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Mermaid & Sea Lion Hand Painted Bracelet

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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:

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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.

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Then I started painting the sea lion using shades of brown overlaid with washes of blue paint to blend it into the background.

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Once I was happy with the sea lion I started painting the mermaid.

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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.

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This mermaid bracelet is now Sold.  To see more of my mermaid art please visit my Etsy shop:

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

See my homepage for more information about my art:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

 

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“Almonta” Mermaid Hand Painted Sea Sediment Jasper Pendant

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Presenting the newest mermaid pendant in my jewellery collection, “Almonta” Mermaid Hand Painted Sea Sediment Jasper Pendant.

Painted with non-toxic acrylics and sealed with water-resistant high gloss clear lacquer varnish for protection. Pendant is approximately 5.5cm in height (not including bail) and approximately 4cm wide.

A beautiful nouveau style mermaid floats in the turquoise blue sea, her long blue tail curling with the shape of the stone and her long hair flows into the cobweb patterns of the sea sediment jasper stone.

This is a very special one of a kind hand painted mermaid pendant on a blue and brown sea sediment jasper stone with 100% sterling silver trim and bail.

Available now in my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/508550106

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To see more of my art please visit my homepage:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

Custom Baby Mermaid Portrait Drawing

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This week I finished a beautiful soft sleeping baby mermaid drawing in graphite, using mechanical pencils, as a custom commission for a lovely Mum of her gorgeous baby daughter. I’d previously drawn a portrait of my own daughter as a mermaid, which inspired this commission.

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To begin I was supplied with several photographs of the baby girl asleep.  Due to the position of the sleeping child it was necessary to combine several elements from each photograph into one drawing and I had to “imagine to life” the body shape and posture.  To help with this aspect I took extra photographs of my own daughter lying in the same position, which I re-scaled to fit a younger child in the drawing.  Once I had the general body shape and position I was able to work on the shape of the mermaid tail.

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I aimed to make the swirls and the trailing length of the mermaid tail a nice counter-balance and a flowing visual contrast to the horizontal length of the sleeping baby.  Once the outline was sketched out, I traced it onto the final piece of paper, which also allowed me to tweak the layout of the mermaid to be more centered on the page.

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Using the photographs as a reference I began to sketch the details of her face and work on shading the mermaid scales.  I find if I can capture the likeness in the face to begin with, then the rest of the drawing comes together more easily.

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The most time consuming aspect of this drawing was the tail and the scales which were all hand shaded with edge highlights.  I added darker shading afterwards to show shadows and to bring out the roundness of the tail.  I like to use an eraser to cut back into the pencil shading and create highlights on the skin and scales.  I also cut back into the pencil shading on the tail to create the fins and tail flutes, so they appear to be translucent.

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This was a challenging but beautiful custom commission and I am really happy with how soft and sweet this one turned out to be!  All in all it took about 2 and a half weeks to complete this detailed 8×10 inch portrait.

If you would like your child to be transformed into a sleeping mermaid, please send me an email:

info@annemariebroughton.com

Commission information can be found here in my Etsy Shop:

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/464763926

My homepage is here:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

Destiny’s Cove Pirate & Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet

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This week I finished a new painting project for a wonderful customer in California, a romantic pirate and mermaid bracelet.  This was a new challenge from a design perspective, to have two figures in one small painting, and I spent some time researching pirates and tall ships before completing the design drawing! 🙂

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I tweaked the size and the location of the pirate ship in the background so I could fit it on the width of the bracelet and used graphite paper to transfer the outline of the figures and details to the bare wood before I started painting.

The inside of the bracelet was painted with gold and the sea was painted primarily in greens with highlights of blue, to match one of my previous green mermaid pendants.  I focused on painting the mermaid first and capturing the shine in her hair using shades of gold, brown and yellow mixed with white.

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Then I started painting the pirate and the beautiful mermaid tail.

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After painting a few more details, like the tropical corals beneath her tail and some flying seagulls in the sunset it was time to give it several coats of high gloss varnish.

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This piece is now Sold and is destined for a special red carpet event next year 🙂

If you would like to see more of my artwork please visit my homepage:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

To buy my art please visit my Etsy shop here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AMBroughtonArt

And you can follow me on Facebook here:

http://www.facebook.com/AnneMarieBroughtonArt

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask!

 

 

 

Blue Octopus Handpainted Sea Sediment Jasper Pendant

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Last week I painted my first custom octopus pendant for a lovely client on a gorgeous blue and brown sea sediment pendant with 100% sterling silver bail.

To create the design first I traced around the outside of the pendant to get the shape and area I had to work with.  Then I drew the shape of the octopus to fit the area.  I wanted a flowing, curling design and came up with this, which has almost a Celtic traditional look:

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I transferred the outline of the octopus to the pendant and blocked in the body colour using ultramarine and cerulean blue acrylics.

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Then I started adding more details using lighter and darker shades of blue and highlights of sienna brown and white.  To finish, I added some highlights of gold paint, and once the paint had dried I gave it several coats of high gloss varnish.

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This pendant is now Sold but you can see more of my artwork on my homepage here:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

My Etsy shop is here:

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

And you can follow me on Facebook here:

http://www.facebook.com/AnneMarieBroughtonArt

 

 

Hand Painted Unicorn Foal Wood Box Purse

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Recently I completed another hand painted wood box purse handbag (cigar box purse style), Unicorn Foal.  The design for this painting was based on my original unicorn drawing below.

