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Monday, April 28, 2014

Creating 3 ~ D Seashell Art

I am in the process of creating a gallery wall that will brighten up my very dark hallway. My budget for the entire project is around $10.


Keep reading to see the tutorial and various colors and shells used.

I purchased two value packs of 5” x 7” canvases at Michael’s. Using a coupon the canvases were just $1.62 each.  ($6.48 for all four.)

I had several bottles of acrylic paint leftover from previous projects and picked out various seaside colors to paint each canvas.


The secret to painting, whether it be acrylic, oils or watercolors is to layer your colors.


For this canvas I began with a base coat of “French blue”, then added a touch of  “Robin’s Egg Blue” and lastly highlighted each canvas with a bit of “Pure White”.


It was fun to dig through my collection of seashells to decide which shell would be paired with each canvas.


This canvas was painted “Moody Blue” with a touch of “French Blue” and “Pure White”. It reminded me of the sea just before the sun sets.


Trying to capture a stormy sea I used “Graphite” alone and mixed with “Pure White”. 


Each shell was hot glued on. Here is a small sneak peak of the gallery wall in progress.


I think the happy starfish is my favorite.


Come back tomorrow for more seaside themed art.


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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


Denise said...

These are charming and perfect for summer, Laura! I love the way you made these so economically. I think my favorite color combination is the French Blue and the Robin's Egg Blue -- so pretty. :) Have a wonderful day!


Denise at Forest Manor

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

thats so pretty. I need to do this for my daughters room.

Vel Criste said...

Fabulous Laura! This gives me a great idea since I have a bunch of sea shells and stars lying around!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I love this idea, it looks fabulous. Love all the shells too.

Lisa said...

Laura! What a clever idea! These are so charming. I love all the beautiful shades of blue.

Lory Owens said...

Great job Ms. Laura it looks really good!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful idea. I have a small painting my son did and maybe I could at least stand up some shells in front of it. You've inspired me! Hugs!

Karena Albert said...

A lovely and artistic idea for some springtime art!

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Rita C. said...

Very nice. I hope you'll share what type glue you used for adhering the shells - sometimes they can get heavy. Also, how you hung them on your walls - with 3M strips, tacks, ?

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Love the blue you chose. They all look fab!

Mari said...

Oh how very pretty they turned out, I must say they star fish is my fav as well ;-)


Carrie Merth said...


These would make great gifts!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Love this Laura! So fun and so easily crafted :) Great job!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Love this Laura! So fun and so easily crafted :) Great job!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I love decorating with shells. What a great idea.

Kelley said...

Yours is the starfish?

I'll take them all, please. And thank you.

*wink* 'n hugs,

Karin Brosnan said...

I have totally been looking for something to put up on my walls in my kitchen nook...I am totally going to do this!! Love it! I would love to have you join us for Centerpiece Wednesday linky party where tons of bloggers share their creativity, recipes, DIY projects and more…come on over and see and share with us.