Sunday, July 14, 2013
Playing with Seashells
Sand and sea. Earth and sky. That was the inspiration for this simple little piece. I thought the colors of the scallop shell were so beautiful, so I decided a simple background was best. The border is a piece of jute twine knotted at intervals along its length. I think it will look very beachy in a distressed wood frame.
Here I placed a handful of shells around a sandalwood candle in a little ironstone saucer. It's sitting on the edge of the bathtub, so I can dream of the sea while I'm soaking. I used mostly the broken shells and bits of sand dollars here. I just love their soft colors and textures, and I couldn't bring myself to throw away the broken ones. This is a nice way to use them.
I have an idea for a sort of mixed media piece for which I've machine-stitched together a watery background of various fabrics. That shape is hopefully going to look like a Japanese koi when I'm done with it. It will be applique'd to the background and embellished with stitching and shells. That will be the fun part!