I am finally ready to complete the outer part of my valentine. In four alternating sections I marked a ‘V’ with a pencil. After smearing Tacky glue over the area, I pressed ground shells into the glue. When all four sections were glued, I took it outside and shook the excess off. It didn’t matter to me if the wood was covered perfectly. I just didn’t want the wood to show through the zebra nerites.
While the ground shells were drying, I measured out the coquina needed for the other four sections. I like the fan-like appearance the shells give. The rounded tips looked unfinished next to the tiny sand dollars. I chose to place two more sand dollars over the tips to give the coquina a finished look. I may continue the row all the way over, but I’ll decide that later.
The zebra nerites were easier to place than the white littorina. I did slip some very tiny shells into the gaps. I’ll find out how well I measured for my ‘V’s’ when I start the next section. If you look closely at this picture, you can see some glue streaks. I goofed and tried to glue the coquina in the wrong place. Halfway across I realized my error. Good thing 527 is a forgiving, slow drying glue! That could have been a disaster.
I said before that I made the shell choices because I wanted drama. I believe I achieved it. I won’t glue these flowers until I am completely done with shell placement. All of the shells used to make the tellin flowers are fragile. I am such a klutz I’m afraid I’ll break them. I could make more, I know, but why risk the aggravation?
I truly like the delicate pink and white next to the deeper tones. I know isn’t the most intricate Sailor’s Valentine, but for a beginner, I don’t think I’m doing a bad job. I’m rather proud of myself. Not only am I struggling to learn and develop an art talent, I’m writing a blog about it. I admit my goofs, fears, and doubts. Since this is nearing completion, I think I need to order a box for my next one. I already have the design started.