Thursday, March 24

My Mother's Treasures... A #Cre8time Keepsake by Aimée Wheaton

Hey all! I wanted to show you how I decided to really treasure my Mom's found sea glass treasures. Growing up on the shores of Lake Champlain in VT/NY I came to know all about sea glass – we would go treasure hunting when I was a kid for the perfect rocks, pretty old glass or pottery shards. My mom saved some of these collections and when I lost her I gained her treasures. These have been sitting in a jar on my shelf and I wanted to do more with them... this is what I came up with. :)

I kind of just jumped into the project but one thing I knew for sure is that I wanted to use Amazing Clear Cast Resin for this project to show all the amazing colors I used. I had a metal tin I purchased at Michael's that I was going to use for this project because I wanted to be able to hang it up on the wall.

I took out my acrylic paints and started painting bright fun colors directly to the tin with various different instruments. This was my base layer for extra pops of color.

I continued adding different bright shades of colors until I was satisfied.

Finished paint! Let it dry completely.
While it dried I gathered my little treasures.

I wanted the word "wander" in there too because we always wandered the whole beach in search of the perfect little trinkets. These are Scrabble tiles.

I then put a dab of glue on the letters and placed them where I wanted them.

After this was done I mixed up the Amazing Clear Cast Resin (CLICK HERE to see how to mix) and started pouring in a little bit on the bottom of the tin – I didn't want to completely cover everything. I wanted some pieces to stick out. I started putting in random pieces of sea glass and noticed some kind of got lost in it all. I then decided to make dots with the Clear Cast resin to show the difference in matte and gloss on the glass.

You can see the dots on the clear one near the purple wavy lines and the brown glass at the top of "wander". I decided to coat the top of the letters as well and paint with more acrylic the edges of the letters, and glass as well as the side of the tin. I threw in some silver micro-beads for some extra shimmer as well and some resin baubles and beads I had.

It really looks like it's sitting in a small tidepool of water
which is exactly what I was hoping for!!

I added some lace ribbon to the hole and now I can hang it up! :)

It was a fun project with a lot of meaning and memories for me!!

How do you create with your special treasures?

Feel free to stop by my FB page to see the latest with me.

To see more of my work please visit my new blog "Life Glitter Makeup"
and also at the Aimée Wheaton Art and Design website.

Till next time! Xoxo Aimée

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