Saturday, March 20, 2010

Under the Sea

Finally I have managed to get this project out of my head and into the world...YAY!  This "advent calendar" was a new release from Kaiser for Christmas last year. As soon as I saw it I wanted to make one, but not as an advent calendar....I immediately saw it as a fantastic craft storage unit for all the little embellie bits we collect! I wanted to make it look like an aquarium, with one of Michelle Perkett's mermaids as the feature. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the background but thanks to one of my lovely, talented, online friends, Ileana (who used a digi kit to do the background in her "Fish Box"), I went looking for a digi kit...found the perfect one HERE...called Mysterious Deep :)

To start, I painted the wood pieces...and there were LOTS of them!...with turquoise craft paint. Printed out one of the elements from the digi kit as my background, with a couple of fish, seahorse and an octopus added. The DP used for the drawers is Kaiser from the Airy Fairy collection. I've used this paper a few times now and it's become one of my favourites.

The mermaid is Tutti Frutti Mermaid from Michelle Perkett...available in Michelle's Etsy shop HERE. She was printed onto Splendorgel 190, coloured with Copics then highlighted with glitter, glitter pens, Kindy Glitz and Kaiser pearls. The finished image was cut out and mounted on dimensional dots.

To finish the "aquarium" I added a couple of plastic plants from the local pet shop (when I was explaining to the lady what I wanted them for, she just looked at me like I'd lost my marbles LOL!!) and a collection of shells.

I am soooo happy to have this completed! It was a lot of work but I'm really happy with the result. I'd love to make one each for my little granddaughters for their bedrooms....I think these would be perfect decorated to match their rooms, to keep all the little girly things in that they seem to love collecting :) I will have to think about it for a while and do one at a time...I was a bit over doing the drawers by the time I finished this one!!!

A close up of the "aquarium".............

and the mermaid..................


Rhonda Miller said...

Wow Lynne, this is fabulous. I love it.

Marilyn Webb said...

Lynne, this look amazing, I wish I was your grand
It was well worth the wait, simply beautiful!

Michelle said...

Lynne!! This is amazing!! Oh, your creativity is so wonderful!! What a beautiful and unique piece of art!! I love it!!:) Thank you for sharing it with us!!



Fotf said...

This is amazing Lynne, you must have the patience of a saint. Worth it though and i'm sure your grandaughters would love one, would't we all lol :)

Trish said...

Wow lynne, this is soooo gorgeous. I always like visiting your blog to see what your next project is and I'm never disappointed. You take things to the next level and with a lot of thought and skill, what you achieve is stunning. Anyone of any age would love to receive this newest project and of course with using one of Michelle's images, you just can fail.

H2 :) said...

Lynne, another amazing & perfect project - totally worth all those nights of painted blue fingers!! A truly beautiful piece of art.

Hugs :)

Pattie G said...

Lynne, I just love this creation! You have so many great ideas and I am so glad that we are on the same team at Michelle Perkett's Studio. I can't wait to see your entry to our next DT challenge.


ileana said...

Ohhh Lynne!!! what a GREAT talented woman you are!!! this is the most amazing thing I ever saw. When you told me about your project I knew you were going to do a excellent job, but this is oustanding, really... congratulations Lynne! you made a peace or art
big hugs!

Sammi said...

oh WOW!! You are so clever!! this is stunning I really LOVE it! (hugs) Sammi


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