Hello friends. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe out there in the world. I have been working diligently on a new novel, but sometimes I need to take a break and express my creativity in different ways. This week I want to tell you about the turtle shells.
I have about 30 acres of forest around my house. I love taking long walks through the woods to fuel my imagination. I find all sorts of interesting things on my walks, but my favorite treasure is the turtle shells. I’ve started collecting and decorating the shells and then returning them to the woods. I like to use them as trail markers as it’s very easy to get turned around when I am exploring.
The first thing I do is let the shell sit in a tub of soapy water for a day. As you can see from the picture above, sometimes the turtle shells are very dirty when I find them. After soaking, I scrub them with a stiff-bristled brush to get them really clean.
Next I coat the shell in Acrylic Gesso. I believe this helps prep the surface to hold the paint better. Finally I paint the shells. I use a variety of mediums – water color, acrylic paint, permanent markers. Eventually I want to attempt to Mod Podge one of my shells, but I’m not sure if it will work.
After the paint dries, I coat the entire shell in clear varnish. This is just to set and protect the paint, as well as help it hold up to the elements when I return the shell to the woods. The picture above is my handy work from this week. The picture at the top of this post is the first shell I painted, resting comfortably on a tree letting me know that I am still on the trail.
So there you have it…just another one of my creative endeavors. I like to read every day and do something creative every day, or as I tell my husband – doing activities keeps me sane.
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