There’s nothing that says summer more than a seashell. Just seeing one calls to mind the bright sun and the call of seagulls. Maybe you remember collecting them on the shore, and if you were lucky, maybe you found yourself a perfect specimen.
Of course, if you don’t live by a coast, you might not experience seashells quite so often.
But that’s OK. Thanks to the internet and a lot of talented artists, you can bring the beach right to you! How? With gorgeously embellished seashells, of course. Or, to be more specific, sea urchins.
The sea urchins we’re talking about are sand dollars, also known as “sea biscuits” or “pansy shells,” depending on where in the world you live.
You’ve probably seen them for sale in gift shops as hard, white or pale beige disks with the iconic five-pointed star pattern. These strange little creatures are actually quite soft and brightly colored when alive, and some artists also find them to be great painting surfaces!
Of course, when collecting your own sand dollars on the beach, be sure they’re no longer living.Living sea creatures belong on the beach, so as to not disturb the environment.
Check out some of the ways artists from all walks of life have decorated their shells, and let us know your favorite!
Thumbnail Photo: Flickr
Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/sand-dollar-art/