SUMMER VACATION – HANDMADE BOOK/ART JOURNAL – Using my sea shell photographs taken on the beach along with illustrations and information about the shells. I imagine this book as an inspiration to go to the beach and “collect” shells by taking home their photos in their natural environment, researching their names (perhaps by using my book “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” – sold on Amazon!) and doing sketches of the shells. We can enjoy walks on the beach and protect our coastal environments. I have seen beaches here in San Diego that 40 years ago had shells and today have none. If we hope to have future generations enjoy seeing shells on the beach, then we must “Leave Nothing, Take Nothing”.
What’s on your to-do list?! Shelly Cat By the Sea has created a list to remind her to enjoy life! Shelly Cat’s adventures at the beach teach children about our local wildlife and San Diego’s coastal environment. Shelly Cat and her friends, Marv & Louis, have learned a lot about San Diego sea shells by reading ” A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”! Here’s an illustrated page from my book about Giant Owl Limpets – look closely in the photo for the owl silhouette – do you see it?! You can easily purchase both “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” and “Shelly Cat By the Sea: Adventures at the Beach” from Amazon!
“A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” is a reference book for Southern California sea shells.
I wrote “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” after realizing that all the shell books I found were shells of the world or the South Pacific, but that there was no sea shell book about Southern California shells. It took 3 1/2 years of researching the shells before I wrote this book. I learned interesting and fun facts like mussels live 20 years and there is a silhouette of an owl inside a Giant Owl Limpet shell!
I painted the watercolor illustrations of the shells from sea shells I found on San Diego beaches. The name of each shell and interesting information about each shell is added in calligraphy. The illustrations share fun information as well as the names of the shell. In the back of the book are pages of photographs I took of sea shells.
Using “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells”, the next time you pick up a shell on the beach you will be able to find out about the shell in your hand! Take a moment and order your copy for the summer!