Past Blog Posts:

TWO Mermaid Projects, New Gilded Lily Papers + FREE Gift Kit & FLASH SALE!

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Mermaids Kit, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

FLASH SALE! In honor of all that pearly/iridescent shininess in Laura Carson’s artwork, the ENTIRE Paint, Pens, Colorants section is On Sale for 25% off! That includes lots of options to beautify a mermaid’s home, like Liquid Pearls and Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paints (including some brand new colors of each)! Sale ends Wednesday night, June 25th.

AND there’s a new Mermaid Tail FREE Gift Kit, too! Cute! The kit includes one of the Die-Cut Chipboard Mermaid Tails PLUS some pearls, tiny seashells and beads in a ocean-y palette and some sprigs of faux foliage to paint or glitter as seaweed (to try your hand at recreating the pearlescent Mermaid Gardens artwork by Laura shown below)! More info on the FREE kit.

There are two mermaid-themed projects for you today by Design Team Members Laura Carson and Rhonda Secrist Thomas. Both projects are intricate (and colorful for the first day of summer!) and very detailed so let’s get to it!

Laura has created three lush Mermaid Gardens along with FOUR NEW Mermaid-Themed Collage Sheets! While they’re all quite fabulous, my favorite collage sheet out of the four is Mermaid Garden #2 with the amazing Sea Horse — and the diving helmet that Laura used as a home for the adorable little Ceramic Octopus Bead (see bottom of large photo at right)!

From Laura’s step-by-step tutorial:

“The base of each of the 3 pieces is made from a Die-Cut Chipboard Shell. I used various luminescent and iridescent Lumiere and Liquid Pearl paints to color the shells. A great way to purchase small quantities of multiple Lumiere colors is through the Exciter Pack, which includes some of the colors I used and others that would work well for a mermaid or other jeweled colored theme.

For the pink shell (shown finished at right, and in-progress at left), I started by painting the center with Avocado Liquid Pearls. I then painted the area above the avocado with Flamingo Liquid Pearls. Above the flamingo liquid pearls, I painted the area all the way to the edge with Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (New Color). I dry brushed the edges with White Opal Liquid Pearls.

“I painted the die-cut chipboard coral first with Pearl Violet Lumiere (New Color) and then dry brush it with Flamingo Liquid Pearls. In addition to the chipboard coral, I added coral and seaweed images from the new collage sheets. And that coral image at left is embellished with white pearl micro beads.”

Here is the supply list for all 3 pieces in Laura’s Mermaid Gardens. Visit Artfully Musing to see more photos and tutorial details by Laura!

Next up: Rhonda’s project is called The Life of a Mermaid Can Be Dangerous! She used the Mermaids Kit and altered an old cigar box to create a stunning display that’s sure to lure any young Sea Green Mermaid into a nasty sea elf’s trap!

“So many little treasures, you can understand why I made such an elaborate piece. Cheetah Shells, beautiful Sea Glass, Tiny Octopus! and these marvelous Iridescent Glass Micro Beads just add so much mystery with the way they capture the light. I want to cover my studio walls with them!”

Head on over to Rhonda’s blog to see how she created all of the texture on the outside of the cigar box, and how she used the new Spellbinders Embossing Folder, Shell Beauty in and on the box as well!



Hooray for the Mermaid Garden Giveaway!

I started with these goodies from Laura’s Mermaid Gardens (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… even more than this list):
– Mermaid Garden #1 Collage Sheet
– Mermaid Garden #2 Collage Sheet
– Mermaid Garden #3 Collage Sheet
– Mermaid Garden #4 Collage Sheet
– Die-Cut Chipboard Scallop Shell
– The Sea Fiber Set
– Ceramic Octopus Bead
– Lavender/Pink Bead Mix (just put on sale!)
– 1mm Micro Beads – Royal Blue ClearMermaid Garden Giveaway
– 1mm Micro Beads – White Pearl
– Clear Acrylic Bead Sprays – Asymmetrical
– Iridescent Glass Micro Beads in Bottle
– White Pearl Mix in Tin
– Mixed Flat Back Pearls (hiding in that little square paper mache box … you’ll get that box, too)

Then, a sheet of the new Boardwalk Drift Scrapbook Paper (2 sheets are shown in the top of the photo… love that seahorse pattern on the flipside — or is that the front side? that rough, faded summer wood pattern is pretty cool, too.)

And one of the Mermaid Tail FREE Gift Kits!

To enter the Mermaid Garden Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 22, 2015. AND tell me which line of products in the Paints/Colorants Section you like working with best… could be Liquid Pearls or Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paints or Distress Markers or ?? Here’s a link to the whole section to take a look.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Sand, Shells & Sea Giveaway? That would be Elizabeth H! (And she commented: “I love all the stuff. I would make a mermaid shadow box.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, June 21st, 2015

98 responses to “TWO Mermaid Projects, New Gilded Lily Papers + FREE Gift Kit & FLASH SALE!”

