Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Christmas Ice Mermaid, Through the Craft Room Door

Hello from Joi@RR!

Just a touch of Christmas...

Christmas Mermaid on Ice! 

ENTER your project HERE:

Prize: £8 digi voucher
 from our sponsor Crafts and Me.

Using a Crafts and Me Digi Image: Christmas Eve Mermaid:

Here is a glimpse into her magical ice castle kingdom.  

Santa even knows where mermaids are on Christmas Eve!!!

Hubby had cut out a project and came in with a 8"x24" piece of oddly carved board thinking I might want to use it.  I immediately could see snowy ice caps and icy water for a mermaid!!!  

Out came the DecoArt Media Black Gesso. 

Adding a bit of water and ice!!

Using some tissue paper and Decou-page an ice arch for the mermaid was created.  Also easily done with modelling paste but I was in the mood to play a bit with paper!! 

Stars and galaxies form in the night sky with paint, lustre and glitter!

Playing with DecoArt's wonderful Snow Writer.

Out comes one of my favorite products: Crackle Glaze which was generously painted over the entire piece. 

As you can see in the photo - Carbon Black Antiquing Cream was painted over the entire project. After it dried, it was wiped off to reveal the cracks and crevices in the icy scene.

More Metallic Lustre for the almost frozen water.

Liquid Glass is perfect for icy landscapes and of course, one needs lots of Glamour Dust glitter paint for a magical kingdom. 

DecoArt and DecoArt Media Products Used: 

Definitely not ready for Christmas yet but it was fun to make a fairy tale home for this Christmas Eve Mermaid. Xj.


Friday, August 4, 2017


Yes, I'm in Craft Stamper Magazine? 
It's sooo exciting!!! 
It was a "reader's submission".
Thank you Craft Stamper Magazine. 

My stamping project was done on wood. Can you believe that it flew all the way from the USA to the UK to make it's modeling debut???  It did!!!  

I am so honored to be such wonderful artists as:
Brenda Brown, Tracy Scott, Tracy Evans, Jenny Marples, Rikka Kovasin, and Lynn Moncrieff.

You can go to www.craftstamper.com to buy "real" magazine copy subscriptions.

Click HERE for a digital copy. 

Click HERE to buy a single copy. 

Here are a couple of sneak peeks. It's a pretty large project so this is just a tiny glance!!!

I stamped some, drew some, stenciled some, painted some and created from the heart.  It's bright with lots of texture, shimmer and fun!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by! 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PUBLISHED! Painting Ezine Magazine - 7 pages!!!

Howdy from Joi@RR and...
 Frosty the Cowboy Snowman!!!

We were PUBLISHED! It's a 7 page tutorial spread:

Painting Ezine Magazine 

Get your copy here!

Painting Ezine ~ Online Magazine for Decorative Painters

Can you believe it's only $16 for a year?
Each edition comes with LOTS of PATTERNS and TUTORIALS from lead designers. 
It's soooo worth having. 

You can read it online OR...
you can download the complete pdf file onto your computer for printing patterns and/or storage.

PLEASE... check out my tutorial
It has photos and patterns included. 
From page 75 to page 81 - to be exact!! 

Here are a few teaser photos for you...

Yes! Every cowboy wears boots!

I'm honored to have my ranch snowman be a part of this issue of Painting Ezine Magazine
Thank bunches for your support and love :)


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Through The Craftroom Door Magazine Post

Howdy from the Ranch! 

This is my first post as a designer for:
 Through the Craftroom Door Magazine!

The sponsor for this challenge is:
The Fantasy Art of Nikki Burnette.

The digi I used is entitled: "Aelita and Jax". 

The prize for this challenge is 3 digital images. 

You can enter your TTCRD challenge project here

Here is how I created this 'friendly' project. 

My sister-in-law gave me some cast offs!
This one was never used because the center
board is crooked. 

This frame is 11x14. The center piece - which was turned up long ways for this project - is 6x8". 

I got to thinking about the digi 
and decided that Jax (the bat) must
be a very good friend to Aelita!
Plus she has lots of kitten friends too!

Using black gesso - the fun begins!

The little board was just done helter skelter. 
Not sure why!

I used the Windswept Tree stencil and completely forgot to get a photo of the DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood being applied. It gave my tree super great crackle texture. 

Now to add lots of leaves. I could have done some fancy leaves but thought it would be better to let the focus be on 'Aelita and Jax' for this piece! 

My grandchildren were amazed at the way the DecoArt Media Interference Fluid Acrylics went on as a milky white against the black and then turned into such gloriously dynamic colors.  In this picture you can see some of the paint has turned to it's color and some is still milky white. I didn't wait for it to dry but just kept randomly painting colors.

Next, with a liner brush, each leaf was lined with Copper Kettle Metallic Lustre.

And the "friends" lettering was done with Brilliant Turquoise Metallic Lustre. 

The last layer on the leaves was Dioxazine Purple. 
Again - just as a liner around each leaf. 
Silly me - I just love to paint with my liner brushes.

Now a bit of stamping on the kitty cats.

Newsprint - Vintage Vanity Clearstamp 
by Prima/Finnabair

Triangles by Kaisercraft Clearstamps

Flower Heads by Crafty Individuals

Some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream helped to lighten up the branches and leaves behind Aelita. 

All the digi images were attached with DecoArt Media Matte Medium and the project was sealed with Media Gloss Varnish. 

Here is my sweet teenage granddaughter helping with ideas for the project. It has been such a blessing to spend time with my four grandchildren this summer.

Products used for this creation!

A few photos of the finished piece. 
There is no way for you to see the gorgeous shimmer and glitz of the metallics and lustres. 
It is so FUN to see in person.  

Thanks bunches for spending time with me!!
I am grateful for your comments and your love!! 
Hugs. j.