crackle gives the canvas such life! I love how you did the sun beaming down, and your doodle flowers are the prettiest I've ever seen!! It's like a whimsical land that I would just love to visit!!

Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Crazy For Colour' challenge, as usual you have knocked it out of the park! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Samra said...

Thank you for joining Crazy For Colors challenge at Anything But Cute!
Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Joi, That sun is so sizzling hot, I will need to reach for a bottle of SPF to protect my pale Celtic skin LOL.
The pods are absolutely wonderful and amazing re-cycling taking place in using that disc from the new bottle of Gesso.
Such an inspirational piece of art.

Jackie PN said...

Joi, what a gorgeous canvas!! I love your palette and those pods are the best! your art always brings a smile to my face! xx

SewPaperPaint said...

How fabulous, Joi! The texture is great and I loved seeing your process. Thanks for giving credit where do, so sweet. I can tell you were completely inspired here. Hugs, Autumn

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Been raining here too, and we need it. I just met Tracy last weekend and she is a joy! I love what you've done on all of these, and the colors are glorious and happy! Fabulous!!!

experiments in paper said...

Very fun, Joi!!! I am sort of in your neck of the woods taking a workshop from Carol Nelson in New Braunfels, and yep, it is wet! Love your sunny colors, and thoughts of Spring! Et's hi
One it inspires the real McCoy to show up one of here days, lol! xxx Lynn

Gemma Hynes said...

Amazing! so different, I love all the texture in the pods.

sarascloset said...

Joi, I so enjoyed reading your post and then seeing your amazing fun artwork is just the icing on the cake! My favorite part about this is the earth and those crackled roots--inspiring my dear! You have really worked those DecoArt products and your inspiration from Tracy's work shines clear! But I love how you've made it your own!

Thank you for joining our Crazy For Color challenge (you nailed Branka's request to be SURE it's VIBRANT) at Anything But Cute, and a big pat on the back for getting 'er done early! wink, wink! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Alison said...

Hi Joi!
Your painting has blown me away! It's so beautiful!!!
I love the crackle detail, it just looks amazing!
Happy Friday!
Alison xxx

Lys said...

Brilliant, Joi! Surely it brings sun wherever you put this beautiful painting. I love the colours and the crackles.

Giggles said...

Fabulous....wonderful, vibrant and full of great energy! Every bit as beautiful as your inspiration!!

Hugs Giggles

Cec said...

Fantastic canvas - so bright and cheerful. Love the texture and warmth of the sun. Also love the flowers that you have shown right down to their roots. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

Pawsitively Creative said...

Joi, this is such a BURST and POP of fantabulously luscious COLOURS! Wowzers and Wowzers! The pods are so cool and brilliant and your little glow worm is splendidly fun, genius way to use that stamp. I can see you absolutely had a ball with the design and your DA products are showcased perfectly here. Love their crackle paste and glaze as well! Hugz ~Niki

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Joi... Beautiful piece of art... love it colorful...Thank you dear for visiting my blog and leaving some love :)

Little Artbee said...

The influence of Tracy's artwork works good to you. Your artwork is very good too.
The bright colors look very nice.
Dear Greetings

Lee-Anne said...

Joi, this is absolutely amazing!The colors, the!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Oh Joi, this is an amazing piece of art work. I love your finger painted sun rays, that is indeed a brilliant idea. Those flowers are happily dancing in the meadow of spring. Fabulous work of art Joi, so loving it. Thank you for playing along at STAMPlorations March Mixed Media Challenge. Hope to see you again next month. Enjoy designing!
STAMPlorations Mixed Media DT
Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

Carol said...

This is so bold and beautiful Joi, I love it! Thanks for sharing with us at STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday challenge. Carol DT x