Welcome to the second installment in my series: Primitive Island Crafts. This time I chose form over function and decided to create something aesthetically pleasing. There’s certainly no shortage of natural materials here to inspire the creative gene in us all. Once again, I collected my supplies from no more than 10 feet from our rental home here on Caye Caulker. And the only non-natural thing I used to make my seaside art was a little white glue.
Seaside Art Materials:
- 1 ragged piece of dried palm bark
- 1 piece of dead, bleached coral
- 1 twig
- 7 variable colored Cerith shells, or similar
- 1 interesting small, round shell
- Coconut fiber
- 2 stems of greenery
- White glue
- Small paintbrush
Seaside Art Construction
- Glue your coral horizontally near the bottom of your palm bark. You will need to glue liberally to make sure there is good contact in two or three places. Allow to dry before continuing.
- Glue your twig vertically to the palm bark. Allow to dry before continuing.
- Place your Cerith shells around the top of your twig in the correct positions with the wider side toward the center of the cluster. Carefully remove one at a time and glue it back in the position it came from. Continue until all seven are glued in place.
- Liberally apply glue to the underside of your round shell and gently place it in the center of your Cerith cluster, making the center of your flower. Be prepared to reposition the Cerith shells as they may shift a little during this process. Allow to dry completely before continuing.
- Apply a liberal amount of glue to the bottom of each piece of greenery and place them on either side of the twig (glued end to the bottom). Allow to dry before continuing.
- Take small tufts of coconut fiber and twist the ends slightly. Apply glue to the twisted end and place at the bottom, overlapping the twig and greenery. Let dry completely.
- When all is dry, go back over your work and apply extra glue where needed using a small paintbrush.
Be sure to check out our first post in the Primitive Island Crafts series, Coconut Cordage.