I couldn't have asked for a better weekend to get home. It was mild and sunny (mild for July, anyway), and I got the chance to prep some materials for my upcoming projects. School starts very soon, and while I was tired after our long drive, there's not much time before the family gets into overdrive.
When we got back on Saturday afternoon, I began work on the shells I'd collected at Myrtle Beach. After several articles on how to prepare shells, I was first very grateful that I had no dead animals in any we'd collected. Yuck, burying them for the ants sounds pretty uninspiring, not to mention I'd forget where I put them like a worn-out squirrel.
Then there was a bleach-or-no-bleach debate, and I decided against it. So I ended up simply soaking my shells overnight in water, which involved changing it out a few times and swishing the shells about. It was simple, no chemicals, and the shells dried outside in the Sunday sun. I was very happy with the outcome. I had no super-amazing shells to try to enhance, so this technique suited me fine.
I also enjoyed the bright, cool morning by putting some gesso on used canvases that I'd gotten from SmArt Art. I first heard about gesso during a class with Courtney Johnson.
In a class on unique reuse materials in art, we brushed gesso onto cardboard to make an inexpensive surface to work with, and it quickly became a go-to for Son One's projects. Art supplies are expensive!
This is how Picasso began, as well.
It took two coats to cover the artwork already present, but now the gesso will provide a primed surface ready to accept the paint.