Tutorial on Mermaid Canvas- Using Julie Nutting Stamp

Hello fabulous Divas,

I’ve had some requests to post a tutorial on the mermaid canvas.

Mermaid Canvas


  • 11 x 14 canvas panel
  • Julie Nutting Mermaid Stamp
  • Close To My Heart Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708)
  • Dreamweaver embossing paste (any time of paste to create dimension)
  • Stampers anonymous stamps to create background (use any circle stamps)
  • Stencil or plastic mess for mermaid tail
  • Prima flowers & small sea shells
  • Folk Art green metallic paint
  • Acrylic paints: blue, yellow and white
  • Copic Markers and/or colored pencils for the skin color and hair
  • Aleene’s Original Tack Glue (or any other all purpose glue)
  • Mod Podge
  • Old Credit Card
  • Staz On Black Ink


As you create your canvas make sure each layer of paint dries before painting over it. I describe the steps below by explaining how to make each section of the canvas but you may want to work on multiple steps in the process as you are waiting for paint to dry during various stages.

Step 1. – Create your ocean

Chose a light blue acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a turquoise color for your ocean. Then paint 2/3 of the bottom of your canvas using an old credit card. Use broad strokes and make some of the blue paint look like waves are crashing in the middle of your page (this is where you will adhere your mermaid later). Once the first layer of blue paint is dry you can create extra dimension by adhering some ripped up scraps of blue pattern scrapbook paper to your canvas with Mod Podge.

Step 2. – Create your sky

Chose a light yellow acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a lighter yellow for your sky. Then paint 1/3 of the top of your canvas using an old credit card. After the paint is dry use some circle stamps or background stamps to create some dimension by stamping randomly using a slightly darker yellow color. I used Stampers Anonymous stamps but you can use any stamps you have. Create some texture on your canvas by spreading some modeling paste through a stencil. (I used the same stencil that I used for the mermaid tail in the background to create some dimension in the sky). Make sure the paste dries completely then paint over the paste with light yellow acrylic paint.

Step 3. – Create your mermaid

While your canvas is drying start making the mermaid. Create the mermaid tail by spreading some modeling paste through the crisscross stencil on a piece of white paper then let dry for a few hours. You can speed up the drying process by blow-drying it. Then stamp the mermaid onto the dried paste design. The paste design will end up being the mermaid’s tail. Paint over the scales with acrylic metallic green paint and cut out the mermaid tail.

Mermaid Tail

Stamp the mermaid onto a white piece of paper using black Staz On permanent ink. Color the mermaid the skin color of your choice using withe Copic markers or colored pencils. Color your mermaids hair (I used a red Copic marker). Cut out your mermaid. After the mermaid tail is completely dry you can adhere the tail to the cut out mermaid that you just made. Position your mermaid in the middle of the canvas where your waves are crashing behind her.

Step 4 Finishing touches

  • You can finish the canvas a variety of ways with various embellishments. Adhere Prima flowers to the lower left hand corner along with miniature sea shells with Aleene’s Original Tack Glue.
  • Use Close to My Heart’s Sparkles Flourishes to add sparkle to the waves. You can color the white sparkles with a turquoise Copic marker. Use a piece of the turquoise sparkles flourishes for the mermaid’s headband. Find two small sea shells for the mermaids swimsuit top and color them with yellow glitter. TIP: If you buy clear sparkles you can always decorate them with any color of Copic markers and use them on all your projects!
  • Add some blue glitter to the background and some silver speckles for additional dimension.
  • Add one of your favorite quotes to your canvas. Quote






I hope you enjoy your new mermaid canvas! If you decide to make one please send me a picture and/or tell me what you think in the comments section. Thank you for stopping by and checking out this tutorial.

I’ve taught a few classes and the Divas have loved the final results so I hope you give it a try!

Mermaid Canvas Class


Mermaid Canvas Class

Mermaid Canvas