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Make a Mixed Media Mermaid Scene

Hannie Clark, Author and Artist

Make a Mixed Media Mermaid Scene

Hannie Clark, Author and Artist

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8 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Welcome and Introduction

    • 2. Part 1: Prepping the Canvas

    • 3. Part 2: Setting the Scene with Collage

    • 4. Part 3: Painting the Mermaid

    • 5. Part 4: Painting Stars

    • 6. Part 5: Adding Water and a Stone

    • 7. Part 6: Painting Faces

    • 8. Part 7: Final Details and Farewell

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About This Class

In this class, students will learn the various mixed media techniques necessary to help them complete a mermaid scene like the one I demonstrate in the course. I will take you through the entire process step by step from beginning to end. This course is for ADVANCED Beginners, and Intermediate to Advanced artists.

The Mixed Media Techniques students will learn are:

-Canvas preparation


-Stenciling with molding paste

-Freehand with molding paste

-Acrylic Painting

-Shading and highlighting

-Incorporating various mixed media elements into one cohesive piece

-Glass bead gel application

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Hannie Clark

Author and Artist


Hi there, and welcome to my profile page! I'm Hannie Clark. I am a novelist, children's book author, and a 3D floral artist. I love being creative and am very excited to share my skills with you here on Skillshare! I graduated with a Bachelor's in English lit in 2005 and immediately began my writing journey when I started writing my first novel. Two novels later in 2015, I decided to add a new dream to the mix and began pursuing art and illustration. I've written and illustrated three children's books since, and sell original art pieces in between through my Instagram account @HannieClarkCreative

I believe creativity plays an important role in our happiness and development and isn't given as much priority in today's fast-paced, tech-savvy&nb... See full profile

