Friday 7 September 2018

Mermaid Dreams

Happy Friday Everyone

I found a moment to play with a new Spellbinders Stencil 
designed by Jane Davenport purchased from That's Crafty. 

Jane always reminds me of Mermaids this was the perfect 
opportunity to take part in Art Journal Journey hosted by 
dear Yvonne this month with her chosen theme of *A World of Fantasy*

This journal page has been created using watercolour pencils and gesso. 
The stencil gives all those important lines needed to create a portrait.

Sketching in a Mermaid's tail I also used another of Jane's 
stencils to doodle some shapes around the page.

Pieces of collage tissue paper are glued with matt medium,
the colours matched perfect with the background colour.

Gesso dabbed on with tissue and used to highlight areas of the shapes,
handwritten words Mermaid Dreams have been added to the page.

As a child I would dream of Mermaids, I believe it may have been because of the 
holidays each year spent in Devon exploring secluded beaches like Ness Cove which 
could only be accessed through what the locals would call a smugglers tunnel.  
I always hoped I would catch a glimpse of a mermaid on the other side.

It's as if this mermaid is taking a selfie hee hee!!

Wishing you all a super weekend.

Looking forward to having some free time
and seeing what you have all been up too.

Take Care & Stay Safe
Creative wishes

Tracey xx

I'm sharing my creative playtime with:

Art Journal Journey - A World of Fantasy
Try it on Tuesday - Childhood
Kirstin & Eva over at PPF
Teema 40 ~ At the beginning was WATER
MOO MANIA & MORE.. Circles


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful piece, love those eyes. I have some new JD stencils etc but haven't had time to play with them yet! Happy PPF, Valerie

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh wow, Tracey. This is gorgeous. I had NO idea where you were going with this, but in the end, it came together perfectly. It's a beauty and I admit, there is no better fantasy than a lovely mermaid. Thanks for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey.

Clare Lloyd said...

She looks great

Little Artbee said...

Your greeneyed mermaid looks great and the second page with bubbles and tail is very well designed. I like it very much. All is drawn and colored very good.
Dear Greetings

froebelsternchen said...

I am totally in awe of this amazing spread! All is so beautiful ! So well designed and coloured and I love to see it's progress as well!
Thank you for sharing your art and process with us at Art Journal Journey again dear Tracey! And I am pleased to see this beautiful spread linked to Try It On Tuesday as well! Your support is much appreciated!Thank you very much!
Happy PPF for you and happy start of the weekend my friend!
Hugs, Susi

Meggymay said...

Wow Tracey, your mermaid is a real beauty, her eyes seem to look at you, inviting you to join her world under the sea.
It was super to see the process photos, this is something I forget to do.
Thank you for sharing your awesome art with us at Try it on Tuesdays as well as joining my chosen theme for the month at Art Journal Journey.
Yvonne xx

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful, love the colours.

riitta k said...

You painted a great portrait - I love the soft cplors!

John said...

Lovely artwork. The colours you chose are perfect.Love those green eyes.

aussie aNNie said...

She is stunning and just love the beauty flowing from this work of art. Your work is always amazing and I say this again, wish I could spend one day with you learning your skills, hence I am too far away to do so.
Hope you are okay and chat soon.xxxx

Linda Kunsman said...

this is wonderful!! Love how you used the stencil and then incorporated the theme with the left hand page. Happy PPF!

DVArtist said...

This is really lovely. Great use of color and both sides blend together well.

Jackie PNeal said...

What a beautiful set of pages! and yes, it does look like the mermaid is taken a selfie-teehee. Sounds like you also had a creative childhood, stretching that imagination as far as it would go! No wonder you are such a talent artist!
Jackie xo

Words and Pictures said...

Such a dreamy page spread - amazing colours, and I love those bubbles.
Alison x

Armiida said...

This is gorgeous. Lovely artwork and beautiful,soft colors.

Mia said...

Lovely page, Tracey. So artistic! Kisses, my friend.

SLScheibe said...

Oh cool! I love that gesso/tissue effect. It looks so pillowy and fluffy or like frothy waves for your mermaid. Lovely art!

