Shell Painting Tips
- Choose Neutrals or Metallics, With a Pop of Color. I found it really difficult to paint over the natural beauty of a seashell. Then I reminded myself that these pieces of shells had been hidden in a basket since June. I did find it easier to complement the natural colors of the seashells with neutrals and metallics, but didn't want to go without any pop of color, so I chose a minty mermaid green that I thought would be pretty with the other colors.
- Keep Your Shapes Simple. I started out trying to draw actual pictures on the shells like I've seen on rocks..That did not work very well at all for me. The natural textures and shapes of the shells lend well to simple patterns. Think lines, waves, zig-zags, and dots.
- Use These Shells in Other Projects. Think about all the ways you could use these painted shells! A shell garland, shell ornaments, painted shell jewelry, in place of a bow on a present, fill up a shadow box with them, and on and on...