A few years ago glittering on acetate with Art Institute Glitters was all the rage and I acquired a fairly substantial amount of them, which have languished in a box under the table for lo, these several years. It was high time to bring them out again and put them to use.
I printed the Steampunk Mermaid on inkjet acetate, got out my glitters and a Quickie Glue pen and spent a happy afternoon applying glue to the back of the acetate section by section (starting with the darkest colour and working to the lightest). Once I was done I coloured the sky and the rocks with alcohol markers (Promarkers in this case) and on the front of the acetate I added in some subtle shading to give definition here and there. I trimmed the piece square as I wanted it to fit in the aperture of a little Graphic 45 box I happened to have about my person, and stuck it to a piece of Centura Pearl card with double-sided adhesive sheet.
The box got a "Weathered Wood" effect learned form Andy Skinner's Timeworn Techniques course and I moulded the shells and starfish from paper clay. Once painted they all got a coat of Klear floor polish (this is a great sealer and gives a lovely soft sheen to things - and I've even used it as a clear adhesive where a lot of strength wasn't needed and the piece could take a long time to dry). The net was originally gold, and a bit flashy if truth be told, but once dunked in brown acrylic it came out looking good!
The inside of the box I painted with turquoise acrylic then put white over a coat of crackle glaze (Decoart, in this case). Just right for storing a mini-album with memories of the seaside.
If you want to see what the rest of the DT have been up to, hop on over to LOC and take a peep - and perhaps share your project!
PS I'm entering this in
Country View Crafts Blog challenge - Layers
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Our Creative Corner - Forgotten Things