Jean said...

She is just lovely! Love your details!

Christine said...

This is beautiful and we love mermaids!

JFM said...

She is beautifully created and I love the colors!
She does seem to be taking a "selfie" :)
Very beautiful page~

Happy PPF~

Dorthe said...

I think you did catch a blink of her, back then- for you to be able creating such beautiful mermaids , now . So gorgeous dear Tracey, and a wonderful idea, with the tail on opposite page .
Big hugs and smiles from Dorthe xx

Susan said...

She is lovely and I like what you have done with gesso. Interesting how our art is impacted by our lives (and experiences). Happy PPF

carol l mckenna said...

Your journal page is divine ~ mermaid theme and portrait so creative!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores

Sue said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Tracey, I love how you've brought the stencil to live, and the way you've added the gesso really give it a sea lik look. I hope you new kitchen is taking shape, and that you have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

sirkkis said...

A beautiful face. Thank you for tutorial.
Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend ahead ��

froebelsternchen said...

Oh Tracey and you made me also very happy to participate in our theme of Circles over at Moo Mania & More! Thank you very much! ♥♥♥
Big hugs, Susi

Rosie said...

This is gorgeous artwork

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Redanne said...

Stunning Tracey, the gorgeous eyes really do draw you in, just the same way I imagine a mermaid's eyes would. She is very beautiful and I just love how you were inspired by your childhood memory. Hugs, Anne xx

Mrs.B said...

A stunning Mermaid Tracey, the eyes have such a fabulous expression and the colouring is just beautiful and I loved seeing how it all came together.
Thanks for sharing your childhood memories of holidays in Devon as your inspiration for our theme at TioT.
Have a lovely weekend.
Avril xx

Misty said...

So creative! :D Love the colors!!

denthe said...

It really does look like she's taking a selfie :-) Wonderful page! Happy PPF ♥

Cindy Dauer said...

Wonderful blues, greens and purples! Happy PPF!

peppylady (Dora) said...

Sure hope your mermaid dream comes true.
Coffee is on

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, you pages are amazing! Your mermaid is a beauty and I love the mermaid tail, the whole design is magical 😁. Your comment about the mermaid taking a selfie made me smile, so true 😉. I hope you have had a lovely week, we've been busy getting ready for visitors, they arrive today. Happy weekend! J 😊 x

Rika said...

wonderful artwork.

Jeannette said...

wow,your mermais is wonderful,she looks a bit sad,but the eyes and her mouth is so beautiful,i adore of your mermaid pages.
thank you for the step in step one,you used pretty soft colors too.
happy day.

hugs jenny

Mac Mable said...

So creative and fun. Love the colours and the stencil work. Such a stunning 'selfie' from that wonderful mermaid! LOL x

Amanda said...

I love what you do with face stencils you just seem to bring them alive with such ease, beautiful pages. Keep looking for mermaids, they are out there just look harder!
Amanda x

EricaSta said...

Eine wundervolle Umsetzung für das Thema von Moo-Mania!
Ein herzlicher Sonnengruß... von Heidrun

craftytrog said...

A gorgeous spread Tracey! xxx

BLOGitse said...

Pretty, soft lines...beautiful colors...

Let's Art Journal said...

Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday too 😁. Such wonderful pages for our childhood theme 😀. Have a happy and creative week! J 😊 x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Tracey! Your really used those water cooler pencils well! She is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

err...that's 'water colour'!! xx

NatureFootstep said...

your remark mae me smile. A mermaid with a cellphone taking selfies :)

RaijaAnnikki said...


SusuPetal said...

Hi Tracy, nice that you also participate in water challenge in the Finnish Theme Art Blog!
Mermaids...they are so fascinating. I believe every child at some point dreams of being a mermaid.

I like the color world of your page, clear and beautiful under the sea feeling! And your mermaid is so sweet.

Greetings from Susu, Finland.

Let's Art Journal said...

Many congratulations on being In the Spotlight over at Try it on Tuesday with your beautiful mermaid pages! J 😊 x