This week I finished painting this stunning Mermaid and Sea Lion wood bracelet. It features a mermaid with a long orange goldfish tail and matching flowing fiery orange hair. She is reaching playfully towards an Australian Sea Lion swimming beneath the teal blue ocean.
This painting was based on my original pencil drawing:
After I sanded the wood bracelet I traced out my drawing design onto the wood using graphite transfer paper.
I painted the background in teal blues and added some dark and light patterns to show the water shadows from beneath the waves.
Then I started painting the sea lion using shades of brown overlaid with washes of blue paint to blend it into the background.
Once I was happy with the sea lion I started painting the mermaid.
The inside of the bracelet is painted in metallic teal paint which has a beautiful shimmer. The orange of the mermaid’s tail and hair really pops against the teal blue background.
This mermaid bracelet is now Sold. To see more of my mermaid art please visit my Etsy shop:
Recently I finished painting this beautiful green mermaid wooden keepsake box. This new design was based on my original mermaid sketch from November last year.
The box was made of light weight wood and needed some sanding and wood filler – (and more sanding!) before I could start painting. I used graphite paper to transfer the mermaid design on to the top of the box and started by painting the gold circle background. The mermaid itself came together quite quickly and I was really happy with the colours and style of this piece. This is the first time I have painted a mermaid with long flowing white hair with green tones and I think she turned out beautifully.
The majority of my time making this piece was taken up with painting the entire outside of the box viridian green and the inside of the box ultramarine blue, which needed several coats and was a little tricky to paint around the circle. The inside was also decorated with gold painted starfish and faux velvet flocking, plus a small round glass mirror. The whole box was given endless coats of high gloss varnish, which took several weeks as I had to wait for the varnish to dry in between each coat! In the end it turned out to be a stunning little box and will be a lovely place for the new owner to store their collection of special mermaid bracelets and pendants!