As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Somethings Fishy (3) – Fish- to- Face

There are two very important people in my life who were born in March and fall under the Pisces sign. As you may know, the symbol of Pisces is the fish. So, I thought it would be nice to do a series of posts about fishes during the month of March. So from Monday, March 12th to Saturday the 17th, I will be sharing with you “Somethings Fishy”, a little tribute to my Dad – Gerry and my sister Edna – here’s to you, my dear Pisceans!

Blocked Eye”
mixed media art on a pre-framed canvas
by Paulina Constancia
Fish-to-Face Collection, Manila 1996

Fish-to-Face Intro
I’m quite a beginner in diving, but the diving trip that I did with some friends at dive sites of Doljo and Balicasag Island (both in Bohol) in the Summer of 1996 was a remarkable experience.

Too bad, time is never enough. Ascending time always comes too soon, always when you are just beginning to enjoy yourself underwater. Then the big question came to mind, What if air is never an issue? This is the entire idea of Fish-to-Face: humans breathing freely underwater, strolling on the ocean floor, frolicking with turtles, dolphins and other denizens of the deep.
Fish-to-Face is a collection of mixed media paintings done on paper, stretched and pre-framed canvas, exhibited at the Ayala Museum, Makati, Metro Manila in November, 1996.

Today’s Creative Challenge
Painting on a pre-framed canvas (you can also use a canvas board and corrugated cardboard to mimic the effect).


  1. Make the human head and a fish (or whichever denizen of the deep you wish to feature) the center of this artwork
  2. Do not think of the frame/corrugated paper as separate from the canvas and let your drawing bleed into the frame for a unique look
  3. Use rhinestones, buttons, paperclips, laces or whatever little things you can glue on. If add-ons will be painted over, glue them on when you finish your sketch. If it is to retain its color, add it when the painting is completely dry.
  4. Finish the piece with either a coat of acrylic emulsion or clear lacquer spray.

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This entry was posted on March 14, 2012 by in Create, Explore, Teach.
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