January 10, 2011

Sunken Treasures Mermaid Paper Doll Mixed Media

"Sunken Treasures" 
 Original sold to collector, prints available here 
 "FAR out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep; so deep, indeed, that no cable could fathom it: many church steeples, piled one upon another, would not reach from the ground beneath to the surface of the water above. There dwell the Sea King and his subjects"  from Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid 

A new mixed media paper doll, I do love making them. (Probably because needle and thread vex me so!)  The Little Mermaid is painted in watercolors. Her tale is a passage out of book of pantomimes about brave little sailors.

Mermaid stories, so filled with contradictions have always been intriguing to me. Some like the familiar Anderson's is filled with longing and sacrifice (see sur la Lune) in contrast we have Undine and Selkie stories. Mermaids are creatures portrayed in wide range of personalities from murdering temptresses to tragic innocents. They are everything feared and admired in females, the sinners and saints of the mythological world.

10 comments:

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh Cat... She is just beautiful!
I love your choice of colors..
Happy New Year
Blessings,
Penny

Briarwood Miniatures said...

Beautifully done.

Della said...

A lovely work, the mixed media works so nicely, I love it. Happy New Year to you!

seabluejewels said...

She is so darling!

AJ said...

Love the use of a book page for her tail!

KClark Photography said...

I've had several friends be inspired by mermaids lately. She is very sweet.

Lisa said...

You are so talented! I love your shop ~*~

Ghostess said...

I absolutely LOVE her!

faerwillow said...

~tranquil and soothing...i can hear her song far in the distance...she is gorgeously sweet...much love light and blessings be with you always~

Anoosh Iqbal said...

This looks so pretty. I have always found Mixed Media Dolls so attractive and fun to make. I love your project too. Check out these beautiful doll stencils, I have recently bought. You'll like them for sure!
http://www.amazon.com/Mixed-Media-Collage-Doll-Stencils/dp/B00IQRT4N8/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1407748209&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Mixed+Media+Doll+Stencils