Ooh, can’t wait to see your next review. I like your idea of using them as a cool display when they’re not in use. Until you said that I thought like Kate, kinda impractical. BUT in an art studio they’d look so cool sitting on a shelf when not in use. very unique art display!
It does look pretty cool with the shells, Jennifer. It is illegal to take shells off the beaches here, but lots of people do it. It’s one of those laws that is only as good as the enforcement makes it.
I think most of the shells that you see in stores comes from other countries though.
Very nice review, Sandra. I know that ancient painters used shells for storing their pigments, e.g. icons painters used them in XV-XVI century. Mixing small quantity of pigments with water (or egg yolk tincture) in shell dispensers was very practical. There was no plastics invented in XV century and unglazed ceramics pots were not good for mixing pigments either. But I cannot see much need for storing paints in shells today. It probably looks fancy but not very practical.
I wonder if there is any information on the way that artists used to store the shells. Perhaps they could be glued together or something done to make them more practical. I do like the idea of not using plastic.
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