July 26, 2018

This Way to The Beach

I don't know about you, but I love the beach! I'm fortunate to live close enough to visit often. The shells and sea glass used in this project are from my many walks along the shore. 

  1. Joy® iron-on letters.
  2. Thin canvas panel or thick cardboard.
  3. White gesso.
  4. Acrylic paint in blues and light browns.
  5. Foam brush and dry bristle brush.
  6. Pencil, scissors, hot glue gun and heavy duty hole punch.
  7. White twine and wire for wrapping.
  8. Assorted sea shells and sea glass.
  9. Large bleached starfish.

Determine the size you want your arrow to be. Use the pencil to sketch the design, then cut out. 

Paint the arrow with the blues first and let dry completely, Then with your dry bristle brush, gently sweep some of the gesso across the sign. Let this dry before adding some brown with the same dry brush to create a weather worn look. 
I like the 'dry' look for the sea glass and the 'wet' look for the shells. So I painted the shells with some clear nail polish that had glitter in it. This is totally optional, it all depends on your personal style.

 I worked in sections, threading the beads and knotting them in between. I wire wrapped some sea glass here and there and added them to the mix. If wire wrapping is not your thing, the craft stores sell all sorts of ocean themed charms for your sign. Same for sea glass, you can find them at any craft or hobby shop. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. The finished length of each strand measured about 12"

Make your holes with the punch and tie your strands. 

Hot glue the starfish and letters. 

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your favorite craft stores.

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