More Mermaid Mixed Media

I’ve got another mixed media piece I wanted to share.  Yeah, it’s a mermaid deal.  Yeah, I promise I’ll be working on something besides mermaids soon enough.  Meanwhile, this is my latest endeavor.2016-02-12 10.42.28

It’s made on a 6×6″ canvas that’s gallery wrapped and 1.5″ thick.  Loaded down the first layer with modeling paste for texture, then sprayed tons of Shimmerz paints on to create a multi-colored background of aquas and blues.  On top of that I applied some acrylic medium and sprinkled on iridescent flakes and shiny little beads.

The mermaid and gears look like metal with a rich patina, but that’s just Pebeo iridescent paints in Blue Black and copper, applied to die cut chipboard pieces (“chippies”) from Creative Embellishments.  I topped everything off with a few metal watch parts and pieces.

This is one of my March entries in their challenge contest over at Creative Embellishments.  The  inspiration for this month’s challenge is this picture:

sweet_wallpaper_wonderful_2033_background_editionAnd the “twist” is “why I’m lucky.”

I’m inspired by the ethereal look of the sky in this picture, and I try to apply that to all my mixed media works.  And, I’m lucky because I live only 90 minutes from the ocean and I love all things nautical and aquatic (could you tell?)  I never thought I’d get this close to the beach!  It sure is nice, and I’m a very lucky, fortunate girl.

Here are a few other views of the piece:

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Killin’ Time: My Mermaid Obsession (Part 1)

I thought today I would show you one of the ways I’ve been killin’ time.  I’ve been making some mermaid and deep sea art using chipboard products from Creative Embellishments.  I am entering this piece into the Creative Embellishments February challenge.

The challenge was to get inspiration from this photo:
il_fullxfull-344959819I am inspired by the fact that I LOVE mermaids, and, by the steampunk vibe of this photograph.  The “twist” for the challenge is “white space.”  Under the sea, there is no white space!  Here’s my entry for the challenge:

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This is my original creation using Creative Embellishments’ Steampunk Mermaid and several of their chipboard gears in assorted sizes.  This is created on a 6×6″ canvas that was first textured with modeling paste and then a layer of cheesecloth was added to the lower half.

The background is colored with inks from Shimmerz (Heidi Ho Blue, Oh Say Can You Sea, Jeni B Bleu) and then heavily highlighted around the edges with Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

The chipboard gears and mermaid have a textured layer of gesso as a basecoat, then they were painted black, and then layers of Pebeo High Viscosity Studio Acrylics in Iridescent Blue Black, Iridescent Copper, and Iridescent Green Blue were applied.

Finally, I have a big stash of old watch parts and I applied a few of those as accents in and around the gears.

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