Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Through The Craftroom Door Magazine Post

Howdy from the Ranch! 

This is my first post as a designer for:
 Through the Craftroom Door Magazine!

The sponsor for this challenge is:
The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette.

The digi I used is entitled: "Aelita and Jax". 

The prize for this challenge is 3 digital images. 

You can enter your TTCRD challenge project here

Here is how I created this 'friendly' project. 

My sister-in-law gave me some cast offs!
This one was never used because the center
board is crooked. 

This frame is 11x14. The center piece - which was turned up long ways for this project - is 6x8". 

I got to thinking about the digi 
and decided that Jax (the bat) must
be a very good friend to Aelita!
Plus she has lots of kitten friends too!

Using black gesso - the fun begins!

The little board was just done helter skelter. 
Not sure why!

I used the Windswept Tree stencil and completely forgot to get a photo of the DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood being applied. It gave my tree super great crackle texture. 

Now to add lots of leaves. I could have done some fancy leaves but thought it would be better to let the focus be on 'Aelita and Jax' for this piece! 

My grandchildren were amazed at the way the DecoArt Media Interference Fluid Acrylics went on as a milky white against the black and then turned into such gloriously dynamic colors.  In this picture you can see some of the paint has turned to it's color and some is still milky white. I didn't wait for it to dry but just kept randomly painting colors.

Next, with a liner brush, each leaf was lined with Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre.

And the "friends" lettering was done with Brilliant Turquoise Metallic Lustre. 

The last layer on the leaves was Dioxazine Purple. 
Again - just as a liner around each leaf. 
Silly me - I just love to paint with my liner brushes.

Now a bit of stamping on the kitty cats.

Newsprint - Vintage Vanity Clearstamp 
by Prima/Finnabair

Triangles by Kaisercraft Clearstamps

Flower Heads by Crafty Individuals

Some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream helped to lighten up the branches and leaves behind Aelita. 

All the digi images were attached with DecoArt Media Matte Medium and the project was sealed with Media Gloss Varnish. 

Here is my sweet teenage granddaughter helping with ideas for the project. It has been such a blessing to spend time with my four grandchildren this summer.

Products used for this creation!

A few photos of the finished piece. 
There is no way for you to see the gorgeous shimmer and glitz of the metallics and lustres. 
It is so FUN to see in person.  

Thanks bunches for spending time with me!!
I am grateful for your comments and your love!! 
Hugs. j. 



Brenda Brown said...

The details and design are incredible my friend. Each leaf outlined and coloured bringing that beautiful tree to life. You have amazing patience when painting, you so brilliantly add colour and shape and form to produce such wonderful composition and interest and how lovely to have some help from your beautiful granddaughter, she looks to be concentrating so hard and obviously loves being with her grandma xxx

Jackie PN said...

Beautiful project Joi!
I can't believe all the layers you have, and yet, I can pick them out as I go back over the photos-glorious colors for sure!
So sweet of your granddaughter to help out, I bet she had a blast!
Congrats on your new DT spot!!

sarascloset said...

First, biggest congratulations on your new DT! They are exceedingly blessed to have you on board! You have done amazing things with the digital stamps, Joi!

Your background is simple breathtaking with all the colors and details! I'm really loving those crackled trees, but the leaves are incredible and so fun to watch come to fruition at your hand! The interference paints were an excellent choice to use on this mystical scene! Oh, I could gush for hours, so let's just say I LOVE THIS WORK OF AMAZING ART! Great seeing your granddaughter enjoying some art time with you! How fun! Sending more hugs!