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Decorating Seaside Treasures - by Sarah Macaulay

by Deb Salmon-Brown 10 Jan 2022 0 Comments
Decorating Seaside Treasures - by Sarah Macaulay - Aussie Decor Transfers


Hi everyone, I’m Sarah Macaulay, and I’m really excited to write my first blog post for Aussie Decor Transfers.

Over Christmas break we had a family holiday to a very quiet, coastal retreat. Nothing but empty beaches, wallabies, wild birds and rainforest. My son helped me collect some interesting shells and stones from the beach and I thought they would be fun to work with! I decided to work with their natural surfaces and textures and experiment with some transfers.

This is what they looked like when I collected them:

I painted some of the more interesting stones with Artisan ‘Flat Matte Sealer’ which is a water-based, clear coat. You can use any water-based clear varnish for this purpose. It gives the transfers a nice, clean, sealed surface to adhere to.

As I had some fish leftover from the Aussie Decor Koi & Lotus dry rub transfer, I thought these would be fun for this project! I used my Aussie Decor black tool to rub them onto the surface. 

I also had some leftover pieces of Aussie Decor Gumnuts & Grevilleas dry rub transfers to use up as well. The bright colours really pop against the stones!


I painted some of the other stones with mineral paints in green colours. These mineral paints have a built-in topcoat and don’t need to be sealed before you decorate them.

The ones pictured above are also from the Aussie Decor Gumnuts & Grevilleas dry rub transfer pack. I added a few details using Posca (paint) pens. Don’t they make lovely décor pieces? I think they could make great paperweights and cute gifts.

As I also had some shells to play with, I got creative with more transfer pieces – this time from the Aussie Decor Everything Hamptons dry rub transfer pack! The larger one pictured below is a cuttlefish bone. I was really thrilled with how easily the transfers applied so easily to these surfaces.

Here is a final photo to show you the whole collection:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and that I’ve given you some ideas for using the beautiful Aussie Décor Transfers for your own crafts! Thanks for reading. You can see more of my work on Facebook  and Instagram 


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