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Field Notes

By: TwoCraftingSisters
April 4, 2017

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Do you ever wonder how you would react to finding something unusual, something you never thought existed? Would you be nonchalant, taking it all in stride, like this young man out in the field? Dance around joyfully? Or would you simply not believe your own eyes?

I readily admit to an overactive imagination at times (maybe I read too many books?), and a desire to believe in at least a bit of magic. I’ve also studied science and gone out in the field making observations and taking notes. So, what’s a person to do when these seemingly contrary ideas emerge in one’s thoughts - why make art of course! 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Apple Green
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 2oz - Shrimp
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Sea Glass
  • Dazzling Metallics 2oz - Festive Green
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Gold Rush
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 6x6 - Snake's Web
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Shedded
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Bubbles
  • Canvas
  • Found Objects (for mark making)
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Drinking Straw
  • Palette Knife
  • Spray Bottle
  • Black Waterproof Pen
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Distress Marker - Worn Lipstick
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Foam Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Baby Wipes
  • Scissors
  • Beacon Craft Glue
  • Heat Tool
  • Assorted Idea-ology Bits


Draw and cut your mushroom shapes out of cardboard. 

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Add a layer of gesso to the cardboard mushrooms, let dry, then use stencils and apply Modeling Paste or Texture Sand with a palette knife. Apply Texture Sand paste to the bottom of the canvas.  

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Brush Sea Glass and Apple Green acrylic paint onto the canvas, blending them partially together. 

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Drip Green Gold and Yellow Green Light fluid acrylics across the top of the canvas, hold it vertically and spritz with water. Then use a drinking straw to blow the wet paint in different directions. 

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Dab the browns and golds into the textured area at the bottom of the canvas to create the earth. 

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Use mark making objects such as straws, Legos, cardboard and paint to create layers of shapes.  

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Use your fingers and smudge Quinacridone Gold and Green Gold into areas of the canvas. Let dry.  

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Create another layer of shapes with the Sea Glass acrylic and a mark-making tool. 

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Paint the mushrooms with bright colors, and once they have dried, rub some Gold Rush Metallic Lustre across the raised areas.  

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Write “Curiosity” repeatedly just above the ground with a black archival pen. 

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Determine placement of mushrooms, people, title, and metal object.

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Finished canvas and details. 

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I hope I have inspired you to go out in nature, observe and use your imagination. Let me know if you find a bit of magic out there! 

Be sure to visit TwoCraftingSisters  for more projects and to learn more about Maura.


Maura, this a really neat canvas! Your mark making is fab! Love the whimsy of your piece Jackie ")

Jackie Neal

April 5, 2017

UNIQUE and INTRIGUING! You would definitely not find me being nonchalant Maura! I would be mystified and walking around with my mouth open. All the textures, colors and designs are LOVELY FUN. Love your imaginative mark making too. If I came across your darling dancing girl or flying boy... I would hide!!! They are sweet looking but I am shy! Such a fun project. Just goes to show you that with DecoArt Media line products you can design anything your imagination loves! Xj.


April 5, 2017

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