For my Bathing Beauty shrine I began by painting the plywood shrine with 2 coats of white gesso
I used a paper straw to make the sea washed post, after cutting it in half & coating it in gesso, to which I added a little gel medium & allowing to dry, I coated it again with gel medium & sprinkled some embossing powder directly on to the still wet gel, I made the mix myself, by combining different coloured powders together! When coated, use your heat gun to create the magic, add more powder & repeat to get the desired effect as required.
Tip: I found it helpful to put the straw on to a pencil, it makes it easy to hold while working on it.
I stamped, fussy cut, tinted & varnished the sea gull & glued him to the top of his post. The Mermaid is a cut out on paper, so I coated her with UTEE to make her more rigid & stable. I used 2 mini cotton reels behind her, to allow her to stand proud. Finally, using heavy gel medium, I placed the shrine on to the plinth, added some more shells & coloured sand to the front of the piece & filled in any gaps that I wasn't happy with, using tiny beads & added the anchor charm. Using a black paint pen I drew a few seagulls around the mermaid & I was done!
Ideology Vignette - Tim Holtz
White Gesso - Pentart
Gel Mediums- Pentart
Liquid Acrylic Paint - DecoArt
Various Beads Charms & Sand - Artful Days
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