Sunday, July 4, 2010

Displaying Vacation Shells

My son collected a ton of shells and a large piece of coral for me during our Florida vacation.  I did several posts on our trip if you want to look at the archives.  I highly recommend Florida as a vacation spot.  I don’t have any beachy decor in my house, but I wanted to display the shells anyway.  Here is what I came up with.



I tied jute rope around the lamp shade to give it some contrast.  I might want to change it up again so tying it meant I could easily remove it.



I put a tag on the lamp to label our vacation shells and because I like tags.


On some of these shells I did vacation themed rub-ons. 







I made another shadow box like the one I did with my rocks from the Hamptons.  You can see it here.  I picked one that looked like weathered wood from Hobby Lobby.



Can you see the shark’s tooth we found?  We found several on a beach in Venice. 


These were 2 of my favorite shells.  The spiny one and the curly one.



I also painted my frame holder to look rusty.  It was black.  I thought it looked much better rusty. 


I used a stencil brush so that it would be more stippled when painted on and not brush marks with a color that looked like rust called Autumn Brown. 
After it dried I added some burnt umber in different places to make it look a little darker.  Any dark brown would work if you don't have the burnt umber color.  When you do the stencil brush you use it dry and tap it on a paper plate first to get the extra paint off.  Your project will dry very very fast so it is handy if you are impatient like me.



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