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Abstract American Flag

June 28, 2016

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Howdy from Joi at the Ranch.  It’s the time of year when we love to see lots of American Flags flying in honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day.  At the ranch, we have a lighted 50 ft. flag pole flying both the American Flag and the Texas Flag – every day.


Items needed:

  • DecoMagic Brush Cleaner 8oz - DecoMagic Brush Cleaner
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Purple
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer Turquoise
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Primary Cyan
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Cyan
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Old Credit Card
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Ella & Viv Paper: Red Gingham, Country Picnic #7


For this abstract flag project, I used Andy Skinner’s technique Alcohol and Acrylic Layering as seen here:

Gather your supplies:

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Apply Gesso to the entire surface you are using.

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Using Quinacridone Gold, I began Andy’s process by applying the paint and alcohol – then scraping my design with the card. Can you see the White Gesso and the Gingham Paper coming thru in the background? So neat!

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The next layer was done with Prussian Blue Hue. What I love about this color is, depending on how thick it is spread, it makes many shades of blue.  As I spread and scratched, lots of blue hues appeared. 

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The next layer was Primary Yellow - same technique. 

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Primary Red was next. You can see some of the fireworks beginning to appear. 

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Now, some would think this is where I should have stopped adding colors.  But there is a lot of red in the flag, so I decided to play some more and out came the DecoArt Misters. The first Mister was Primary Cyan. 

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In the end, all of the ones pictured were used - dear me! There are splatters and dots and lines and scrapes in all those colors. So fun.

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This is the finished background. 

Isn't it amazing that you can still see some of the red/white gingham showing through from the paper? YUMMY!

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I used my liner brush and gesso to draw in the flag.  I did the flag much the same way - using Andy's technique.  Primary Red, Titanium White, as well as Titanium White Antiquing Cream was used for the stripes on the flag.

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And here are some close-ups of the finished flag. 

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Definitely always finish each project with your choice of DecoArt Media Varnish!

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This painting was done for a charity tennis match. If you visit my blog, you will see my abstract flag displayed, in a tray by the winner.  I was so honored to have my DecoArt Media painting as one of the winning prizes.

Thanks bunches for “painting” with me today! I so enjoy DecoArt products. Sure hope you will be inspired to play with yours today!  Hugs, Joi!

Be sure to visit Joi@RR  for more projects and to learn more about Joi@RR.


LOVE love love this fantastic background, Joi! Your awesome project and post reminded me to use my scraping tools more often! The texture and depth you have achieved with your background is absolutely brilliant! Wow! Hugs! Claudia xxx


June 28, 2016

Stunning art Joi, that amazing background has so much depth and texture to it and I adore the flag, I can just imagine it blowing in the wind. Beautiful work xxx

Brenda Brown

June 29, 2016

Absolutely love this Joi! Love all the scratched fireworks and the tons of colour. The flag stands out almost 3d, you have created amazing depth in this. Fantastic! xxx

Nikki K

June 29, 2016

Joi, I love your abstract flag. Very cool.

Karenliz Henderson

June 29, 2016

REALLY,REALLY LOVE this! Fabulous work Joi ! Toni x


June 29, 2016

My kind of "fun in a bottle"! What a fun treat..I must play, now...

Charlotte Fletcher

June 30, 2016

Joi I am in awe right now ... stunning artwork! Never tried that technique , such fantastic results. You've inspired me tonight. Thank you so much for sharing. Big hugs Tracy xxxx


June 30, 2016

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