Friday, June 22, 2012


I am almost finished with mermaid #1 and am very pleased with the way she turned out. This has challenged me to "think out of the box" and leave my "comfort zone" to create something new and different from me. It has also made me read and consider the legends and folktales about mermaids from Greek mythology's water sprites to the stories about mermaid sitings in all of our oceans, seas, rivers and other bodies of water. I 've looked at dozens of paintings, drawings, animation, costumes, and photographs for inspiration and even considered the advice of a three-year-old 'consultant' who told me "she's 'upposed to have red hair and a fishy tail".

I am posting just a sneak peak at mermaid #1. I will do a full reveal and post the short story I wrote that inspired her after I submit my entry.

This is her "fishy tail" as my consultant called it. I'm still working on the beading and I want to give her real hands with 'fingers'. I have not yet mastered the art of hands with fingers. I have several failed attempts and my son looked at the last set of hands I did and said that my mermaid looked like she had arthritis. Oh well! Back to the drawing board.

1 comment:

  1. That fishy tail looks wonderful:)

    Making hands with fingers is so hard! The only way I can get descent looking hands is by using freezer paper. I draw/trace the hand on the paper, iron it on the fabric and then follow the drawn lines very carefully using a small stitch. Sometimes just turning the wheel/handle on my sewing machine by hand gives me enough control. It's 50/50 most times but I keep trying.