Hi everyone! Erin Reed here today sharing with you my Shell Mixed Media Art Canvas. I spent a month near the beach this summer, walking along the surf and enjoying the ocean breeze. I find it hard not to look down and enjoy the shells at your feet, so my crafty mind drifted to what could I create to remember these amazing days by the beach. A painted shell art canvas came from those amazing days by the sea.
Here is a video tutorial on how I made this Shell Mixed Media Art Canvas.
- ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez, Verdigris
- ColorBox® Embossing Powder in Gold Sparkle
- TopBoss®Embossing Full Size Ink
- ColorBox® Paintbox
- Crafter’s®Cat’s Eye Inkpad, Bark
- Shells – 4
- 12×12 Cotton Canvas
- Burlap in Teal
- Flute Paper
- Cardstock – White & Kraft
- Rope – Natural
- Foiled Paper – Glossy Gold
- Sand, Mini Shells, Sea Glass & Glue
- Craft Glue
- Paper Trimmer
The ColoriQue ink worked like a charm on the shells. You could see every detail of the shells, but it also gave amazing coverage!! I love the Verdigris ink. It reminds me of looking out at the sea. To add a little extra fun to each shell, I added ColorBox Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder to the edges.
I love the look of geometric pieces, and to make a grid of 4 almost identical squares for this canvas was so much fun! To make each square pop I added in layers of texture using various types of papers, foiled papers, burlap, cardboard, and canvas but keeping the color palette simple as to complement the Verdigris, white, gold, and kraft.
To add a little extra beach fun to each square, I added extra fibers of the burlap, canvas, foiled paper, and rope and then glued down fun bits of small shells and sand. It added that little bit for raw texture to catch your attention.
So now as you walk down a beach and cast your gaze at the shells below your feet, what will you create with them?