Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mermaid by the Sea


This week’s theme at Theme Thursday is…

“by the sea”! Think beaches, sand, shells, mermaids, fish, bathing beauties…. anything that relates to the sea! Use collage images, rubber stamps, fancy paper , embellishments or any other art supply to give your art a “by the sea” look. Make an ATC, 4 x 4, card, inchie, altered tag, skinny or whatever you fancy!

As many of you know this is one of my all time favorite themes; be it because many of my childhood’s best memories were of me with family on the Beach, because I love the sound of the oceans crashing, or just because I am a fish out of water.

I created this peace a few months ago for an Alpha Stamp monthly contest. Alas, it did not win, the woman’s who did win sooooooooooo deserved it! But I love this creation. I was trying to capture the elements of the sea in my studio which is far from any body of water…sigh…I keep it within sight and imagine that my large window overlooks the ocean and not the house across the street.

I glued pop sickle sticks together and then stained them with alcohol inks. I painted over that with cream acrylic that I sanded off to let some of the alcohol ink show through. Oh, I had some gold shinny powder mixed in with the acrylic so the entire area has a shimmery effect, like the sun glistening off water. I then stamped the sea shells from Paula’s Kit Club randomly all over. The image of the mermaid is from Alpha Stamp.

I hope you enjoy!

28 comments:

Andrea, said...

Fantastic work, love the image

Dawn said...

omg, this is beautiful! And what a wonderful idea with the popsicle sticks. Awesome coloring!

-Dawn (SBS 12 sister)

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is brilliant. So lovely.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful!

Greetings from Jolande

claudilue said...

Fantastic work, great background!

~*~ said...

Beautiful, I was thinking of using this image today also.

Paula said...

Great artwork.

Elisabeth said...

Beautiful!!! So many great "techniques" and ideas! I too love the ocean!

~Elisabeth (SBS 12 sister)~

CraftyTracy said...

that is simply lovely

Tracyx SBS12

Melissas said...

This is gorgeous! Welcome to SBS12 :)

Rachel Webber said...

This is amazing, so much work has gone into it. It is truly lovely, I could not possibly create anything half as beautiful as this

vintage wil said...

Fantastic work,love the image!

Ruby Claire. said...

WOOW this is BEAUTIFUL! LOVE it!

Cheryl said...

Tremendous time put into this one.. it shows, its lovely!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous work. I really like what you have done with the popsicle sticks. How clever!
-Rachel (SBS-12)

barnie said...

Such a wonderful work. Love it.

Spanishbella said...

Hi Caroline,

I love your work. Just wanted to take this moment to let you know that I have joined the SBS12 and I look forward to getting to know you and your work

www.spanishbella.blogspot.com

Claudette said...

great image, wonderful work

Home Made Greetings said...

Wow. I would have thought the mermaid was art, not a stamp. Cool art.
Anna (SBS12)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work.
Ingrid

~*~ Patty said...

This is a beautiful piece! Mermaids are one of my favorite things, you chose a great image!

Jodi said...

This is fantastic -- just gorgeous!

filetta said...

wonderful work ! I love very very much

kreativgeschwafel said...

very beautiful!

Gillian said...

Oh my word lol - I love this, how cool:)

Jeri said...

This is very nice -

stamp and scrape said...

I can't imagine why you didn't win - this is fabulous!
Ros

Lavender Rose said...

Stunning piece of work, such a lot of work has gone into it and it is beautiful :)