Abstract American Flag

Abstract American Flag

Posted by DecoArt on Jun 27th 2016

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.


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For this abstract flag project, I used Andy Skinner’s technique Alcohol and Acrylic Layering as seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4oE31gQtl4

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!