Friday, July 29, 2016

Watery Love...

I've had this project going for a few weeks... there is really at least a day or two between all steps!

Here it is... along with some random close-ups.  But looking at it in pictures, I can see things I want to add or change... rrr...

In my mind, I am going to display this at Sarah's bridal shower next weekend, but maybe I'll be too shy with all those people around that I don't know... but I do plan to give it to Sarah.  I think it would be cute in an ocean-themed bathroom.  Or a guest bedroom.

Supplies and notes:
  • The base is a Kaisercraft lace-up card set... been in my stash for a while.  First coated with Liquitex gesso.
  • Next, Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain dabbed to the the top end.  I spritzed with vodka to add a few droplets.
  • Pebeo sand and Liquitex glass bead texture added 
  • The letters are from an old chipboard set... the packaging is long gone, but I believe it's a common brand like DCWV or Recollections.  First, I added texture by stenciling some Teresa Collins modeling paste through a stencil made from Tim's mixed media dies.  Once dry, I coated with gesso and inked with Iced Spruce and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.  After that, Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint was wiped (with my finger) onto parts to better show the texture of the letters.  In the end, I toook a page from Marzena's book and highlighted parts of the letters to make them stand out better-- I've noticed she does this, and though it is a simple method, it yields fantastic results!  I used gesso.  I glued the letters down with Elmer's craft bond.
  • The clothy seaweed is made from Hand Made Modern (Target brand) canvas holiday pieces.  This idea was taken Autumn's book-- I think it was she who recently used greenery for seaweed with fantastic results.  I kind of thought about it and realized I'd seen it before.  Wasn't that you, Autumn??? You're a stud. Anyway, I tried to coat it with Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint, but I didn't have enough left :(, so I ended up just coating it with gesso (Ummm, Liquitex gesso kind of owned this project!)
  • The crystal seaweed was originally some cool aquamarine glass bead sprays, but I inked them with Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Oregano... perfect for seaweed! I curled a few of the wire ends with a dowel.
  • The sea-star was made with an old Prima flower from my stash... turned upside-down and covered with the Liquitex glass bead gel... hmmm... could definitely improve upon this, but it has potential.  I also thought maybe I'd cover it with the Pebeo sand paste, but then it would match, ahem, the sand... but I could do that and add a little rosy paint... my wheels are turnin'...
  • Seashells from my sister, who bought them to use at Sarah's bachelorette-- they never got used and I swiped them!  I plan to use them for wedding decorations somehow.  These ones got a few drops of Glossy Accents as water droplets on them.
  • Liquid Pearls were added in Rose Gold and plain white pearl
  • Aleena's glitter snow added to the top and top corners to resemble sea foam
  • The piece was laced up using some cool yarn from Tuesday morning
I'd like to share this at the following challenges:
Now, off to go watch The Little Mermaid.


  1. This is fab, she will adore it! Go on and put it on display!!! Yes, I did use the greenery as seaweed, but copied it from Redanne. :) I really love your fantastic ideas here, this is one awesome project!

  2. Mimiiii...funtastic underwater scene...I love all on this project that Mermaid is pretty and beautiful really queen on mixed media ...happy weekend sweety...hugs

  3. Fabulous, love the way you have attached the panels and the art work is so full of textures and details the piece is amazing. Thank you for playing along with us at STAMPlorations July 2016 Mixed Media Challenge!

  4. Oh my, this looks amazing, Mimi! What a fantastic gift, don't be shy, this piece is worth showing and sharing. Fantastic detailing and inking!

  5. Mimi, I hope you do display will bring such joy to others! Lovely beach themed project, and I love seeing those close ups, which show all the wonderful texture and details! Thank you for sharing it at Anything but Cute for our Summertime Fun challenge--it's perfect! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  6. I agree with Sara above, you really should display this, it is so beautiful. I am so pleased you showed the close up photos so that we could enjoy seeing more of the details - I love the adorable mermaid too! Thank so much for joining in our Summertime Fun challenge at Anything But Cute! Anne DT xx

  7. This is a lovely under the sea panel Mimi and I bet Sara will be proud to have it on display. The mermaid is pretty, love her! Thank you for joining STAMPlorations July Mixed Media Challenge and for a chance to win, we would love to see the STAMPlorations mixed media logo displayed on your post as stated in the rule. Happy creating and join us again this month!
    Hugs and smiles,
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

  8. Oh wow, this is absolutely stunning!! The texture is amazing!! I love all of the details!! It's so gorgeous and you should definitely display it!! Thank you so much for joining in our Summertime Fun Challenge at Anything But Cute!!

    Lisa DT
    A Mermaid's Crafts

  9. Gran trabajo en la textura¡ Me parece que el color, el tema todo va en perfecto conjunto. La sirena me encantó y la palabra que has usado esta perfecta¡
    Great job on the texture¡ It seems to me that the color, the theme all goes perfectly set. The siren i loved and the word that you have used this perfect¡
    Thank you for participating with us in CORROSIVE CHALLENGE BLOG!
    DT Haideé Corrosive Challenge Blog

  10. Beautiful project, what a fabulous gift ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  11. Fabulous project. I love all the details, especially the beaded leaves and the cool mermaid. Thanks for joining the "By The Sea" challenge at Frilly and Funkie.