Month: May 2015

Ocean Dreams Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet

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Today I finished painting my latest mermaid bracelet “Ocean Dreams” which features a redhead mermaid swimming with her dolphin friend, while above them a surf wave crashes and seafoam swirls around her mermaid tail.

This is the sketch I based my painting on:

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I altered the angle of the dolphin so the design would be more suitable for the width of the bracelet as it is only 50mm wide.  I then traced the outline onto the plain wood bracelet using graphite transfer paper and started by painting the mermaid first.

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It took me a while to decide what colour to paint the tail and in the end I decided on a multi-colour blue green and yellow tail.  I experimented with pinks and purples but decided to keep it to blues and greens with gold highlights.

The dolphin was painted next and I used blues, greens and yellows so that it would blend in with the mermaid and the background blue colours.

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Next I painted the big wave and blended the seafoam to the end of her mermaid tail using a small flat brush to soften the strokes.  The whole bracelet was given multiple coats of high gloss varnish for protection.

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This bracelet is now SOLD but to see more of my art visit my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/au/shop/elvesfairies

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