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1. Welcome and Introduction : either. I am handing Clark of Handy Clark creative welcome to my school shirt class on how to make a mixed media mermaid seen. I am on author and an illustrator and a mixed media folk artist, and I have a course on skills. You're already that is all about writing. But this one is my first on mixed media art, and I'm really excited to share it with you. So before we get started, I kind of wanted to show you a little bit of my style is an artist, So you kind of get a feel for what you're gonna be creating. Um, this is a scene that I painted of one of my best friends from childhood. It's all mixed media art. There's, um, there's collage in here, there's molding paste, there's a acrylics and inks. So there's that. And then here's another one. It is also mixed media and also has all those same elements. Um, so I love I love mixed media art because there's no limit to what you can use in your art. Um, if you can figure out a way to picture it in your piece, that is totally okay. There are no rules. And so, um, I love it cause it's really liberating, and I can just go and create. So I'm really excited to share this course with you. And, um, this is the scene that we will be creating in this class, and I'll show you a closer up version of this in the next segment. But it's a mixed media mermaid scene that I did with all those same elements. Collage, molding, paste, stencils, um, inks, acrylics, all of it. And, um, if you've never done mixed media are, don't worry. I do a pretty thorough job of explaining and introducing all the products in the course. And I will also be linking a list of all the products that I used for to make this piece in our classroom. So don't worry. You'll be able to find them all. They all have links to where you could get them for a decent price. And there's also, um, I've also done some substitutes there that are less expensive in that same list. So if you are just wanted to try it out and don't want to put in the money for to buy the same products that I used. Um, that's totally fine. I've got, um, equivalents that you could check out. So let's go get started. I'm really excited to have you guys in class today. 2. Part 1: Prepping the Canvas: to start off. I'm going to show you how to prep a canvas by using Matt Medium. Um, first, to start off. I like to just take a little bit of the mat medium and stick it in a cup. What matter? Medium really is is just glue. Um, it's also a paint thinner. I'm gonna be using it in both of those ways during this tutorial. So, um, let's get started. You know, just pour out, and I like to go less. Um, just because I don't want to waste any. So, um, whatever. What I'm going to show you today is one of the ways that I use that medium. This is just a little eight by 10 canvas, and, um so, as a za mixed media folk artist, I love texture. And one of the ways that I get texture right off the bat is by using these royal lace cake oil lease on. I get him in various sizes. There's a 12 10 eight. I think there's even a nine inch, um six and four, um, inch rounds. And, um, they're fairly inexpensive. But the way that I use them is before I do anything else with my canvas. Even before I put Jessel on it, I will put down some, uh, I would put down these lace doilies, and so I'm just gonna show you how I would do that. But while using the mat medium. So in order to get these corners really nice and, um, smooth, I cut take the biggest one, and I just cut it in quarters. Then I have, ah, corner for each corner of my campus, and I'll just lay them out like this, so I can see. Okay, where is everything going? And these were gonna overlap a little, which is totally fine. And then I can see what what else do I need? What other size of cake door leads do we need? So there's that. And then I think I'll just take this. I believe this is a he didn't sure six inch and just put it on top. And that's how I'm gonna lay it down. So let's, uh, let me show you how to put this down with them at medium. Now, you're gonna want to use on old crusty brush that you do not care if it gets, um ruined because this map medium, as well as your Jess ALS and everything that I'll talk about later. They're much harder on your on your brushes than your payments are. So you want to keep some kind of You want to keep some brushes on hand, But you don't really care if they get ruined a little bit or are pretty beat up by the end of everything. Um, and so this I just got picked us up at Hobby Lobby. So I've got my Matt medium here. Now you're gonna want to do is you're gonna want to lay down some Matt medium first. And because these if I were using, like, a piece of, uh, fancy art paper to to do some collage ing, I would put the mat medium down here, and then I would put it on the back of the paper. But since this has whole, these have holes in them. I don't worry about that. I just put down the mat medium, and then I later I'll lay down the the doily and then I'll just start painting the mat medium on over the top, just kind of work it down into the corners, pull it over. You just want to make sure you could be fairly gentle with ease. Because as they get wet, they get pretty delicate. But you just want to make sure that you can get out as many of the bubbles as possible. So you don't have too much texture going on in your painting. I'm gonna go ahead and finish the rest of this up, and then we'll move on to our next step. Okay, so there you haven't. This is one of the ways that I use Matt Medium. It's a way to prep my canvas for a lot of texture by using it with ease cake doily on. And I will put the the links for these kicked oil is thes royalties kicked only on my website, um, which you'll find a link for that down below. And yes, So let's ah, little let's move on to the next step. Okay, so we put down the cake. Doyle, ease using the mat medium. Now I'm going to show you how to use the black Jess. Oh, um, black. Just so, uh, you don't need very much of it because it is so black happening. Sense You want to use the old kind of crusty brushes. They make the best Jessel brushes. I've got my little campus here. This is an eight by 10 canvas. It's a board canvas. Um, so these air super duper inexpensive at Michael's or hobby lobby, I'm just gonna put on a few little drops to start out with and work my way over. So see how far that goes Goes pretty pretty for now with a blackjack. Just so you just kind of wanna rubbing your paint it on just like paint. But you want to try and get into those crevices that are left behind by the theme cake. Doily is just to cover up much of the white as possible because the more you covered up, the better it works for your paint. So I'm gonna be using a article page to dio my how to our tutorial. I highly recommend using a probably, um, 11 by 14 size canvas work. So let's get started. So first, what I want to do is I want to lay down my background, um, and these air just palette papers is what they're called. And you can find those in your, um, paper section that you're Michael's or hobby stored. Um, I will put a link to them, of course, in on my website. So this, um, color, the first color that I'm gonna put down is called Prussian Blue. And this is a golden acrylic. I love golden acrylics. They, in my opinion, have the best consistency of all the acrylics out there. The golden acrylics, they just go on really smooth. So I'm just gonna put down some of my oppression blue, and I'm going to add some of my matt medium to it. Matt medium is great for not only thinning your paint but also giving it a matte finish. So I'm gonna just add a little bit of my Matt medium actually a lot, because this has got to go prefer, um, to my paint. And then you just stirred around until the paint kind of incorporates really well with the matt medium and the more matt medium you add, the more Matt your painted surface is going to be, Um, when you're finished. So really Matt medium. Not only does it give your paint a matte finish, but it also makes it go further. Um, and it also makes it more of a fluid consistency, which, depending on what? Your painting is a really great thing. So, um, here we go. Now for this part, I've got a special brush that I always use for my backgrounds. I have no idea anymore what kind of a brush this is or what brand of a brush it is because , as you can see, I have really loved it. But this is kind of it's it's about, um about an inch inch wide, and it's a flat headed brush on. Dis is the best one to use in this technique that I'm about to show you. I just start kind of swirling it on like this. - I don't know if you can tell with the light, but it is more of a midnight blue instead of black. And so I'm just gonna let this dry for a minute before I add the next color. All right, this looks pretty dry, so we're gonna go ahead and add the next color. Um, the next color I like to dio, which is a shade lighter. Is this? Ah, cobalt blue, Also in the golden acrylic. And I don't think I'm gonna thin this one out with the mat medium. I'm just gonna put it on because it's still especially with the technique that I'm using. It'll still go pretty far and since is in the background. I don't need it to be especially Matt, because there's gonna be a lot of things painted over the top of it. Um, so again, you're gonna want your your brush it as dry as you can and you're using the same brush you were using before and then this With this color, I start in the middle and I go out. So I just started spinning, are swirling the color and as you can, you see that kind of more blue show up now with this. Ah, this technique I'm going to I'm kind of creating a more of a vignette kind of an effect with my painting words, it's going out, but but still staying dark on the sides. And as I add the final color and the lightest color it, you'll see that more. Okay, so do you see this vignette sort of of effect starting to happen here, where it's still dark around the edges. It's still dark around the edges, and it's also, uh, it's There's more of the blue color in the middle. Okay, now I'm gonna add, uh, this the my lightest color, which is this light ultra marine blue also your golden acrylic. And I'm not gonna I'm also not gonna thin this one out as well. I'm just because the potency of the color is key. But I'm also just going to use a little tiny bit of it because it goes really far on this dark of a surface. We're just gonna try and get as much of the old color off from from the cobalt blue. And I'm not gonna rinse this brush out because I want to stay as dry as possible. It's part of helping the color spread the way that I wanted to. I'm gonna dry brush it instead of, um, rinsing my brush out. So it just use your whatever you got underneath your painting service to just clean it off , or you can use a towel to, um Then I'm just gonna lightly brush, get some of this color onto my brush, and then I'm going to start in the middle like I did with the last time. And then we're just gonna do this swirling again. Okay, so there's my background. I've got my vignette effect going on here and now I'm going to start adding some collage. 