Here is a photo of the original oar- it was a nice piece meant for decorative painting or crafting. It is 24" long and 5 1/2" at the widest point.
First, I began by using Susan's new co-branded stamp, "Spirit of a Mermaid" and stamped the mermaid with Mystery mini POP ink onto white cardstock.
Then I painted both sides of the oar with gesso. When it was dry, I used Decoart acrylic Bahama Blue to paint the sky and water. I used the color Sand to paint a shore and extended it out to cover the whole handle of the oar.
For the mermaid, I used markers to color her in. Then I cut her out with scissors.
Next, I painted the lower section of blue in Calypso Blue. Using Bubblegum Pink and Cadmium Yellow, I blended in lines of color in the sky and also a little of the water area. I then adhered the mermaid to the oar with Decou-page. Then I used a bubble rubber stamp with Snow mini POP ink to stamp onto the water and over the mermaids lower body. Allow ink to dry.
With a pencil, I wrote out lettering. With a small brush and a small stylus I painted the letters in Electric Pink acrylic paint.
To give a dimensional effect of a sandy beach, I took rice paper and glued it down with Decou-page over the sand painted area. I rippled it in areas to give the effects of sand hills. Then I stamped Cocoa mini POP ink onto a foam tray and took a small damp paintbrush to brush the ink over the rippled areas. I also cut out some small fish and starfish from tissue paper to adhere with Decou-page in the water and on the shoreline.
Next, I took a charcoal pencil and edged around the fish, starfish, mermaid, shore and water line. I gently smudged the charcoal lines with a Q-tip.
With hot glue and glue gun, I glued small seashells and sea glass in several small groupings on the beachy sand area.
To finish up, I edged the perimeter of the oar with Mystery mini POP ink, just swiping the edges with the ink pad. I buffed the ink a bit with a paper towel.
To finish up, I coated the whole piece with Decou-page and sprayed the piece with matte acrylic spray.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoyed finding another way to use this adorable mermaid stamp. The possibilities are endless!!
Joyce Shaulis Susan K. Weckesser Creative Design Team
Susan's Products used:
Spirit of a Mermaid https://www.unitystampco.com/
Mini POP inks: Cocoa, Snow, Mystery https://www.clearsnap.com/
Other Products used:
Decoart paint, gesso, Decou-page, matte acrylic spray. Paint colors: bahama blue, bubblegum pink, cadmium yellow, electric pink, calypso blue, and sand. https://decoart.com/
seashells and sea glass
fish and starfish from tissue paper design
hot glue and glue gun
rubber stamp with bubbles