ONCE IN A BLUE MOON – SHELL! Lovely shells on the beach during a minus tide. Photographing shells is such a wonderful way to “collect” them. I placed a Limpet shell “pearl” inside an open Mussel shell. I carry this beauty in my heart.
HAND-CARVED RUBBER STAMPS MADE INTO POSTCARDS – I hand-carved these rubber stamps to look like woodblock prints, stamped them & then hand water-colored them. I mailed the postcards to myself to make sure they would survive the USPS postage machines. This series of greeting cards are made in such a way that the postcards are only temporarily attached! These are embroidery floss stitches or photo corners on the cards to hold the postcards in place, but then I can remove them to see the lovely sea shell postage stamps & the message! Some of the cards are also embellished with tiny sea shells, sequins and starfish or shell beads, too! I entered these cards into a summer theme competition at my greeting card group & will use the post cards in a collaborative art project with San Diego Book Arts. It’s fun to create something like the hand-carved rubber stamps & then see how many ways I can use them!
Just delivered a shipment of “A Guide to San Diego Sea Shells” to the Birch Aquarium. Such a lovely aquarium with an emphasis on education to children. Look for my book in the Research section! https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/