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Fresh Flowers

by: Joi@RR Schultz
July 6, 2017

Fresh Flowers

I used to love it when a kid’o would bring me breakfast in bed on a tray! This mixed media project was created on 12x12 paper to be “flowers” for a breakfast tray.  Of course, it could also be used in a variety of other ways too!

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Blue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoMagic Brush Cleaner 4oz - DecoMagic Brush Cleaner
  • Memory Box Stencil: Garden Leafy Branches
  • Stampin’Up Stamps: Just Vine Set
  • Lost Coast Designs Stamp: Large Shrubbery
  • 12x12” Paper: Brandin O’Neill: Modern Romance, Daydreaming
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pen
  • Assorted Brushes

Instructions :

Choose your substrate, I chose 12 x12 paper with a background the resembled foliage.

Lightly gesso your paper – front and back. 

This will help keep your paper from curling as well as making it ready for paint.

Use the stencil of your choice for background texture foliage.  

I used a leafy stems stencil with Antiquing Cream in Patina Green and Titanium White. My goal was to add a soft undefined pattern behind the main flowers. 

Add dimension with stamping.

Some tiny flowers with a few more distinct vines gave the background some pop.

Sketch in your design.

I just hand drew these little flowers but it’s just as great to trace from a pattern or use a stamp/stencil too. 

Paint your design with gesso.

The gesso will cover up the background and once again you will have a clean slate to begin painting your focal flowers.


Just enjoy making your flowers come to life. 

Add the final touches. 

All along, my goal was not a bright bold floral design. I wanted a muted, grungy and more abstract piece.  A very light wash of transparent white was applied to the entire piece along with some paint splatters.  Then very randomly, a shrubbery stamp – dipped in white paint – was added.

I never know how a piece will turn out. There is no right or wrong. Just play until you are ‘satisfied’. 

Varnish Your Creation with the DecoArt Varnish of your choice.

The finished piece.

If you haven’t tried DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream – please do. There are so many fun and different way to use it! Plus it “looks” wonderfully unique.

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


Outstanding and oh so cool Joi! What a gorgeous result! Hugs, Autumn


July 10, 2017

Joi this is a glorious design full of amazing ideas and techniques. I love those flowers, I must try painting something like this xxx

Brenda Brown

July 13, 2017

Joi! Your abstract flowers are so mesmerizing and fun! You sure know how to draw and paint and have fun. These flowers are totes awesome sauce! The layers of paint you add to your spectacular designs takes my breath away! Bravo dearie! Hugz!


August 5, 2017

Joi, this is a wonderful project, and your design is lovely! Very creative ways to use your paints--thank you for the great tutorial! Love your hand drawn flowers!

Sara Emily Barker

August 6, 2017

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