A Blue Merman for November

I am planning to work on tattooed people for a while- probably up to the New Year. I have a lot already dyed and sewed up so now I get to focus on the fun part!

First up is some Mermen.

His very light hair didn’t show up very well in the photos. Here is a view from the other side.

Kelp on his chest and arms and a sea glass button. I picked a very dark variegated thread to embroider onto the rick rack- it plays on the dark red-purple and black of the fins..

Red Tail Merman

I am having fun trying out all these different color combinations.

His hair is a dark purple-red cross-hatch. And he has grey-green eyes.

Most of the decorative kanji on his arms runs down along the sides.

He has a fish button- I have had this button forever, like maybe 40 years! I have finally found the perfect use for it.

Dark Merman, Skeleton tattoos

I am really excited about working with this African wax print fabric. I need to learn more about it. This piece (which was gifted to me) has a slightly shiny surface, even after washing. I will be keeping my eye out for other patterns that would work with my designs.

I REALLY struggled with his hair. I tried out 3 other colors/patterns before settling on this orange-peachy color. And when I say tried, I mean I cut out the hair and beard, sewed up the beard, pinned it all on his head… then decided I didn’t like it! And his hair style-

I wanted to do something with 2 “braids” but it took a lot of fiddling. Of course that is always the way when figuring out something new.

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This merman fellow is more blue-green than his friend yesterday. He has stormy sea green eyes.

More ships and a button that looks like sea glass. A port scene on his back and an embroidered rick rack belt.

Blue Merman 3

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Are you tired of these mermen yet? I have one more left to finish before I am on to the next thing. But honestly, these have been really fun!

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Yep, purple beard and hair.

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And how do you like that topknot/man bun.

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And here he is, hanging out at his birthplace.

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Blond Merman

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When I was dyeing up the fabric pieces for these mermen, I had the idea that I wanted to make a golden one. When I searched through the colors, I choose one that was labeled caramel. And I did get caramel. But I was still thinking about golden: hence the blond hair. He ended up completely different from what I’d been aiming for at the start but I love who he became. It is always a surprise.

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Picking out a button is always a very big decision!

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Very big, Big Merman

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Yes, he is a very big fellow. This is a link to another big man merman that I made a while back. You may notice that this new merman has a longer tail. When I cut out the tail pieces, I adjusted the proportions of the tail to match the slimmer guys, not really thinking about how his torso is longer. So he’s ended up about 2 inches longer than any of the other mermen. Oh well!

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Also, he is made of linen which is a little stretchier when stuffed so that helped him grow.

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I have listed 2 of the other mermen into my etsy shop today but I’m going to hold off on this one. I need to figure out if I’ve got a box that he would fit into for shipping!