3. Part 2: Setting the Scene with Collage: Okay, so there's my background. I've got my vignette effect going on here. And now I'm going to start adding some collage. This is These are my favorite parts of doing the mixed media, because then you kind of get Teoh audition the elements of your art before you actually put him down. Hey, I'm I've been cutting some things out and collecting a few items who add to our mixed media mermaid painting that we're going to be doing here. Um, so I've got a few little scraps of paper source wrapping paper. I got some foil cake. Doyle, ease. I love using these because they just add this nice little three d element plus and give a consistency to the same texture that comes from the white paper kicked oil lease. Um, and I've been cutting them out. So I've got lots of different sizes of circles from their Teoh. I'm gonna be using them as my stars. I've punched out a bunch of these little These are actually little leaves from a little hole punch. Um, I don't believe these air Fisk er's Yeah, whiskers. Um, and I'm gonna be using these, I think as my mermaid scales. So we'll set those guys aside on. And then I've got some modeling paste that I'm gonna be using. Liquid text modeling paste. I've got my map medium that I'm gonna be using. I've got my I've got to stencil suit that I'm going to be using. And then I've also got, um, some sir McNeese aram coat. A C flesh color stram code is a great ah acrylic paint one, because it's really inexpensive on. And if you're just working in a journal, that's totally fine. If you're going to do a canvas painting, you probably want to do something a little hardier and more color fast. And, uh, that'll last longer. But, um, for something like this, where it's just in original, it's great. But they are really nice. Matt paints, which makes it really easy to use, like color pencils on top, ovens and ink and stuff like that. So I love I love using these for projects like this. Um, and then finally, I'm going to be using a lot of my golden's my golden acrylic paints. And then I'm also gonna be using some of my prisma color premier colored pencils. Okay, so let's get started first. I want to start by arranging things on my canvas to see kind of What is this all gonna look like before I get started? And the reason why I do that is because once you glue it down, it's there for good eso Um I thought I thought about using the's wrapping papers as my kind of my waves for the water for this ah little mermaid scene. So it's labels guys down there like that. That's pretty. I'm so just kind of gives a little bit of texture of little variation to these waves here. Um, then I did a little kind of a little cut out for my mermaid just so I could try it out. And I think she might actually end up being a little bit too big for this particular canvas , but and she doesn't have a head. So bear with me here for a second. Sorry. So there's kind of royal put my mermaid, and then I wanted to sort of set my stars around so I can kind of get a good idea of how maney I want on there where I want to place. And, uh, that's where I'm going to stop with thieves. And so, yes, So you kind of get a little bit of an idea of what our paintings gonna look like. And I'm going to right off the bat glue down my stars because since there in the background , I want them down before I start doing anything else on top to give it kind of that layered look. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that. Now that I've got all my stars down, I'm gonna go ahead and and glue down the water. Um, so we're going to start with this one right here, and I'm actually going to remove my little mermaid because it was just holding a place for me. So we'll start with this one right here. You're gonna put your glue on both sides, both the back of the paper for this and the canvas so that it's it goes down really, really well. Okay. So gently take this one up. Because this paper, it's pretty sturdy when it's wet. But you still want toe, try and be a little bit careful with it. There we go. And then you just lightly brush brush down over the top of it and you try, try and be really, really thorough with it, so that you get all of the air bubbles out because you don't want any air bubbles left on your in your paper. Did you see how nicely that paper source paper? Because it's so thin, how nicely it lays down. I mean, it's pretty pretty good at it, kind of incorporating itself right into your canvas. 4. Part 3: Painting the Mermaid: now that we've got our stars put down and our water but down and you know, the main elements of the background put down I'm gonna start kind of sketching in where we're gonna put our mermaid. And as you can see, I've left a little space here by putting down this little rough stencil that I drew on. Now I'm just going to kind of sketch in my mermaid where I want her to be. So I just found this really cool magazine picture of this mermaid looking doll that I kind of want to incorporate into this painting instead of just painting the mermaid myself just because I like the way it little looks. So we're going to use this magazine cut out instead of the figure that I've drawn. And the way that I'm going to get rid of this right here is taking and using a wet white guys would be amazed at how many things come off with a wet wipe. So I'm just gonna erase that little bit of an arm right there that I painted on with my wet weight. Look at that. Get his new. And so there is the torso of my mermaid and then I'm going Teoh Mixed media art the rest of the mermaid. So let's put her down with Samat Me So know that this is drying. I'm going to go ahead and start gluing down the little secret punchouts that I had here and start making this look like she's got skills. - So it took a little bit of tweaking, but we got ourselves a two toned mur me hoping that the soul work is up. But that's the thing that makes speedy art. There's always a point in the process where you're like what that am I doing? This looks terrible, But if you keep on going and remember that you're layering, you're going to be layering a lot of your, um, mediums on top of each other. Then you know there's anything wonderful it can happen in that whole process. But don't panic if for a minute it looks really bad. So I'm at the point where I'm a little