It was my turn to think of a theme this month so chose 'Stories from the Sea' for July. I was thinking Summer holidays, sunny beaches, pirates or maybe mermaids
This is a Barbie I customised probably about 10 yrs ago. I did her for a pink/black theme competition, but I have to confess that I actually really dislike that particular colour combo ! She had pink hair, lots of purple with black accents. I thought to myself that some time later I could re think her look altogether. So with the theme challenge in mind I hauled her out of the loft and gave her a makeover.
I'm pretty happy with the way I had repainted her face but I decided to remod her lips. This doll originally had a toothy grin - I had modded the lips shut but I've played about with them a bit more and hopefully improved their shape. I also repainted the eyebrows and cut off her swirly conch shell hair.
I sculpted the tail out of paperclay but have never liked the texture I gave it, so I replaced it with a layer of gesso, painted it in lighter shades of mauve and green given it a crackle finish and applied layers of glitter over the top.
I always loved her tail, fins and wings, so I left them as they were, made from embroidered and beaded layers of silk waste.
I got rid of the black top and made her a new glisteny, wispy one, and also added a tiara.
I think I'm done tweaking - I am now happy with the way she looks !
Did u spot the little turtle ?
Tony made him : )
That is my story from the sea - the tail is done ^_^
Total mermaid inspiration from the best merperson artist in the world IMHO -