Friday, 3 June 2011

Mermaids Collage

You remember the mermaid tags I made a little while ago? I loved the graphic so much, I made half a dozen or so tags with it. In the end, tag size just wasn't good enough, and I decided to make something larger with it. Like an embellished cushion. So I printed the image onto fabric, laid it out on the table with different bits and pieces......... and there it stayed for ages. Somehow the cushion idea just didn't do it for me. And then I remembered that I had an old battered and dilapidated Victorian photo album, and one of those pages would make a great frame for the graphic! Once I had cut the page out of the album, my muse cut her holiday short and came home, and things came together quite nicely. It was so much fun going through all my stashes for the embellishments to use on this collage. I used lots of shells which I had collected many years ago when the boys were still little, some funky seaweed, a beautiful deep blue earring, a gorgeous little pendant with crystals, vintage seam binding, netting from an old hat, stickles to simulate sand, faux pearls from a vintage necklace and a very historic piece of wood found on the beach - a small fragment of our beautiful pier which was burned down last year by some braindead morons.

Work in progress -


adding a few more things to the top of the collage -


Embellishing the bottom of the collage -


And here it is, the finished collage -



I am happy with it.

I also made a good start on the Birdsong Tag Book swap. Perhaps I'll post some of the tags I have completed so far, tomorrow.

Until then, toodlepip xxx

17 comments:

Larisa said...

wow! I am mad about Mermaids! This project is very creative! I saved a pic for myself to look at it again and soon) It is wonderful!!!

Nancy Maxwell James said...

how gorgeous is this!! beautiful embellishments and what a lovely image! perfection!

Zoechaos said...

A real treasure stunning XOXO Zoe

Healing Woman said...

Oh so lovely. Your embellishments are very rich looking. Any mermaid would love to own this one.

Jeanie Callaghan said...

Liz, I love the way you teased us showing us bits and pieces of your beautiful masterpiece before showing the whole thing. This is just gorgeous! And wonderful colors.

Catje said...

Truly beautiful! :)

Robin said...

Such a beautiful piece with so many gorgeous details.

Hugs,
Robin

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

One word...
GORGEOUS!
enJOY a lovely Friday,
Kimberly

Sherri @ Antique Paperie said...

I am in Art Collage heaven looking at this masterpiece!! It is stunning ~ I love all the little details - looks as if it came straight from the Sea itself. Just beautiful! xo

sonya said...

Hi Liz,
I think your mermaid collage turned out beautifully! I love the details of it too. The pearls, beads, jewels and the trimmings and the colors you used. Perfect!
Hugs,
Sonya

Scrummy Scrapz aka Lizzie said...

Hi Liz, adore the collage everything is so apt to the sea - I have also just noticed (how dozey am I that you have a couple of Rhodesian Ridgebacks - well thats what we were brought up with most of our youth in Zim) Looking at them they sure got character - have a great weekend x

Dorthe said...

Wonderful -Liz, the old page from the photo album, is a perfect background, for all the storyes from the sea you added.
The netting and shells, piece of wood-(I remember you told the story-last year)--the pearls and blue "diamonds"--so gorgeus, and beautiful.
Wish you a great week-end, friend.
xo,Dorthe

suziqu's thread works said...

Love the old page and how you have embellished it with the blues and greens and a touch of black with the netting and burnt wood (sadly!). It comes together very well indeed this sea themed collage!
Have a great weekend Liz,
Suzy

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Good morning, Liz! You've created a beautiful collage with all the lovely trims, blings and shells. Will you take it to your Provence cottage?
Have a great weekend and lots of fun at the boot fairs :-)!
Hugs to you,
Julia

Yitte said...

Your mermaid collage is gorgeous. All the details like the color, trim and shells completes it beautiful,
Have a nice weekend
Yvonne

Diane said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! And happy with it you should be! This is beautiful, Liz!!!
Hugs, Diane

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, this is so totally gorgeous!! I love all the shells and the tassels and the colors--WOW!!!