I love being in our backyard when the weather is nice. After being cooped up during the cold, dreary winter months, I try to spend as much time as possible out there. I paint out there, read out there, nap in the hammock out there, and of course play with the pups. We dont have tons of land but we are fortunate enough to have a nice privacy fence to ward off the nosy neighbors-if only there was a way to make it soundproof!-and also let the pups run free in a safe environment. I've been trying to add little touches back there to make the space even more enjoyable. This past summer, I made a mermaid to hang on the back of the garage. She is visible from almost the entire backyard.
I sketched out a basic shape on some fairly thin plywood, and then cut out the shape. Yes, I cut it out by myself, that's why she's got some wonky spaces. I then started painting her. I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to finish her so I painted the fin with scales and just basically thought over different ideas for her.
I started gluing seashells and little glass marbles onto her tail. I used quick-set epoxy to attach them. I gave her fins a more patterned placement of the shells. I also added more glass baubles around her waistline. I like how that looked, so then I had to decide what to do with her body and hair.
I had a terrible time painting her boobs, so I decided she needed a shell bra. I affixed two of the larger, better matched shells on her torso to cover my awful paint job. I then went in search of hair material.
I decided that branches would give her a fun, funky 'do and I began epoxying them in a crazy hairstyle. When everything was attached and dry, She was sealed up since she'd be hanging outside and then, with the hubby's help, we screwed her onto the back of the garage. I love how she turned out. I know have a funky, unexpected surprise to make me smile and enjoy the backyard even more!
Now I just gotta wait for the warm weather to return! Thanks so much for stopping by.