Rhiannon Mermaid Jewellery Box

Rhiannon Mermaid Box

This week I finished painting a new Mermaid Jewellery Box “Rhiannon”.  The design of this piece is based on my original drawing “Mermaid Riding a Seahorse”.


Hand painted on a handmade recycled wood box, this gorgeous mermaid rides upon a royal golden seahorse with highlights of green and blue. Her long rainbow tail of deep purples, greens and blues also has flashes of gorgeous gold. Painted against a background of deep black, the colours of this piece really shine.

Inside the box is also painted black, with a small round mirror on the inside lid, and lined with black soft faux felt so you can keep all your mermaid treasures safe! Box is sealed with high gloss lacquer for protection.

Box dimensions (approx.): 21cm x 14cm x 7cm. Features gold coloured brass hinges and clasp. This is a stunning one of a kind box!

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Serenity Mermaid Hand Painted Box


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!




This mermaid keepsake box is now Sold, thank you.

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Destiny’s Cove Pirate & Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


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! 🙂


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.


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



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.



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

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Hand Painted Unicorn Foal Wood Box Purse


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.


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


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



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!


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







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:


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Whale Song Hand Painted Mermaid Bracelet


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.


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.



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:


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:


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”.


Whalesong 3


This bracelet is now SOLD.

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Ocean Dreams Mermaid Hand Painted Bracelet


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:


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.


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.




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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Paua (Abalone Shell) Mermaid Hand Painted Wood Box Purse


I’m thrilled to have completed my latest mermaid painting, this time I’ve created something new, a hand painted wood purse box – inspired by those swanky 60’s cigar box purses by Enid Collins you often see for sale in vintage shops.

My wonderful father made up some hinged plain wood boxes to my specifications and after a rather oversized prototype (my sense of box size in my head was way too big and heavy in real life!) we settled on a more petite, rectangular shape made of light pine wood.


The outside and inside of the box I painted in black, except for the front of the box, which was left blank so I could trace the mermaid design using graphite paper.  The gold outline of my logo is painted on the inside of the box.


After tracing the outline of my mermaid onto the front I painted the background black.



I started painting her hair first.  I wanted to give it an iridescent mother of pearl shine so I added highlights of blue, green, pink and gold in the shadows of her wavy hair.

Paua Shell

Using this beautiful Paua Shell from New Zealand as my reference I started painting the shell the mermaid is perched upon.


Over several more nights of painting I finished the shell and her translucent flowing tail, using the same colours in the mermaid and the shell to unify the painting.  The whole box was then given several coats of high gloss varnish for lasting protection.




The original wood purse box is now sold but prints of the artwork are available at my Etsy shop:


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.


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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.



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