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I just got finished this little mermaid. What a fun little 4×4″ creation. I used acrylic paints, colored pencils, micron, and gel pens, along with glitter glue. I dripped crayon wax over it and buffed the wax with a paper towel to make it shine. For bling I used rhinestones, a decorative leaf, glitter-collaging paper. I also used torn colored tissue paper for part of the background layering. All I need to do now is wait for her to dry… yes, I was so excited to post this that the glitter glue is still wet! When she’s dry and I have finished the other four minis I’m working on I’ll get my outside table set up for a varnishing session. Then it’ll be time for the hangers… which reminds me I need to buy more of. =) Since today is shopping day I’ll jot those down on my shopping list. I usually work on at least two paintings at once so that I have something to do while paint dries. The one that’s “nearly” finished is a mini Halloween painting. Think purples, greens, oranges, black and spiders! It’s coming along nicely. I’ll likely have it done by tomorrow so you’ll get a Pre-Halloween treat! Now, off to clean up for a trip to Fred Meyer. Oh… before I go, I have to tell you.. yesterday I put an order in at Dick Blick! I’m finally buying something from my wist list! Stonehenge paper (along with about five other things!) I’m SO excited about blending on butter again! It’s scheduled to arrive on the same day as my physical and the day I get my blood test results so I’ll get to come home to something comforting! You KNOW God planned that perfectly!

I’m Finnish

♥ I’m Finnish ♥

This is the first time I’ve done a “nude” but I thought since she was a mermaid that it was acceptable. She’s got quiet the hair do. I named her “I’m Finnish” as a play on words and also for the fact that I’m 1/4 Finn.  I did this ATC for the challenge at EraserQueen’s site. I used an illustration board ATC that I ordered from Dick Blick. I love having them precut and ready and super sturdy, I take a few with me with a pencil and a few other artist tools that all fit into a small pouch I can toss in my purse. Waiting at the Dr’s. office is now a pleasure. It gives me time to draw and play and come up with fun little concepts in mini art form. The color scheme for this challenge was beyond my comfort zone as Olive Green is not a color I’m drawn to. I used watercolor pencils for Olive in this and like the way the water softened the color, and as it turned out it went rather nicely with the turquoise, as for the black.. black works with everything so I opted to outline little miss mermaid in black in classic illustration style. Once again ~ Happy Tuesday! It’s time for Tammy’s Toys. I’m sharing one of my favorite toys of all times today. Although I haven’t played with them lately I used to play with these Pick Up Sticks quite often. (When I had a bigger desk.) This is actually two sets as I really enjoy a challenge. =) Speaking of challenges.. I have a few on my desk that need addressing so I’m off for now to play a round of Pick Up Sticks and then clean the mess from my desk and get to cracking! See you back here tomorrow… with something very PINK!
Every day needs a pick me up!

Mermaid Princess

Oh the summer seas! Cool breezes and cruiseships to chase. The Mermaid Princess is decked out in her summer floral attire enjoying every chance she gets to elude human eyes. I had a blast using so many different mediums for this painting! I used, acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, oil pastels, gel pens, pastel pencils, sparkle glaze, dimensions fabric paints and the list goes on! The leaves are collaged on using summer napkins I picked up while shopping and the fish are scrapbook embellishment charms I found at a country variety store that has absolutely everything! It’s my absolute favorite place to shop! The mermaids “clothes” are collaged on using a greeting card I received from my mom. It’s got lots of silver embossing on it that doesn’t show up well in the photo. There is a lot of shimmering on the painting that sadly only shows in person and there are bits of green and pink splatters that are always fun and messy to make! Her eyes sparkle with iridescent paints and mediums and her lips are painted with a fabric paint that has metallics in it. I enjoy painting with a flat paint and adding glitters and glimmers that add shimmer and shine to bring out points of interest. If only I could capture those parts of the paints to share here. Tomorrow I’m off to my parent’s house until Thursday. I’ll be taking a painting to work on of course. Tomorrow morning I’ll post some journal entries I’ve done for a swap I’m in so you’ll have some eye candy to hold you over for a few days. =) Until then! Take a splash on the wild side!