Pretend Fins

I have always loved swimming, in fact that was one of my favorite activities of summer as a child. When I was in elementary school, my family joined a swim club for the summer. Almost everyday, my Mom would drive my brother and I to the pool for the day. Now that I am a Mommy, I realize just how much time my Mom took out of her weekly schedule so that we could swim and compete.

The one thing I will always hate about the water is the panic that overwhelms one when you run out of air while still underwater. Or when someone thinks it is funny to drown you so they hold you down or sit on top of you. That happened many times growing up. Did I mention I have an older brother?

That summer, along with swimming everyday, I went to swim meets as part of the swim team. I even won a few ribbons. As I look back, I remember the water and how magical it can be, whether in a small swimming pool or in the vast ocean. It is so peaceful underneath, with all the noise drowned out and the sparkles and ripples left behind by the suns rays. Who wouldn’t want fins?

Creating The Layout

I hope you are not tired of mermaids yet, as I have a few more layouts to share in my Mermaid Art Journal.

For this layout, I sprayed the background with Lindy’s Stamp Gang. I used Lindy’s for the background as well as for painting the shells. The colors used were Wake Me Up Before You Go Gold, Red Hot Poker Orange, Crow’s Nest Copper. After spraying, I stenciled the Art Deco Flower Medallion stencil by StencilGirl with gesso and added a bit of doodling to highlight the image. The fish and a few shells are PaperArsy stamps and some of the shells are by Mary Engelbriet. I stamped the background with a grunge stamp.


Happy Tea day to all you ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard. I am sharing a pot of my favorite tea that I make up every morning.


Challenges Entered:

Monday Simon Says: Inspired by a Story (The Little Mermaid-Hand Christian Anderson)

That’s Crafty!: Going Round In Circles

Craft Stamper: April Take It, Make It