Recently I purchased a coffee table book of Vogue magazine covers and was so happy with all the art inspiration that I went searching on Ebay and found a coffee table book of mermaid illustrations. I waited eagerly for my new book to arrive but was soooo disappointed with the contents.
The book was filled with vintage mermaid illustrations however the images were slightly creepy and erotic. Not my style. I actually tossed the book after removing only one full size page image that I thought I could use.
A little vellum envelope that was glued to the back of this page intrigued me with a mysterious empty envelope…..
It said it was a “Fortune Telling Mermaid”. There wasn’t anything in the envelope so I went straight to Google to solve the mystery.
So the contents were a mermaid shape which reacts like these fish to “tell” your fortune.
The words “Mermaid Fortune Teller” got my creative juices going and I thought it would be fun to use one of my 10 x 10 canvases have a whimsical spinner with the Mermaid being the “arrow”.
I found photos of vintage signs and edited them for my fonts.
I have a drawer of mermaid images I cut from magazines. This was a full size photo of a mermaid shaped soap!
The background circle is from an actual yacht map. After gluing it with rubber cement, I made a decorative edge with gold and red paint pens and little dots with Ranger Stickles.
The spinner was fun to make with free spinner clipart and a mermaid image I had on hand. I glued a pearl on her hand and she is secured to the spinner with a pearl tipped pin that was bent and secured at the back.
Gold arrows made with Ranger Stickles decorated each corner for a finishing touch.
This morning I had no idea I was going to make a Mermaid Fortune Teller! It’s fun to have inspiration that comes from enjoying the journey even if you find some disappointment along the way. I will definitely learn from my Ebay book experience to know the contents before I click “add to your cart.”