  1. Dana Desmond says:

    Although Copics are my go to color medium, I would love to experiment with ALL of the other mediums.

  2. Sandy says:

    I can never have enough mermaid stuff. Keep it coming…Thank you.

  3. Jill Stewart says:

    I adore these mermaid things, but then I love all things mermaid and the sea! Perhaps I was a mermaid in a former life? LOL!

  4. marge L. says:

    so much fun stuff… the summer subject mater.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Oooo! Love all the goodies in this giveaway!
    Just the thing to get me back into creating!

  6. kim says:

    Love all the shimmery summer fun!I am a mixed media maniac, I love Distress inks and paints. Not tried Gilders Paste but would love to! Have a happy day!~kim

  7. Emily N. says:

    Mermaids are my favorite! My favorite products to color with are the Copic markers. They are wonderful.

  8. Beverly Rector says:

    I love all the new mermaid stuff! I like the new mermaid garden #1 the best. I have been Mermaid crazy for my entire 62 years.
    Thank you so much for finding such wonderful things for me to play with.

  9. Kimberly G. says:

    I love working with Lumiere Metallic Acrylics! I’m working on a series of mermaid polymer clay pieces right now, and the Lumiere paints have a beautiful shimmer; perfect for a mermaid’s tail.

  10. susan c says:

    oh my goodness…lots of fabulous goodness in the mermaid kit! i love using lumiere metallic acrylic paint…it makes anything shimmery and glisten! what a fabulous kit for summer solstice!

  11. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I haven’t yet tried some of these products and discovering how to work with them would be such fun.

  12. I love this mix. I would like to make a minibook called “Under the Sea”.

  13. Leslie G says:

    I love the mermaids! My go to colorants are alcohol inks by Ranger. However, I love the look of the Lumiere Metallic Acrylics and I plan to buy them. Gosh, who doesn’t love mermaids?

  14. Jen R says:

    I have to say, those Lumiere Metallics look gorgeous and have sooooo many uses!

  15. Dena Cottrell says:

    I really like Distress paints and stains bc the colors are muted and vintage and beautiful. Thanks for your generosity of your giveaways!

  16. Gail Gill says:

    Awesome projects!!! I love using the metallic paints. I mix them with water in a mini mister and they make a luscious mist.

  17. KIM says:

    Laura’s mermaid garden is awesome.
    I have used liquid pearls.
    Easy to work with and looks great.
    I’ve used it in card making.

  18. Mary Anderson says:

    I love to work with the Lumiere metallic paints because the colors are incredibly rich and the luster is magical. They are perfect for a project with shells!

  19. MaggieM says:

    I really want to try the Liquid Pearls, and, just in case I win this fabulous giveaway, I’m off to Alpha Stamps to buy some! I want that free mermaid kit, too!

  20. Edith says:

    oh the lure of the mermaids, liquid pearls are my go to for shimmer, love using metallic lumiere acrylics for altered book projects

  21. Regina Salvador says:

    Beautiful collection! I love the Lumiere paints!

  22. Maura Flood says:

    I adore the mermaids theme. I really love working with the Lumiere metallic paints. They go on smooth and creamy and leave a beautiful sheen. So, I’d have to say those are my favorites.

  23. Karen says:

    I would love love love this collection of goodies to arrive at MY doorstep. I am always looking for ways to embellish my cloth doll mermaids. All of these embellishments in this collection would be wonderful. I love the Lumiere paints, but now I want to try the Liquid Pearls. They look very interesting and the description indicates that they too, will work on fabrics!

  24. yvette leblanc says:

    This is way cool for a beach page Im making of my grandaughter

  25. Janet Turner says:

    Mermaids are perfect for a summer project. As usual you have great ideas!

  26. Angela K says:

    These under the sea mermaids are beautiful.

  27. Lori D. says:

    Great giveaway! I love working with the Distress Paints. The versatility of the dauber makes it fun to play with on artwork!

  28. Kris Martinez says:

    I have been wanting to make something Mermaid themed and this kit would certainly get me started. Love all the pieces!

  29. LeAnn says:

    Alcohol inks are definitely my favorite.I love how the colors mix together and how they can be used on anything.

  30. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    I swooned when I saw that Pearl Violet Lumiere used on the seaweed. I love Lumiere paints but haven’t used them recently.Guess I better dig them out and use them on my mermaid kit projects. And I have to have some of that Pearl violet.