bit panicky, but it will be okay because I've been here before and we usually work everything out. So just gonna finish putting on, um, her tail and then we're going Teoh expert 5. Part 4: Painting Stars: All right. So I got three different colors. A gold? Well, one is a bronze. And any other tour gold that I'm gonna use to do the stars. I'm going to start with the bronze, and I don't need a whole lot. Um, and I'm gonna use this is a a number eight brush, um, in the Vienna style or the Vienna, uh, line. And you can find this line at Michael's. That's a pretty inexpensive, but it still is a professional grade brush. So what I do is I just kind of cover these a little pieces of cake doily with my bronze first, just kind of incorporate them into the painting so that they don't look like a little cut cutouts. But you still get the fun peck texture that comes from these kicked oilers. Um, but this kind of gives it more of, ah, a sort of a folk painting. Go ahead. And I'm gonna add my next color. Um, I'm gonna start over here where they're already dry. That's ah, acrylic paint. It dries pretty fast. So you see, there's no nothing coming up. Um, so I'm gonna neck the next killer I'm gonna do is iridescent bright gold in the goal Golden paints. I'm waiting for that to Dr Gonna induce a little bit of pencil work on my mermaid here because she feels like she's pretty dry. So this is a Christmas color pencil in a nectar is the color. And I'm just going to start kind of outlining her little body here so that her arms don't because she that the manic or the doll in the picture that I found had clothes on. So I'm going to kind of outline her little arms so that they don't look so bulky since her arms in my painting are going to bear because they don't want her to look like she's got a sweater on. Just do a little bit of shading to kind of bring out areas of, um that are kind of lost in the in the magazine. And this thing is just really kind of helps incorporate make the magazine piece look like it actually belongs with the rest of the painting. If you're gonna add a figure to you, makes me art. I think starting with a magazine is kind of a great way to start because you don't have to worry about figuring out how to draw figures if you don't already know how, um, you could just jump right into creating art, and, um and it actually ends up looking pretty cool. Um, yes, you, as you incorporated into the rest of the painting with all the layering that you could do with with other forms of media. And so I mean, I'm just all I'm doing right now as I'm just outlining her, um, her form. And then I'm going to go back, and I'm going to blend lend thes colors together so it looks more natural. But before I do that, I'm gonna get one of my darkest blues. Which is this oppression Blue in, um, Karen Dosh. Is it Karen dosh pencil. Um, and I'm going Teoh, push back the areas around her figure that I don't want to look like are part of her figure . Like, for instance, right here next to her waist. I want that to go back in the background, and I might even have to make that wherever black color to get that too kind of disappear or feed into the background coming together, and I'm gonna have some highlights and I'm gonna use a cream color to do that before I add in the white Going to go ahead and draw anchor here the way that I wanted to be before I I'm thinking permanent. So what? I'm gonna use it Liquid Tex modeling paste and what you'll need one of these little palette knives and so the modeling paste, it just looks like that. It's kind of the consistency of toothpaste, and you're going to just want to use just a tiny bit for something this small to start off with. And once you get kind of a hang of where you're gonna put it and how you want it to look, then you can go from there. Um, so I just kind of start right up to her brow area and then just start moving it in the direction I want it to go. This is fun because it just kind of gives the hair of three D texture. And I really like the way that that ends up. Baby wipes are a great thing to have on hand with the with our just because they clean up the clean things up so nicely, go ahead and clean your knife off again, Baby wipes are great for that, too. And put you want to put the cap on your mat molding paste as soon as you're finished, just cause it dries really fast. Now I'm gonna go ahead and finish my stars. So the next part of our stars were just gonna add, um, this through doesn't find gold in, um golden. And it's just a really light gold color. Now, you might take a little bit of this light gold, just kind of brush it along the areas That would be kind of highlighted on the tail because you don't want to do what I've done with the stars. You just kind of wanna, um, highlight it without losing that Lacey kind of feel for the the tail. Okay, so the stars tell me to dry again on, um, we will move on to kind of the shading on getting ready to add the final touches to our water here 6. Part 5: Adding Water and a Stone: I'm gonna get my prison colors out again. So down here, since this is the latest dairy I'm going to just use this color is, uh it's called Blue. We're sorry. Like, Aqua. I'm just gonna start shading around the edges here, just giving it a little bit of a sort of Ah, shadowy feel so that it again, the main reason for layering like this is to make it all come together as a single piece of art. And, um, and by adding, you know, this kind of shading from the colored pencil, you give it more depth and you give it more of a sense of this all belongs together. That's that's the main reason for using, um, all of these different mediums of Sylhet because you're using so many different things, you have to use somebody to rethink. So it all looks like it fits together, but it's that's kind of the fun of it. Now for the