Under the Sea Mixed Media Art


Under the Sea Mixed Media Art
(created by Sophia Vida)

I’ve been exploring different art mediums. I found a book title “Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu” and loved her style. I always wanted to learn to draw faces better and her book gives you a lot of details with step by step instructions. So I found the courage to venture into the unknown and decided to give it a whirl. This is what turned out.

This project was fairly easy to make and was lots of fun! It’s a great project for adults and kids. The main idea is to keep adding layers. Since I love blues and greens I decided to try a mermaid. Keep in mind you can change this project to anything you like with the materials you have on hand. That’s the fun of it! When all is said and done, you’ll be amazed how wonderful it turns out!!!

For this Project you will need:

– 8 x 10 canvas
– White Cardstock
– Prismacolor Colored Pencils
– Color Box True Blue Ink
– VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
– Thin piece of cork
– Stickles: Stardust
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue or Matte Mod Podge
– Scissors
– Small Sea Shells
–  Autumn Leaves Flourishes Clear Stamps by Rhonna Farrer

– Small individual alphabet stamps (any kind will do)
– Jolee Stickers – Fish and Coral SPJJ161

– Small piece of green metallic paper
– Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Tea Dye (brown), Peeled Paint (green), Faded Jeans (blue)
– 1/2″ Brush
– Golden Self Leveling Gel Clear

– Palette Knife
– Gelatos: Blue/ Greens, Silver/Gold

  1. Start by coloring the canvas with the Gelatos. These sticks are creamy and easy to work with. You should wrap the color around the sides and top of your canvas. Also, you will want to overlap the layers on top of each other slightly. For the bottom horizontal layer use the lime green. Next use the darker green on the second layer. The third layer should be done with the dark blue. The last top layer should be done with the light blue.
  2. Add streaks of the gold gelato to the bottom two green layers. Add streaks of the silver gelato to the blue layers. You may want to add a few streaks of light green to the dark green and vice versa. Do the same for the blues.
  3. Dip your 1/4″ brush into water and begin blending the gelato colors on the canvas. The gelatos basically react like watercolor paints but are much more vibrant. Let dry.
  4. Stamp flourishes across the top of the canvas with the True Blue Ink. Let dry.
  5. Using scissors, cut the metallic green paper to look like a bed of seaweed and place on the right side of your canvas where the blue and green colors meet.
  6. Cut a small piece of cork and tear the edges to make them jagged. Use the Peeled Paint and Tea Dye inks to distress the cork a bit. Place this piece on the center of your canvas.
  7. Tear 2 pieces of scrap glitter paper to resemble coral. Tear 1 piece of scrap paper from a coordinating cardstock. Distress the edges of all 3 pieces with the Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans inks. Glue them together to make one large piece. Add a few shells at the base. Accent with the Stardust Stickles. Place on left side of your canvas. Let dry.
  8. Draw your mermaid image on the white cardstock and color in with the Prismacolor colored pencils.  If mermaids aren’t for you, draw another image of something you like such as a fish, seahorse, dolphin, whale, etc. The main points when coloring in your image is to shade lightly and use the white or cream colored pencils to blend by pressing hard. When finished, cut out the image and place it in the center of the canvas. Add any embellishments you desire such as beads, buttons, sea shells, rhinestones, etc. Also, you can accent your drawing with any specialty pens or markers you have.
  9. Once you are happy with the layout, start gluing the pieces onto the canvas. Remember to start with the back layers first and work your way forward.
  10. Last, stamp any sentiments on your canvas. Or if you prefer to print them from your computer that’s fine too. Using the palette knife spread the self leveling gel on your project and let dry. This will give it a nice glossy finish. Voila! You have a one of a kind work of art! 

Note: The pictures in this post were taken before the gel was applied because of the glare from the camera flash. But it really does look beautiful with the glossy finish.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Under the Sea Mixed Media Art!

Additional Pictures:



For those interested, this is the book “Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu”  that inspired this piece:


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18 thoughts on “Under the Sea Mixed Media Art

    • Thanks Lindsay! The one flourishes stamp on the top right didn’t come through all the way. So I added the school of fish to cover it up which worked perfectly. I love happy accidents! Have a great day!!! ~Sophia

    • Thanks Christine!!! This was my first face I’ve drawn that I like. I always have a hard time with these but Suzi Blu’s book really helped. I had so much fun adding the layers and different textures to this piece. Glad you like it!!! ~Sophia

  1. Hi Sophia!!
    Where have I been? I missed your email post (got too many emails to clean up! 🙂 and just happened to pop over for a visit and saw your lovely art! I love it! I have never tried Mixed Media Art but I have been hearing more about it lately and it’s so creative! Your mermaid is beautiful – love her face, her flowing hair, everything! I also love the Gelatos (beautiful colors), stamped flourishes and words, and the fun use of the cork. All of your details are interesting and creative and just bring this scene to life! Truly unique! ~Vanessa

    • Thanks Vanessa for your wonderful comments!!! You made my night 😉 I had so much fun with this one. The Prismacolor pencils really make a difference because they are more waxy than others which makes it easy to blend. You can get great prices on these through Amazon or wait till they’re on sale at the craft store. I’m working on another project and thought it might be fun to get the Cricut in my design. I’ll have to play around with that and see what comes out! Hope you have a wonderful night!!! ~Sophia

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  3. What a beautiful mixed media artwork Sophia! The mermaid is lovely and I love the way you used all the different textures. Really lovely. Thanks for sharing.
    Amelia x

  4. Love it. It’s perfect for Summer and to any home that delights in something fun, happy and bright. I always enjoy anything coastal or with a sea theme. My son’s room has a beach theme and this would be perfect as part of the sea paintings in his bedroom walls. Thanks for sharing your very artistic and beautiful world. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • I love the ocean and it shows in my art. I’m always leaning towards the blues and greens. Mermaids are of course on the top of my list! There is something magical about them. Thank you for your wonderful comments and for stopping by. Have a fantastic weekend! ~Sophia

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