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. 



SewPaperPaint said...

Joi, I so love seeing photos of the ranch. What an amazing place you have. <3 Do you rent it out to visitors or what? It's awesome! This is a gorgeous project. You are such a talented artist. Hugs, Autumn

Redanne said...

Joi that piece of wood is incredible, a work of art in itself, but with your magic touch, you have brought it to life - stunning!! Autumn is right, you really are a very talented artist! Hugs, Anne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Incredible photographs Joi and brilliant painting. Your tree texture is amazing and I adore the vintage lantern. Have a great weekend xxx

Jackie PN said...

Wow Joi! This is really cool! Very clever use of the wood!
Beautiful home as well!

Pamellia said...

Wow Joi, I am completely blown away right now! First off, your project is so gorgeous. The piece of wood was remarkable all on it's own, but then you made the most beautiful art out of it! What a wonderful scene, so serene and welcoming!! Second off, I guess I didn't realize how large your ranch was, and you used the word guest... do you rent out rooms, like a lodging, or do you just mean guest as in a friend or family member? The bedroom is beyond incredible, I would never want to leave that room unless it was to sit on that amazing deck of yours! WOWZERS!!! have a great week my friend, sending hugs :)

sarascloset said...

Oh, dear, I just lost my comment! I love that you've used natural wood as your substrate (gorgeous hunk!). Your painted wood looks amazingly real and the lantern looks fabulously crackled and has wonderful depth, as if you were looking a the real deal. Your photos of your ranch as so welcoming; the bedroom is rustic chic, and the porch could tell lots of stories, I am sure! When is your busy season? What an amazing place to visit for your guests--thank you for sharing it with us! Hugs!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

WOW....your ranch and all the decor give me mounds of inspiration for a cabin I am redoing in the mountains...gorgeous...lucky you! I LOVE paintings on wood and your little piece, with the awesome great!

Pawsitively Creative said...

I could so easily live at your ranch and enjoy mucking out stalls. The smells, the feel, the air, ahhhh yes. This little treasure is a treasure and you have added to it beautifully. Those lanterns are splendid and your painted one looks so real, Ican almost feel a flame from looking at it. Wonderously wonderful and awesome sauce!!!!! You are a master! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki