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Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict, so much so that I have left the rat race for the inky race and now have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops in Surrey. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my Surrey.Crafts page on FB.
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Suz
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Freddie the Ferocious Fish


Hi all

Here is my second project for the DecoArt 'Under the Sea' mixed media challenge. Freddie the Ferocious Fish! 

It started with a shampoo bottle!




A coat of black gesso then once dry a coat of black modelling paste with bits of card stick into it and textured with a pallet knife.


Painted with a mixture of phthalo turquoise and tinting base


I used paper clay to make a fishy mouth.
Then because I didn't like the blue, I mixed Diaxazine Purple with Metallic Silver. Makes a beautiful metallic purple. Once dry I then painted over again with Magenta Interference Paint.


Dry brushed with Neon Green.

Used a damp brush to then paint Fuchsia Metallic Lustre into the center of the scales. That was easier than it sounds as I just splodged it on!


Notice anything different about the fins???


By that point I was being influence by the Rio Olympics, thoughts of carnival etc. So I changed the colours of the fins and added sequins and glitter - had to be done!!!!


Took a stalk from a manikin doll kit. I put Freddie onto the stem to see how high up I needed to decorate the base as I knew quite a bit would be hidden inside the fish.


I wrapped torn bits of material around the stick tied in simple knots. Glued some scraps of pink organza to the spiky bits. Painted white card with Green Gold and once dry used a Sharpie marker to draw the fronds of seaweed and scaly shapes inside and cut out the shape. I stuck this around the base of the stem with Matt Medium.


To make the eyes, gesso onto bottle caps and add the P.Turquoise. Take a couple of glass beads. Drop a teensy bit of Neon Pink and Neon Green onto your mat and dab the flat side of glass beads onto the mixture (keeping the colours seperate and vibrant). Once dry glue beads into the bottle caps and add some fuchsia lustre around the scalloped edges of the caps.



Thanks for looking! Suz xxx


27 comments:

  1. YOU are truly AMAZING Suz. What fun this project is to see. YES - your RIO fish goes great with the Olympics themes! Super FAB bold colors and your textures are just BRILLIANTLY done. Again - thanks so much for sharing with our DecoArt Media UNDER THE SEA challenge. Your projects always brighten my day. j.

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  2. Fierce Freddy the ferocious fighting fish finds fascinating furry fungus a few fathoms down. He fiddles and ferrets about until it finally frees itself and he finds it fixed in his 'froat'. "It feels like feathers", finks Freddie, frantically frashing about for his freedom. Freddie finally gets famous when framed for the future.

    Great fish, Suz!

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    1. That's awesome Kim! If it's ok with you I'd love to print that out, with the authors name of course. and keep it with him! Suz x

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    2. Of course you can! Glad you like it.

      Kim

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  3. Oh he's awesome hun, love your ideas! Xxx

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  4. Words fail me Suze, this is absolutely amazing xx

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    1. Thanks so much, and for taking the time to comment. Suz x

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    2. Thanks so much, and for taking the time to comment. Suz x

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  5. Love this Suz, it's so imaginative and quirky! Good luck with your entry xx

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  6. Oh Suz!!!!!!!!!! I just love Humphrey!!!!! You clever girl :-p xxx

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  7. Love this suz. Great idea and love the colours x

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    1. Thanks for the comment sweetie. Hope he didn't scare you too much! xxx

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  8. This is a brilliant project Suz I love Freddie, he is fantastic and the whole creative idea works brilliantly. So happy you shared this in the Under the Sea challenge xxx

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  9. love this fishy he's fabulous xx The colours are fantastic too xxx

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  10. What a great piece. Love your imagination and how you used the bottle to turn it into a fab fish. Thanks for joining us in the DecoArt Media Under the Sea Challenge.

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  11. Totally stunning Suz ... oh my that eye, those fins .....love it!!
    Thank you so much for joining us for the DecoArt Media Under the sea Challenge. Tracy xoxox

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  12. This is so clever!! And it started from a shampoo bottle?!? Seriously?!? How creative is that?!? I love what you've created. Very whimsical and colorful and fun! Thanks so much for sharing your art with DecoArt's under the sea challenge.

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