A friend of mine recently checked off a big bucket list item -- a home near the ocean. In addition to hoping for many invitations, I wanted to create a unique home decor item for her housewarming. Being non-traditional in nature, my goal was to make something personal, maybe a little quirky and not your usual navy/maritime seaside motif. With the help of products from Relics and Artifacts, I love the way this frame came out.
Supplies used in this example:
- Shadowbox frame with mat
- Photo / photo editing software. I used Picasa
- Ver Day Paints from 10 Seconds Studio Ten Seconds Studio website
- Helios 11 and Coquille matte resin craft blanks Relics & Artifacts Shop
- Acrylic paint
- Liquitex Medium
- E6000 adhesive
- Charm embellishments San Miguel Collection Website
My friend loves seashells and I love to photograph them. Using Picasa, I used various filters to change the look of the original jpeg to make it more unusual. I practiced with a bunch of different photos until I landed on the one I wanted to use.
For the mat, I decided to create an "iron" look. Using VerDay Paints from Ten Seconds Studio did the trick! Paint a base of the iron paint, let dry completely. Add a second coat on the areas you want to add the patina to. While still wet, spray the patina finish and watch it do its magic.
For the sun, I didn't want a typical color so for this piece I used the VerDay paints in copper, follow the same instructions as above.
Add embellishments as desired to the shells and the sun using a strong adhesive. I decided to remove the glass from the shadowbox to create a 3D look.
Enjoy experimenting with new paints, finishes and tools -- you will never know what beauty you can create.