Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Barn Wood BOO for YOuOOOOOO!!!!

Howdy Sweet Friends.... 

Here's a BIG BOO for YOuOOOOOO!!! 

This sign is 12"x32" and painted on old barn wood.
Up close it looks like an old vintage piece.... 
until you spy the glitz and glimmers!!!
Then you might wonder if it was as old as it looks! 

Dear me... I used to say that about my Mama!!! :)
She and I were just the opposite.
I would be the scarecrow - shy, plain, simple, happy.
  She would be the glamorous head turner and lovin' it!!! 
Ok - I'm reminiscing!!! 

So... when people say in a post.... "this was so easy"... I always think to myself... well maybe to you it was but to me.... ugh. 
But hey - here I go - I'm going to say it... 
this was so easy and so fun!!! 

I printed the letters on my computer - giant size - pieced them together and then traced around the outside of them. 

You can see the tracing in this photo. 

Then came out the DecoArt Media Acrylics - beginning with Titanium White.  I just used my brush and went around the tracing with paint. Above is the start of the web and below is the finish.  Oddly enough - for once it didn't bother me that the lines weren't perfect - after all - it's Halloween!!! 

The letters began with Cadmium Orange Hue - 
ahhhhh - can you say... Joi's eye candy... 
 I so love this color :) ! 

And then I added Diarylide Yellow which is also just yummy! 

The idea was just to make layers - blending but not really all the way....just making it textured paint look. 

Herkimer the Spider was done in Green Gold first followed by Yellow Green Light. Love those layers of paint. 

WHY Herkimer??  When my grandkids were old enough to realize there were spiders at the ranch... we begin naming all the spiders. Fear subsided. One year, Herkimer rode around with us in our buggy for weeks and became our friend.  After that, every summer we have to name at least one spider Herkimer!!!! NOW... Herkimer is forever immortalized - eheheheh!!! 

Herikier, his home and the BOO were accented with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens in various colors. 

Of course, any time it's possible for me to pull out the shimmer - I will, I do.  Herkimer was just begging for a coat of DecoArt Metallic Lustre Elegant Emerald.  

And then, Herkimer jabbered in his sweet little voice... "Joi - would you please decorate my home with some bling"....  
well, hello?... how could I resist???  

Out came the DecoArt Ice Crystal Glamour Dust.  I wish you could see it in person - it is oh so pretty a web to spin!!! 

Not to be out done by the tangly web we weave.... BOO begin to glisten in Tiger Orange (love that name!) Glamour Dust too! 

In the end... I was longing for dimension.  I love the old barn wood but it seemed it needed to be darkened a bit to give greater accent to the BOO so I gave it a wash with DecoArt Media black gesso.  And then added DecoArt Media liquid glass to make things stand out a bit more.  Now it seems that the web and spider are a bit spookier - shimmering in the breeze and Herkimer is ready to climb up soon for a nap in his shimmering home. 

 Products used... (not as many as usual)!

Hoping that you and yours have a BOOdaciously FUN Fall Festival time!!!  The seasonal excitement is in the air!  Xj. 

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Excited to enter Herkimer in the following challenges: 

My piece was meant to look rustic/vintage and is on old barn wood. I painted the BOO in layers so that it would look like the paint was uneven and old.  I admit... I did shimmer it up a bit though!!!!


I used orange, yellow, black - spooky fall colors as well as a spider from the haunted house with the BOO factor!!! 

A Vintage Journey
October Challenge: Make It Spooky

When I showed this to my friend and told her I wasn't sure it was Spooky enough she thought I was crazy.... but then again... she is a princess who cannot stand spiders or webs or anything Halloween like BOO!!!  So.... to her my sign is just HORRIBLY SPOOKY!!!  She talked me into sharing it with you!!! 



Brenda Brown said...

What a wonderful sign for the ranch Joi and I love going through your process steps seeing how you cleverly designed and created it. Thanks for sharing it with us at A Vintage Journey and I hope you enjoy Dare to Create xxxx

Pamellia said...

Oh Joi, how I have missed your wonderful posts and amazing projects! This is just incredible and I am always blown away by your drawing talents, that spider web is just perfect! Such a fabulous Halloween creation, just love it!! I actually just stopped in to say thank you for the warm welcome back comment, you really put a smile on my face with your sweet words. I hope you had a wonderful month! Are you having good weather where you are?? It's great to be back, see you again soon my friend. hugs :)

Lizzy Hill said...

LOL! Glad you did share it & I'm with your friend. You can keep that dratted spider right where it is! We've plenty of our own over here!!! Love how you worked away until it got all sparkly & with more depth of colour etc:):)

Juliz Design Post said...

What a fun sign to spook everyone at your ranch and loving your green spider.
Julie x

Redanne said...

It is definitely spooky Joi! It may have been simple to do but it is certainly beautiful and would be fabulous on the front porch at Halloween. I love the spider web, it looks so dimensional and as for Herkimer, what can I say, he is pretty spectacular!! Love this. Thanks so much for joining in our 'Make it Spooky' challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne x

Jackie PN said...

and a big BOO to you Joi!! What a great make with your barn wood!! Fun fun,you clever girl you!! xx

Cec said...

Fantastic Halloween project - and large. You gave Herkimer a great place to roam and I can see that he doesn't scare easily since he is happy to roam around the glitter. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

Julia Aston said...

what wonderful mix of colors on your letters, web and Herkimer Joi! The barnboard is the perfect substrate for your rustic decoration! thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ challenge! Julia xx

Donna B. said...

Awesome project with perfect graphics!! I also love to create on wood. Thanks for playing at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!!

Tracy Welham said...

Fantastic project and a great step by step. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

sarascloset said...

Joi, I always enjoy reading your posts, and this one was really just extra fun! first off, I love your Boo sign, but you have included the words print off my computer which in my mind makes this an UN-easy project right from the get go! But it is lovely and Herkimer looks fabulous! Sadly all our "pet" spiders blew away in the hurricane. Boo (hoo).

Just a thought, I think this would be great in our fall challenge at Emerald Creek Dares.
Big hugs!

Win Dinn, Artist said...

What fun, Joi, and the progress photos/explanation are terrific. I just love seeing how your create! Big hugs from far-flung BC my friend. xo

Unknown said...

Love, love, love this!!! I would love to have this on display in my house!! Beautiful work! Thank you for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Zoe Hillman said...

Shimmer aside, it's plenty vintage enough for me! ;) I love how you created this vintage Halloween sign. Thanks for joining us for the "A Very Vintage Halloween" challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

Jenny Marples said...

This is magnificent Joi! I love how you've made it really rustic whilst paying close attention to the details. A beautiful sign indeed. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

Pawsitively Creative said...

Oh Joi! This could be hanging up at my house as well. I do so enjoy the story of naming the spiders. Spiders are fine with me, and some are fun!your old barn wood Boo sign is spectacular and I can totally see the shimmer! What a genius idea to use the dust and get the glitz factor. I have to say I adore the scarecrow the sign is sitting next to as well. I bet your farm is looking very colorful right now. Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

IrinaR (Irina Rakovets) said...

It's so COOL!!! very like)