I had made a lot of little mermaids and a chubby gourd bird and a gourd fairy for Ms V’s Mad Tea Party… but then I killed my camera, Boo! So, with the little sister’s help, I got to take a lot of lovely photos of those pieces outside.
These ornaments are all gourd with polymer clay / papermache & clay sculpting, and I painted everything with acrylics and mica powders.
Chubby bird in a party hat.
(Funny, he’s pink, but definitely a boy in my brain.)
Gourd with paperclay beak, paper party hat, and feather tail.
This mermaid has a polymer clay face, with paper mache/paper clay hair and arms, and a paper mache fin. She’s sculpted on a Tenessee spinner gourd and a banana gourd.
Tennessee spinner and banana gourds, with paper clay… and silk flowers/ribbon/and some wire & tulle wings.
This is my gypsy queen mermaid. I used the same Tennessee spinner/banana gourd combo with paperclay and paper mache. But then I made a headdress/crown out of ribbon, feathers, beads and rhinestones and I dressed her in some fabric bits. She has multicolored yarn for hair that I styled.
Lots of glue-gun action for this.
I think this mermaid is my favorite, or at least today she is. Same construction method as before, paperclay & mache over gourds, but I sculpted a short hair-style for her, and made a little blue eyelash yarn boa.
All my mermaids are hand-painted, I used a lot of mica powders and metallic paints for the tails, they are super gorgeous and sparkley.
I almost forgot Marilyn, sans wings, I glued them on later. (I decided on a different pair 3 times.) Paper mache and paper clay. No gourds! Amazing ^_^
You can custom order your own fairy / faerie or mermaid gourds from me on etsy, just click over to my shop: katcanpaint.etsy.com