Sketchfest – Gilt Mermaid/ Nixie

This is a painting I started out in Sketchfest, and for once turned into a finished painting. I was trialling new paper and wanted to have a crack at gilding. A Nixie is kind of like a mermaid, being a female water spirit, though she tends to be linked with springs and lakes rather than the ocean. They also can have wings or a serpent tail. I kind of leave it up to your imagination :)

Nixie base watercolour sketch

Nixie base watercolour sketch. Done in the 1 hour sketchfest time limit

Nixie Mermaid Step 2

Step 2. About another hour working to finish the watercolour.

Sold: Finished painting, “Gilt Nixie” with imitation gold leaf

 

Finished painting, "Gilt Nixie" with imitation gold leaf

Finished painting, “Gilt Nixie” with imitation gold leaf

This is my first attempt at gilding. The next one I hope to try some silver leaf on!