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She Saw Beauty


With all of the hate, fear, confusion, and just total chaos that has followed the Presidential Campaign, Election and Inauguration this year I have just kind of felt off. I have tried to remain positive and to look towards the future. However with all of the attacking and harsh words I am watching friends fling at one another over their opinions I sometimes feel like an alien in a far far off world. How did friends who were celebrating each others lives, art and world go from that to tearing each other up, putting each other down and just being mean to one another? I am baffled. I am sad that as a Nation we are where we are so I am gonna just keep doing what I do. I am gonna dance in color and see beauty in all of you. I am gonna fling paint and just try to have fun. I hope you will too.

I had a dream that I was in the most beautiful place that there was just color dripping everywhere dancing and moving and everybody was color. We were a rainbow of hues better than even the characters in the movie Avatar, we were ever changing textures and shapes crusted in jewels, the sun was just dancing off of us!. This is my interpretation of that dream.

I thought a fun surreal project you may enjoy, so I decided to share.

Supplies you will need:


11 x 14 Canvas Board

Pallet Knives, Credit Card or Plastic Card for spreading pastes

Variety of PaintBrushes including Small and med round brush for eye, small detail brush for eye, 20/0 Script liner brush for eyelashes, Flat brush for collaging and a few frushes to paint colors on canvas

 Bohemian Jewels in ruby and diamond from Sandra Everston

Rhino Glue (for Jewels) (or E6000 but it takes longer to dry)

Ice Resin Iced Enamels in Garnet, Torched Copper and Tarnished Bronze and Iced Enamel Medium

Prima Marketing Pearl Fragments

plastic container with lid to mix modeling paste and paint and to preserve what is left


 Image of Eye to paint over,  printed with a laser printer

Words printed out that you want to use and any collage paper you wish to use


Piece of Cardboard ripped a little bigger than the eye image you will be using


DecoArt White Gesso

DecoArt White and Black Modeling Paste

DecoArt Matte Medium

DecoArt Texture Sand Paste

DecoArt Crackle Paste

DecoArt Liquid Glass

Deco Art Media Misters in Red and Yellow Green

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in as many colors as you love and can imagine.

I used:

Cadmium Red Hue, Pyrrole Red, Phthalo Blue, Primary Cyan, Phthalo Turquoise, Quinacridone Magenta, Quinacridone Violet, Titanium White, Carbon Black, Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Orange, Cobalt Teal Hue, Diarylide Yellow, Interference Magenta and Blue, English Oxide Red


DecoArt Americana 12 x 12 Distressed Harlequin Stencil


DecoArt Finishing Spray In Gloss


DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Radiant Red



DecoArt American Decor Metallics in 24k Gold


The first thing you want to do is to coat your 11 x 14 canvas board in a thin coat of DecoArt White Gesso and let it dry or dry it with a craft dryer do not burn it.

The you are gonna use a brush that is about a 1” flat and with the brush a little wet I spread on Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta and Violet and Diarylide Yellow. Most of this will get covered but as it all crackles I like to have bright colors down incase it does show.


Next I mix some of the DecoArt Modeling Paste and some of the colors of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acylics to the Paste to color (no more than 20% paint mixed in with the modeling paste) I apply that as desired in layers. I drizzle the 24k DecoArt American Metallics with the palette knife as desired.

You really should let it dry a bit now or use the craft dryer some without burning and blistering it

Next you want to take the eye image that you printed out on a laser printer so that it will not run and rip it out, I also rip out a piece of cardboard.

Adhere the eye to the cardboard with matte medium and let it dry, Coat the top of it with 2 coats of matte medium letting it dry in between each coat, or carefully drying with the craft dryer.


When dry you will adhere it to your canvas board with matte medium and again coat the top with matte medium, when the bottom layer of matte medium is dry and it is adhered to the canvas.

Make sure to smooth out any bumps. Then you again want to let this layer dry or carefully dry with a craft dryer making sure not to blister or bubble the matte medium or the paint. You will then start to layer layers of DecoArt paint, DecoArt texture sand mixed with paint, DecoArt modeling paste mixed with paint and DecoArt Crackle Paste. I do Not mix the Crackle Paste with Paint I wash Paint over it after it is dry and all cracked. I do this is many intermittent layers drying in between I do not rush it.

Here I applied a another layer of Crackle Paste, and I started putting on Liquid Glass Bubbles by squeezing out small little drops on the canvas and letting them dry while the crackle paste dried and cracked

After that is dry enough I am gonna get ready to start painting the eye with the small round brush and the detail brush and the script liner brush for the lashes.

As you can see the eye is just kinda flat until you paint it. I first painted the iris with Phthalo Blue mixed with Titanium White in a couple of different tones to make detail in the eye. I use English Oxide Red and Pyrrole red and water mixed to a tone I like and paint the red area of the eyes and I shade around the iris with it in the white are barely so it is almost not visible but it sets the eye off. I paint the carbon black pupil and highlight with medium grey and titanium white with the small detail brush, I shade under lasher and then I painted the lashes Cobalt teal mixed with titanium white, Pyrrole Red and Carbon Black with the script liner, same with the eyebrows. I also painted over the eye shadow areas with Diarylide yellow watered down and the pyrrole red watered down. You can also see where I put some liquid glass bubbles.

Let this all dry. I generally do not dry the liquid glass with the craft dryer.

While I was waiting for the Crackle Paste to dry I rubbed Metallic Lustre in Brilliant red around all of the edges and then wiped off the excess with a paper towel until it was shiny and I liked it.

Once the glue is dry around your jewels and pearls you will dip your round brush into the iced enamel medium and paint it around the jewels and pearls where you want it enameled one at a time. You then will sprinkle the enamel powder on the medium over a paper plate or something to catch the excess so you can our it back into the container for use again. Then you will heat the enamel powder with the craft heater until it starts to melt and kinda bubble but not blister, repeat as desired with a couple of colors or as you like.

I collaged my statement onto black card stock with the matte medium and then adhered to my canvas with matte medium and covered with two coats of matte medium. Letting dry between each ayer of matte medium.

When the entire thing was dry I sprayed it with 3 coats of DecoArt Sealer in Gloss Finish so as not to dull the jewels etc and to protect it and all the tummy cracks and color, letting it dry completely between coats.

I hope you like just playing in color and making this as much as I did

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