I’ve always wanted to be a mermaid. You know, just for a few days, to swim with the whales and discover the depths of the sea. We just watched Disney’s The Little Mermaid again last night and I was signing along merrily. My kids told me to ssssh. I ignored them.
This mermaid pattern bowl won’t magically turn me into a mermaid, but it makes me happy to look at it while I eat my cereals:
Here’s how to make your own…
Step 1: Begin with a plain white bowl and Edding’s Porcelain Brush Pens:
Step 2: I ended up doing this step wrong and having to start it again. You’ll see a couple of reasons why!
Draw a pattern of fish-scales by drawing connected semi-circles around the base of the bowl:
See how the filled-in semi-circle on the left doesn’t look as smooth as the one on the right? You need to use broad sweeping strokes when colouring in with these pens, as they don’t bleed together too well if you try a more scribbled approach like I’d used on the left.
Don’t try to correct it by drawing over it again either – if the ink had already started to dry then you’ll just make scratches in it:
It’s best to wipe off the offending section with a damp cloth, then dry with a dry piece of cloth (I used kitchen paper for both) before starting again:
However it still wasn’t quite right, as when I went to do the next layer I realised the semi-circles would have to be huge in order to connect with the first layer in a mermaid-scales pattern. Too big – it looked more like flower petals:
So I wiped it all off and drew the first layer again with smaller semi-circles:
Step 3: Now draw and fill in the next layer with a new colour. The semi-circles should be offset with the first layer, so that the dips of the 2nd layer meet with the middles of the semi-circles on the first layer:
Step 4: Repeat 3 more times with new colours each time, for three more layers:
Step 5: Your mermaid scales are done but it needs a little ‘something’ to make it look finished:
So draw a scalloped line around the top edge with a contrasting colour, to give it a ‘frill’ and make it look more mermaid-like!
Bake according to instructions and your bowl is finished and ready to use:
The perfect gift for someone who wants to be a mermaid.
On my belated hen-party I was allowed to give out stickers to my hens for ‘good work’ eg. if they said something funny or re-filled my wine etc. One of my friend’s said I looked like a mermaid when I was swimming so I gave her a few extra stickers!
Have you ever wanted to be a magical creature or to have super powers? I hope most people have crazy dreams like that!
Bye for now,