The creation process

I've decided to show the creation of this little mermaid, almost step by step. I could have taken a pic of the wire armature, but forgot, so you'll have to use your imagination. It's pretty easy to do...just look at the rudimentary shape of the mermaid, and you can pretty much visualize the twisting of the wire beneath. Anyhow, that's how you begin. Shape the wire in whichever way you choose, and then ball up newspaper and wrap and twist it around the wire and tape with masking tape to get a basic shape. I've also cut out the shape that I would like the tail to be and taped it on.
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From there, I make my flour and water paste (no recipe, just mix it till it's nice and gooey) and use newspaper strips and cover many, many layers until it becomes quite strong.
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I've let it dry and now it's time to start adding some detail! I add detail with my homemade paper pulp which is made up of flour, water, and cheap toilet paper! There are many recipes online for paper pulp, all you have to do is tweek it and make it your own :)
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From there, I cut up lots of tiny strips of tissue paper and use a paint brush to 'paint' them on using the flour and water mixture I used to apply the newspaper strips.
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Finally...I painted her, varnished, added hair, and attached beaded wire for hanging :)
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12 comments:

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Wow- that is very cool! One day I must try that. I love the mermaid too!! Can't wait to see her done ;)

Deedra said...

Hmmm...thought for sure I replied to this!! lol I think you SHOULD try it one day! I know you'd love it! I should be finished the tutorial today...so stay tuned!

randa said...

We HAVE to do this when you come down!!!! You have some sort of gift from God that not many people can hoan into. You've got it girl!!!

Deedra said...

Thanks, sweet girl!! I would love to do it with you when I'm there! I love teaching people new arts and crafts :)

Emily Anne Leyland ( Art-n-Sewl) said...

Wow Dee!!!!! She is spectacular. Sooooo beautiful! Her hair is so cool and well everything is :) good job woman!!!

Deedra said...

Thanks!! :)

randa said...

WOAH! She is so cool! Is the hair glazed yarn or something???

Deedra said...

Thanks! The hair is yarn with gold strands :)

randa said...

That is so original!

Ann Marie said...

Thanks :)

randa said...

I'm getting a funny alter ego feel of this ann marie character ;)

Deedra said...

hahahahahahaha...she's my dark side!