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Mixed Media Under the Sea Mobile

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Mixed Media Under the Sea Mobile

designed by Micaela Spiggle

Make an undersea mobile for your vacation or beach home with DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics.

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Blue (Interference) (DMFA101)
  • Blue Green Light (DMFA01)
  • Cerulean Blue (DMFA06)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DMFA10)
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue (DMFA09)
  • Diarylide Yellow (DMFA11)
  • Gold (Interference) (DMFA100)
  • Green (Interference) (DMFA103)
  • Green Gold (DMFA14)
  • Magenta (Interference) (DMFA104)
  • Medium Grey Value 6 (DMFA17)
  • Phthalo Turquoise (DMFA26)
  • Primary Magenta (DMFA29)
  • Quinacridone Violet (DMFA34)
  • Titanium White (DMFA39)
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide (DMFA42)
  • Ultramarine Blue (DMFA43)

Other supplies

  • tracing paper
  • transfer paper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • #10 flat brush
  • toothpicks
  • #1 liner brush
  • palette knife (Americana Palette Knives and Texture Tools Set - DAS221)
  • computer paper
  • shaving cream
  • baking sheet
  • driftwood (strung; or make your own)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Use a flat brush to paint each driftwood piece a separate color using Cobalt Teal Hue, Medium Grey Value 6, Cobalt Turquoise, Primary Cyan, Green Gold, Phthalo Turquoise Hue, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. Repeat colors on the remaining driftwood.
  2. Fill with a baking sheet with shaving cream until it is completely coated with a medium-to-thick coat. Pour paint all over the shaving cream, keeping similar colors together. Use a toothpick to help swirl the paint. Press the computer paper flat on top of the paint and shaving cream and press down (not all the way down to the pan). Lift the paper and use a palette knife to scrap the shaving cream off. (The paint will stay on the paper.) Let the paper dry completely.
  3. Use a pencil and the tracing & transfer papers to transfer the sea creatures patterns to the painted computer paper. Use scissors to cut out the creatures.
  4. Use a liner brush to add details to each sea creature using: Diarylide Yellow, Phthalo Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, Quinacridone Violet, Primary Magenta, and Blue Green Light.
  5. Use a flat brush and Matte Decou-Page to adhere a sea creature to each piece of driftwood; brush more Decou-Page on top to seal.
  6. On the orca driftwood piece, use a liner brush to do basic upside down "U" shapes/scallops with Phthalo Turquoise and then fill in with two more smaller "u" shapes. Also outline the orca. Use a flat brush to apply Blue (Interference) on the orca only.
  7. On the eel driftwood piece, use a liner brush to add coral with a mix of Quinacridone Violet and Titanium White. Rinse brush. Use the same brush with Green Gold to add seaweed. Use the liner brush to outline the eel with Blue Green Light. Use a flat brush to apply Green (Interference) on the eel only.
  8. On the shark driftwood piece, use a liner brush to paint a loose chevron pattern in Cobalt Teal Hue. Use the liner brush to outline outer shark with Quinacridone Violet. Use a flat brush to apply Primary Magenta to the shark only.
  9. On the whale driftwood piece, use the liner brush to paint waves with a mix of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White. Use a liner brush with just Ultramarine Blue to outline the whale. Use a flat brush to apply Blue (Interference) over the whale only.
  10. On the narwhal driftwood piece, use a liner brush to paint swirls in Phthalo Blue. Use a liner brush to outline the narwhal with Ultramarine Blue. Use a flat brush to apply Green (Interference) over the narwhal only.
  11. On the goldfish driftwood piece, use the liner brush to outline the goldfish in Titanium White and then fill with Gold (Interference). Use the liner brush to outline the fish in Blue Green Light. Use a flat brush to apply Green (Interference) over the fish only.
  12. On the jellyfish driftwood piece, use the liner brush to paint random bubbles in different sizes using a mix of Titanium White and Cobalt Teal Hue. With just Cobalt Teal Hue, shade the bottom of the bubbles; highlight and add waves with Titanium White. Outline the jellyfish in Quinacridone Violet. Use a flat brush to apply Magenta (Interference) over the jellyfish (previously-painted Primary Magenta).
  13. On the light-headed fish driftwood piece, use the handle end of the liner brush dipped in Phthalo Turquoise and Quinacridone Violet to add polka dots. Use the liner brush to outline the fish's body in Quinacridone Violet and the mouth and teeth in Phthalo Turquoise. Use a flat brush to apply Gold (Interference) over the fish and, with a liner brush, apply Gold (Interference) over the light on his head.
  14. On the sawfish driftwood piece, use the liner brush and Phthalo Turquoise to add round scalloped lines and to outline the sawfish. Use the handle end of the liner brush dipped in Transparent Yellow Oxide to make random dots that look like sand. Use the flat brush to apply Blue (Interference) over the sawfish only.
  15. On the sea bass driftwood piece, use the liner brush to make whimsical waves in Cobalt Teal Hue; shade in Blue Green Light; and highlight in Titanium White. Outline the fish in Blue Green Light. Use a flat brush to apply Gold (Interference) to the fish only.
  16. On the puffer fish driftwood piece, use the handle end of the liner brush dipped in Titanium White to make bubbles in grouped sections. Use the liner brush to outline the puffer fish. Use the flat brush to apply Magenta (Interference) over the fish only.
  17. On the octopus driftwood piece, use the liner brush with Blue Green Light to add connecting circles. Use the liner brush to outline the octopus in Quinacridone Violet. Use the flat brush to apply Magenta (Interference) over the octopus only.
  18. On the swordfish driftwood piece, use a liner brush with Titanium White to add very wispy waves. Use the liner brush to outline the swordfish in Phthalo Turquoise. Use a flat brush to apply Blue (Interference) over the swordfish only.