How can I resist a challenge like this one from DecoArt? I love the sea! There is nothing like heading to the ocean for some dreaming, relaxing and invigorating swimming (or wading). That reminds me, I need to do that soon, but in the meantime, I've had a lot of fun creating about the sea.
Life Under the Sea
Don't you wonder, I mean really wonder what is down there in the ocean? It is so vast and deep, there must be areas we haven't explored and wonders we have yet to find! I do love to imagine what might be there...mermaids maybe, with lantern fish to light their way, or treasures untold in secret caverns, or tentacled wonders in the dark depths? My mind just spins with ideas like these.
I started my project by adhering my collection of items with a gel medium, and added some texture with the Sand Paste for my ocean bottom.
Next, I put a layer of gesso over everything and let it dry.
I went in to a lot of the areas with Crackle Paint and more sand. My thought was the crackle paint would look like the water when you look up through it and see the sun above and the rippling movement.
Next, my first layer of paints with my fave Quinacridone Gold, and Cobalt Teal hue.
More fluid acrylics to create the wonderful variation of color you see in the ocean.
Just had to add a touch of Purple Rain and Deep Turquoise.
I added some Shrimp acrylic and Metallic Lustre to highlight certain areas.
Can you find the "lantern fish"? the "diatom gears"? the "gear jellyfish" with their long tentacles (string)?
I decided I needed some splatters, so added some water to the Rich Espresso Metallic and splatted away. And, it was here at this step that I wasn't sure if I was done yet. I had some pieces cut out that I was thinking of using, but didn't know if I wanted to add them. What do you do when you have a creative dilemma like this? Well, I asked my son for his opinion, and we talked about some ideas, and back to work I went.
A mermaid on a gearfish looking over her undersea realm...
more mermaids emerging from the cave of wonders...
"lantern fish", one with a large eye (watch piece) and a bit of outlining along those flowing tails...
flying fish, jellyfish made from gears with string tentacles...
What a beautiful and mysterious world it is under the sea!
DecoArt Supplies used on this project:
Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Teal Blue, Carbon Black, Quinacridone Magenta, Yellow Green Light, and Prussian Blue Hue
Americana Acrylics - Purple Rain, Deep Turquoise, and Shrimp
Media - White Crackle Paint, Texture Sand Paste, and Patina Green Antiquing Cream
Metallics - Rich Espresso paint, and Copper Kettle and Gold Rush Metallic Lustre
I hope you've enjoyed diving under the sea with me, and maybe I've sparked your imagination to join the challenge with me.
Now, I need to make some plans to get to the ocean!
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