goldfish mermaid

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: