Month: March 2015

Blue Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


This is the first wood bangle I painted back in 2013 which was a bit of an experiment.  I call her Blue Mermaid.  It was the first time in a while that I’d painted with acrylics and the first time painting on a wood surface.


Inspired by miniature Russian lacquer painting I painted the inside black and the outside a lovely rich blue as the base colour.  I didn’t have a pencil sketch and just freehanded the drawing straight onto the blue background.  Since doing this piece I now spend more time on the planning phase and sketch up a drawing to work from, rather than making it up as I go along.  The more you can plan out your painting and have an excellent design, the better the overall finished piece will look.


I used black paint to bring out the details and shadows, which gives the piece more contrast, and gold to pick up some of the highlights in her mass of curly hair.


I had the most fun painting the scales on her blue mermaid tail, with little highlights of gold paint along the bottom edge of each scale.  It was a really cool process once I began varnishing the bracelet, this was the first time I got a chance to use high gloss lacquer and it brought an amazing depth and stunning shine to the piece.  It looked completely different to the initial matte finish of the acrylic paint.  Acrylic paint is interesting as when it is wet it is quite shiny but it dries into quite a flat matte texture.  The colours also tend to dry a different shade from when they are wet, so it can be difficult to accurately match the same colour when you are mixing colours and painting over the top of dry acrylic paint.


Here is the finished bracelet, modeled by my sister-in-law.  The colours looked quite gorgeous under the light, with the gold highlights flashing and the deep blue had a glow to it.

This piece was sold at the Art for Oceans exhibition held at the Glenelg Art Gallery in South Australia in July 2013.  This exhibition was held to raise funds for Sea Shepherd Australia, dedicated to the protection of the Southern Ocean.

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Redhead Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


This is another of my hand painted mermaid bracelets I made last year.


Like most of my hand painted projects, I started off with a rough sketch (this one is probably one of my roughest sketches so far!)  I then traced the outline onto a plain wood bracelet.  I painted the inside and the background a gorgeous dark blue colour, like the sea.  Her long curly red hair was painted using gold, red, orange and touches of yellow and dark brown to give it that layered look.


Initially the base colours and details are very rough.  I keep painting until the details really start to shine.  My favourite size brush at the moment is size 000, with a nice fine, pointed tip so I can paint fine details like the eyes and lips.


I paint the criss-cross of the scales on her tail and start painting some seaweed behind her, to frame the figure.


I use a very lovely sea green for her swishy mermaid tail and now she has the look of “Ariel” from The Little Mermaid.


Above is the turnaround view, her curly tail is quite long and around the back of the bracelet I painted swirls of blue water.  Her tail and hair are both highlighted in gold, then the whole bracelet is coated in about 10 coats of high gloss varnish.


This bracelet is already sold but please check out my Etsy shop if you are looking for more of my art:

Little Girl Mermaid & Seahorse Hand Painted Bracelet

In mid-2014 I painted this gorgeous little bracelet of a young girl mermaid and her seahorse friend.  Based on an old unfinished digital painting from a few years ago – I had the layout and the colours already decided.

Mermaid&SeahorseI purchased several plain wood bracelets from a craft supplier on Etsy based in Ireland.  These bracelets are made from wood in Poland which is sustainably produced.  They are a lovely light-weight type of wood so when you wear it on your wrist it’s very comfortable and not heavy at all.

After transferring the outline in graphite pencil to the outside of the bracelet I started by painting the inside and the background a beautiful aqua colour with non-toxic acrylic paint.


I really felt I need to tackle her long blonde/brown hair next and I used a variety of browns, oranges, reds, yellows and gold to give the highlights in the strands of hair.

DSC_4932Next I painted the seahorse and her mermaid tail.  The seahorse came together very quickly and I was pleased with the depth achieved by using the dark and light highlights in the greens, yellows and black.  The mermaid tail was a bit more difficult, I had to repaint it about 3 times because I wasn’t happy with the blue colour and the pattern of the scales.  It was also difficult to paint the translucent “skirt” of fins at her waist, because the painting is so miniature it’s difficult to get the level of detail if the paint is not flowing wetly enough and the brush is not pointy enough!

DSC_4933 As a background I painted some water ripples and water shadows using a photograph of a swimming pool as a reference.  This was quite experimental for me and I was surprised how well it came out.  It looked even better when the high gloss lacquer was applied, this tends to give the painting a lot more depth and the colours also seem to blend together more and look stronger.

I finished up by painting some corals and sea grasses around her, a fish, and also some sparkly stars around her and the seahorse, to show the special magic friendship they share.  I gave this piece about 10 layers of high gloss lacquer so it would have a lovely shiny hardwearing surface.



This bracelet has been sold but if you’re looking for more of my artwork please visit my Etsy shop:

Water Lily Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


I have been working on a series of hand painted projects and this is my latest hand painted wood bracelet – Water Lily Mermaid.  I began with an idea in mind, probably inspired by Monet’s garden, of a beautiful mermaid floating amongst the water lilies with lotus flowers in her hair and a beautiful goldfishy tail.

I researched some poses and drew up this quick sketch:


Then I transferred my sketch to the plain wood bracelet, which I had already sanded for a nice smooth painting surface:


I painted the inside of the bracelet first in a beautiful green, then I painted the background around the mermaid and started painting her skin, hair and face.  I always give extra attention to the face to make the piece as beautiful as possible.  I add blushing on the cheeks and white highlights around the inside corners of her eyes and the tip of her nose.

DSC_5321Her tail comes next and then the beautiful lilypads and flowers around her.  Her hair and the scales on her mermaid tail are highlighted with gold paint.  I add sparkles and ripples on the water using pure white paint.  The paints I use are non-toxic acrylic paints which dry quickly, don’t have a strong smell, and are easy to wash up afterwards using water.  Once the paint has dried for about 24 hours, I do several coats of high gloss varnish (probably about 7 or 8 coats overall).  The bracelet then needs to dry for a least a week until the varnish has hardened.


This bracelet is now SOLD.  To see more of my art for sale please visit my Etsy shop here: