Updated: Jan 26, 2020
It is so much fun to create art with driftwood. Each piece I find has a different story to tell. Sometimes, I have to sit with a piece of wood in my studio for days or weeks before I tentatively begin to form a vision. Sometimes, I know exactly what to do with the wood while it's still waterlogged and covered in sand -- this is one such piece:
I loved that this piece of driftwood had a gnarly side and a smooth side. It was the perfect canvas for a sunset painting. To add interest and tie in the natural brown coloring of the wood, I added some beachy reed grass after painting the sunset.
It just didn't feel complete until I added a shell and glass bead dangle. I drilled the hole in the large seashell myself. It was the first time I had done anything like that and I totally expected the shell to break, but it didn't! After purchasing and trying to use a special hand drilling tool (that I found on Pinterest), I ended up using my regular old, trusty power drill and it worked just fine.
Note that I did wear a mask while drilling. I read that seashell dusk is carcinogenic if inhaled. Haven't researched that further, but avoiding the inhalation any kind of dusk is always a good idea.
This item is for sale in my Etsy shop!