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I traced the outline of the drawing on to the front of the wood box, using graphite transfer paper.

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Next I painted the background a beautiful ultramarine blue and started painting the unicorn in shades of white and brown.

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Once the unicorn was complete I worked on painting the background.  The original inspiration for this painting is the very famous medieval unicorn tapestry so I wanted to emulate the tapestry garden around the unicorn, but rather than having a captive unicorn I wanted to paint a unicorn running wild and free!

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Once the painting was finished the box was given many coats of high gloss varnish.

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This unicorn box purse would make a stunning gift for a friend who loves magical fantasy creatures or a stand out piece for your own collection.  It is completely unique and the fine painting and deep lapis blue and gold details catch the light beautifully.  It is now available to buy in my Etsy shop here:

http://www.etsy.com/au/listing/276300978

To see more of my art, please visit my homepage:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

To see new artwork I am currently working on please visit my Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/AnneMarieBroughtonArt

 

 

“Flying Fish Mermaid” Handpainted Mermaid Pendant

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This morning I just finished painting this magical Flying Fish Mermaid art pendant on a large green and brown sea sediment jasper stone, with 100% Sterling Silver bail and trim.

This piece was based on an earlier drawing design of mine “Mermaid’s Drift”.

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For the layout I printed out a very small resized version of the drawing and placed it on the pendant to decide the best position on the stone.  The design placement worked very well with the colours in the stone – it looked as though she was sitting on a ledge in the green sea.

Then I started painting the beautiful colours of wings, tail and body using acrylic paints.  It takes a few layers to build up the details.

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The finished piece is highlighted in many fine golden brushstrokes, giving it a magical sparkle!

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This handpainted mermaid pendant is now Sold.  If you would like to see more of my artwork please visit my homepage:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

To visit my shop:

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

To see new painting works in progress follow me on Facebook where I post updates of each new artwork as it is being created:

http://www.facebook.com/AnneMarieBroughtonArt

 

Whale Song Hand Painted Mermaid Bracelet

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Last night I finished painting this beautiful princess mermaid kissing a baby whale wood bracelet.  This gorgeous mermaid has long blue hair and a flowing blue tail with gold and iridescent blue highlights.  The inside of bracelet is painted a beautiful gold colour.

The design was based on my original drawing below.

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I transferred the outline to the wood bracelet and painted the whole background a gorgeous bright blue colour, then started painting the whale first.  I wanted to give the baby whale a very soft, cute expression by focusing on her beautiful eye.

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Next I started working on the face and hair of the mermaid.  At first it was difficult to capture the profile of her face accurately.  Painting in miniature can be tricky sometimes!  My first effort looked like this:

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I wasn’t happy with the profile of her forehead, nose and chin, or her eyelashes so after some dedicated re-painting and painting and more painting, she came out looking like this, the finished bracelet:

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I built up many thin layers of paint to give her skin more dimension and a soft pink colour.  Initially I tried more blue/purple shadows on her body and face but I found it just didn’t work for me so instead I used more pink/brown/light orange shades of paint to give her a nice “glow”.

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This bracelet is now SOLD.

To see more of my art please visit my homepage:

http://www.annemariebroughton.com

Prints of my mermaid drawings are available in my Etsy shop here:

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

“Seafoam Dreams” Hand Painted Mermaid Jasper Pendant

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Yesterday I finished painting another dreaming mermaid on a stunning green Sea Sediment Jasper pendant.  This one of a kind miniature painting was based on my drawing “Tranquil Mermaid”.

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The pendant is 5cm high and 4.5cm wide with a 100% Sterling Silver bail & trim.  This gorgeous mermaid was painted in acrylics and sealed with a beautiful high gloss varnish.  Her beautiful long curly hair and green flowing tail are highlighted with fine golden brushstrokes.

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This pendant is now sold but please visit my Etsy shop to see my latest creations for sale.

My Etsy shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/au/shop/elvesfairies

My homepage is here: http://www.annemariebroughton.com

For updates about new projects I’m working on, follow me on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/ElvesFairiesAnneMarieBroughton

If you would like to Reserve an item I am currently working on, just send me a private message on Facebook, or email info@annemariebroughton.com

“Mermaid’s Faith” Hand Painted Abalone Shell Mermaid Art Pendant

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This is my latest hand painted mermaid art pendant.  It’s painted on a beautiful green polished abalone shell (approx. 4cm high) on a sterling silver plated necklace with (lab-created) green topaz stones.

As this shell was much smaller than usual, it took some time to decide what I could paint in such a small space.  The smaller the area, the less detail can be put into the painting, even with very fine paintbrushes.  In the end I created a cameo style mermaid portrait pendant, where I could still put a lot of detail into the face and hair .  I based my painting on this sketch:

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The painting evolved into a redhead mermaid with long flowing hair.

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I kept painting and she became a mermaid princess with branch corals and a starfish in her hair.

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This mermaid pendant necklace is now SOLD but if you’d like to see more of my art please visit my Etsy shop:

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

For updates about new projects I’m working on, follow me on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/ElvesFairiesAnneMarieBroughton