Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pumpkin Person; Through the Craft Room Door Magazine

Hello from Joi@RR!

Oh how I love fall...
the leaves, the colors... 
and ORANGE... my favorite of all. 

Pumpkin Person... I LOVE fall! 

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 from our sponsor WinkWink.

Using a WinkWink Image: Pumpkin Person:

Here is my version of her smiling face!!!

Project Steps: 

Hubby cut and sanded a 30"x36" piece of cedar from our land. 
I will use this project for a fall display here at the ranch!

I applied the wonderful Pumpkin Person image with Matte Medium.  It was large so there were several different pieces to apply.  I chose the image that already had some lovely color on it and just added the letters that I liked best.  Several choices of words for the banner comes with it!

Using my handy little sand paper I gave her a good shave so that the paint would stick well and be smooth. 

With Black Gesso I added the Jacobean Floral stencil around the base of my Pumpkin Person. 

With Crackle Paint and the Autumn Falling stencil some leaves were placed within the flowers.

The leaves were painted with some Metallic Lustre and Fluid Acrylics. They shimmer in such a lovely way!

I lightly painted over the Pumpkin Person with White Gesso to add  more shimmering Metallic Lustre paint to the body.

With the new Stampendous Birds and Bones Stencil Set by Andy Skinner, the Pumpkin Person had a few friends to talk to on her arm. 

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Soon fall will be on it's way... in some places it already has come. Thanks bunches for sharing time with me! Xj.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Stampendous Andy Skinner Bird and Bones Painting

Howdy All from Joi at the Ranch.  
A hurricane is about to make landfall... so as you read this... we will be 'holding on' in Texas! 
Say a prayer for us if you are so inclined! 

Today it's all about Andy Skinner's Stampendous release of his Birds and Bones stamp set.  

Can I tell you a story??? 

Once upon a time...
 in the land of DecoArtDeliriums, King Scampeous A. Skinner reigned over Ravenswood Castle.  He adored ravens.  Murder after murder lived within the castle walls. Andy's gigantic army of Crafty Stampendous Soldiers, assisted by the ravens, always protected the land. The ravenous ravens made it possible for the soldiers to remain transparent to the bone. They won many victories due to the sheer terror felt when the army approached.  If you look towards the misty moon at night... you would see the beloved raven that stole Andy's heart. King Andy was well loved by his loyal followers and traveled throughout the land sharing artsy interludes amongst the nations. 

~ ~ ~

Here is how this project was done!

My grandson drew the castle and the gate. 
 I was thrilled to have his help!! 

I stamped out dozens of all the great figures from Andy's Stampendous set onto tissue paper. 

Using the DecoArt Americana Stencil 'Branching Out'... 
the process of making a creepy tree for the ravens began!

Applying a coat of DecoArt Media black gesso to the tree. 

Then some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium. 

When dry... the tree was covered in DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream.

After using DecoArt Matte Medium for the raven that stole Andy's heart (see his heart right in the center of the bird???) the moon was created with Glass Beads Texture Gel. 

Here is just a process photo! The castle, gate and soldiers were also attached by using Matte Medium.  The sky was painted with Prussian Blue Hue fluid acrylics. I love this color because as you paint with it - so many hues can be seen.  The grass was painted with Green Gold Fluid Acrylic and Lavish Green Metallic Lustre. 

Other stamp sets by Andy were used: 
'Toxic' and 'Handle with Care'.

Real chain was used on the gate.

Unfortunately, one of the soldiers did not follow the 'dare to be artsy' code of conduct!!!  A bit of rope was needed.

The stones on the gate was a mix of Fluid Acrylics as well as DecoArt Media Textured Sand Paste, Crackle Glaze.
It was finished with a coat of Gloss Varnish. 

Just a few close-ups for you to enjoy!! 

Andy's stamp actually says Poison...
but we overlaid the name of his castle instead!!! 

Proudly flying Andy's skull banner over Ravenswood Castle. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Hope you had a chuckle or two while here. Xj.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas Ice Mermaid, Through the Craft Room Door

Hello from Joi@RR!

Just a touch of Christmas...

Christmas Mermaid on Ice! 

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 from our sponsor Crafts and Me.

Using a Crafts and Me Digi Image: Christmas Eve Mermaid:

Here is a glimpse into her magical ice castle kingdom.  

Santa even knows where mermaids are on Christmas Eve!!!

Hubby had cut out a project and came in with a 8"x24" piece of oddly carved board thinking I might want to use it.  I immediately could see snowy ice caps and icy water for a mermaid!!!  

Out came the DecoArt Media Black Gesso. 

Adding a bit of water and ice!!

Using some tissue paper and Decou-page an ice arch for the mermaid was created.  Also easily done with modelling paste but I was in the mood to play a bit with paper!! 

Stars and galaxies form in the night sky with paint, lustre and glitter!

Playing with DecoArt's wonderful Snow Writer.

Out comes one of my favorite products: Crackle Glaze which was generously painted over the entire piece. 

As you can see in the photo - Carbon Black Antiquing Cream was painted over the entire project. After it dried, it was wiped off to reveal the cracks and crevices in the icy scene.

More Metallic Lustre for the almost frozen water.

Liquid Glass is perfect for icy landscapes and of course, one needs lots of Glamour Dust glitter paint for a magical kingdom. 

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Definitely not ready for Christmas yet but it was fun to make a fairy tale home for this Christmas Eve Mermaid. Xj.