Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Feet to Fin

Posted on: January 18, 2012

I collect fairies and other lady figurines and I am really starting to appreciate art dolls of all kinds, but I am not usually drawn to mermaids. They are beautiful and I love the way they look but I don’t normally collect them. However, I am currently working on two different art courses that both heavily feature mermaids, so needless to say, I have been on a mermaid kick.

I have been collecting mermaidesque tid bits to use in upcoming paintings and journal pages and I even collected seashells on the beach while I was on vacation in San Diego to use in a painting I am planning.

This recently awakened mermaid obsession even inspired my Creative Paperclay® design team project for the month. I decided to alter a basic Barbie doll and turn her into an OOAK mermaid art doll and I *LOVE* the way she turned out! I like it so much, I will even be displaying her in the curio with my other favorite lady figurines 😀


Be sure to watch the full tutorial in the video below, but here are the basics…

Start with any Barbie of your choice. Mine happened to have blue hair and her ‘bathing suit’ was plastic and made her body.

Using Creative Paperclay® air dry modeling material completely encase her legs to form a mermaid tail.

Create her fin using wire and fabric and insert it into the end of her tail

Add hair extensions made from inexpensive hair weave

Paint and embellish however you like. Viola’!!!!

I used two different kinds of Paperclay on this project. Her tail is made from Creative Paperclay® air dry modeling material and her seashell embellishments are made from Delight® air dry modeling material.

The Delight® has a puffier texture than the Creative Paperclay® which was perfect for this project. I suggest you try both products for yourself because they do feel very different and can be used together to create unique contrast on your projects.

You can see more amazing Creative Paperclay® creations on the Creative Paperclay® blog.

Check back here on February 1, 2012 to join the Creative Paperclay® blog hop “Love Cast in Clay” featuring Creative Paperclay® AND Amazing Mold Putty!!!! I have seen a sneak peek at a few of the projects that will be shown and I am super excited!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see what you create!


3 Responses to "Feet to Fin"

I so love what you do, Edie!

Thank you very much Decorablesart ❤ I'm so happy to hear that!

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