Friday 27 September 2013

LOC Challenges - Water

Time for another challenge at Left Of Center and this time we are sponsored by Delicious Doodles.  I've chosen Steampunk Mermaid for my project this time.  I've said it before, but the beauty of digital stamps is that you can have them in any size or colour your printer can cope with.  And they take up NO ROOM WHATSOEVER  - how good is that!

A few years ago glittering on acetate with Art Institute Glitters was all the rage and I acquired a fairly substantial amount of them, which have languished in a box under the table for lo, these several years.  It was high time to bring them out again and put them to use.

I printed the Steampunk Mermaid  on inkjet acetate, got out my glitters and a Quickie Glue pen and spent a happy afternoon applying glue to the back of the acetate section by section (starting with the darkest colour and working to the lightest).  Once I was done I coloured the sky and the rocks with alcohol markers (Promarkers in this case) and on the front of the acetate I added in some subtle shading to give definition here and there.  I trimmed the piece square as I wanted it to fit in the aperture of a little Graphic 45 box I happened to have about my person, and stuck it to a piece of Centura Pearl card with double-sided adhesive sheet.

The box got a "Weathered Wood" effect learned form Andy Skinner's Timeworn Techniques course and I moulded the shells and starfish from paper clay.  Once painted they all got a coat of Klear floor polish (this is a great sealer and gives a lovely soft sheen to things - and I've even used it as a clear adhesive where a lot of strength wasn't needed and the piece could take a long time to dry). The net was originally gold, and a bit flashy if truth be told, but once dunked in brown acrylic it came out looking good!

The inside of the box I painted with turquoise acrylic then put white over a coat of crackle glaze (Decoart, in this case).    Just right for storing a mini-album with memories of the seaside.

If you want to see what the rest of the DT have been up to, hop on over to LOC and take a peep - and perhaps share your project!  

Crafty hugs,


PS I'm entering this in 
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Forgotten Things


Redanne said...

Hi Keren, your mermaid looks stunning in her sparkly finery, like the sun is glistening on her salty skin. Your treatment of the frame is amazing. Love that you used so many techniques on this piece. Thanks so much for joining in our Forgotten Things Challenge at Our Creative Corner. Anne x

Laurart said...

This is amazing! I adore that crackle effect and the glitter on acetate is the perfect thing for use here. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this month - Love from Laura xxx

Jenny Marples said...

You are so good at using those Timeworn techniques on your projects and this is no exception. Love the glittering of the acetate too. It makes the mermaid so magical. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner. Hugs, Jenny x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Fabulous creation love it - TFS with us over at Altered Eclectics this month hope to see you in future challenges.
Elaine aka Ellapu

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is incredible. I love the effect of the glitter on the acetate as well as the Promarkers. The weathered wood technique looks gorgeous and suits the mermaid so well. Love what you did with the net, too. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Altered Eclectics this month. I've enjoyed my visit today.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous techniques and great effects on your frame. Thanks for sharing it at Country View Crafts September Challenge.
hugs {brenda} x0x

KristyLee said...

Just a beautiful piece of art!