When DecoArt asks me to do a project for them, I always try to push my creativity in an unusual direction to provide a new look at traditional painting. DecoArt’s Media Line is intriguing because it is so different and versatile. Matisse once said “Creativity takes courage”. I titled this “Courage” as it seemed to sum it up as I stared at the blank journal. I wanted to design something totally new and unique. Learning new techniques and using new paints and mediums can be overwhelming, however, the results are so amazing that they are almost magical! This project is the Featured Video in DecoArt’s Decorative Painting Newsletter.
Because journals are so popular, I decided to use this as my surface. Everyone can use a journal…kids, teens, adults…we all need to make lists, write short mementos, or just jot down ideas! Journals are a perfect and thoughtful solution for any gift giving. My daughter creates stunning journals just for her that anyone would be thrilled to have!
This technique is very loose which can be a little stressful. I encourage you to relax and let the brush take you to fantastic places. I had a professor in college that emphasized that the painting always reflects your feelings. With that in mind, relax and enjoy the ride! The process always takes you through the “ugly stage” before it arrives at the impressive results!
Click to see the short instructional video creative process from start to finish…
All supplies are available from Cupboard Distributing www.cdwood.com
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
- 13-DMFA03 Burnt Umber
- 13-DMFA09 Cobalt Turquoise Hue
- 13-DMFA14 Green Gold
- 13-DMFA30 Prussian Blue Hue
- 13-DMFA31 Quinacridone Burnt Orange
- 13-DMFA07 Sap Green
- 13-DMFA39 Titanium White
DecoArt Media Misters
Loew Cornell Brushes
DecoArt Media Mediums
- 27-99063 Kraft Journal 5” x 7”
- 46-92787 Idea-Ology Ornate Plates
- 28-21956 Canvas Paper 5” x 7”
- Miscellaneous Decorative Ribbon or Fibers
- Pinecones Cling Stamp
- 46-20392 Dictionary Stamp (Musical Motif) 46-20392
- 46-CMS165 Way With Words Cling Stamp
- 46-18689 Clear Acrylic Block Stamp Handle
- 46-03146 Archival Ink Jet Black Stamp Pad
- 29-32227 Specialty Sponges set of 2
- 16-00002 Quick Grip Adhesive
- 29-23586 Mini Mister
- 29-10611 Sanding Pad
- 03-11183 Double Ended Stylus
- Isoproply Alcohol
- Cotton Tip Swab
Instructions: The design is painted on canvas paper, then adhered to the journal cover. Coat 5” x 7” Canvas Paper with white gesso using small specialty sponge. Allow to dry, lightly sand, wipe clean and repeat.
- Starting with Turquoise Shimmer Mister, lightly spray top, left corner and ⅓ down left side. Using Yellow Green Mister, spray from top right corner to bottom left corner. Spritz a very light amount of Primary Magenta in the area of the pinecones. While still wet, spray with White Shimmer Mister to lighten. Hold paper vertical and allow paint to “run” down page. Lightly mist with water or alcohol using Mini Mister. When drips are as desired, lay paper flat to dry.
- Attach dictionary cling stamp to acrylic handle. Using the Archival Ink Pad, coat stamp with black ink. Stamp words randomly onto the background. This does not need to be heavy or solid coverage. Random and incomplete create more interest.
- Load oval wash with Burnt Umber and Matte Medium (50/50). Using a slip slap motion, coat background area to tone down.
- Load toe of angle with Matte Medium and QBU to float across the bottom and part way up the right side. Blend softly into background.
- Attach pinecone stamp to acrylic handle. Coat stamp with black ink following instructions above and stamp image. Allow to dry.
- Load liner with Titanium White to paint first layer of pine branches. Repeat with Sap Green and Turquoise Blue Hue. Keep adding layers until branches are full. Finish by adding a few qbo needles. Keep these sparse, add solely for color interest.
- Load filbert with Matte Medium and Burnt Umber. Wash over pinecones to tint. Pick up Titanium White on dirty brush and press down to create the tips of pinecone layers.
- Load toe of angle with qbo and float around the outer edge of the pinecones and in between. Without cleaning brush, repeat with Prussian Blue and finish by adding a light float of qbo.
- Load tip of filbert with a tan mix of Titanium White and Burnt Umber (50/50) to re-define the layers of the pinecone. Load liner with Titanium White and highlight the top tips of the layers.
- To create the spatters, load round with a thinned mix of Prussian Blue and qbo. Rap brush sharply onto another brush handle. Always test on palette before spattering surface. Spatter mostly around the outer edges. Repeat with Titanium White, mostly in the darkest areas.
- Trim paper to fit journal cover. With oval wash, apply a layer of Matte Medium onto the cover. Place painted canvas paper, smooth flat and seal with a top coat of Matte Medium.
- Using pad of finger, rub Titanium White around the outer edge (and spine) of the journal. When dry, repeat with a touch of Sap Green. If needed, add Burnt Umber.
- With finger, rub a small amout of Ttianium White on the raised design of the metal frame. When dry, tone down with a small rub of Sap Green. Add a touch of qbo for interest in just a couple places.
- Varnish journal surface and metal frame with a coat of Soft Touch Varnish.
- To add the words, coat canvas paper with Gesso. With oval wash, tint paper with Burnt Umber and Matte Medium (50/50). Thin Sap Green with Matte Medium (50/50) to add a hint of color. qbo may also be added.
- Select word stamp of choice, coat with black ink and stamp onto the canvas paper.
- Cut word to fit metal frame and secure with adhesive.
- Cut fiber or ribbon and thread through the holes in the metal frame. Allow enough length to tie. Apply Quick Grip Adhesive onto the back of the frame and glue into place.
- Fill inside frame with Liquid Glass.
I am so impressed with the vibrancy of the Media paints. It only takes a little to create rich, glowing colors. Please visit Cupboard Distributing for more inspiration, information and for all supplies used for this project. www.cdwood.com Email me with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org