Sunday 26 May 2019

Mermaid Tail Tag

I tried some paper piecing as an alternative to colouring.  I love the mermaid tail which is part of the Dee's Friends A4 (and A5) Faith stamp set.  I started off small, testing the technique with a tag. 
Cover a #8 manilla tag with book text (Romanian).
Add a light layer of white gesso and once dry, seal with matte gel medium.
Add stamping along the bottom using the tendrils of the jellyfish. Stamp multiple times in Versamark ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.
Add a tint to the background using a Sky Blue Indian ink pen and blend out.
Stamp the mermaid tail onto the back of a piece of Indian Summer paper in Cobalt Blue archival ink and cut out.
Add the tail to the tag and seal with matte gel medium, drying thoroughly.
Add shading with the same pens as before in Cobalt Green, Phthalo Blue and Indanthrene Blue, blending out with a Pergamano blending pen & nib.
Cut out ‘You are beautiful’ from the printed sentiments, edge with Cobalt Blue ink and add them to the tag.
If you pop back tomorrow, you will see how I expanded this technique to create an entire scene on an art journal page.

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