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.


FUNKY COWBOY BOOTS: Fluid Acrylics on Wood

A new 30 x 40″ wood sign because…
we just hired a new COWBOY at the ranch!
Did you know that everyone here wears boots every day? But only the cowboys wear spurs. Have you heard the old saying 
“Take off your boots and stay awhile”??  
Nooooo – please don’t take off your boots here at the ranch until you are ready for bed! So… for our sign, I changed it to SPURS. Yes – please DO kick off your spurs and stay a while!!! 
Another thing we see around here is chaps. Chaps are leather pants without a seat, worn over jeans, to protect a cowboys legs. I saw a photo of some dangling rawhide chaps and thought how fun it would be to make them really colorful and rather abstract. 
Here is my original sketch on the wood. 
I typed up the quote on my computer – decided on the size needed – then printed. I used DecoArt Graphite Paper to trace the letters onto the wood.  


Lots of DecoArt Media Black Gesso was used on the background as well as doing the letter with the White Gesso. 


Using DecoArt Media Tinting Base is so fun because it produces unique shades for each color of paint.  At this point, it was all about painting colors and making the chaps/boots look a bit funky!
Truly enjoying the journey with my fluid acrylics on wood and forgot to snap you some peeks. Very rare for me so I know you will forgive me this time.
Products Used:
Yellow Oxide
Dioxazine Purple
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Burnt Sienna
Titan Buff
Raw Sienna
Raw Umber
English Red Oxide
Prussian Blue Hue
Tinting Base, Black Gesso, White Gesso
0 Black Silver 4940
Dark Sepia, White, Indian Red


I love painting on wood! 
Here is the finished piece in place by the gate!

Some close-up photos:





Thanks bunches for helping me welcome our new cowboy!!
Hugs. j.



DecoArt Media Design Team 50×70 Abstract Canvas

HOWDY friends!!!
As always, so excited and honored to have a DecoArt Media Design Team post for you to see.  
Do you see a BOY in the photo above? 
Please head on over to the DecoArt Media Blog
Here’s the link:
You can definitely SEE him there plus project tutorial!!!
This was a HUGE project…
a 50×70 gallery wrapped abstract canvas.  
And here is a secret I want to tell you….
while doing this HUGE painting I never emptied a single bottle of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.  Seriously.  It’s the paint that just keeps on giving and such a delight to paint with too.


Thanks bunches for stopping by. Xj.

50×70 Gallery Wrapped Abstract Canvas Painting

Howdy from Joi at the Ranch!
This 24″x36″ wrapped canvas was done with the STAMPENDOUS Blog Hop in mind for Andy Skinner’s new line of stamps.  Andy is Executive Creative Consultant for DecoArt Inc., as well as a product designer for Stampendous.  

Just Image….
Once Upon A Future Time… in another time warp far, far away…
there was an Unexplained Mysterious Planetary Realm that the astronauts only shared with very special friends.  It was the ultimate dream vacation – a secret hideaway.  However… every visitor was frightened by the unknown so they were always told… “Have Faith”… it will be worth the trip.  
Would you like to go??


 Here are Andy’s NEW Stampendous Stamp Sets that were used in this project as well as some of Andy’s DecoArt Stencils that you will see in the step by step process photos below. 
YES… I agree with you… this is a wild and crazy creation for me! It was great fun to do though with a huge variety of mixed media fluid acrylic paints and texture products from DecoArt Media.  I also used Dynasty Brushes and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens.
STEP by STEP Tutorial
The first thing done was just pulling out all the stamp sets and stamping – then fussy cutting!  That helped me know what size canvas was going to be needed for the project. 
I placed the grungy heart stamp pieces to form a flower and drew around them to get the idea of the size of the planets.  Using black and white gesso – the planets began to form!
DecoArt Snow Writer Dimensional Paint was the perfect texture for the planetary background.  After it was dry, it was covered with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.  



Using the stamped and fussy cut barbed wire branch stamp and Matte Medium… the roots of the flower were formed. 


Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic was added in and around the roots.  They were then covered with crackle glaze.


Then began the fun part because I love playing with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic vivid colors. With no preconceived ideas… I just began painting! 


Below is a photo of how the background looked after the first layer of paints. Then how it looked after the last layer was done. 


Here is what it looked like at the end of the first go round of paint layers – just getting everything started.
There is a place for five of the winged heart creatures flying here and there around the planets.



Honestly, I have no idea what was in my mind when I drew this pointed mountain. Just playing with design and dimension.


Adding the Modeling Paste to make it look unique.
After playing with colors, I added some of Andy’s “eyes” looking out from inside the mountain – ehehehhehe! Wild and Crazy!!! The stencil is ‘Strike the Pose’ by DecoArt and Andy Skinner.
On the other side – opposite the pointed mountain, I used Texture Sand Paste to make a smaller mountain range.  It’s a GREEN Planet so it needs lots of interesting places for anyone that might visit it!! 


I forgot to include the bottle but DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium was added to the planet surface around the “roots”. 


Some Texture Sand Paste and Black Gesso helped with adding more texture to the large planet at the top of the canvas. 


Crackle Paste – so yummy – for the “pink” planet!


After the Weather Wood was dry the Green Gold Fluid Acrylic made the Green Planet come to life!


Andy’s ‘Incognito’ Stencil by DecoArt was added to the planet above the large mountain.


Finally – time for the REAL stamping of the figures.  Wasn’t sure what color everything would turn out in the beginning.  All of the stamping was done on tissue paper.  All the cut out stamped images where applied to the canvas with DecoArt Media Matte Medium. 


Also, added some texture to some of the planets and to the red area where the words would be seen. 


And here are some close-ups of the finished piece. 












So happy you stopped by to visit my imaginary planetary world!
And by the way… no – I would not like to go to the unknown.
But I do so enjoy creating it!!! 
Hugs. j. 



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.