Friday, February 19, 2016

A Master Board using DecoArt products

Since my return to South Carolina I've been playing with my DecoArt paints, etc.  We happened to have house guests this past week, our friends Beth and Kevin from Massachusetts.  Myrtle Beach is one of those locations that people seem to pass through often on their way to Florida so we'll be seeing a lot more of our old friends from Mass.  Kevin loves to tinker around the house so he and my husband adjust a lot of things around here when they pop in.  That gave Beth and me time together in the studio.  This was Beth's first foray into the world of mixed media.  Fun times.

To begin we chose to create master boards using DecoArt Americana Paints in Peacock Teal, True Red, Saffron Yellow, Payne's Grey and Cool White.  We applied a thin coating of Gesso to a large piece of 140# watercolor paper, allowed it to dry and then applied our paints.  We squirted the paint onto a Gelli Plate, brayered the paints together and pressed the watercolor paper onto the plate.  When this was dry we used Andy Skinner's stencils with some white gesso and then a touch of the Saffron Yellow paint.  Here's one of our master boards when completed.

The interesting part begins when the master board is cut into different sizes to be used for projects.  Beth began by making her first mixed media card ever.  She looks pretty pleased with her creation.

Beth created Card #2 with a Donna Downey stencil and some black gesso

We made our boards at the same time with the identical colors so we each had one to cut up.  I used mine to make postcards and a portrait using a Prima stencil and some black gesso.

By making a 11" by 15" master board you can create a series of pieces with the same background colors.  It is also a fun project to do with friends who often wonder what you actually do when you're creating art.  All who pass through this studio space are instantly hooked on mixed media when they release their own inner artist.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I certainly appreciate your visits and welcome comments, please leave one whenever you have time.  Hugs~ Renee


  1. Renee, you both have created just beautiful pieces of art. Wow, that face.

  2. Fabulous Renee, I LOVE your colourful masterboard and your portrait, and we can see how much you friend was happy to play with you and profit of a particular class with you!!! :D
    Her cards are great too!!
    Maybe you could enter your portrait in current Andy Skinner's challenge since you used his stencils.. Check if possible Renne as you fit to the theme perfectly!

  3. You and Beth both created some wonderful art, Renee! I am so jealous Beth got to play with one of my favorite teachers!

  4. What a fun time for you and Beth!! Lots of great color play as well!! Thanks for sharing Renee!

  5. How wonderful that you and your friend were creating side by side and that this was her first Mixed Media card, I'm sure it won't be her last.
    Stunning art from you both, I love the face stencil you were creating with.

  6. i would love to pass through your studio someday!!

  7. All of these are GORGEOUS...just gorgeous!!!