The Mermaid and the Seahorse

Hello Everyone
A wee while ago I received the most beautiful stamp set from Oxford Impressions, Mystical Mermaids. (also available from That’s Crafty) So far I have only shared one piece of artwork, at the That’s Crafty blog.
As soon as I saw the Calico Craft Parts shell (in the largest size) I knew it was the perfect substrate for a Mystical Mermaid.  I had never made a purchase from Calico Craft Parts before so wasn’t sure what to expect regarding quality of the pieces.  I am not affiliated with Calico Craft Parts in any way but I have to say that the MDF was a joy to work on.  On the shell, there is a lovely, not quite sure how to describe other than an etched design into the shell which even with the application of paint, you can still see that outline.  I didn’t use Gesso to prep the surface, I simply dived right in and applied the paints.mermaidshelllynnemoncrieff1There she rests, perched upon a starfish as she ponders life at the bottom of the ocean, with the sway of the coral around her.  Her hair glistens from the fish scales which become trapped within the tangle of the waves of her hair.mermaidlynnemoncrieff2Three or so paint colours were applied onto the shell, a mixture of Frescos and also Martha Stewart metallic acrylics with a hint of mica flakes for added shimmer.mermaidlynnemoncrieff5The seahorse is her friend and confidant.  mermaidlynnemoncrieff4The time whiles away as she shares her secrets, her fears and her hopes to the seahorse.mermaidlynnemoncrieff3A jumble of sea related items including stamped shells, all resting on a piece of driftwood.mermaidlynnemoncrieff8
Thank you for visiting this blog post.  I always read comments left, so thank you.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 12:09:14

    Lynne, I’m speechless! This is truly a work of art. xx


  2. meggymay
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 13:30:54

    Wow, this is so gorgeous. The shell was a perfect background for the super stamped images.
    Yvonne xx


  3. Corrie
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 14:46:28

    A beautiful piece, Lynne ! Love this combination of stamping and other pieces like shells and sea stars and the big shell of course, fantastic !
    Corrie x


  4. Shari T.
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:39:35

    LOVE This, Lynne!! What a wonderful, mystical creation–I swear I can hear the song of the Sirens now!! Sailors beware!! Before I started reading in detail (I always look at your images first), I was thinking–‘what a perfect clam shell you found’….but then there it is…a Calico Crafts part!! Soooo cool!! I love all of the wonderful pieces of treasure this beautiful mermaid has collected around her-the pearls, the shells and I LOVE the bits of mica flakes!! Just a Fabulous creation, Lynne!! Such a lovely way to take us into our creative weekends!! XOXO-Shari


  5. Ruth
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 16:48:36

    Absolutely stunning
    Lynne, you must be thrilled with your work of art!


  6. craftytrog
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 17:07:43

    This is absolutely magical Lynne! xxx


  7. paper profusion
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 19:21:11

    This is one of your best pieces ever Lynne. Truly magical, love every element and the shell is absolutely perfect for your little mermaid and her dreamy world. Nicola x


  8. Fliss
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 21:25:24

    This is beyond gorgeous Lynne! Sheer creative genius!
    Fliss xx


  9. hettiecraft
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 22:14:20

    Gosh Lynne this is beautiful Love all the layers and will be ordering from Calico soon!


  10. Julie Lee
    Sep 25, 2015 @ 22:47:44

    How beautiful this is Lynne. I love the shimmer of scales in the Mermaid’s tresses and all the wonderful detail. Everything you create is magical and you have such a talent for visual story-telling. I think your sea inspired pieces are possibly the most magical of all. I can always hear the distant roar of the ocean and smell the salty tang when I look at them. I have often been tempted to purchase from Calico, as Alison Bomber does create some beautiful projects using their pieces. It’s really helpful to know that they are of a high quality. Thank you, Lynne, for sharing. xx


  11. Sophie
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 08:20:59

    Wunderschön, liebe Lynne.
    Das sieht alles so verwunschen und versponnen aus. Eine feine Arbeit.
    Wie ein schönes Märchen.

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx


  12. Samantha Read
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 12:47:33

    Aww this is lovely too Lynne x


  13. trisha too
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 20:15:46

    Saw this on facebook, Lynne, and what a charmer–all those deep sea details are absolutely gorgeous! One of my daughter-in-laws loves the sea, and this piece immediately made me think of her.

    Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. There never seems to be enough time lately for a good round of blog visiting, and I miss my bloggy friends. That’s funny you have a photo stamp of the collage image on my tag–you surely created something beautiful with it!



  14. tracy745
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 20:47:35

    Lovely Lynne, has a real magical quality and I love the touch of shimmer too. The mermaid is particularly beautiful . This has a lovely delicate feel,to it. Lovely piece . Tracy x


  15. butterfly
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 16:28:23

    Oh gorgeous, Lynne – what a perfect setting the shell makes for that beautiful mermaid and all that wonderful shimmering beach embellishing. I am so glad you enjoyed working with the Craft Parts (I am affiliated, but I’m a huge fan – it’s never hard to rave about them!) – I hadn’t spotted the shell at all – there are so many new designs always arriving – just love what you’ve done here.
    Alison xx


  16. patscrap
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 14:07:15

    This is so beautiful. All the details are incredible !


  17. Dorthe
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 14:41:48

    Oh Lynne, she is so beautiful, in her most lovely shell home, deep under the waters, —and you filled it with so many magical ´things, like the seastars, little shells, and pearls. . Also I love the gold and creame, colours used for the shell, and all your naturel colour tones, -it coulden`t be more beautiful!!
    Dorthe, xx


  18. coco
    Sep 28, 2015 @ 16:06:05

    Oh wow Lynne… What a glorious project!! Fabulous fussy cutting of stamped images here, this amazing shell is full of love and patience and SO beautiful to look at and admire! The shine and mica flakes and all the seashells at the bottom make the scene really realisitic and exquisite, this is a stunner! Hugs, Coco xxx


  19. Sharon
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 12:24:34

    Oh my gosh this is stunning Lynne!!!


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