Brush Stroke Mermaid TUTORIAL

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G’day Friends!


So we all love mermaids right?


Today I’ve got a fun and simple tutorial for you lovely Creatives looking to add a bit of mermaid magic to your art journals, planners, butterfly books- WHATEVER!


The foundation is super simple and broken up into very manageable geometric shapes, then comes the fun part… DECORATING! The opportunities are endless, I’ve used calligraphy brushes, fountain pens, doodled in their tails and even created them with washi tapes. Once you get the hang of it you’ll want to find a ton of ways to customise them yourself.


Below is a video tutorial with a very very special guest trying it alongside me… my husband Steve! He wanted to try it and show you guys that literally ANYONE can do it 🙂


The first part of the video shows the basic principles and the ‘brush stroke’ mermaid, the second is a more decorative washi tape version, and the end features a small selection of clips showcasing the different versions that pop up in my art journals.


If you wanna skip the video and get started right away, here is a quick look at exactly what the foundation looks like and some decorative elements I like to include.




If it still seems overwhelming, don’t stress, just think of it as a circle, four triangles and some sticks 😀


As always- DON’T TRY TO BE PERFECT! These mermaids tend to look more effective created with reckless abandon.


Have fun and be sure to share your wonderful creations, I can’t wait to see a ton of brush stroke mermies (and their various incarnations) all over everyone’s beautiful journal pages!


–  James

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  • Jennie

    Great double act…..!

  • Anateresa

    You two have the best laugh ever. ❤️ Thanks for the great tutorial James.

  • craigpanderson

    Wow great tutorial. Thanks for sharing

  • Debra Viccars

    WOW James what a fabulous tutorial – I don’t have mermaid markers but I couldn’t help but doodle along with a ball point pen (I need more practice with those eyes!). Steve made drawing a mermaid look totally effortless <3

  • Kat kathi

    Loved this,was fun to watch you two,reminds me of working on a project at my grandma’s kitchen table!…all the cousins reaching over each other for the perfect color that we needed!…with lots of talking and laughing….big fun!!!

  • Danielle

    Thanks for the belly laughs! So fun! You make the BEST videos. Can’t wait to fill some pages with mermaids. I want to come hang out with you two!

  • Judy McCArthy

    Lovely tutorial.Thanks.

  • Ruth

    Hi Guys, this is a fantastic tutorial, I’m ready to start.:)

  • Mary

    I love your videos!! Glad Steve could join in! I will have to give this a try for sure!

  • Connie

    Loved it! It was a easy creative tutorial and I can’t wait to try it.

  • Tracy

    So creative and lots of FUN!

  • Phyllis

    Thanks so much for the fun tutorial!! Ya’ll are the cutest!!

  • Cathy

    Great video! Those mermaids look like so much fun! I’m off to give it a try. Congrats to Steve for joining in on the mermaid creations!

  • Laraine

    Who would want to skip the video, its brilliant. Thanks James and Steve, great tutorial xx

  • Lyn

    Great tutorial thanks; I love the way you make it look so do-able 🙂 I’m definitely going to be giving this a try later today.

  • Palmira

    Awesome. You are such a great teacher. After the explanation I think that maybe my husband could draw a mermaid too You and Steve make a great couple and team! Very sweet!❤❤❤

  • laurie

    this was so helpful…you really have the perfect personality for teaching. thank you so much. 🙂

  • kathleen codyrachel

    Thank you – though I have plenty, drawing curves gives me many problems – I have only watched once – habit I’m in watch once then watch again and do while watching I’m confident that I like Steve will have no problems thank you so very much – thank you out also for showing so many different ways to create mermaids at the end!❤

  • Nora

    Enjoyed so much. Steven did a good job. Loved his mermaid.

  • Lucy

    Nice tutorial and love the format. Can’t wait to try it…who doesn’t love a mermaid!

  • Sandra Gilbert

    I loved it, watching you and your husband was so much fun.

  • Sonia Quodrill

    I just love this tutorial . It was fun watching it.Im so inspired to start some mermaids right now. My mind is full of ideas!

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