  31. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful mermaid projects. I like working with Copics the best. I’ve divested myself of all the Distress stuff and alcohol inks.

  32. Lana says:

    Love the pretty fibers and the beads, too.

  33. Katie west says:

    How can I keep within my crafting budget when you give us mermaids?
    I love using the Liquid Pearls when trying for a romantic,other worldly feel.

  34. Lynn Fox says:

    I intend to make a shadowbox. Lovely, lovely stuff! I like mermaids again!!! Thank you so much!

  35. Lou Anne H. says:

    I absolutely love using the alcohol inks! This mermaid extravaganza is fabulous!

  36. Sokat says:

    This is a great giveaway. I love the luminaire paints. I love shimmer

  37. Andrew Francesconi says:

    Love all your products, but especially Gilders Paste. So many options to create and decorate with it.

  38. Starqueen says:

    Oh, I LOVE Lumieres…they make everything beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the beauty.

  39. Mary Helene says:

    Just love all the beautiful collage sheets and beads.

  40. Luanne says:

    I like the liquid pearl.

  41. Janna Shwaiko says:

    I love this artwork! Very colorful and bright. I have mostly worked with liquid pearls.

  42. Krista Belle says:

    Although I love the dimensional quality of the Liquid Pearls and being able to do the faux airbrush technique with the Distress Markers, I just love having lots of the beautiful Lumiere paints to spread around on a project. Yum!

  43. barbara macaskill says:

    The Lumiere Metallic Acrylic Paints are a dream to use!! I love how shimmery and pretty the colors are and they go on like butter on hot corn on the cob!! Scrumptious!
    LOVE all of the mermaid creations! Magical!

  44. Daylan says:

    Mermaids rock! Thank you for another opportunity!

  45. Nancy S says:

    I’m in love with it all. My Fav’s would be the liquid pearls and micro beads. I’m obsessed with them. I’d make and underworld shadow box.

  46. Verna says:

    The only medium I’ve worked with are Liquid Pearls, which I adore. Would really love to play with the Lumiere Metalics.

  47. Jeanne Kelly says:

    I love the Lumiere metallic paints and the Viva metallic paste, both are great products – very shimmery and go on smoothly! I’m excited to see all the pearls you have in this kit too!

  48. Gail Klein says:

    I think my favorite products to work with are the Copic Markers! I love color choices and the control I have with the markers! The mermaid collection is awesome! I love all the embellishments especially the fibers!!!!!

  49. Kathy R says:

    I like Gilder’s Paste the best. The colors can be translucent and so do not overpower your artwork. I’d like to try the Lumieres someday though.

  50. Laura says:

    Lovely projects! I like using Distress Markers, I love the colors and how it makes the projects look.

  51. Jill O says:

    Lumiere paints are my favorite, though I do use all the others, depending on what I am working on. Love the mermaid theme!

  52. Sharon McDonagh says:

    All thhe products you listed are great…and have their uses. But since you ask, have to single out the Lumiere for the most incredible sheen and glisten!

  53. Denise Humenik says:

    I love all things mermaid and would enjoy working with new items/techniques!
    Thank you for another opportunity!

  54. angelic says:

    Beautiful collection! I like working with the distress markers!

  55. Aletha Jane says:

    Copics and gel pens tend to my my first choice of a medium, BUT for my mixed-media pieces I use all acrylic paints that I have in my stash. Pearlized and metallic paints are a must for me too. Thanks for this amazing opportunity.

  56. orianna says:

    I love the way the Lumiere acrylic paint covers while drying to a sheen.

  57. Marcia says:

    I use distress as my go to colouring medium….it’s so versatile with the refills as a whole other medium. My nexus spelled colouring and won’t let me change it. Must be British.

  58. Karen Mallory says:

    I love these mermaid giveaways. My favorite color to work with are the distress inks. Vintage Photo is my favorite color!! I use it on everything. 🙂

  59. Lina says:

    I love using the lumier paints 🙂

  60. ginette says:

    I work with a lot of products but adore liquid pearl.

  61. Barb says:

    Definitely the luminere paints… I had a few but during a move..somehow they dried up so that would be my first choice.

  62. Dawn says:

    Love the mermaids. I would like to work with the liquid pearls.

  63. Lisa R. says:

    How beautiful and wonderful!!! I would make a sea scape shadow box! Mermaids and all lol

  64. Helen says:

    Beautiful Mermaid projects! I would like to try the Lumire paints and the Lindy’s sprays.

  65. Melanie says:

    I love working with the Distress products especially the markers with both a brush tip and a fine point. I would make a seaside cottage shadowbox for mermaids! Thanks for the chance to win!

