Mermaid Sisters: Start to Finish Custom Fluid Pour

September 15, 2018

Mermaid Sisters: Start to Finish Custom Fluid Pour

I had posted some images of fluid pours on dolphins and sea horses when I got a message asking if I could possibly paint two mermaids in a similar style but with pinks, purples, blues and some glitter. I didn’t hesitate. The chance to paint mermaids for a little girl’s room! How was I to pass up on that?

I spent an inordinate amount of time looking for the perfect shaped MDF board silhouette and once it arrived, I just had to wait for a half day of alone time when I could start and finish the pour (which meant prepping the paints, creating a space where the paintings could stay untouched for a couple of days after the pour, and cleaning up all the drippings)! For those of you who have little ones, you’ll understand how that goes!

In this video, you’ll see more than just the act of pouring. There’s a lot more that goes into taking a raw idea and making into a finished product—one that I can be proud of. It took approximately eight weeks from the time I first discussed the idea with the client to when it was shipped to her. Given how long every step of the process takes, I would strongly recommend budgeting a similar amount of time for custom orders.

So, take some time and have a look. Let me know in the comments if you have any specific questions or have tips and tricks to share!

P.S. The mermaid shapes are from Etsy...there are many people who will cut out custom shapes in sizes of your choosing. I used high fluid acrylic paints from Liquitex for this project and varnished the final product with three coats of Kamar Varnish followed by a coat of Liquitex Glossy Varnishing Medium.





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