Mermaid Flip Turn

This piece is a mixed media collage on an 8″x10″ wrapped canvas. If you read all the way to the end, you’ll find directions on the transfer paper collage technique.


I used homemade acrylic paint sprays, using 2 ounce spray bottles I picked up at my local Daiso, Golden Fluid acrylic paints, Daler Rowney acrylic inks and water.  Roughly 1/3 paint and 2/3 waters, depending on the color.  The fluorescent colors get more pigment and the dark colors, like Payne’s Grey, get more water.  Sometimes.  Depends on my mood.


This canvas was created along with two other canvases. I sprayed yellow fluid acrylic through a stencil. The pinks are Golden fluorescent pink straight from the bottle and dripped.  Photos don’t capture the subtle glimmer of the Daler Rowney Pearlescent acrylic inks, but the main pink background on the canvas in Platinum Pink, which has soft hints of gold.  Pink is not my favorite color, but this pink is luscious.  The drips were pushed around with canned air.

The mermaid was originally drawn in one my art journals.  It was the start of my love of drawing mermaids. I used a Tracing Paper Collage technique, detailed below, to collect her off my art journal page. Once traced, I colored the mermaid with Prisma pencils then glued her to the canvas. I finished the painting with doodles using large Pitt pens and a white acrylic marker.


More minimal than my usual page-filling style, this painting was the start of my exploration into drawing and painting a figure over a complex background, with has become more prominent in my work lately.

The original painting is for sale for $125. Price includes shipping and handling in the U.S.

Mermaid Flip Turn 8″x10′ painting

Original artwork entitled Mermaid Flip Turn. Mixed media on 8″x10″ wrapped canvas. Artist grade acrylics, India Ink, Prisma pencils, tracing paper. The work is sealed with a gloss varnish.


The Tracing Paper Collage Technique

I learned this technique from Jane Davenport’s class, Mermaid Circus.  I like that you see the background through the tracing paper and have not explored how opaque you can make the tracing paper. If you try it, drop me a link – I’d love to see what you’ve done with this technique.

You need your substrate of choice, tracing paper, matte gel medium, brush, and a scraper of some kind – an old credit card works well here. The process is:

  1. Trace the image you want on tracing paper, color as desired, and cut it out.
  2. Lay down some matte gel medium on your substrate.
  3. Put a thin layer of matte gel medium on the back of the tracing paper. It will curl.  You don’t have to work fast, but you do have to keep track of your edges.
  4. Place the tracing paper on the substrate.
  5. Work from the center out with your scraper and push all the bubbles out. You don’t need to push hard. Tracing paper is sturdier than tissue paper, but it is soaked with matte gel medium at this point and it is possible to tear it.

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