Summer Seashell Crafting – What To Do With Your Beach Treasures
Forget about getting beach body ready… are you beach crafting ready?! With summer fast-approaching, now’s the perfect time to go hunting for beach treasures that you can incorporate into your crafting, to give your projects a colourful summer vibe! We tasked the lovely Julie Peasgood of the Crafty Beggars to come up with an eye-catching project bursting with spring and summer fun – and she’s done just that with this gorgeous seashell bouquet! Check out how she created this colourful mixed media piece below… then get your sandals on and start collecting your own summer treasures to turn into gorgeous works of art!
I found a picture frame in a charity shop recently – not particularly special, but I reckoned I could give it a new lease of life with a thin wash of white chalk paint, to enhance the attractive grain of the wood.
It was the perfect size for the ‘pot of flowers’ design I wanted to create from some shells collected in the Outer Hebrides last month. Harris (the largest island) has the most spectacular white sand beaches, like granulated sugar, washed with a transparent blue sea. I loved beachcombing there, and I even managed to find a piece of slate in a perfect plant-pot shape!
My first challenge was how to display everything – or rather, how best to stick the shells and slate down. I found that mixing up some cheap DIY filler did the trick, coloured an appealing shade of mint green with some lovely paint, which I mixed in with the filler, rather than painted on.
I placed the slate and shells into the filler whilst it was still wet, and left it to dry overnight. I then painted the shells with various shades of coloured paint. When that was dry, I got to work with Pinflair’s Pearl Wands, which proved ideal for embellishing the shell flowers; I also used lines of pearl dots to create the flower stalks.
The plant pot was given a thin glaze from a Pinflair Glitter Wand, and as a final touch I added various sparkly gems – I can never resist a bit of bling! I now have a summery picture that will always remind me of a treasured holiday…
Fancy creating your own mixed media art?
- Viva Decor Concrete
- Mixed Media Paints in a selection of finishes
- Wooden Creative Frame
- Pinflair Glue Gel
- Decoupage Mediums/Sealant
- Adhesive Gems
Have you tried your hand at mixed media crafting before? Or are you dabbling for the very first time? Let us know in the comments below!