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pearly shells

February 8, 2012

Ark shells are plentiful along the Texas coastline and they were a favorite find when I was a young girl playing along the shore of Galveston Island.

After a crafting fail last weekend, I decided to soothe my bruised feelings with a simple no-fail project, painting some seashells pearly white.

Since natural shells are porous, I applied primer first to minimize paint absorbtion, then brushed on metallic white craft paint.

Then I made a few silvery ones too, while I had the jar of shells handy.  I applied metallic silver spray paint to these and touched up one with silver glitter craft paint.

I’m envisioning a shell and pearl garland, perhaps adorning a vase of branches.  Further contemplation needed.  Until then, I’ll enjoy the soft glow of these pretty ark shells.

Thank you for dropping by, I appreciate your company so very much!




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11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 12:41 am

    Oh, dontcha just cringe and feel washed out when there’s a failed project? *sigh* I’m sorry about that–had one of those myself this past weekend and I was grumpy about it. I mean SERIOUSLY grumpy about it. LOL

    But you chose a good one to bounce back with! How pretty are these?! And now I’m thinking on the shells that we have stuck–oh….just everywhere!! Though, I already added some to paperbead garlands with sea glass which was way cool……and sent on for another person to enjoy (which they do!).

    I like the idea flow from the bowl in front of you–I have that same process!

  2. Linda permalink
    February 9, 2012 12:58 am

    I love the idea of painting the shells. I also can invision a lot of things to which the newly revised shells can be added. This is such an inspiring post. Thank you.

  3. February 9, 2012 2:07 am

    “After a crafting fail last weekend, I decided to soothe my bruised feelings with a simple no-fail project, painting some seashells pearly white.”

    First, just let me share….I have also had things not go the way I had hoped they would go, yet I learned something. I think it’s hard sometimes to put ourselves out there and offer our talents; not sure how they will be received. I can’t tell you how many times I performed onstage and it wasn’t received as I expected it would. Yet, I learned something…there is no such thing as a failed experience because I got out there and gave it my ALL, as I know YOU did, dear friend.

    Diane, I absolutely LOVE these pearl shells!!!!!! OMG….they’re sooooo pretty! I so like the way you have them displayed in that glass bowl.

    And do you know what I always enjoy about your crafts? Every time I see them, I can actually feel the love and joy that went into creating them!

    Yes, dear friend….they do GLOW!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Much X to you and Cristybella!

  4. February 9, 2012 9:12 pm

    Love this post!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Love from the Netherlands


  5. susan Gillewnaters permalink
    February 9, 2012 10:48 pm

    really beautiful pictures.

  6. Pat @ The Best Moments permalink
    February 11, 2012 12:47 pm

    Absolutely love things with pearls. I will have to try something sometime with the shells and pearls, very pretty.

  7. February 12, 2012 8:32 am

    I visit creative blogs on a regular basis. Do you? I have created a new page on my website where I am linking all that is creative, creative blogs that is. I have added you to it. Do you have any referrals to add to this list?

  8. whitkae permalink
    October 4, 2012 7:39 pm

    i’m curious, what paint did you used?? i found some hand sized (fake/plastic) shells at Goodwill that are a bit beat up. They are white/off white, but I was considering spray painting them – I think they’d look gorgeous in that white metallic color. do you remember what paint you used??

    • October 4, 2012 8:38 pm

      hi Whitney, I used a metallic white craft paint. I purchased it at hobby lobby, but think it is widely available. 🙂


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