Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My RANCH Artwork - DecoArt Media on Huge Wooden Signs

For quite sometime folks have been saying that I needed some of my art work at the ranch.  It is at the ranch (in my studio) but not readily visible to others.  Someone teasingly said to paint a mural on front of one of our guest cottages!!!  As of this week, there is officially Joi artwork visible to guests at the ranch. FUN!

I will paint something else on the left side - just don't know what yet!  This is one of the entries to the garden. You can sit in our big, homemade, free standing, cedar porch swing and see this sign. 

In the picture below - you can see BOTH signs.Yes - I did TWO! The one in the far back is on the path that leads to the parking lots so I painted a blessing on it so they will see it as they leave. 

Here are the signs.
Hubby did the lettering - free hand with the dremel.

Another view of the garden and our home in the background! We are waiting on new ground cover in the rose garden on the right.  Our tree roses have not started to bloom yet. We are sure enjoying the veggies from the garden - yum!

NO... I didn't do all this work. We have ranch hands that help.

Here is how I did the signs with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.

On the 36" wide wood board, using my hands, I spread the paints. 
Yes - I am a hand painter!!!  Got a splinter too - whew!

My brother and I wrote the little poem.:)

And this one is the blessing sign.

Not only did I use DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics but also the DecoArt Media Misters. Such yummy colors for playing!
I mostly just sprayed and splattered and finger patted!!!

I am not sure what kind of flowers they are...someone said Texas Bluebonnets but mostly they are just artsy Joi flowers!!  I used my really long bristle liner brush and a blender brush.

And here are all the DecoArt products used!

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:
Phthalo Green-Blue
Quinacridone Violet
Diaxazine Purple
Pyrrole Orange
Primary Magenta
Translucent White
Green Gold
Sap Green
Phthalo Turquoise
Diarylide Yellow
Primary Yellow
Transparent Red Iron Oxide
Quinacridone Gold
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
Blue Green Light
Yellow Green Light
Raw Sienna
Titan Buff

DecoArt Media Misters:
Shimmer Yellow
Shimmer Turquoise
Shimmer White

DecoArt Media Gesso
DecoArt Media Tinting Base

Not included in the pictures... dear me!

DecoArt Media Satin Varnish (indoor/outdoor - wow)
DecoArt Media Modeling Paste (on the flowers)
DecoArt Metallic Lustre:
Brilliant Turquoise (on the road) 
Majestic Purple (in the sky)


As always , I am so grateful that you stopped by to see me! 
Love Love Love your comments - thanks bunches!
My blogger reply button is broken. Email me with any questions :)

May Grace and Peace Shine Upon You 
XX j. 

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Happy to share with the following challenges:

Wood, Word and Something Wild
My project is painted on WOOD, surrounded by WOOD, in the WILD woods with WILD flowers and lots of WORDS too!!

Celebrate Your Style
HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY to you all!
"Celebrating My Style" by adding mixed media JoiArt to the ranch!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mixed Media Monday Journal Creation

On Monday evenings I love attending the Ustream broadcast of Mixed Media Monday LIVE broadcast where we are captivated by Tracy Weinzapfel creating art with her paints.  

If you would like to see some of Tracy's 'live' creating, it is always posted on YouTube after wards. Here is the link:

People in the group create something afterwards (inspired by Tracy) and post it on our Facebook page.  This week, I did too!!! 

It was just a "for fun" project!
Wish you could see it in person.

Beginning to play by using my fingers - which is how I like to paint my backgrounds - I added colors helter skelter!

On the road, I used DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze, let it dry overnight and then accented it with DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream. It really brought out those cracks!

The road sign was hand painted with DecoArt Media Crackle Paint.  Since the background paint was not dry, the colors came through to give a lovely hue to the sign. The cracks were highlighted with DecoArt Media Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso. 

DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Titanium White with Metallic Lustre Majestic Purple and Brilliant Turquoise prepared the wooden sign for the "words".  

Using the "Misti" Stamping Tool to help add the Dare 2B Artsy Totally Tracy stamp.  The Misti enabled me to stamp the image - safely - more than once which helps me bunches.

It fits right over my journal page edges perfectly.
The stamp is attached in this picture.

In the end, somehow I created a "wild" landscape with nothing but a crooked road and a sign!! Guess that's rather how life is! 
Our roads are crooked but somehow we find the way.

The Totally Tracy Stamp (which is on sale right now!) says: 'Your path is beautiful and crooked and just as it should be'.  
Truly love that sentiment! 

Can you guess what the MMM stands for?
Can you guess what the AS&F stand for?

Andy and Tracy are both with DecoArt. Sometimes they run a challenge together which is called the Skinzapfel challenge. 
They are competitive co-workers and friends so it only seemed right that there should be arrows on the sign for them both! 
Both have been very inspirational and encouraging to me. 

Just painted in the little leaves and heart flowers by hand with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics. 

Some of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics used:
Phthalo Green Yellow
Colbalt Turquoise Hue
Phthalo Green Blue
Dioxizine Purple
Quinacridone Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Primary Magenta
Quinacridone Red

Also love to use Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt Pens.

I soooooo soooooo soooooo appreciate you stopping by today. 

I knew I wanted to use Tracy's Dare2BArtsy stamp but I had no idea how when I began painting.  When the wild landscape started to appear, I thought it would be fun to add the wooden sign with some words. Almost immediately I thought of the MMM but what on earth would I put on the bottom one?  Finally I knew!!! 

