Create a Canvas Mermaid Bracelet

Paint a funky mermaid portrait on canvas for this one-of-a-kind bracelet.
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hclvr361_4-Fabric-Snap-Bracelet

Artist Nicci Battilana of South Surrey, B.C., Canada, demonstrates how to paint her signature acrylic mermaid on a canvas strip for a fun, pop art bracelet.

Materials Needed:

  • 10 oz. pre-primed canvas
  • permanent black marker
  • acrylic paint
  • fabric medium
  • fabric glitter paint
  • acrylic jewels
  • fabric glue
  • flexible varnish
  • snap closures
  • scissors
  • artist paintbrushes
  • snap fastening tool

Steps 1 and 2

1. Draw a mermaid image on the canvas using a permanent black marker.

2. Cut an 8" x 1-1/2" strip of canvas fabric to size for the bracelet.

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hclvr361_4a-drawing

Steps 3 and 4

Mix fabric medium into the chosen acrylic paint colors.

Begin painting the image. Start with the skin tone, then the hair, clothes and background. Lastly, paint the eye color. Let dry.

Step 5

Outline the mermaid with black acrylic paint using a fine artist liner brush.

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hclvr361_4c-outline

Step 6

Embellish the painting with glitter fabric paint. Let dry.

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hclvr361_4d-glitter-paint

Step 7

Attach an acrylic jewel with fabric glue to the bellybutton. Let dry for 24 hours.

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hclvr361_4e-glue-jewel

Steps 8 and 9

Apply three coats of flexible varnish, letting each coat dry in between.

Fasten the snap closures to either end of the canvas mermaid bracelet strip using a snap fastening tool.

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hclvr361_4f-snap

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