These sharpie seashells are so beautiful, and they’re so fun to make! Relax and enjoy this unique form of seashell painting.
Who knew that you could create such beautiful patterns by decorating seashells with sharpies?! I love how the natural patterns of the seashells stand out when they’re coloured this way.
Colouring is such a creative and meditative activity. There’s a reason why adult colouring books became so popular! Colouring is a proven stress release. Focusing on decorating the shells is the perfect relaxing activity for both kids and adults.
These sharpie seashells are so pretty when displayed as a centrepiece, either in a dish or a mason jar. You can use them to decorate a candle holder, or even glue them to a picture frame. There’s so many options!
Check out our Sharpies on Seashells video tutorial:
*Note: Scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
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Where can I get seashells?
If you’re planning a beach trip this summer, you can gather your own seashells. Be sure to wash and dry these shells before painting them.
If you don’t live near the water, then buying seashells is another great option. The dollar store, Michaels or any craft store usually carry them. Amazon is another great resource for seashells.
How can I preserve my seashell sharpie art?
We left our seashells “as is” after decorating them with sharpie. They should last at least a year without preserving them.
However, if you’re worried about the paint chipping or you would like a glossy finish on your seashell, you can spray the shells with a clear acrylic spray sealer. Make sure you do this outside or in a well ventilated room.
What is the best paint for seashell painting?
We like to use acrylic paint because it’s quick and easy. Acrylic paint gives a nice, even base coat on the seashell and stays opaque when it dries. It also gives you a fairly durable finish.
It does take a bit of time to paint the seashells white. So if you’re painting a lot of seashells, white spray paint would be the fastest option.
Do I have to paint the seashell first?
White paint will give the seashell a nice, smooth surface to draw on and an even base colour for your designs. But if you can find white seashells you really don’t need to paint them first. You can draw directly on the seashell without painting it.
We got our seashells at the dollar store and they were all a darker peach and brown colour. The sharpie just wouldn’t look good on them without a base coat of paint.
Decorating Seashells with Sharpies
- acrylic paint
- fine point sharpie
Step 1: Paint the seashell
- Paint the top of the seashell with acrylic paint and let it dry.
- Paint a second coat on the seashell. Repeat as needed, until the seashell is completely covered and no colour is showing through.
- Wait for the painted seashell to dry completely before decorating.
Step 2: Decorate seashell with sharpie
- Draw on the seashell with sharpie, creating any pattern or decoration you like!
- You can easily draw on the seashell by following its natural patterns and ridges.
- Using the seashell ridges as a guide, add dots, curves, lines, swirls, boxes and scalloped lines. Try different patterns on different shells. Your sharpie seashell is complete!
Who knew you could decorate seashells with something as simple as a sharpie!? You can decorate them with any colour, or even use multiple colours to create a rainbow seashell! This is a great summer art project and a perfect craft for the cottage.
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