Thursday, 1 January 2015


Hi and Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2015 brings you much joy, good health, love, peace and the chance to indulge in your favourite pastimes.
The full impact of summer has hit us in the southern regions of our planet and in light of this, Pixels and Paper Challenges have for your inspiration a theme that will sure to have you searching for the summer fun moments.

My take on this can only be described as different, as it brought out the inner child and my love of fantasy.

Let me introduce you to Nerida in her wondrous under-the-sea grotto. With her you'll also see some of her close friends.

I've used a large canvas board on which to create this artwork. The surface was coated with gesso before spraying with various inks including; Lindy Stamp Gang, Perfect Pearls Mists and Dylusions Sprays. I use combinations of blues, aquas, greens, yellows, and silver before a final quick burst with Perfect Pearls "Perfect Pearls".

Once dried, the background was stencilled with Viva Decors Modelling Cream, again using sea-toned colours. The Mother of Pearl was the perfect one to use for the bubbles,

Nerida, a mermaid from a Chocolate Baroque set, was stamped, photographed and then copied onto A4 laser print paper, to give me the size I required. She was coloured using a water brush and the same set of modelling cream colours. I also used these for colouring the other stamped pieces (small seahorse and seaweed).
The dolphin is a photo of part of a large door feature I did while teaching. Again, the photo of this piece was printed onto laser paper and the dolphin cut out.
Chipboard sea shapes were inked with chalk edgers before decorating with Viva Decor Pens.
Strings of beads were added to make some interesting underwater plants.

Larger beads were added to the top of the grotto. These were placed to look as though they were swaying in gentle ocean currents.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Nerida and her friends.
I really had fun doing this canvas and I am loving the effects that can be done with a combination of sprays, modelling creams and stencils.
Pop on over to:pixelsandpaperchallengeblog to see what the rest of the team have done with our inspiration photo.

Thank you for stopping by. Cheers, for now. Di


  1. Di This is delightful! I love how you pulled all the elements together and had such a mixed media play to create this lovely canvas.
    Happy New Year to you!

  2. What a gorgeous canvas - looks as though you have had fun with this!

  3. What a fabulous canvas Di! I love the background with all those wonderful colours. And then all those fabulous details. Happy New Year to you! Jennie x

  4. Happy New Year Di, I am loving your canvas, the mermaids and under water scene with all that beautiful beading is just gorgeous. xx

  5. This is amazing! The background is beautiful and your mermaid is gorgeous! I'm a bit envious of your summer-near freezing and rainy in IN right now...yuck!

  6. Happy New Year Di - a bit late! Wow, you have made a wonderful background for your gorgeous creatures. I absolutely love the Decor Viva colours in the background.
    Enjoy the rest of your week. Juliaxx