More Mermaid Art


Yesterday I mentioned the mermaid project I am participating in over on Facebook in Creative Crafty Friends. We were to make three mermaid projects. Today I want to show you the last two.

I began with this great little stamp from Santoro. A year or so ago, Joggles got a load of these Santoro stamps and sold them for next to nothing. I have about 40 of them that I think I spent about $50.00 total for. And I use them every chance I get. This little mermaid measures 2″ x 3″ and was the perfect size to fit on a small tag. At first I thought ATC but it just didn’t feel right so I went with an almost 2.5″ x 5″ tag from Ranger. Beth Broadway sent me some awhile back in an exchange we did between us and I finally got to use one! Yay, Beth! I stamped my little girl on some mixed media paper and used my Copic Sketch markers to color her.

A note about Copic markers. They are very expensive and they fade like crazy over time. I did not know that when I spent a small fortune on them. I no longer recommend them for purchase because of that point. But I do have a ton of them so I use them – because they are already paid for and that’s what you do.

Last week I showed you this piece of art I made using Marabu alcohol ink. And a teal from Piñata. I wasn’t a fan of the piece as is so I cut it up into a few ATCs.

Here is a 2.5″ x 3.5″ section that I chose to work with. I used a clear and a silver Wink of Stella brush pen and flecked some dots of color onto the background to simulate undersea floating stuff – sorry, I don’t know what it’s called.

I adhered that background to the tag and trimmed the excess from the sides, then fussy cut out the little mermaid and adhered her. It is easy to adhere unusual shapes like a little mermaid by using my sticker machine from Xyron. I’ll put a link at the end of the post.

You’ve heard me rave about these Dyestress ink pads before. This is the one I grabbed for this project.

I used it to ink the edges and scuff some color onto the tag. Along the way I also used a white gelly roll pen and a glitter pen to add some accents to the mermaid and her shell. Sorry you can’t see the glitter pen – it is a clear one and it sparkles.

The words came from Tim Holtz’ Small Talk. The little fish charm and the jewels were attached with glue dots. I have had these for years. I will try to find you a link. The fish charm came to me from Jennifer Marker in a destash swap last week. Perfect timing, Jennifer!

Ribbon was kept to a minimum considering the overall size of the tag. Much smaller than yesterday’s tag and . . .

. . . here is a close up. Small tag about 2.5″ x 5″. Love how this one turned out! Hopefully Sally will love her as well.

Remember this piece? I made it with amethyst and caribbean Marabu Alcohol Inks last week. I love this piece and it was perfect for the last mermaid!

I had already stamped a mermaid, seahorse and some coral for this piece and colored them with Copics. I ran them through my Xyron to basically turn them into stickers, making it easier to adhere them.

After playing with placement – I went ahead and stuck them all in place. I was loving this but it needed some finishing touches.

The pansy Dyestress ink was the perfect shade to ink the edges. Perfect with that amethyst color!

I used a white gelly roll pen to add some highlights and some little groupings of floating stuff in the water. Hahaha! No idea what you would call that. I added a seashell charm with a glue dot and used plenty of clear glitter pen work. This piece is striking in person. The set of three mermaid projects were fun and almost like art journaling. I think I need to do more of this kind of work but it will most likely be in a journal as opposed to loose on paper.

Want to check out Creative Crafty Friends? Just click here and you will need to answer a couple easy peasy questions – mainly to let them know you are a person and not a machine.

Marabu Alcohol Ink
Piñata Alcohol Ink
Dyestress Ink Pads
Xyron Sticker Machine
Santoro Mermaid Stamp
Mermaid Stamp from Stampendous
Small Talk
Zots Glue Dots

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8 thoughts on “More Mermaid Art

    • thanks, kris, and thank you for commenting. comments have gotten less and less. wondering if I am getting boring?

  1. I wonder if the floating stuff is ‘plankton’ perhaps? I seem to remember the Gorjuss girls were amongst my first stamps back in 2008. The way you used the glittery ribbon to highlight the glittery bits in the tag is lovely & in the second one it’s the way that your yellow metal charm pulls out the yellow of the coral that catches my eye. Phew – think I’m all caught up with your posts now.

  2. You know what Alice – you amaze me. I’m really not a fan of the whole mermaids scene, and the cut and stick thing isn’t my thing – but I still read every word and wowed every image, seeing these pieces take shape was magical enough itself.

  3. That tag is so cute! It’s so funny how different mediums work for different people. After years of using them, I’ve never had Copic colors fade, but my Dylusions ink faded within a couple of months. I’m not sure if this because of the way they are used or stored or differences in the climate or what. But I think that is part of what makes it all so interesting.

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