To heck with the natural look, I put a couple of coats of metallic paint on these seashells. Use a stiff brush to get into the grain and swirls. Look at the textures of your seashells, if you have any. They are fascinating up close. Forget that seashells are the houses lived in by the creatures, you may have eaten them! LOL
My usual practice is leaving things looking natural, but these are very old shells from my childhood days on the Jersey Shore. They aren't in perfect condition and there was some discoloration. I decided I may use them as props in photos or display with my collection of Sand Castles and other seashells. Two coats of paint just about made them look like something in a fancy schmancy store jewelry case.
The paint didn't make my wistfulness for walking on the beach and running in the waves disappear. One day I hope to leave footprints on a beach, okay, maybe not footprints in these polluted times, but sandal prints. I could live dangerously and roll the slacks up to my knees and kick about in the water in the cold autumn winds. If it's warmer, picture me in a sundress, that's my style, too.
There's also a canvas in progress on the desk. At this point there are 3 or 4 layers and I hope it will have the finished look I am imagining when it is all done. All you can see in the image is the wet glue and a star peeking through. There are more layers, glazes, and embellishments to apply before it is ready to be mailed.
What's your attachment to childhood collections? Rocks, shells, toys, books, ...?