Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mermaid Anya

For today's card, I decided to use a sketch from Our Creative Corner. I haven't had a chance to use this Mermaid Anya image yet, so I got out my brand new Peerless watercolors and had a lot of fun with her!

I love these tiny pearls from Kaiser Craft - the second smallest ones fit *perfectly* into the circles in Anya's hair! I also added a little sparkle to her shells and tail that I really wish I could capture better. I used a Sakura Stardust glitter pen, and instead of drawing right on the image (which I felt was just a little too harsh), I scribbled it onto a piece of plastic then picked it up with my waterbrush and spread it out evenly where I wanted it.

Lastly, I cut her out and popped her up on foam dots. The "For You" is from the Sentiments set.

Going back to the Peerless watercolors, I took a tip from Kim at MFT and made my own palette. -->

The only difference is that I used Excel to make up a spreadsheet (since I didn't want my messy handwriting all over these sheets). Then I stuck the finished palettes into a thin document holder that I bought from a local discount store to make them easy to put away when they're not in use (I wanted to make sure I don't accidentally touch the colors or spill something on them).

Yes, it's a little big, but I have a lot of colors and I didn't want the color blocks to be so small I'd have to be replacing them constantly. And even though I only have a tiny little bit of clear space on my desk right now, I was still able to color with it just fine.

Also, I just wanted to say that so far I'm really liking them. For the skin color, I did have to mix the color with water on a piece of plastic before I could use it (since it was way too dark), but all the other colors were just picked right off the papers with my waterbrush and then used to color as is. I found them very easy to work with and really like how they look. This doesn't mean that I don't still LOVE my Copics, just that I want options now that I love to color!!


  1. Wow - this is great! Your water coloring is brilliant, and I adore mermaid Anya!! Great job on the sketch!!
    hugs, Jami

  2. This is a wonderful card. I love the colours :)

  3. You colored the mermaid Anya so beautifully! TFS!

  4. Love your mermaid card! You did a fantastic job coloring her in!! Gorgeous!!

  5. love the coloring on your mermaid. they are so cute!

  6. Your card is adorable. Now i need to make me one of them palettes... I have tons of that.

  7. Wonderful idea, Maureen! I really need to do this with my new watercolor papers... and all my inks. That's going to take years! LOL


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