  66. Surelyne says:

    Gorgeous collection! Love mermaids & sea life! Love working with all mediums but the Liquid Pearls are a favorite! I like the subtle sheen & definition it gives.

  67. Pat covington says:

    I love the distress paints. Just received the Lumire paints as a gift today and cannot wait to try them.

  68. Melody says:

    I have been using the Lumiere paints for years. I love how they are so iridescent

  69. Brigitte B. says:

    I’m new to crafting so I don’t have special paint, although I’d love to own some liquid pearls!

  70. Lisa Mills says:

    I have only had the chance to work with one distress marker. So, that being, I would like sometime or another to try all of them.
    Thank you for the fun giveaways!

  71. Nanette says:

    I love the distress markers and paints alot! This is a lovely place to shop I just place my first order to receive the free mermaid kit but didn’t see to add it to my purchase of over $20! Hoping my comment/note with order will still get me that awesome kit!! Love it! Thanks

  72. Jackie Neal says:

    Absolutely Amazing makes!! I adore mermaids!! And I adore Lumieres!! My Halo Pink/Gold is one of my go-to colors!!
    Ohhhh random picker…pick me!! heehee

  73. Cindy McIntosh says:

    I love Distress Markers. It’s so much fun exploring if art supplies are water soluable or not. Love the ability to blend the colors with water.

  74. Kathleen says:

    I live about 45 minutes from the beach, so anything “beachy” is a favorite of mine! The only thing I’ve used are the Lumieres, and not many of them. I would love the chance to experiment with the Liquid Pearls and the Distress Markers!

  75. debbi g says:

    I love Mermaids. My beach house in Mexico is fill with them.
    would love to make more. Thanks

  76. Tanya says:

    I like working with the stains and inks. What a fun giveaway!

  77. Ina Good says:

    I am a great fan of Lumineres because you can paint on a variety of substrates with them and I love the colors so vibrant!

  78. Nancy S. says:

    I love mermaids. You offer so many goodies to choose from to encourage me to make more mixed media creations!

  79. Roxanne says:

    Yikes! Thats a tough one! I’m in love with Lumiere’s metalics and also Gilders metalics paste….both are great fun to work with and change the effect of any project…Many of the products listed are really so wonderful, distress paints, spray metallics, vintaj patina’s….doesn’t it depend on what kind of crazy creative mood we’re in? Love them all really…. 🙂

  80. Patti Flasch says:

    I love the Lumiere metallic paints by themselves, or by adding glitter to it. The colors are so rich and gorgeous!

  81. Diana Bittaker says:

    Would love to do my whole bedroom in this style!

  82. Tammy says:

    I love all things mermaid. I have not used those products but would love to try them. Thank you

  83. Janet V says:

    I always loved Lumiere’s because they work on so many different bases, whether it’s paper, wood or metal.

  84. melody says:

    My ‘go to’ usual are my Prismacolor pencils, but for mermaids you gotta have something shimmer-y, I’d use Lumieres, so rich, so pretty!

  85. lynn says:

    mermaids and lumiere, what can I say…the paint captures all the layers of color so beautifully

  86. Megan Warren says:

    I would love to use the distress markers, just started experimenting with the ink and would love to try more using some of the ideas from this project.

  87. sheila R says:

    Have played with and loved the Gilder’s Paste and Liquid Pearls–GP can achieve so many effects on different surfaces, and LP are just plain fun! Am crazed to try the new Lumiere Exciter Pack with a mermaid project!!

  88. I fell in love with Lumiere Metallic Acrylic paints several years ago when I found out what a spectacular job they did with the silk screen process. I still use them for that, but now also for so many other projects where a touch of glimmer is called for. They really last on fabric!

  89. Winnie says:

    Nice giveaway, blub,blub,blub! Much fun, blub,blub,blub!

  90. April Dudko says:

    I’d love to try the Moon Shadow Mist and the lumiere paints!

  91. Karen N. says:

    Love using Liquid Pearls…the color and shimmer are perfect for mermaids!

  92. Jennie says:

    I love working with the Vintaj Metal Patinas. I use them all the time with my Big Kick!

  93. Cindy Fitch says:

    I have never tried the Lumiere paints but heard the blinkered colors are wonderful. This would be a great project to try them on. Love the new collage sheets!

  94. Carol Slowik says:

    Thanks Laura and Rhonda for more great art! I have never used the lumiere paint but love the way it looks and would love to try it! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing giveaway!

  95. Sandra says:

    Under the sea is where I what to be with this kit and the mermaids times three

  96. Sandra says:

    and liquid pearls all over me

  97. Jennifer J says:

    I really want to try the liquid pearls. I am loving this mermaid theme!!

  98. What a cool kit! As far as favorite colorants – Copic markers of course!