Seashell Bowl

A hand painted bowl is the perfect place to show off some exceptional shells. The dimensional shells on the rim of the bowl repeat the shape of the large featured shell.

Materials Needed

Painting the Seashell Bowl

(Note: allow bowl to dry thoroughly between each painting step)

  1. Lightly sand bowl and spray with primer. Allow to dry.
  2. Paint inside of bowl with Autumn Brown paint and allow to dry.
  3. Dampen sea sponge with water and wring thoroughly. Place small amounts of Autumn Brown and Burnt Umber paints on a disposable plate or paper palette. Dip sea sponge in both colors and blot paint by tapping on a paper towel several times. Using a tapping motion, sponge paint onto the inside of the bowl over the Autumn Brown basecoat. Use a light touch to achieve a stippled effect. Refill sponge as necessary, and adjust amount of each color on the sponge to achieve the desired effect. Allow to dry.
  4. Paint outside of bowl with Spice Tan paint. When dry, sponge with Raw Sienna and Burnt Umber paint colors. Use a very light touch for a subtle texture.
  5. Paint rim of bowl with Light Avocado paint and allow to dry.
  6. Using Scotch® Magic™ Tape, tape seashell stencil to bowl. Using a palette knife and Texture Magic™ Dimensional Paint, spread paint over the stencil design being careful to hold stencil tightly against the bowl.

  7. While dimensional paint is still wet, carefully lift stencil away from the bowl being careful not to smudge paint.

  8. Allow dimensional paint to dry before moving to the next spot where you want a seashell shape and repeat the process. Wash and dry stencil between each application.
  9. When dimensional seashells are dry, apply Maple Sugar Tan paint using a dry brush technique. Use the cleaned stencil to mask the bowl by taping the stencil over a dimensional seashell. Using a stiff brush such as a stencil brush and a circular motion, apply paint. Use more pressure on outside edges of stencil so less paint is applied toward the middle of shell shape. Allow to dry. Repeat dry brush process for each shell shape.

  10. When thoroughly dry, spray with matte varnish.
  11. Apply antiquing medium to entire bowl, wiping medium off top edges of shells so that they stand out from background.
  12. When dry, apply one to two more coats of spray matte varnish.