Acrylics on Wood, Moonlit Lantern Monolith

Moonlit Lantern: A Mixed Media Monolith
We have many old fashioned lanterns hanging at the ranch. 



My moonlit lantern scene was painted from a photo taken by a ranch guest. She asked me if I would paint her photo, so I did!!  The “monolith” is a piece of gnarly tree root found by hubby.  It seemed the perfect substrate for an acrylic painting design!
Products Used:
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Prussian Blue Hue
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Cobalt Turquoise Hue
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Quinacridone Gold
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Translucent White
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Carbon Black
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
· DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Dark Grey Value 3
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Tinting Base
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Gesso – Black
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Ultra Matt Varnish
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Satin Varnish
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Crackle Glaze
· DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products – Liquid Glass
· DecoArt Media Glitter Products – Glamour Dust Glitter Paint, Iced Crystal
· DecoArt Americana – Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
· DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister – White
· DecoArt Media Shimmer Mister – Turquoise
· DecoArt Media Mister – Carbon Black
· DecoArt Metallic Luster – Black Shimmer
· DecoArt Metallic Luster – Iced Espresso
· DecoArt Metallic Luster – Silver Spark
· DecoArt Brush and Stencil Cleaner
Supplies Needed:
· Paint Brushes of choice. I used a Dynasty Brush – Liner 0.
· Paper Towels
· Spray Mister of Water
· Canvas, Wood – whatever you are in the mood to paint on!
Step One: Choose your substrate. My wood piece was approx. 7” by 11”.
Step Two: Prepare your substrate. I used Black Gesso on the front of my wood only.
Step Three: Begin adding colors for your background.  I used Tinting Base – mixing it with the blue – to give various hues of the Prussian Blue Hue.  This color was perfect for going from the dark blue at the top to the light blue at the bottom of this background. I also used a bit of this color here and there on the back and side.
Step Four: Then using Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Gold and Dark Grey Value 3, add a bit to your dry background for the setting sun.
Step Five:  Next, paint your image onto your background with Black Gesso.
Step Six: After dry, add your choice of another color of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics for layering texture.  I added Translucent White.
Step Seven: Choose one of the many types of DecoArt crackle mediums to enhance your texture. I chose DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood for my tree stump.
Step Eight: Working on the tree stump, it was quite fun adding the Metallic Lustre in various colors.  I love watching these metallics come to life with glitzy shimmer as I apply them to my projects.
Step Nine: Let’s move on to the lantern. Since our lanterns are all vintage, adding Crackle Glaze was the way to achieve that rustic flare!
Step Ten: Allow crackle glaze to dry, add Fluid Acrylic colors: Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Dark Grey Value 3, Colbalt Turquoise Hue.
Step Eleven: For the lantern glass, add Liquid Glass and Iced Crystal Glamour Dust for a super dimensional look.
Step Twelve: Draw in the moon with White Gesso and a liner brush. I used a Dynasty Liner Brush! Add a bit of White Shimmer Mister to enhance the moon’s glow as well as some Iced Crystal Glamour Dust.


And here are a few close-ups!





Thanks bunches for visiting the “ranch” today and for the opportunity to share my project with you. Xj.


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