Thanks Andy and Tracy for once AGAIN inspiring me to create. Even more fun when it's for you two!

Hugs to you all. j. 

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Excited to share my creation with:

My sweet Mixed Media Monday friends!!! ❤j



Sunday, May 8, 2016

Crafty Individuals Spotlight - APPRECIATE WHAT IS Canvas, Our Creative Corner


HOWDY from Joi@RR!

It's gorgeous at the ranch today - spring is in full bloom and the garden is growing.  We have been eating green and yellow garden goodies - the red ones aren't ready yet!!! 

An armadillo jumped into our 4' high box and ate all our beets.  We chased him away by putting cayenne pepper on the dirt!!

Then a Mama rabbit decided to make her nest under our squash there were SIX!!! 

I have been having fun playing with some fabulously amazing CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS stamps & masks.   

I was honored to be asked to do the Sponsor Spotlight as a Design Team member for Our Creative Corner

Below are the three wonderful Crafty Individuals products I used.

Flower Heads - Rubber Stamp, Code CI-206
A Walk In The Park - Rubber Stamp, Code CI-439
Leafy Branches Mask, Code CI-MASK23-LB

(Yes, I cut the 'Leafy Branches' Mask to use it!!) 

It would be super fine if you would go to Our Creative Corner (just click on the title) to see my step by step tutorial.
Hoping you will like my creation for Crafty Individuals.

You will be surprised to know that I began with a napkin.
Just a bit unusual for me (the canvas painter)!  
But, never fear, I DID use a canvas!!!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks for you too!!! 

Yes - I HAD to use some crackle and glitz!!! 


Thanks bunches to Crafty Individuals and Our Creative Corner for giving me this opportunity to play with such nice quality stamps and masks. It was a grand adventure in creativity for me!

And thank all of you for joining me on my blog today!

If you go to see my project... you will find out why I say: "APPRECIATE WHAT IS"

Big Hugs. j. 


Thursday, May 5, 2016



Howdy from Joi at the Ranch in Texas! 


I cannot begin to explain how completely honored
and totally excited I was to be invited to celebrate
with you all as a Guest Designer.  Wow.  

I remember well the announcement of the beginning of
Anything But Cute and how I anticipated the "date"
of that beginning, and the first challenge.  

I could be wrong, but I think I have submitted a project
for each and every challenge this past year.  And it has been 
such a blessing to me to get to know the spectacular
artists on the Anything But Cute Design Team. 

Just to say thank you... here is a little ditty for you! 


Anniversary Month.... 
Challenge Theme: Celebrate Your Style

Challenge Description: As we celebrate our First Anniversary, we want you to celebrate what you do best... mixed media! This is your chance to do it your way, in your favorite style... so pull out those inks and paints and show us what you're made of! You can make anything you want, just as long as it has some mixed media products on it and no cute images. HAVE FUN!

Here's my Guest Design - 1st Anniversary - Post!

It's spring in Texas and this little gal is in love with spring!
She's enjoys the warmth, the colors and the smells...
and she LOVES TODAY - lying in a field of wild flowers!! 

And yes... I WAS a flower child in the 60's/70's....
so humor me here!!!! OK!!!!!????
By the way... I used to cake on mascara in royal blue!!! 

Products Used:

After sketching in my gal I began working and honestly had no idea how she would turn out (as usual)!  For me, that's the fun of being an artist though... every day is different and every creation is a mystery until it is finished!!! 

This is a 16x20 wrapped canvas. 

I combined Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos...
Cotton Candy and Bubble Gum -
to make a pastel purple! So easy and fun!!


Next came the addition of some "texture" with:
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils.

Using DecoArt Media Matte Medium and a brush,
the texture and colors melted together superbly. 

After I finished the background texture - I begin drawing free hand flowers... fun creating - with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos. 

I also continued to use the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelles!   

Just couldn't resist using the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle to continue to add flowers - it's so fluffy and lightly unique!

The stencils:
ARTplorations Bloom Factory
Prima Wild Flowers. 

Strategically placing the flowers here and there, the hope was that it would look like a field of wild flowers!  Have you ever totally stretched out in the middle of a bunch of flowers???  You should - it's very freeing, smells fabulous and the colors are stunning!! 

And then I pulled out one of my favorite products...
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Big Brush and Pitt Pens.
I don't think I have painted a single canvas without them...
(Pictured are the Pitt Pens but I also used the Big Brush!)

This is how she looked at one point in the process.... when I looked at this picture... I decided she looked like she had a beard. 
Heheheheheheheheh - oops!!!
So I added some more flowers at the bottom and other places as well as worked on the eyes. 

Using Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle - added more flowers - see the "white" ones below??!!!

And here is another stencil used from the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 101 Stencil Collection. 

Sure hope you can see the wonderful DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze that I used on all the circles. It made them soooo yummy topped off with some DecoArt Media Silver Metallic Lustre.  
Lots of Mixed Media goin' on here!!!! 

The "love today" words came from my stash. 
I am 99% sure they are by Heidi Swapp.

Here are some close up pictures of our gal "loving today" lazily relaxing in her field of wild flowers!

You should all be soooooooo proud. 
I'm proud of YOU too!!
HUGS... and BEST Wishes for another FAB year!! j. 

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I am excited to share my 'Love Today Gal' with the: