This decorative collage with seashells, pearls, seaweed, and sea stars was a follow-up on my new collection painted on handmade paper.
One of my students wanted to learn how to paint realistic water drops. I had a cool idea to teach while painting myself; but, not only plain water drops. As I like to challenge myself, I've set up a whole scene with my seashells collection, surrounded with pearls and water drops:
It was fun to paint not from photograph, but live, creating a composition on this lovely handmade paper.
Here are the four first examples of the outcome. The paper has uneven edges, which makes it look authentically handmade. When scanning the artworks on my computer I placed a rough canvas behind to emphasize the edges of the paper:
I created the sand-like background using a toothbrush technique, when you load the watercolor on a toothbrush and then brush your finger (carefully!!) across the bristles creating uneven yet very cool texture:
I had the sea stars, pearls and shells in my collection. But I had to find the seaweed online to see how to paint it:
In this painting (below) it was a real challenge. When I pulled the masking liquid from the paper (where the shell is), the glue of the liquid pulled the first tiny layer of the paper for me... Thanks to handmade product! At first, I thought I've ruined my artwork. But when I started painting the seashell itself, the roughness of the paper actually helped to create the cool natural seashell body texture:
(click on image or HERE to see the details)
And that how my Seashell collection started. Huge thanks to my friend who gave me those cute seashells more than 5 years ago.
I've also looked at my previous watercolors with seashells (last post is here). And created one more collage with those shells:
Somebody might say, oh she is crazy about those seashells! And I'd say YES. More than that: I didn't stop on painting those shells and creating collages. I've even got myself more gorgeous shells online: some seashells from Philippines, Mexico and India. So, there are more seashells paintings to come!
I guess I still have that Little Girl inside me that loves the ocean, fresh breeze, while walking on the beach and searching for the shells:
My seashell collection is growing so much now, that I had to create a special gallery on FineArtAmerica, which I called
(click HERE to see it)