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Not shellfish, 4th-grader gives painted sea shells as gifts

Kidsday reporter Tatiana Andino and her shell collection.

Kidsday reporter Tatiana Andino and her shell collection. Credit: Tracey Kramer

I started collecting shells when I was 7.

I find shells in many different places. For example, one time I collected them on a private island my uncle brought me to on his boat.

All the other times I collected the shells on the beaches of Long Island. I sometimes put the shells in my pocket or in a bag.

When I am done picking my shells, I wash them in the sink. After the shells are dry, I put them on a wooden table. I use different paints like water color and acrylic to paint them. I sometimes use thin brushes or thick brushes. I think of different designs in my head to think what type of design I want. I use a lot of different colors for my base coat and for my designs.

I keep my shells in a special bucket. I give my shells as gifts to make people happy. I am working on a new project to donate them to a children’s hospital.

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