Wednesday, May 29, 2013

garnish: verb

decorate, embellish 
 to add decorative or savory touches to (food or drink)

 to equip with accessories : furnish

 to take (as a debtor's wages) by legal authority : garnishee

PanPastel Challenge Blog - #21 Bling it
All That Stickles - Turquoise Linky Party
So, here I was playing with my gelli plate intending to make a mermaid print and I did too, but what I made here, was created from the stencils I was using to mask with. ( In other words instead of using the pieces that I had cut from the Cricut as a mask, the pieces themselves became part of the art. Each layer was cut from the Cricut, laid onto the Gelli plate and then lifted off after painting. Then each piece was layered on top of each other to make the wall hanging. Each piece was cut out of a trasparency sheet. )
This is my unintentional mermaid. :)
 I say unintentional because I didn't plan on using the Cricut cuts as part of the design, I thought I would be throwing these cuts away.
For each transparency layer there is a coat of gel medium over it so I am assured that the paint won't flake off the plastic transparency. So that's a whole lot of layering, coating with medium and then adding another layer.
 I just LOVE how bright and vibrant the colors came out and since I was using transparencies, any color below shows through the top layer. Each time I peeled up the mask piece I squealed! seriously There are numerous layers here and each one is delicious!
The color themselves are not neon, but laid against this black background and they just zoom off!
I used the turquoise stickles to outline the turquoise seaweed and left the others alone, I did add stickles to the starfishes. 
My mermaid is outlined and a few drop of liquid pearls are added to her, and that's all the garnishment that she needed.
Rangers- stickles, turquoise, yellow, glam pink
Pebeo - outliner
Higgins - white ink ( for eyes )
American Crafts - Mary marker ( lips )
Plaid - acrylic paints
Gelli Plate
Cricut Craft Room - Pirates and Mermaids ( digital cart )
Rock Princess, p. 54 ( banner )


KatzElbows said...

Thank you for stopping by and visiting. Your accidental mermaid is stunning.

Have a good one,

Redanne said...

Great stencil work Sandee, love the colours you chose and the sentiment is perfect. Hugs, Anne x

Von said...

She's beautiful, Sandee! Love the layers and layers of colours and texture you got with your process. Its really wonderful!

My name is Cindy said...

I have read and re-read this and I have no idea what you did. But it doesn't matter she is lovely!! I love mermaids and have a little project myself to share shortly - gotta tweak it a bit first.... Thanks for stopping by, Cindy x

MaryH said...

Oh MY GRACIOUS! This is stunning! I wish you taught some classes. I keep saying I don't do 'altered stuff', but your gelli & cricut sound like a fascinating combo. I have pan pastels that are still in pristine condition too. Gotta learn. This is just a beautiful art piece. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Katie said...

Oh my goodness, she is gorgeous! And what a cool method to make the layers and such. It sounds like it was so fun to make :)

VonnyK said...

Those textures look fabulous and the black sure does make it pop. That's really clever, I love it.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Neesie said...

Wow she's one sexy accidental mermaid...those colours just dance off the screen.
Thanks for popping over to my place earlier. Have a great week whatever you're up to ~ have fun!
Waving from DownUnder xoxo

Carole Z said...

ooh love the textures and colours on this make Sandee, great fun! Carole Z X

Eliza said...

layers and layers of beautiful color thanks for explaining how you got your results, it is interesting to hear how others achieve their results. Thanks for popping by too. Oh NOK is next of kin.

Hugs Eliza

Winnie said...

She is so fabulous! I love the pictures as you can see the colors and textures you got! The colors are so great with the black background. I always love stickles!

Karen said...

Love your mermaid, the quote is brilliant too and would be so suitable for many occasions. Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 106 x

Jean said...

Just gorgeous!!!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

totally love the colors on this wall hanging! you rocked it!!

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Rita said...

Really pretty! I don't quite understand all that you did to get her, but she's really pretty. :)

Karen said...

stunning love the colors on the black. Karen

fairy thoughts said...

Hi sandee
love this so much work and lovely colours ... I'm going to make a gelli plate tomorrow so watch this space!!!
janet #32

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Really gorgeous, I love the mermaid and the black background really makes the colours in her stand out. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Terry said...

Fabulous thank you for playing with the DT from PanPastel UK, love it Hugs Terry xxxx

Cathy Spicer said...

What an awesome creation!!! So much texture and overall yumminess! Thanks for sharing at All that Stickles!
~ Cathy, DT

Karen (karey2005) said...

Wow, so many beautiful details! Thanks for joining up at the All That Stickles turquoise linky party! ~Karen, ATS-DT