What to Do with All Those Shells?

So you’re back from the beach and have a huge shell collection. Now, what do you do with all those shells?

I love shells but I no longer have room to just store them. Plus, I’d like to look at them and enjoy them. Here’s a crafty way to make decorative use of them and bring the beach back with you.

This is my shell collection from last year. I assembled them in piles by type and they took up the entire dining room table.

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I saved all the small and various size scallop shells in the far left corner to make this decorative shell-ball accessory that can act as a paper weight but more importantly, I just like to look at it.

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I then bought a small styrofoam flat wreath and started hot-glue-gun gluing the remaining shells onto it in a way that was visually appealing and allowed the more prominent and different kinds of shells to be seen and highlighted. I have this on my door now and it reminds me of fond memories of the beach even when I’m not there.

Shell wreath on Art Is Everywhere

You can even create air plants that look like jelly fish with dome-shape, top-shells. They house the air plants that you just mist to keep alive.

Shell Air Plants on Art Is Everywhere

Follow this Pinterest Beach Memories board for more shell ideas.

Other ways to bottle that serene beach feeling and keep it going throughout the year are keeping your photos up front and center by putting them onto a digital photo frame so they can rotate and you can continue to see them daily.

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Early morning kayaking with still, still water with one seagull also enjoying the solitude.

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Fishing — for ducks?

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You can also turn some of your favorite photos into artwork via apps on your phone or your computer. This Prisma phone app turned a great kayak photo into something truly artworthy and frameable.

Beach Kayaks photo on Art Is Everywhere

Beach Kayaks photo turned into illustration on Art Is Everywhere

As an illustration

Beach Kayaks photo turned into art on Art Is Everywhere

Or a painting

When things get busy this fall, recall the peace and the calm of the beach and you’ll find some meditative power to refresh your energy.

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Click the link above to go to the video resource.

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Click here to see some other ways you can bring the beach back home.




I've been experimenting a lot with Photoshop lately as I purchased a Wacom pen tablet. This enables me to draw right into the program. It doesn't feel natural to me yet and doesn't quite give the look that I would like to achieve that I am used to from traditional painting but it does allow tremendous versatility and can separate the image into layers as it is created and these layers can be custom manipulated with color and just about anything else that produces multiple variations. It all takes practice and lots of it. As seen in these examples, for which I now have such a greater appreciation — knowing the difficulties of achieving this end result. All of the images below have links to their sources and more info about this digital artistic genre.


Link to previous post on HDR photography

Clicking on this image link below will take you a site where Bert Monroy, a photorealistic digital artist, explains his artistic process.

Clicking on this photo link below will take you to Bert Monroy's closer look on the details of how he created this incredibly realistic piece, Damen (train station).

Read how long it took him to do this and that says it all. I'm learning as I go…

On another note but not unrelated to digital art, I had posted previously that a company has hired me as their art agent to locate artists to participate in promotional events for their high profile client. My sister has been helping me and we've located all the artists but still searching for one for Denver, so this is a call for artists who may want to participate. Here's my pitch for artists who might be interested:

I'm looking for an artist who:

• Should relate to audience: 25-35 year old females and males, including gay males, who are culturally-savvy and socially aware

• Creates abstract modern medium design — can be digital art, fashion oriented and or construction art in conjunction with actual traditional media, i.e. painting or drawing at the event

• Can create a piece of art incorporating the liquor branding (i.e., label, bottle, cap etc)

• Can set up a makeshift gallery with the space provided

• Has a fan base similar to the the above demographic

• Work embodies a young, bold, unpretentious, stylish and progressive

• Is not afraid to express themselves through the usage of color

• Is charming and social

• Is hip and fashionable

Please contact me asap so that I can send you additional information regarding the actual event and incentives for the artist.

In the meantime, Happy Cinco de Mayo!!