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Friday, March 25, 2011

Sculpted Mermaid

This mermaid, painted with green fins and seaweed was made from salt dough (I had some extra leftover from the napkin rings and started playing around) and baked in a 200 degree oven slowly until dried through. (I also turned her over after I knew the top was dried to help evenly dry her out and dry the bottom.) \

She was painted with acrylic paints, letting each layer/color dry before starting the next one. (The salt dough absorbed the paint quickly with the first layer and I had to be careful of the paint "pulling" the not yet dry stuff as I added more or with details.) I didn't have flesh colored pain, so that had to be mixed. Once the green fins and black hair was painted and dry I added details of red seaweed through her hair and across her body, then little flowers of orange-ish and white buds.

I love, love, love mermaids and keep trying to perfect my abilities to create them as well as find new ways to utilize them in my creations. I'm sure they will show up again... and again... and again. There really are not enough mermaids in crafting, art, or life.

Bring on the mermaids!

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