swimmin' with a mermaid...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I've never gotten into most of the social media art challenges... The only one I ever participate in is the 30 day coloring challenge... But I have been intrigued by MerMay...  
As I was planning out my projects for may, I was in the mood for something different from what I have been doing, and I remembered the various underwater stamps I have from La-La Land Crafts... Including a mermaid...
So... here's as close as I'll probably ever get to joining in the MerMay challenge...

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
Stamps: La-La Land Crafts Sassy Mermaid Molli, Make a Splash, Jaws Because
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Coloring: Copic
Skin- BV25, BV23, C4, C1, C0, V000, BV000, R20
Hair- YR30, RV42, RV63, RV66, RV69, BG75
Tail- RV52, RV63, V12, V15, V17, V09
Seaweed-BG32, YG03, YG93, YG95, YG97, G29
Sea horse- YR14, YR18, E18, YR27, YR24, Y19, Y15
Shells- YR27, YR24, Y19, Y15, E18, Y00
Water- BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09, B99
Bubbles- BV0000, V000. BG000

This scene took quite a bit of masking, and a long time to color... I haven't done a card where I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone with colors and techniques for a while... I've been too focused on meeting deadlines... however, I reached a point where I was just too overwhelmed and stressed to function, and my friend suggested a change of scenery, and a bit of a break.. so  I let myself play with this card, and I'm so glad I did! It was so much fun to create just to make something! And challenging myself in my coloring made it both more scary, and more rewarding!

I went with a gray/blue violet skin tone for her... Doing non-human skin tones is always a fun challenge! 

 For her hair, I pulled the one of the pinkish purple tones from her tail and used that to create a new blend of colors, this time pushing more towards the pinks.

For her tail, I went with a purple to pink blend. I didn't want it to be just one color, but I also wanted the blend to look natural. I used stippling (lots of little dots) to give the fin some scale like texture. I also carried the dots up slightly into her waist.. I like my scales to fade into skin instead of having a harsh break between the skin and scale.. It makes it feel more like the tail is part of her instead of a costume.

 Are you more inspired by cards like this (full scene, lots of detail and coloring) or by CAS cards with lots of white space? Let me know in the comments!

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