I live very close to the ocean. This helps to make my soul happy. I often head to the beach to clear my mind and get some much needed sand-between-my-toes therapy. Last week I happened to be awake before dawn. I said to myself that if I didn’t fall back to sleep within ten minutes I would take the opportunity to see the sunrise at the beach.
What a wonderful way to start my day. About an hour after I took this picture the sky turned gray and the rain poured down in buckets. Luckily I was able to find a handful of small treasures before the rains came.
I find a ton of inspiration in tiny sea treasures. The varying colors of sea glass, the textures of shells, the smooth roundness of stones…there are so many little details in each piece. I brought my pieces home and used them as inspiration for my latest tag.
I started by painting the tag black. This matched the color of the stone. I added a deep purple to represent the piece of clam shell. I added some deli underpaper to mimic the color and texture of the white sea glass. Stencils added even more color and texture. I loved the swirls in the snail shells. Rae Missigman’s Boxy Bloom stamp set offers the best flower for swirls. I added acrylic paint on the stamp and then stamped the image onto a piece of scrap fabric. Before sewing, I added a small piece of matching fabric to peek out from under the image. Using my sewing machine I stitched a turquoise swirl in the center of the flower image and added two small purple X’s in the top left corner.
Last minute I decided to add organic elements by gluing a few pieces of sea glass to the tag. I am still unsure how I feel about adding those pieces but I do love that these are pieces that will remind me of such a beautiful morning where I was able to find some peace and start my morning taking in all the beauty and quiet that is around me.