Recently I took a book arts workshop on an encrustation technique, which uses matte medium with sand mixed into it. I bought 2 small chipboard hearts with gold ribbons from Michael’s craft store. http://www.michaels.com/ This is the same chipboard, which I have used to cover with origami/washi paper & I thought it might be fun to make small sand-covered hearts to hang. I wrapped the edges of the heart shapes with masking tape prior to spreading the mixture on to keep the mixture from dripping down the sides. After spreading the sand mixture onto the top of the heart, the seashells were arranged. The sea shells & the beach sand both came from Shell Beach in La Jolla.
After the sand mixture dried overnight, I painted the sides and back of the hearts with gold metallic acryllc paint, glued some wave-like gold trim on the sides and added a sheer ocean-colored ribbon at the top. These turned out lighter than I expected & I do think I will be able to hang them, but they look great on a table or shelf, too. I love how these look like I’m taking a walk on the beach, which is one of my favorite things to do!