Big Fish: 4/14 [Part 2 of 4]

Here is today’s progression of the big fish, which I have named “Sammie.”

Sammie's Sunglasses
Sammie's Sunglasses

I added two plastic pearls to the top of the glasses.  (See yesterday’s post to view the supplies photo with the necklace).

Salmon Hanging
Salmon Hanging

I rigged Sammie with two eye hooks so that I could hang it and work on both sides.

Light blue wash
Light Blue wash

I painted a watered-down Carribean Blue wash over the body of the fish.  I added extra paint strokes on the tail & fins.

Blue Face
Blue Face

I painted a watered-down Blue Jay wash over the face area.

Yellow on Face
Yellow on Face

Then I painted areas of watered-down Daffodil Yellow.

Pearl shimmer on face, tail & fins
Pearl shimmer on face, tail & fins

I painted a coat of the white pearl finish on the face, tail & fins.

Attach Scales
Attach Scales

I wanted the scales to lift off the the surface by a small amount.  I decided to use the individual pieces of the purple plastic beads.  I glued the bead so that it’s under the left side of the scale and the right side glued directly to the fish.

Bottom Row of Scales
Bottom Row of Scales

The bottom row of scales is glued in place.

Middle Row of Scales
Middle Row of Scales

The middle row of scales is complete.

Top Row of Scales
Top Row of Scales

The top row is done.

Dots & Glitter
Dots & Glitter

I found a strand of mardi gras beads and cut them up to use as dots on the upper part of the fish to mimic the spots on a salmon.  I also applied strands of glitter on the fins and tail to accentuate their shape.  I then turned the Sammie over to do the same steps on the other side.  Sammie’s tail and face are supported by plastic containers so that it’s about 4 inches above the table.

Hanging out to Dry
Hanging out to Dry

I’ve hung Sammie in the shower to dry.  What looks like an eyeball on the face, is actually the nose.  I used one of the spacers from the plastic pearl necklace.  (See yesterday’s post for the photo of the supplies used).

That’s it for today.  Tomorrow I’ll finish off the face and tail (more glitter), attach the sunglasses, cover the entire thing in sealant, and add the translucent stringy stuff to the bottom of the fish…to make it look like it’s jumping over water (at least that’s the plan.)

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Maureen, The Mandala Lady

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2 Comments

  1. Great sunglasses, and the fish looks great too. I have found some great crystal glitter on Stampendous, take a look you might find some great new colors.

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