Shells on the Beach Canvas

Welcome to the June edition of the monthly Creative Craft Hop!

Sara from Birdz of a Feather is hosting,

thank you Sara!

Welcome friends, readers, and visitors~

if you’re coming from Purple Hues and Me I know you’re buzzing

with excitement about her Bumblebee Wall Decor DIY

Today I’m going to show you how to paint a beach scene,

and you don’t have to be an artist~

Create this piece of art to hang in your home

and bring the beach to you anytime!

I used several inspiration photos from Unsplash for reference


1 white artist canvas, any size

Sea shells and sea glass, {available at craft stores and Amazon here}

Acrylic paint: you can use artist’s acrylic or acrylic craft paint

white, turquoise, light and dark blue, purple and yellow

Glue {glue gun, E6000, craft glue}

The first step is making the shore line

I chose to make my beach diagonally across the canvas

Then starting from the top left corner paint dark blue

You can use a little water to make the paint flow better

on the canvas if necessary

Try to work quickly, keeping the paint wet

so you can blend the colors together as you paint

As you get near the water line use a softer blue

and/or add white so it gradually lightens

Use more white to lighten and blend in with the turquoise,

and paint more turquoise,

lightening it even more as it nears where the sand will begin

Next paint a very pale purple at the beach edge of the waterline

The purple area is where the sand is very wet from the waves washing in

Paint the beach with a very light yellow, mixing yellow and white

While paint is wet blend a few purplish shadows into the sand

As you are painting the canvas,

continue painting over the edges of all 4 sides

so when it’s finished it won’t need a frame

Make small random strokes with pure white to add highlights

and indicate the bubbling water coming on shore

Apply the highlights with thick strokes of paint,

the texture gives it added interest

When the paint is dry,

arrange the shells the way you want them on the beach

Glue them in place

Hang it up and enjoy!

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38 Responses to “Shells on the Beach Canvas”
  1. sarator says:

    Wow Jenna! Everyone needs a calm, serene piece of artwork in their home like this and your instructions make it so easy to achieve. Thanks for sharing your talent 🙂

  2. Jenna, your talent for painting is amazing. I love each step you shared with us, makes me believe I can achieve the look as well. Thanks!!

  3. wow Jenna, I really love this one..the colour and the shells bring the instant cooling effect. Lovely!

  4. Tammy says:

    How fun is this! I love all of the pretty colors and that this project is 3D! Perfect for when you want to be at the beach, but are stuck in 100 degree plus weather in Texas… lol! Pinning for later when I need a beach get away! Love it!

  5. Very pretty, Jenna! I love just the hint of lavender in there!

  6. Gail Griffin says:

    Oh my, Jenna, this is so fabulous – especially for those of us who can’t paint a lick, like me, lol! Your instructions are spot on and I believe I can do this! You make it seem so easy! What a beautiful 3D creation!

  7. Jenna, how I love this. Your tutorial makes me believe that even I can do this. Thank you for always sharing your talents. Stay cool, 109 heat index yesterday!

    • Thank you Pam, this would be fun to do with the girls! Yes, the temps have been brutal, it’s hot at the beach too, but there is always a nice breeze in the afternoon, and it’s cool in the pool 🙂

  8. Jenna, your artistic skills always amaze me. The addition of the shells is a sweet idea to add more bracket vibe.

  9. debracommonground says:

    what a fun idea, this is gorgeous! This makes it so personal for each of us beachcombers!

  10. Jenna,
    Simply a grand inspirational piece of artwork!

  11. Rita C. says:

    That turned out great!

  12. Cecilia says:

    Jenna, this is absolutely stunning and I’ve never seen a similar craft which in the blogging world is a pretty big deal, lol! Your tutorial steps really simplify the process, and this would be a great project to do with kids after a trip to the beach gathering shells. Thanks for the inspiration–pinned!

    • Thanks so much Cecilia, I can’t take credit for it being an original idea as I’ve seen many like it on Pinterest…but it was a fun project and makes fun summer decor~

  13. lghiggins says:

    This painting/craft is like magic. My granddaughters just returned from Florida. I wonder if they brought any shells back? This would make a wonderful memento for my artistic girls to create for themselves.

  14. NikiLEOwife says:

    This is so pretty. You’re an amazing artist. I love the added texture and interest that the shells give to the piece.
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

  15. pattyanneart says:

    Really love this project, Jenna! 💙 This is gorgeous and I love the addition of shells.

  16. Mary says:

    Super fun and almost instant art Jenna! I love the dimension and life the addition of shells bring to your canvas. ♥

  17. Your canvas art looks sooo good! I like the tip on adding the texture. Love those pops of sea glass! My brain would have just been stuck on shells Lol.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I love this! Thank you so much!

  19. NikiLEOwife says:

    Again, so pretty! Pinned.
    Happy hopping,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO WIfe

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