mermaid. Um, I'm going to be using on this mermaid raw, umber golden, and then I'm going t o be really fitting it down a lot with with Samat medium. This is the the way that I I shade and I'm just gonna do just a tiny bit of this rock number because it's gonna go a long way with how much medium I need to put in it to thin it out. Hey, so I'm gonna take my little nice here. Got a blended in. Really? Good. So I get a nice, um, soft brown, like a relief of a transparent brown here. And then I'm going to use this as my ship shading for her little mermaid body. Just gonna take it along the edges here and start. Uh, kind of what this does I find is that it's it's again like the same reason why I used the color pencil on her body. It helps it Teoh kind of fall back and blend into the rest of the painting. And that's one of the main reasons why I do this particular technique, because it, um it makes it look like it's all one piece instead of a bunch of different pieces all mixed together. - Now , I've just decided that I want to add kind of like a something cure in front of my mermaid to kind of make it look like she's She's pushing herself up Johnson onto something. So I've taken this stencil. Um, and I'm using the modeling paste to build that right now. And, um, yeah, so you just place your stencil where you want it to be, and then you just start loading on you're modeling paste in in the area that you'd like it to be, And, um and I wanted to look like a rock of some sort, so I'm gonna work with my stencil to kind of give it that effect. But we're putting it just beyond one of my paper here that I've used for my wave. Oh, see how that gives me kind of ah, a shape to work with, um And it looks more like she's kind of lifting yourself up onto something rather than just hanging out there floating in the water. So I'm gonna clean this up and I'll be right back. All right, now I'm gonna have the white to my stars. I'm just gonna first. At first, I'm going to start by just kind of brushing lightly to make sort of a little white circle in Oh, there's my big stars. While I'm waiting for all this, uh, other stuff so dry I'm gonna go ahead and finish up my stars by adding some white dots with this white Sharpie. Ah, water based paint pin. Um, thes air. Awesome. It's the best paint pen I found, um, to work within mixed media. I really I really like him and they're not very expensive, so that's really awesome as well. So I'm just gonna go ahead and fill in the sky with these white dots here. I've got a few things that I've worked on. I have let this dry a bit. Um, and now with the modeling paste, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to sand it down. Did you just get rid of the rough edges on it? Just stand. Just rover. It's pretty sturdy once it's completely dry. You just driving over it to get that the rough edges off so that it's easier to paint over if you want to paint it. Um, yeah, So if it's not dry, however, it will start to break up. You don't want that to happen, so just make sure it's nice and dry before you do that. So anyway, you just brush it away so that you don't get it in your pain, Teoh. Get it in wet. It's gonna go back, back into paste. And you don't want that to happen before you get a chance to put a coat of acrylic over it and steal it. So I feel like armor me destroying to come together. But I'm still not sure if I like this purple on her tail. I think I want to paint it. This Titan buff colored Soledad more uniform, but also still has a little bit of variation to it. So I think I'm gonna do that right now. Um, now I've laid down this Titan buff over the purple because I didn't like it. Um, and now I'm going to add a little bit of an iridescent sheen to it. This is just iridescent pearl fine from golden just to make it look more mermaid e. Work it out as you go. And and there's something really nice and kind of therapeutic about that, though. Is that just you just kind of going with the flow and seeing what happens, you know? And I think it's kind of exciting because, um, like I said before, you end up with so many fun kind of happy accidents that you we're never intending to be the case. So that's kind of what's going on with this purple underneath these on this now tighten buff slash iridescent paint is that I have that nice kind of purple Lichine peeking through , which I think gives it more a more interesting look than if it were just stark. White makes it look more like it's It was meant to be part of a more painterly kind of a painting, and I kind of like that. So So there you go. 7. Part 6: Painting Faces: So she's looking pretty good. I'd really like, really like how she's coming together, How everything else is coming together. So now we're going to put in a couple of more mermaid faces because, um, I realized I wasn't recording when I was finishing up her her her little face here. And I want to make sure that you're able to see how I did that. Well, just stiff. Just go ahead and put this little this little mermaid down here. I'm kind of gonna have her just sort of over here a little bit. I'm so you can get that kind of the hair coming over because I like that idea. Um and then I'm going Teoh. I really liked the idea of adding this other little face because thes air, these were cut out of the same magazine from the same um, collection of dolls. And I kind of like how they go together. It's it's got the same field. Let's put her down here. And I learned the hard way that the that you want to be really quick with magazine collage because if you're not, then you start to lose some of the pigment in the paper and you lose some of that pretty detail that you want to be able to work with us. You as you collage and there's something about the power of three art. It really kind of balances out of painting. So I'm going to start working