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There are so many different ways to paint, things to paint with and to paint on, that you could really do a different painting activity every day of the year. If you don’t believe me, check out more than 200 painting ideas at Emma Owl’s Paintathon page. We’re excited to share an easy, low set up, fun painting activity we tried recently: painting with shells and painting on shells.
What You’ll Need
- seashells, rocks, eroded beach stuff
- paint (we used various colors of washable paints) and palettes (plastic lids)
- a paint-friendly surface (I covered the table with a plastic tablecloth)
How to Paint with Shells
Once you have everything set out, it’s pretty self-explanatory.
I tried making prints with the fronts of shells and found the best effect from loading up the paint and scraping down rather than rocking the shell to get a print.
This is a fun way to relive a little bit of a beach vacation if you use shells you collected yourself, and if you use washable paint you can always clean up the shells you used for painting if you decide you’d rather they had their original colors back.
We picked up enough shells on our last vacation that we can paint a ton and still have plenty to enjoy in their natural state.
Painted shells can be used in other crafts. Use them with playdough or salt dough (via Teach Mama) to make ornaments or just pretty designs. Or try some of the adorable shell projects over at Red Ted Art (these painted shells would make pretty little boats, but you’d need to use waterproof paint).
Have you ever crafted with shells? I’d love to know what you did; I need some more great ideas for using all our shells!