By Donna Mcghie
What lies under the sea can be both beautiful and terrifying in equal measure.
I decided to make my own homage to the 1970’s film Jaws for my first underwater sculpture for this article. Thanks to this film I always feel a primeval sense of unease when swimming in deep water, and that music hovers around at the back of my brain. However at the same time I also have an exhilarating rush of adrenaline. My senses feel alert and vibrant.
The sea bed can be an eerily beautiful setting. Mixed media was used to create this under water 3D canvas.
The illusion of the sea was created by using a mixture of blue and white Powertex Fabric Hardener sprayed with blue bister. I created the spiky coral by soaking Powercotton in transparent Powertex fabric hardener. Shells that are not conventionally pretty added the finishing touch.
Beware of Beautiful Powertex Mermaids
Many legends and myths are connected to the sea. One of the most enduring myths is that of the mermaid.
My mermaid started to take shape when I poured green Powertex fabric hardener to create the shape of a tail.
Davy Jones’s Locker
There are many versions of who Davy Jones was, and just as many theories as to just how he ended up lurking at the bottom of the sea.
Maybe he was seduced by the beauty of a passing mermaid. Her beauty having lured him down to the murky depths below.
Our facebook page The Powertex Studio is a great place for ideas and motivation. You can also inspire others by sharing your own makes.
You can also see more of my work and find out about my workshops on my website www.artandmurals.co.uk.
My last month’s blog was inspired by the artist Vincent Van Gogh
That’s all for now. As this is an inspiration blog I have not done step by steps, but if you would like more detailed instructions I am happy to provide them. Please leave me a comment below if you like what you see, and remember to take care, especially when swimming in deep water.
After all, you never know what is lurking beneath.