Saturday 18 July 2015


Hey folks. It is a lovely evening here and is like to share with you this very special Reverse Canvas made this week using my very first attempt at a "realism" Watercolour! I drew the shark from a free-for-personal-use reference photo.
I was also able to use some much treasured shells from my favourite place on earth, the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland.  I so long to be able to get back there one day after spending so much of my childhood there!

In the meantime, I tasked my Mum and Dad with collecting shells for me when they went up there earlier this year.

Above is a scanned image of the painting.  The shark was first sketched with graphite pencil before rubbing all the lines out leaving just faint marks. I then painted the shark using DoCrafts Artiste Watercolour Pens.  Once I had painted the shark, I added the teeth with a white Posca Paint Marker before blending and shading them with more watercolours.  It's not perfect by any stretch, but I just love it and I'm so proud!

Reference photo by Dennis Scott
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I used the following materials:
THAT CRAFT PLACE MDF / GREYBOARD: MDF grab bag sea creatures (shark and lobster), Greyboard cog.

MEDIUMS USED: Gesso, Modelling Paste, DecoArt Crafters Acrylic (Navy), DoCrafts Artiste Spritzing Ink (Ocean Blue, Hematite), Embossing Powder (Clear, Black, Silver), Mod Podge Matte, Mod Podge Gloss, Glossy Accents, Archival Ink (Jet Black).

OTHER PRODUCTS USED: TCP Watercolour Cardstock, DoCrafts Artiste Watercolour Pens, Pental Water Brush.

All products above available from That Craft Place.
RECYCLED MATERIALS: Canvas wedges, polypropylene net bag from oranges, sandpaper.
ANYTHING ELSE: Shells collected on the Isle of Mull!, wire, patterned paper, white Posca Paint Marker.
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Here are some more photos:

The frame part of the canvas was done by prepping with Gesso before painting with navy acrylic paint. I then sprayed with DoCrafts sprays and whilst still wet applied generous amounts of clear, black and silver embossing Powder.

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Did I mention that I hand drew and painted the shark myself??? Haha!
Thank you as always for popping by and sharing my passion for the sea!
Please can I enter this project into the following challenge(s):


  1. Sam this is just gorgeous, the decoration of the frame of the canvas is fab, the shells,the fence,everything...and as for that shark,how clever are you...its spot it.
    Lovely that you join in with our challenges every month with your stunning entries....
    Sandie at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...xx

  2. WOW this is awesome! So much detail and fabulous shark!
    Linda xxx

  3. this is stunning! I am delighted you chose to link up the doodle artifacts "anything goes but must recycle" challenge! thank you for playing along. xo from michele, july guest artist

  4. Perfect altered piece. Thank you for joining us at altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  6. wow awesome love it and the shark made me smile crafty hugs Judith xxx

  7. Great use of the image and all the embellishments to create a beach theme!Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa (DT).

  8. Looks like he is coming to get me lol - love it hun xx
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit
    DT The Mirror Crack'd
    DT Anything but a Card

  9. Hi Sam I like how you used your beach treasure to dress up your rather awesome shark. Very topical over in Australia at the moment as there have been a number of attacks at our local beach...My thoughts are we enter their domain at our own risk. Now back to the art I enjoyed reading about your process too! Thanks for joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this July.

  10. Sue, this is simple awesome, just love the the whole thing. I have a very large collection of shells from all over the world and been wanting to make a shadowbox with them for some time now, and found your piece truly inspirational. Thank you for sharing this in our July challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent, always love everything you create.
    :) Chris / CS Designs


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