I collected a few shells on a recent visit to The Thames Estuary, intending to do something vaguely artistic with them. For the past few weeks I’ve been absentmindedly picking them up, turning them over and over in my hands, and putting them back down again.
Last night I took a few brushes, some gold leaf and gilding paste, and did this.
I love how the gold leaf appears to flow over the shell contours, and how it doggedly refuses to stick to the entire surface.
This might be the first in a series of modified found objects, we’ll see.