The pictures show the step by step progress of a mixed media painting.
My inital idea was to paint straight onto the background, but I found that the white text stamped earlier was coming through onto the mermaid's face, so I retraced the mermaid onto cartridge paper and cut out her face and torso to collage onto the background. Her face, arms and other flesh areas were coloured using Prisma pencils and blended with a mixture of Titan Buff and White glazes. Hair was added in acrylic paint in Paynes Grey and Titanium White. Her tail was painted with Paynes Grey.
Pearls were painted using Lumiere Pearl Paint to make the mermaids necklace and the strand of pearls she is holding. Pearl paint was also splattered into her hair and over the top half of the painting. As a final touch, a 3mm Swarovski crystal was added to her belly button, and her lips were painted in Quinacrindone Red.
The scan doesn't really show the shimmer of the paints or glitter, so here a a few close ups I took too: