Mermaid Framed in Barn Board

I haven’t posted for over three months because I’ve just been too busy. I still am, but felt I should let my readers know I’m still here working away.

This is a mermaid I made months ago from strips of wood. I made a similar mermaid in blues and turquoise last year.  You can see her HERE. Some of these strips are made with napkins glued to the wood, to look painted.

This mermaid was fit into barn board, it was a painstaking process and the whole piece took me over 40 hours to complete. She does not sit flat, purposely made to curve from head to tail, so she sticks out from the barn board more in some places such as her tail and her hand.

This piece measures 30″ x 20″ and was sold a few weeks ago to a man who’s wife had come in to my shop and told him about it. He came back by himself and bought her the mermaid for an anniversary gift!

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Coastal Charm

Mermaid from Distressed Striped Wood Pieces

I’ve been busy in my shop and made some pieces over a month ago that I haven’t had time to blog about.

A few of the new creations are made with strips of wood that I paint, distress, stain and attach to a backing of either plywood or mdf board.  Then I cut the final shape and stain the edges and clear coat the whole piece.

Here’s the first one… a mermaid.  [See my lobster made with the same technique here]

She is 25″ long, 16″ tall and 1″ thick.

This view, taken from an angle, lets you see the thickness of the piece better:

I’ve use white, a medium blue and two shades of turquoise.  Beachy colours I’ve used before on both my shop counter:

 As well as my mirror:

All of these pieces (well not my counter, but I could make you one) are available in my shop or online by contacting me through email or my facebook page.
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Mermaid Sign

We interrupt these renovations to show an actual project!

As those of you who are creative know, it’s hard to go months and months without actually making anything.  A few months back I was looking at the garden left by the last owner of our house and found some planks of wood that were used to edge one of the flower beds.  Since I had no supplies with me, except for a jigsaw and some paints, I had to make do with those to make a sign.

Usually I will glue planks together, but although I had glue, I didn’t have clamps to hold the pieces together.  Instead, I used two extra pieces of wood which I nailed on the back of the five planks I had cut to length.

I found this black and white mermaid at The Graphics Fairy and transferred it to the wood with carbon paper and a pencil (lots of work!)

Then I hand painted the mermaid design, and here she is:
Mermaid sign hand painted on old wood
22 3/4″ long x 17 1/2″ wide

Back to renovating!