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Have you ever tried painting sea shells? Sea Shell painting is such a relaxing activity and it’s easy to do with the right supplies. Even if you don’t have your own collection of shells to paint, there are many places you can buy plain shells, including online. See below for some supply recommendations, great places to purchase shells and some colorful painted shells for painted sea shell inspiration.
Painted Sea Shell Supplies
- Shells – If you don’t have a collection of your own, you can find some shells online or at a craft store.
- Acrylic Paint – The best paint to use for painting shells is acrylic paint. Here are some great acrylic paints to try:
- Paint Markers
- Dotting Tools for making perfect round circles with paint.
- Paint Brushes
Colorful Painted Sea Shell Inspiration
If you’re looking for idea on what you paint on shells – I’ve got you covered. These designs are bright, colorful, and super unique. Perfect if you’ve got some sea shells laying around waiting to be used for a craft project.
Tropical Painted Shell
Large Painted Sea Shell by Addison Kanoelani. I like the tropical colors with the palm tree silhouettes on this one.
Dot Painted Sea Shell
Dot Painted Sea Shell. The dot painting design would be easy to recreate if you used a dotting tool.
This colorful design was easy to make using sharpies. Check out my tutorial to make them yourself: Tie Dye Shells using Sharpies – Color Made Happy
Galaxy Painted Shell
Ocean Galaxy Painted Shell by Addison Kanoelani. I love galaxy paintings on anything – but this painted sea shell design is really cool.
Colorful Painted Seashell Design
Markers on Rocks by Color Made Happy- I used these awesome alcohol brush markers.
Purple Painted Shell
This Purple Painted Shell adds gold, blue, pink, and white accents for a unique seashell pattern painting idea.
Puffy Paint Shells
Puffy Paint Sea Shells – Color Made Happy It’s no secret that I love crafting with puffy paint! These shell designs were really easy to do and turned out bright and colorful.
Whale Painted on a Sea Shell
Whale Painted Sea Shell – This is a unique idea if you want to paint a picture rather than design on your sea shell.
Purple and Pink Seashells
Purple Painted Shells. These designs use the shape of the seashells as the guide to make cool purple, purple, white, and gold patterns.
Silhouette Painted Seashells
These Blue Silhouette Decorated Shells are another great example of painting something unique on seashells! First paint the base colors, the add the silhouettes in black once they dry.
Sea Shells Painted With Alcohol Ink
I used alcohol ink to make these unique and colorful sea shell design. Try it yourself: Alcohol Ink Painted Sea Shells – Color Made Happy
Rainbow Painted Shells
This is a great easy sea shell painting idea: rainbow painted shells!
This gorgeous painted sea shell is meant to look like a sunset. So cool!
Easy Polka Dot Painted Seashells
Polka Dot Painted Sea Shells are a super easy shell painting idea!
Painted Sand Dollars
Painted Sand Dollars are another idea if you want to paint some of your beach finds – their shape makes for a really cool canvas to try out unique designs.
These Pink Painted Shells are made up of a bunch of patterns. I love how they used the shell’s unique shape to add to the designs.
Ocean Painted Conch Shell
Ocean Painted Shell – Katie Brooks Art used a large conch shell to paint this amazing ocean scene. Now you can hear the ocean… And see it too!
So many ideas for Blue Painted Shells here! I can’t decide which one I like best.
Painted Mussel Shells
These Painted Mussel Shells – by RemsStoneArt prove that you can make any shells you find on the beach beautiful.
Floral Shell Painting Idea
Flower Painted Shells by Rock Garden Art – these shells have beautiful floral patterns on them. If you don’t have a white shell you can always paint a white base coat first if you want to recreated these flower painted shells.
Zentangle Seashell Art
These Metallic Zentangle Painted Shells by Pat Davidson take advantage of shiny paint for a unique and bold seashell painting idea.
Ideas for Painted Sea Shells
If you need more inspiration, check out this Collection of Painted Sea Shells by Katie Brooks Art