Oh, shells. I love working with shells. Most of the time it’s jewellery but this time around it’s jewellery holders.
I was given a bunch of shells from a friend (okay.. I asked for the shells after I saw they had a bunch from their beach wedding, but they didn’t mind giving me them!) And I couldn’t resist fancying them up with paint, glitter, and resin.
I made a base out of a sand dollar to hold them steady, as on their own they would just rock around. Between the sand dollar and the deepest part of the shell, these are pretty wobble-free.
I’ll be using these at craft fairs, when the season comes.
Bonus shell, a little piece of memorabilia for the friends that got married. A wedding photo encased in resin. This shell had beautiful details on the edge so I cut the picture smaller to show it off.
Have you ever heard of fluid painting? I didn’t until yesterday when I saw some amazing pieces of resin art with no description on how they made the designs they had. Well, consider me Sherlock cause I solved that mystery, and spent the rest of the evening looking up videos on youtube.
These are done with acrylic, and once I feel I’ve sufficiently gotten a hang of it, I’ll move onto resin. When the technique is done right you should end up with these lacy patterns that form organically in the paint. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m also not using proper equipment. I’m painting on transparency paper and box tops and whatever pieces of cardboard I have laying around! haha. I’ll need to make a trip to the store for some canvas.
Even though they’re not the prettiest, this is a really amazing thing to try. It’s fun, it’s messy, and it’s rewarding seeing something you made like this. I always said my mother kept all her painting skills to herself and passed none to me, but maybe I was just using the wrong format?
There’s some really talented people out there. If you’re curious about it I urge you to check out youtube or #fluidpainting on instagram.