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January 2017

Art Journal: Gratitude – for me – it’s every day.

Today – it’s all about GRATITUDE. One of my favorite words. For me – it’s all about GRATITUDE every day!!!
I decided to play along with a creative challenge given by Tracy Weinzapfel Studios. Tracy wears a lot of hats but you might know her best through from her LIVE broadcasts painting artwork on her Mixed Media Mondays.  We also share a spot on the DecoArt Media International Design Team together. 
She challenged her Mixed Media Monday Group to: take your thoughts of thanks to your safe place whether that be a canvas, art journal, or a wall! I would love to see what you come up with. 
Over the years, I have developed into a very thankful person. Life has not been easy for our family and one thing for sure… we never take anything for granted. I am just so thankful for even the smallest of blessings.
 I was thinking about Tracy’s challenge… and my heart just felt full – like thankfulness/gratitude was just clinging to it.  As a result, I came up with the gratitude sentiment. I love to write original thoughts!
Then I thought it perhaps didn’t make any sense… leaves drop off vines and we wouldn’t want gratitude to just go away!!! However, I realized that every day I am grateful for different things so if one of my leaves of gratitude dropped off – it would quickly be replaced with another – perhaps the same or maybe a bit different ‘color’! 
I wanted my painting to be colorful and the vines unique. After using gesso on my pages, I began by misting DecoArt Media Misters onto my journal pages. 
I used:
Yellow Shimmer Mister
Orange Mister
Purple Mister
White Shimmer Mister
I added DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with the Tracy Moreau DecoArt Americana Classic Stencil Jacobean Floral.
For the vines… I just “had” to use some shimmer and chose DecoArt Metallic Lustre in several colors. 
Lavish Green
Radiant Red
Orange Flicker
Copper Kettle
Polished Coral
It just looked like it needed a fence so I drew it in with a ruler and a Faber-Castell Black Pitt Pen. Then highlighted the edges with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark.


The tiny vines were done with:
Elegant Emerald, Black Shimmer and DecoArt Media Green Gold using my incredible Dynasty Liner Brush.
I printed my sentiment the size needed, traced it with DecoArt Graphite Paper and then painted it by hand with my Dynasty liner brush in DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Dioxazine Purple.
I’m thankful for dragonflies (more than butterflies) so added one using Misti, StazOn and a Stampendous Cling Dragonfly stamp.
Here and there…I used some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Green Gold, Translucent White, Paynes Grey, Carbon Black.

A few close-ups:





As 2016 comes to an end… I am thankful and filled to overflowing with gratitude.  Of course, I am thankful for all my family and my dear sweet hubby of almost 45 years.  I am thankful to live on our ranch, for our ranch staff and for our friends.
And I am thankful that I can paint… and for all of YOU – my artsy buddies – who inspire me each and every day to be more than I ever thought I could be. 
I am thankful for my DecoArt, for my DecoArt Media International DT friends and for Tracy and others who has motivated me to create, to laugh, to dare to dream, and to BELIEVE that my art is ‘good’ enough! 
Gratitude clings to my heart abundantly. 
Hugs. j. 

Christmas, the Reason. Acrylic Painting

Happy Holidays to all who celebrate the season! 
I have so enjoyed all your lovely Christmas/Holiday posts. Your creativity is just amazing. 
For as long as I can remember, our family has focused on the birth of Jesus as the “reason for the season”.  Every Christmas includes the Bible reading of the event and a Christmas Eve church service by candlelight.  Usually Mama or I would sing at the services.  Sometimes both of us!!  
My favorite song to sing was “The Birthday of the King”. 
In the little village of Bethlehem
There lay a child one day
And the sky was bright with a Holy Light
In the place where Jesus lay.
Hallelujah, oh how the angels sang
Hallelujah, how it rang
And the sky was bright with a Holy light
Twas the birthday of the King
Twas a humble birth place, but oh how much
God gave to us that day.
From a manger bed, what a path He led,
What a perfect Holy way.
This year, I won’t be singing, but painting instead!
Here is my abstract version of “A Birthday of My King”.
I began with a light coat of DecoArt gesso over a 12″x 12″ paper by Fancy Pants Designs: Swagger – Debonair.  
The variegated dark brown seemed a good background for the stable and hay.
And then drew in a small sketch of intentions.
I knew I wanted the beautiful colors of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue.  
When using DecoArt Media Tinting Base, this color turns to so many amazing tones/hues.
So I began with that combination first. 
Just working in some colors – mostly playing!
The DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark seemed the perfect product for a “heavenly bright sky”.
Combined with a DecoArt Americana stencil named Segmented Swirls – the sky came to life.

Afterwards DecoArt Media Misters were added in Primary Cyan and Purple.
The DecoArt Metallic Lustre literally acted as a ‘mask’ and it was exciting to see the colors swirl and mix around the silver.
So why not continue with the wonderful Silver Metallic Lustre and use Andy Skinner’s Whirlpool stencil for the hay?  
This is the second time I used this stencil to represent hay – love it!!! 
Let’s try a bit of DecoArt Media Misters on the hay, too, in Orange and Shimmer Yellow. 
And for the inside of the manger, I used DecoArt Media Misters in…
Primary Magenta, Black, Red, Shimmer White and Shimmer Violet. 
Mary’s gown has some Shimmer Turquoise Mister also.
I still just kept adding texture and color to get the hay looking right. 
Here I am using a Studio 490 stamp – Old Wood Floor with DecoArt Media Mister in purple. 

Using some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic
Diarylide Yellow, Green Gold, Primary Red, Translucent White and lots of other Mister colors already used . . .
the hay began to look cozy enough to attract the sheep!
I had a grand time with my Dynasty liner brushes ‘making hay’!
Now I can say that I have baled hay, loaded hay, stacked hay, fed hay, enjoyed hay rides, used hay for a toothpick, shot arrows into hay, rolled in the hay, sat on hay, kissed in the hay, created scarecrows with hay, and painted hay!!!!!!!!!!! We even have a place on the ranch called the “Hay There” where we store our hay. YeeHaaaa!!! 
And, dear me . . . I just could not resist some sparkle with DecoArt Black Ice Glamour Dust.
Here are the products I used and some photos of the finished piece.
Some Close-Ups!




Whatever holiday you celebrate or
 even if it’s not a holiday for you at all . . . 
I wish you BLESSINGS, PEACE and LOVE. Xj. 



Our Ranch Hand! Paint and Paper Mixed Media

Howdy once again.  It was in the 30 yesterday and today it is 75!!  Texas in the winter.
 Here’s a fun project in prep for a class!
It’s paint and paper!!! Looks like one of our old ranch hands too!
 PRODUCTS (plus paper).
DecoArt Media Products
Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
Dynasty Paint Brushes


Have a SUPER FINE day!! Xj.