Mermaid Bench!

Posted on November 18th, 2013 by maineislandtreasures

I’m honored to be one of 65 Maine artists asked to decorate a small, unfinished bench for a dinner auction to benefit the Maine Discovery Museum.  Oh what fun!  I knew I wanted to do a shell-themed design, but first I painted the bench with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint after receiving a crash course from expert Diane Vella of Blessings, a Home & Design store in Brunswick.If you’ve never used chalk paint, the coverage is amazing!  No primer was needed, but thanks to Diane’s tip, I did use a spray polyurethane to seal the raw wood so it wouldn’t drink up all the paint.

After two coats had dried, I finished the top and the shelf with the Annie Sloan wax to permanently seal these surfaces.

Then came the mussel shells, razor clams, cherrystone clams, whelks and periwinkles that I’ve collected from Maine islands over the last 20 years.  Everything was affixed with cement including a resin starfish on the front and back (used for durability).

Meanwhile, the creative minds and talents of the other artists participating in this auction are AMAZING!  Check out the other benches here.  Katie Schaffer’s “Circus Elephants” and Hannah Nelsbach’s “Dreaming on Wings” are two personal favorites. The dinner auction takes place on November 23rd at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor and tickets can be purchased by calling (207) 262-7200.

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