Tuesday, November 21, 2017

White Poinsettia DecoArt Canvas: DT post for Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

Hello from Joi@RR!

What to do with a simple poinsettia?
Make it unique!!! 

This project was done on a 18 x 24 wrapped canvas.

Step by Step Instructions 

Just begin painting. 
No plan - just light and loosely adding the background.
I used my fingers, several brushes and lots of layers.
Just go wild and have fun!

After your background is dry... add your
image to the canvas with DecoArt Media Matte Medium.

After the image was totally dry, the entire
piece was covered with a white gesso wash.
Just water down the gesso and paint.

Begin to decorate your canvas!
Add some leaves, some branches, and some texture. 

The DecoArt Media spray mister is wonderful
for adding vivid but transparent colors as is 
the Metallic Lustres. 

And here it is after the first go round. 

Still more paint to add...

And then... it was done!

After all was completed, the canvas was varnished
with DecoArt Media Satin Varnish. 

Here are a few close-ups. 

Lots of fun texture!!!

Products Used: 

This lovely "simple poinsettia" image is from: 

Pickled Potpourri Designs offers digital
stamps, downloads, printables and more.

This Poinsettia is inspiration for the Nov. 21
challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

ENTER your project HERE:

Would love to see you there...
from cards to mixed media  - all projects welcome!

Prize: $7 worth of digital images
 from our sponsor Pickled Potpourri Designs.

You can find the "Simple Poinsettia" image HERE: 

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Somehow I have never been in love with a solid 
red poinsettia. I always hunt for the unique one.
Today - I'm happy. I have a unique poinsettia
that will live for a long long time!! Xj.


Monday, November 20, 2017

PEACEFUL TURKEY Acrylic Abstract on Paper

The turkeys on the ranch are peacefully grazing in the field. 
They have no fear of demise!!! 
But how could I resist painting one???!!!  

Truthfully - it looks more like a big chicken than a turkey!!! 
Heheheh - but it was fun!!

I began by making crazy color splotches with DecoArt Media
Fluid Acrylics all over a piece of 12x12 glitter paper. 

After it was dry, I drew a rough outline. 
My goal was to be very abstract with the turkey but...
somehow my abstract ended up being rather defined! 

I used white gesso which I was delighted to see turning 
colors - even though the paint was dry. Just so fun.

With my liner brush I added some details - 
here and there - in various colors.
 No rhyme or reason - just play time - until it looked right.

Products Used: 

And a couple of close ups... 
I really like the turkey's head because he looks so peaceful.

Wishing each of you a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday. Xj.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop!

HOWDY - once again - from Joi@RR!!

As some of you know, I became a designer for:
 Through the Craft Room Door Magazine

GUESS WHAT....????

it's CELEBRATION month!!!

What ELSE???

There is BLOG CANDY... of course!!! 
Make sure you leave a comment on all the blog 
hop posts. Winners will be announced on Dec. 1.
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The image I am using is from Crafty Sentiments Designs
They are offering a blog hop prize of 3 images!

You can find HENRY - the image in my project - HERE.

Here is a short tutorial of Henry's Christmas Home!

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There are NINE sponsors this year and
 each one is offering a really SUPER prize!!!

Bugaboo Stamps (One Prize of $12.00 store voucher)

Crafty Sentiments (One Prize of a Choice of 3 images from the store)

DigiStamps4Joy (Three Prizes of 1 Selected image)

Lacy Sunshine (Two Prizes of 1 Selected image)

Wink Wink Ink (One Prize a of a $15.00 store voucher)

MHKDesigns (One Prize of 1 Selected Image set)

SheepSki Designs (One Prize of 1 Selected image)

Unity Stamps (Prize: Three $20.00 vouchers to store)

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Let's HOP...

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Thanks bunches for participating...
sure am hoping you win a prize!!! Xj. 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Christmas Round-up Charcoal Canvas: Through the Craft Room Door

Hello from Joi@RR!

Recently I have had a fun time working 
with charcoal and colored pencils. 
So I used them on this Cowboy Christmas Canvas!
It is 8x10 and on canvas board.

Using a Lacy Sunshine Cowboy digi image, I drew
 scenery all around him with a charcoal pencil. 

Time to just begin filling in the sketch with
various charcoal pencils.

And then the fun begins... add a bit of color!

After coloring with my Inktense pencils I like
to enhance the drawing by going over the
colors with DecoArt Media Matte Medium. 

Of course, it would be hard not to use DecoArt
Snow Writer and a bit of DecoArt Media Translucent
White to make this scene a wintery wonderland. 

After outlining the little cowboy with 
DecoArt Media Carbon Black... all done!!!

Products Used: 

This darling "Ten Gallon Ted Cactus" image is from: 

Lacy Sunshine loves to draw and share her images.  She has
hand drawn stamps, digi images, designer papers and more.

This Snowman Snow Globe is inspiration for the Nov. 7
challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge

ENTER your project HERE:

Would love to see you there...
from cards to mixed media  - all projects welcome!

Prize: 3 digital images of choice
 from our sponsor Lacy Sunshine.

Find the "Ten Gallon Ted Cactus Critters" image HERE: 

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What ever is on your "round-up" agenda today - 
wishing you success!!! Xj.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

HEARTS ENTWINED: Designed for Nov/Dec Issue - Through the Craft Room Door Magazine

HOWDY... from Joi@RR!

Can it really be November? 
In Texas - the leaves are just now beginning to turn and fall.
Meanwhile... it the artsy world, it's time to move on 
to the upcoming holiday events. 
Through the Craft Room Door Magazine has an AMAZING Nov/Dec issue escorting in the holidays.

Here is a glimpse of the design I drew for 
this Nov/Dec Through the Craft Room Door publication.

You can find the wonderful magazine here

 There are over a 100 pages of great ideas, tutorials, craft hints and photos. It is only $18 for a year.  Pretty awesome!!! 

Subscribe HERE!  

No - I promise - I don't get paid to ask you to subscribe. 
I just enjoy the magazine and the fun of contributing to it. 
 You can contribute too if you love to create! 

Click here for the submission guidelines. 

One more 'teaser' photo for you from my published submission. 
In the beginning - it looked like this....  

Thanks so much for once again checking out my art work.  
I'm hope you can see my finished piece in this Nov/Dec edition of Through The Craft Room Door Magazine

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving month. Xj.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

What's Santa Reading - Portrait on Canvas - DecoArt DT Post

HOWDY from Joi@RR and my guest... Santa Claus!

By the way...
thank you Dear Santa for allowing me to share
your portrait on the DecoArt Media Blog today.  

You can view the step by step
project instructions here:

Or go to this link: 

Yes, Santa was reading but...
he has stopped long enough to hear me say
Here is another sneak peak...

  I would also really appreciate you leaving a comment on my DecoArt Media page. 

And while your at it...
could you say a little prayer for me... 
I sure would like to be asked back to the
 DecoArt Media Design Team for 2018.
  Hugs to you all.