I am a big fan of mermaids, I have been since I was a child. Since I am newer to altered art, I have not yet had the chance to use the theme in my work all that much. Today I changed that. This was made for a private swap, I hope she likes what I have crafted, it is going to be a tiny bit hard to send away.
This all started with a cork coaster. The background is paper that was altered with a shaving cream technique. I spritzed with glimmer mist and then added a bit of tissue tape to finish the edges. I created layers of beachy stuff including a large slab of beach glass, which the centerpiece is perched on. The mermaid was a charm I purchased at a big box store. To give it some character I painted and wiped off several acrylic paints. I did the same on the small charms to imitate a patina. A bunch of shells and charms were added around the mermaid to create the scene. There is a teeny tiny lobster in the corner that is too cute.
In order to give the piece texture, a ton of distress stickels were used. I layered two colors, frayed burlap and peeled paint. This filled in a multitude of glue oozes too. The seaweed is actually a felt floral border I purchased on clearance. I snipped the flowers to alter them and make them look more like leaves. I had some little sticker bubbles that I added glittery stickels too, providing a bit more sparkle and bling. Adding bling is the theme over at this weeks challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show so I thought I would send my mermaid along. I got a two-for on this one because the challenge over at Linda's for Grungy Monday, was using distress stickels!
The coaster was finished with two eyelets and a bit of silk ribbon I colored myself. You would not believe how heavy this little guy is. Hopefully the recipient will enjoy!