I was really looking forward to this weeks theme as I love the thought that mermaids might exist almost as much as the possibility of fairies!
I made a mermaid tag a few weeks ago now and I knew I wanted to make more along the same lines. So first I made this pink mermaid enjoying the last of the evening sun. I really enjoy being able to go to town with glitter and sparkles! I had so much fun that I couldn't help myself and so I made........
Another one!! This one was inspired by the quote on the first one. I found a fab Mermaid Lullaby and quoted one of the verses on the top tag and so I decided to make one of those 'Mermaids Fast Asleep' on my second tag.
I took a few pictures as I worked so you could see how I made my tags.
First I sketched out a mermaid using an image I found on the internet and then coloured her using Pro Markers. I used a blank tag to make sure that she was to scale.
I tried to make a background using Distress Ink (top tag). I wasn't quite happy with the colour so I tried again with acrylic paint and I liked that much more so I used that one. I added some inking round the edges with Iced Spruce and then I added some shimmer to the sea with Cosmic Shimmer Drawing Inks which are a fab way to add shimmer in small amounts as they have a lovely fine brush applicator. They are quite good for the arms too as you have to shake, shake, shake them to distribute the shimmer.
Next I rooted through all my scraps of paper to find all the pink and white shimmer bits that I could and then I used a hole punch to make lots of pretty scales. I have cut out my mermaid and added pretty iridescent paper to her tail and added some shimmer to her hair. Then I began glueing on the scales all the way up my mermaids tail. I know this is a little time consuming but it is well worth the effort as it looks fab when it is done.
Starting the process all over again. Pro Marker coloured sketch.
This time I was happy with my Distress Ink background and used Chipped Sapphire and Broken China. I then splattered with water and then finally a light spray with Blue Pearl Dylusions spray and my Deep sea background was complete.
Embellishing with blue scales this time and so on!
The next couple of photos I have added in as they show up the sparkles better. The top finished photos were taken in Artificial Light and the following ones were taken in daylight. I am gradually getting to grips with what works best to show off a project - learning! My light box is 3 light bulbs away from being finished. They are on order from Amazon so I am looking forward to more experimentation with my photos when it is ready to use.
I coloured 3 sea horse charms with a blue Promarker and then rubbed on some sparkle which worked nicely as these were a bright yellow colour originally!
I made a hair bobble with a shell and added a couple of tiny ones next to the clam shell.
Did anyone else buy this snakeskin paper many moons ago. It makes a great background to pose my tags on.
Who knew how much mess two tags could make!!? You'd think after using all those pretty sparkles it would have looked a bit prettier on my desk. As you can see in time honoured crafting fashion I had all this space to start with and ended up working on a postage stamp sized work area!!
Guess what I am off to do now?! If you want to see the first Mermaid tag that I made a couple of weeks ago then follow this link. If you want to see even more fab mermaid tags then follow this link to Tag Tuesday.
Thanks for swimming by!