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Welcome to my crafting blog. After retirement, my husband and I moved to a beautiful location in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. I love all paper crafts including mixed media, journaling and cards. I also dabble in papermaking, photography, fibre art, and altered books. I am an active member of several card and mixed media groups and on the design team of several challenge blog. I love the world of blogging, it has opened many doors for me. My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I hope you join me in my search for my creative side. Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 1, 2021

Creative Artiste October Challenge - Mermaid Mannequin

 Time for another great challenge over at Creative Artiste this month. 

Our Theme is as always 

"Anything Mixed Media Goes"

Please make sure you use multiple mediums on your projects. Please respect that we do not accept Instagram entries. The term “mixed media art” is a broad definition that covers many forms of arts and crafts, including collage, assemblage, altered objects, handmade greeting cards, artist trading cards (ATCs) tags and art journaling  as long as you use different mediums.

The “mixed media” used includes paint, paper, pastes, sprays, powders, textural elements, clay, resins, fabrics, found objects, photos, metal, inks, pencils, markers and pastels to name just a few.

This is my project for October, an altered Mannequin

I found this mannequin at our local thrift store, Restore.  What a bargain for $10.00!

The Mannequin  is very solid and my hubby is going to make a lamp out of it for me. It weighs about 15 pounds (7 kilo) and the metal post supporting, runs through the bust it is hollow so we could run electrical wire through it. The platform is on also is hollow.  

Here are some more view of the project.

I used a combination of real shells, plaster shells and starfish, findings,  faux pearls.  The collage is painted with Pentart's Paints to give an antique effect.

Closer look at the front. of the dress. 

 The top design is a old necklace that I took apart and attached upside down.

I liked the faux large pearl on the necklace.

This is the back of the mannequin, 

I added crackling paste to the skin portion of the bust then added a purple colour and then a layer of portrait  paint over top.

I added a seahorse that I antiqued to the back of the bust.  I used a Tim Holtz chunky embossing powder and  stain to antique the seahorse. 

Altered dry star fish. 

The star fish I purchased at a tourist place in New Brunswick on a holiday years ago.  I added paint to them and attached them to the base.  

Altered Porpoise

I found this little porpoise in my stash.  I antiques it and added it to the mermaid's shoulder. 

Products I used for the project are:

White Gesso
Ceramic Shells
Pieces of Jewelry
Faux Jewels and Pearls 
Stampendous Chunky Metal Embossing Powder
Buzz light Portrait Pink Acrylic Paint
Amsterdam Violet  Acrylic Paint
Kroma Crackle Paint
Pentart Gold Metallic Wax
Pentart Rust Effect
Pentart Patina  Effect
Tim Holtz Dark Brown Stain. 

This was a fun project.  Hope you will join us this month.  Pop over to our challenge blog and be inspired by our talented design team. 

I am entering my project in the follwing challenges:

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Mixed Media Goes
We Love to Create - Anything goes Mixed media
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Mix It Up - Anything Goes Mixed Media


  1. Wow, what an amazing make! The mannequin transformation is stunning, I love all the shells and ocean embellishments with the pretty turquoise and gold - perfect 😁. Thanks for the mixed media inspiration and Happy October! Hugs Jo x

    1. Thank you Jo. I enjoyed making the project. Have a creative October and I am looking forward to playing with you again next month. Judy

  2. WOWeee this is an amazing creation and what a great idea to turn it into a lamp to be enjoyed daily. Emmax

    1. Thank you Emma. I enjoyed the process of making the project. Have a creative October. Hope you join us again soon. Judy

  3. Oh Judy you find the best of things in your thrift stores, what a fabulous discovery that mannequin was. Altered magnificently, she wears her shell basque so elegantly. The little porpoise is like a dear friend as it sits upon her shoulder. Truly inspiring!!
    Creative October wishes Tracey xx

  4. An absolutely stunning project Judy. Gorgeous textures and sea-themed details. The bust will look amazing as a lamp to pick up on the shimmer from the lovely colours xx

  5. I am a thrift store addict for sure. I have a few boxes of things I purchased to alter from thrift stores over the years. When I purchase something I take a picture of it so I am reminded I wanted to do something with it. Thank you for your lovely comments.

  6. Such a creative project! a mermaid dress and a lamp: it will be beautiful with the multiple facettes of the shells.

  7. Oh Judy this really is a work of art - a Masterpiece of sheer beauty. A lot of work has gone in to this for sure. Love to see it when you get it set up as a lamp. Will be awesome.