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I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. 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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Monday, 8 August 2016

Fun fish for the DecoArt 'Under the Sea' challenge

Loving the DecoArt mixed media challenge this month which is 'Under the Sea' and runs to the 12th August. 

I started off making another project, and while waiting for bits to dry on that, and to use up leftover paint from it, I decided to do an art journal page also of a fish! 

So here it is, just for fun, along with the few pics I remembered to take during the process. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and I'll do my best to remember the answer!
Ta for looking. Suz xxx

Black gesso. Pounced over with various blues and a paintbrush. Rough fish shape drawn and painted in with carbon black. Seaweed painted with a fineliner and quinacridone magenta (this paint neat has a lovely shiny finish).

Neon green body again pouncing with a blender brush this time to get that scale effect, two colours of yellow on the mouth, interference paint on the fins. Tiny end of a dotting tool and titan white paint to start adding white dots to the seaweed. White highlighter and black liner pen to add detail to the fins.  Various oranges and reds used for the anemones and I just dabbed my finger in them to get the shape. Black charcoal pencil to define the shapes and add shading. 

Dots of white paint used on the seaweed and fins.  Neon pink paint dots on the tummy and stipes of paint across the body. I painted a white circle for the eye, punched a small circle and painted it gold around the outside adding a black centre and white outer circle.and stick this onto the white painted circle to finish the eye. Went back around the fish with the charcoal pencil then with a sketchy motion in white pen. Wrote some words around the frame of the page and there you have it. Funky, fun, fish!
Looking forward to seeing your entry.



  1. Your fish looks good enough to be with a newspaper and six penny worth! Nice one Suz!

  2. Just WONDERFUL Suz - I am smiling. He is BOLD, BRIGHT and soooo HANDSOME! Such neat texture and colors. My favorite part is his fins behind the lovely seaweed. So dimensional. Your creativity gave me just the lift I needed today. It's DELIGHTFUL. Thanks bunches for joining our DecoArt Media UNDER THE SEA challenge. joi

    1. Thanks so much Joi. Just a bit of fun and brush practice too! xxx

  3. Great painting, Suz! Thanks for joining us in the DecoArt Media Under the Sea Challenge.

  4. In love with your fish Suz!!!! Tracy xoxoxox

  5. This fishy is cute, too! Loved your shampoo bottle fish. But the canvas is fun and bright! You've created a great piece for DecoArt's under the sea theme..