Supporting My Local Museum

Museum Of Chincoteague

Our local and wonderful museum here on Chincoteague is having a fund raiser. Adults and Kids can sign up and receive a 5 x 5 canvas to create a work of art. That art then will be auctioned off for the Museum. How fun, right? I for one cannot wait to see all the creations. If you are interested, this event is virtual this year, so you too can view and bid!

I first thought I would melt some crayons and add my cool crayon coloring to it, but that idea did not work well. Live and learn! So I decided I would go with an ocean scene. Then I set about creating this crazy fun piece of mixed media.

First I started with some transparent texture paste and added some alcohol ink to dye it. I used three different shades of teal and slapped them on to look like water with of all things an antique butter knife. Hey, in my defense my spatulas are someplace in storage since I don’t do mixed media very often…

Then I pulled out a mermaid, her treasure chest, some plants and some cute seahorses. I colored them up with my Copics and let my handy Scan N Cut cut them out for me.

Once my texture paste was dry I went about creating a sandy bottom. I have this cool sand and glue things from Mud Puddles. The cool part is, when you use this on a card it’s actually flexible. Neato stuff right there! After adding and drying and adding and drying I also squished in some local sea shells, and later some Iridescent Bubbles and Nuvo Drops.

I was lining up my images on the canvas to see where I would place them, and realized my images were looking flat, or dry. So I grabbed my 3D Crystal lacquer and took a chance. I covered over each piece and watched them curl a bit because two of them are large. (UUGGGH I thought this was going to go badly for me) I did this late at night so I went to bed, low and behold when I got up they were flat and shiny and perfection!

She looks like she is in the water!

I have to say I am so in love with this chest. It colored up gorgeous. Now when I attached this I did it with a wobble, so it will move. Think bubbling chest in a fish tank…..

This is my finished piece and I have already taken it over to the Museum.
  • Plant: YG03, YG01, YG00
  • Starfish and Star Top: E27, Y26, Y15, Y11
  • Grounding: W6, W4, W2, W0
  • Skin: E13, E11, E21
  • Flower Center: Y08, Y06, Y02
  • Flower: V09, V06, V05
  • Mermaid Tail: BG09, BNG57, B34, B32, B11
  • Seashell: BV20, RV11, R00
  • Chest Lock: E37, E08, E97, E21, T8
  • Chest: E79, E57, E35, E31, E29, E30
  • Seahorse: YG03, YR02, YR61, YR20, B16, BG02, BG01

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Nancy Farrell
Nancy Farrell
2 years ago

WOW JILL! I love this one! The colors and the texture are gorgeous. GREAT JOB.
Have a blessed day.

2 years ago

Great job! I wouldn’t have thought to use a Copic refill to color the embossing paste!

2 years ago

That is awesome! Great job! 🙂