Vintage Mermaid Plaque

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 For todays project the materials I used are:
Wooden Plaque
Sakura Crystal Lacquer
Terri Sproul Shimmer Mixers
White Gesso
Image of choice -
 I colored my image with Copic Markers
Stencils (MS and homemade ones)
Molding Paste
Teflon Craft Sheet
Painters Tape
Background Stamp
StazOn Ink/Ranger Distress Inks/tool
Spellbinders Die/Big Shot
First thing I did was color my image with my Copic Markers.
Then I prepped my wood plaque with white gesso and let dry.
 I stamped my background stamp with StazOn Ink
so it wouldn't smear or run.

Next I wanted to cut out my image with Spellbinders die
but as you can see my image is too big for the die..

So, I traced around my image with the die where
I wanted the die to cut.

Then I cut (with scissors)  the part of the image that was sticking
out of the traced lines.  I lifted my image over the die
so as to only cut around my image without cutting off the bottom
when I ran it through my Big Shot

After it was cut with my spellbinder die I used
Ranger Distress Ink /w Distress Tool to color the edges of my image.
I prepared a mixture of Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul
Shimmer Mixers making my Lacquer translucent enough to
see my background image on my plaque.
Then I set it aside for a moment while I added some texture.

I decided to add some texture with Molding Paste and MS Stencils.
Here I even added some Shimmer Mixers to the Molding Paste.

Then I added texture with my
homemade stencil (made from packaging)

After it was completely dry I covered the entire
plaque with my colored Crystal Lacquer. (prepared earlier)
making sure I got into all the crevasses.  

With my left over Lacquer I added more
Terri Sproul mixers to make a deeper blue
and dripped the Lacquer onto my craft sheet
and let them dry.

While that was drying I coated my image with
Clear 3D Crystal Lacquer.
I taped down my image on the edges to help prevent curling.

After It was dry I put it all together,
using my drips as embellishments (to resemble air bubbles) 
I used Crystal Lacquer to glue my pieces down.

Here she is on my wall


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  1. So many cool technique in this project

  2. Awesome technique love the mermaid!!! Beautiful!

  3. Yes, I found many useful ideas thru your project. Thanks for that. Great stamp and color work on your image.

  4. love it !! I am a bit of mermaid fanatic ! Learned some great techniques too. Thank you !

  5. AWESOME Peggy! Lots of inspiration with the techniques. THANK YOU for sharing!

  6. Gorgeous Peggy! Great job! xoxo

  7. I do love mermaids and will pin it to my Mermaid Board if I can. She is beautiful, you are a fabulous artist and thanks for the materials list!
    I google plus all the blogs I visit also.
    Smiles, Cyndi

  8. Great idea...beautiful finished piece! Thanks!

  9. My Peggy O, I love your project, you are so creative!!! WOW... Hugs me..

  10. Beautiful I love things like this.

  11. This was beautiful. I have not used that technique before. I need to learn to work with more types of media

    WOWSA so much inspiration, thanks

  12. this piece is jammed packed with techniques and im loving it. you crammed so many things into this small piece it is lovely. very nice job.

  13. I am kinda nuts about mermaids --I have a collection and I LOVE your mermaid plaque. Really cool techniques too-thanks!

  14. I love this project - not just the hanging on the wall, but the entire piece! Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. This is beautiful I love the theme and colors, Anything to do with the beach etc I love Thank you so much for sharing

  16. this ! There are so many beautiful pieces, but so far, this is my favorite :-) Thanks for sharing

  17. Wow!!!! this is stunning. It look like the water is really water in the background... AMAZING!!! TFS

  18. Wow! This is gorgeous and very exciting to see it all come together! This may be my favorite so far!


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