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November 2016

Rustic Glam Project – Featured Artist

I was recently honored to be the Featured Artist on the Anything But Cute Challenge Blog.  
 Here is a link to the post – including a photo of me!
The Anything But Cute Challenge with RUSTIC GLAM theme.
At our ranch, rustic is undeniable! But glam? Well… a yellow flower on a cactus is glam!  A new baby calf is glam!

A deer resting in the pasture is glam! So what was “rustic glam” for this featured artist???   

I began with a 12″ x 30″ rustic piece of barn wood. 
Using a stencil for the lettering; I drew in the design by hand. 
And began painting in all my little designs with DecoArt Media Black Gesso.
My liner brush by Dynasty Brushes sure helped! 
Here is the finished RUSTIC part before the GLAM arrived on the scene.  Oh, my stars . . . those trees are crooked.  
Ok, Joi – just don’t think about that . . . perfection not needed . . . proceed forth to the finish!
I had drawn in a double layer of mountains and thought it would be fun to use some type of texture there – maybe even a stamped texture. I had been humming the song Silent Night and decided the project needed some music – right?! 
I found lovely music in the Victorian Romance Deco-Page paper set by DecoArt Americana.  I tore the notes and placed them using DecoArt Media Matte Medium. After they were dry, I went back around the edges with some Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic to make it look a bit more unified with the line of the mountain ridge.


The open tree needed a bit of glam, too. I stamped one of the Susan K Weckesser Unity Journal Doodles inside.
Remember, a deer resting in the pasture is glam. How could I not include one??!
Out came an old stencil that has no name any more and an ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer too. 
To bring my deer to life. I made a fun concoction of DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste and Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint – YUMMY! 
For a bit more shimmer, I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre on the trees and across parts of the background.
It’s very hard to see in this picture, but it definitely added some glitz to the rustic wood!  
For transforming my tipsy trees… I chose DecoArt’s Snow Writer.  It’s so amazing to play with this snowy wonder.
The moon just seemed to need a bit more glam so cheese cloth mesh was added with matte medium.

Seldom can I do mixed media without adding a bit of crackle!
I loved the DecoArt Media Crackle paste on the triangle trees and snow!!
Last but not least… the wild splish-splash of DecoArt Glamour Dust – black ice & ice crystal – from top to bottom!
And a few close-ups!
Wish you could see it in person – it shimmers!
Wishing each of you a calm and bright Thanksgiving and Christmas season . . . with hugs. j.