on my little stone area that she is going to be resting on here. I'm going to be using Hooker's green hue from golden acrylics and then also a little bit of silver iridescent silver. Fine to see what I can make out of this little area here. And then I'm also gonna be incorporating some of this deluded raw number to give this hooker green more earthy tone to it, because I I wanted Toto look like it belongs there. But I also wanted to look like a big rock face here. I think we might need to add a little bit of black to this, because I I feel like it's not not coming on deep enough as a well faces mermaid faces here about dry so we can work on them. And while there finishing up dragon, I'm kind of kind of to find this tale a little bit more because I feel like it's kind of getting lost in, Um, it's kind of getting lost in all the gold stars here, so I'm gonna take it. I'm gonna use this indigo blue, um, Prisma color Premier. And I'm gonna kind of push out just this. No, I'm going to start working on these faces down here. Well, that up there dries, sketching out how I want this, You know, I'm going Teoh Great. These little mermaids into the painting by giving them some skin. Uh, yeah. Remember Neck? I just wanted technically, So there's one of our mermaids were going to do the same with this one down here. We're gonna give her neck. Cain. I'm gonna do the mermaid here with the modeling paste again. Working on the mermaid faces a little bit more and give them the detail that they need - cider , that I want to add a moon to my painting here. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to get my stencil here, and you can use, um, you can use a cup or a bowl or, you know, whatever you want to use on and you'll get the same effect I'm gonna use probably, I think. Well, I don't know. I think I want to do that big. Maybe I don't see how does that work? No, not, Um probably this big. Yeah, that big. And what I'm gonna do first is I'm gonna lay down this stencil because I really like this effect that's coming off of it. Of kind of like this the light, um, kind of sprinkling down on these days. So I'm gonna put this right here first, and I'm going to use my modeling paste on this first so that I will just let that dry for a minute, and then I will put down the actual since I've got these little kind of dots up here, I thought I would, uh, through the reflection down here in the water. So I'm just gonna take and dio the same thing here with the modeling paste. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that really quickly while I'm waiting for that there to dry. Okay, Well, I'm waiting for this to dry. I'm just gonna go ahead and, um, blend this in by putting my little star dots back in there over there, because that will blend in this darker area that I used to reform the mermaid tail. Okay, so there's that stone right here is dry, so I'm gonna add a little bit of plate paint. Is ah, highlight. Especially where you would find the moon. Kind of reflecting on those, um, rocks. Just gonna be pretty light with this because you don't want to overdo it. This weight light from the moon. Sweet highlight. Of course, that's gonna probably affect her tail a little now that we've got a little bit of moonlike coming into the picture. Okay. I think I really like this mermaid. Like these guys. I'm excited too. Maybe add some color to their hair. 8. Part 7: Final Details and Farewell: Oh, our little dots up here all dry. So I'm gonna take my sandpaper and I'm gonna sand them down for the nice and smooth, and I'm going to brush them off. Well, that's just out of the way A man. I'm going to take this particular stencil, and I'm first. I'm going to lightly trace around this section right here, because this is what I want my moon toe look like. So I'm going to lightly trace a circle here. I shouldn't be doing it over my painting because that's not what I want on my painting. But just be, uh, good idea of what I want right there. And then I'm going to stick that part right there in the middle of those dots, and I'm gonna take my modeling paste. And I've lost my mother here, and I'm going Teoh, go ahead and do what I just did before, right here with ease once. And I'm just stay inside that circle. Here is my space for my moon. Don't worry. I know it doesn't look like much. We're gonna use some paint to make that look more like a moon. OK, now let's get back to the hair. Um, I haven't quite decided what color here we're gonna do yet, but well, I mean, I know it's gonna be red, but I'm not sure which read If I wanted to be more of a cartoony rid or if I wanted to be more of a true red. So let's try it out. See where we get. I'm gonna take it. I'm gonna add a little bit of Matt Medium to this so that it goes a little bit further and it goes on a little bit smoother because, worth this, this, uh, modeling paste is a little bit more absorbent. And so you want to make sure you got it moving fluid enough so that you're able to get in all the crevices and everything like that and make it look nice. - I originally recorded this portion of the class in time lapse. So I've slowed it down so you can see how I use the white Sharpie to apply the highlight details. - Case we've just finished putting on some highlighting detail through here. And the last step that I'm going to do is I'm going to add this glass, be jail by Golden, and this is kind of cool because it's It's a gel that has little glass beads in it. Like the name says, Um, but it it dries kind of clear. And so I'm going to just just put it along here, appear along the rock, just kind of create that jagged to sort of see foaming kind of edge right there. So I think the last step to this painting from here on out. So you go, guys, there is your tutorial on how to dio a mixed media mermaid. See, um, I hope you guys liked it.