Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DecoArt Media DT Post: Halls of Time 36x72 Canvas

HOWDY sweet friends!

 I have a painting up on the DecoArt Media Blog today!!
It is a 36" by 64" wrapped canvas done with 
Fluid Acrylics and Mediums. 

Here is a sneak peak - just a tiny bit - of the canvas.

The painting is entitled "Halls of Time". 
Sometimes in life we have tough choices to
make, just as each generation before us.
The decisions are important which could cause
us to feel overwhelmed and insignificantly small.
This creation was painted to portray that feeling. 
Others are around us, but the hallway we choose,
the directions that we take - is ours alone. 

You can view my step by step process
instructions for this painting HERE:

Or go to this link: 

Wishing everyone at DecoArt Inc. and all my
artsy friends a blessed Christmas season. 
It's a great gift for me to have this
wonderful opportunity to share my 
art on the DecoArt Media blog.

Here is another sneak peak...

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

Thanks bunches for visiting me today
and sharing my adventures!! 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CHESTNUTS ROASTING Shadowbox,Southern Ridge Trading & DecoArt Media

Chestnuts Roasting
Christmas Trees Shimmer
Music Plays
Memories Abound
Cozy Christmas Greetings to you all! 

This is a 14x14 shadow box scene.

Happy mail brought me some lovely chipboard
and I was in the mood for a fun Christmas project.  

I began by painting the chipboard. 
Just look at the detail in these pieces from:

I included their link because when you visit - it's 
better than a candy store for creative folks like us!!! 

Covering each piece with white gesso. 

Great little shadow box that hubby made for me!

These are the backing pieces for the trees. 
However, the red one changed to gold along the way.
The white chipboard was painted with
DecoArt Glamour Dust - love that sparkle!

The paper is from "My Mind's Eye and "On Trend".
It was cut and added to the back of the shadowbox.

Time to paint the foliage for the mantle!

And start the memories rolling in carbon black. 

The fireplace was completely covered with:
Texture Sand Paste. I just love that stuff!

And the rug was made from a napkin - 
hehehehe or should I say hohoho!!

Here is a glimpse of the finished 'background'.

Somehow I got carried away with "Decking the Halls"
and forgot to share pictures with you!
By the way... that is the title of the sheet music on the piano.
I actually made it read
Deck the Halls with the words too!!  
Here is a close up of the finished trees. They were
decorated from old jewelry from my stash.

Here is a glimpse of the scene before the couple arrived.

And a few close-ups of the final piece.  

Some things are paper like the clock
 and some things I painted free hand. 

The paper around the edges of the shadow box
are much prettier in person.  I love all the positive
sentiments and of course, the shimmer of the gold print.

DecoArt and DecoArt Media'
Southern Ridge Trading Chipboard
Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens
Dynasty Brushes

So... away from my canvas paintings for a bit of fun!

Thanks bunches for stopping by...
And - to each of you - as it says below


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Season's Greetings BUDDY! TTCRD Magazine Design

Hello from Joi@RR!

Tis the season for...
wintery berries,
a bit of snow,
warm boots,
a walkin' buddy!!

This project was done on a 8 x 10 baltic birch wood panel: Savannah by Walnut Hollow.

Step by Step Instructions 

I began by covering the edges of the board with masking 
tape to make a defined boarder line when removed. 

The board was then covered with black gesso. Why?
I have found that when working with "snow" 
type paintings - the black underneath gives
a special depth and shadow to the finished piece.

After the black gesso is dry... begin adding
Shimmer Mister colors. The Misters leave such
amazing designs in the paint. Part of me wishes
I would have just left the trees undefined
as they looked below. Incredible shimmer too!

Randomly add the DecoArt Snow Writer to the trees. 
This is sooooooooooooo much fun.  
I use Snow Writer year round. It adds such great
dimension to any project.

After the image was totally dry,
pull off the masking tape and see your
perfectly formed edge!!!

 Add you digi image with
DecoArt Media Matt Medium.  

If you have texture sand paste, it will add 
lovely dimension to the fur on the boys coat.
I also used it to give texture to the chip board fence. 

Here is a glance at the project about half way done!

Time to paint the child's outfit and his buddy too! 
It was hard for me not to paint the dog artistically. 
I began adding his coat with my liner brush 
but then realized all that "lined hair" would
not end up looking like the digi image portrayed!! 
I got him looking close to his image but not perfect.

The scalloped edge was painted white.
Shimmering silver rick rack was added too.

And then... it was done!

A bit of dimension.

A bit of texture.

And a wish...
"Seasons Greetings Buddy"!

After all was completed, the project was varnished
with DecoArt Media Gloss Varnish. 

Products Used: 
Lots of DecoArt Media products!
Dynasty Brushes.
Faber-Castell Artist Pitt Pens.

The boy and dog image "Mika and Shila" is from: 

Sheepski Designs originates in the UK and
offers great digital prints.
I ADORE the Santa she just added...
click HERE to see him!

This project is inspiration for the Dec. 5
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
 from our sponsor Sheepski Designs.

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Would you believe that I don't even own a coat?
It just doesn't get that cold in this part of Texas. 
Raised in Missouri though, I enjoyed lots of
long walks in the snow!!!  Xj.


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.