Since I absolutely adore mermaids I knew I had to make this image the focal of my first project with this lovely new paper, By the Sea for Graphic 45.
I chose a contrasting background that would make the blue imagery of the “My Anchor” sheet pop. Once I glued down the background and my layered images, I decided to get fun with some ocean themed stuff I had around the house. I started by gluing down the starfish with matte medium. At this time I also layered in some netting that went with the aquatic theme. Then I got crazy with the shells, layering and layering.
Finally I dusted it with sand, even adding some matte medium in areas to build up my drifts. I love how the sand added texture.
The “mermaid wanted” sign is sandwiched in between two sheets of mica to give it a reflective quality. I finished off the piece with a plastic anchor that I think was intended for a fish tank. I find lots of cool stuff at garage sales.
I hope you are now inspired to add a bit of mixed media collage to your next project!