Ooo, I’m just so excited for this one! It’s Disney, it’s die cut, it’s the newest addition in my paper lantern collection. Everyone, give a warm welcome to The Little Mermaid herself, starring in my lovely, new Ariel paper lantern design!
This design posed a lot of challenges for me, and, because of that, these lanterns will definitely hold a special place in my heart. I wanted the main scene to be above the water, but also wanted to depict a below-water scene while keeping the flow of the overall design. There are actually a few different iconic Ariel scenes, but I went with the one of her on the rock—looking at the shore. I couldn’t fined a way to fit Prince Eric in, but we can assume he is somewhere in the castle: gazing in her direction too (so romantic).
It took me quite a while to figure out how I was going to depict the top of the water while still making Ariel and the castle stand out. Once I came up with a style, it ended up being really fun to add the choppy waves, and that ended up being my very favorite part of the whole design!
I swear, every time I design one of these, I think to myself, “Wow, that’s the most intricate design I’ve ever created.” I’m not sure if these really are increasing in intricacy, or if I just forget how much detail went into the past designs.
I hope you enjoy my new Ariel paper lantern as much as I do! I love the challenge of making these designs, and I’m happy to have awesome readers like you to share them with. Any suggestions for who my next lantern design should feature?