Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Abstract Woodland Garden Acrylic Painting 30x40

What a joy to just PAINT!


I would just love to fly like the wind, throw myself over the old rail fence, run down the path and lay under the farthest trees to day dream!! 

There is no perfection found in this painting. It's just a wild and free conglomeration of strokes and colors. 

After painting for a while... it seemed like I should snap a few photos for you!  Layering DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint colors was so delightful. I find these so much easier to work with than thick paints. Plus, they blend so easily in what seems like thousands of hues. 

Guess what? I decided to add an old rail fence. I bet that doesn't surprise you much!!!



And for me, any 'old' fence has to have some crackle.


Now... 'decorate' the fence line with grassy blooms!

Making lines with my liner brush is one of my favorite things to do when painting. 







Lots of DecoArt and DecoArt Media Products and Fluid Acrylic colors used on this 30x40" canvas. 


And a few close-ups of the finished piece. 




Here is a picture so you can see how it was framed and where it is hanging today.


Once again - thank you so much for taking time to share art with me. I so appreciate each of you and your comments mean so much to me too. 

I have been a bit slow on my comments for you because the grandkids have been here. I see them so rarely that I have to get lots of kisses and play time!! Xj.



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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Craft Stamper Magazine, DecoArt, Stamps & Me!




 Wow...such a treat to see a bit of my creativity in the June 2017, Issue 205 of Craft Stamper Magazine


Inchies! 
I didn't think I could do them well at all, but you know what... it was really a fun time for me. I created a bit of a story about a plain and simple gal who changed her life by believing she could! My inchies ended up as a bit of a story board!!! 

Once upon a time.... 

She was a quiet, plain, simple gal. 
One day...
 she finally knew in her heart that she was worthy. 
And became content with who she was.
 Her metamorphosis encouraged her to follow her dreams...
 AND....
Did you know... 
this could be my story when it comes to my artwork?

I would never have had the courage to dream of being in Craft Stamper Magazine!

Here is how I did the little story!

I began with papers that I created with my left over paint. I do not like to waste anything. So when I am painting I always dry up my left over colors with piece of mixed media paper. 


I cut these down to their "inchie" format. 


After I cut the first squares I decided they needed more color so I pulled out my favorite hues - oranges - and began cutting all over again.


I felt better about the 'look' then. 


For all my tiny bits and pieces...
I used the following stamp sets: 

Journal Doodles with a Heart
Unity Stamps/Susan Weckesser

Love Ya Whole Bunches
Jullian/Susan Weckesser

Victoria
Kaisercraft ClearStamps

Finnabair ClearStamps
Prima



I stamped multiples of each image in different colors. Some of the designs I fussy cut out just the flowers or the circles. I did this so I could pick and choose which ones to add during in the creative process. 
StazOn: Jet Black, Teal Blue
Ranger Archival Ink: Sepia



Here are more of the products used.
The DecoArt products added lots of glitz and shimmer to the little inchies.  


DecoArt Media:
Tinting Base
Shimmer Mister - Turquoise
Cobalt Turquoise Hue Fluid Acrylics
Green Gold Fluid Acrylics
Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylics
DecoArt Metallic Lustre: 
Copper Kettle
Polished Coral
Iced Espresso
Brilliant Turquoise
Lavish Green
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics: 
Bronze

Thanks bunches for sharing my story and my excitement about the inchies in Craft Stamper Magazine. Xj.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

DecoArt Media Design Team FRESH FLOWERS Fluid Acrylic Painting

HOWDY sweet friends!



I always feel so giddy when I am up on the DecoArt Media blog! 


I did a floral painting on paper for you and you can view the step by step here:


Or click on this link: 
http://decoart.com/mixedmediablog/project/665/fresh_flowers


It's something most everyone can do so I hope you will give it a try.  I would also really appreciate you leaving a comment on my DecoArt Media page. 

Thanks bunches for visiting me today and sharing my DecoArt Media joy!!  I truly do love their products. 


This badge sure makes me smile big... almost as much as your comments!!  HUGS.j. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Patriotic Escapes in Art Class - DecoArt Media Acrylic

Happy Independence Day America!!

Celebrating patriotic fun creating in an art class at the ranch.  Here are some photos to give you a glimpse into my life... as some of you have been curious!

Although I made an creative example for the class (click here for step by step in the previous blog post) this class wanted to create their own art. 
I was thrilled! 



Hubby made the wood pallets and easels!
We are set up to go!




A short demo and we begin painting with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic, Gesso, Glamour Dust and Metallic Lustre paints.  We did not get a good photo of the DecoArt paint table at all!! 


But here are some of the products used!


 You can see my "example" up front for all to view but it was great fun to see each one come up with their own creation! 


Here are the examples done for the class.
One was made prior to the class and one was finished as a demo as things went along.









They not only used DecoArt Americana Decoupage Papers but stencils and wooden letters too. 






Before I knew it... everyone was doing an amazing job of creating their own original designs!







Ranch Staff and Hubby also having a fun time laughing at our antics as we paint!! 


Have a great holiday if you live in the USA! 
There will be around 45 folks at the ranch and some fireworks in the sky too!
Hugs to all! j.

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