The term “sand art” refers to a variety of artistic crafts made from sand, such as those found at the beach. One type consists of jars or bottles filled with colored sand that can be layered to create a lovely effect. This is a simple and enjoyable activity for kids. People who have a jar of beach sand can color it with food coloring or special paint powder. To create the work or art, several piles of sand in various colors can be created and then layered on top of each other. It can be a lovely keepsake or ornamental accessory if the artist layers colored sand in a beautiful bottle.
Paintings that are traditional in Native American culture are another type of sand art. Beach sand is separated into various piles and dyed in various colors in this form of art. Then, carefully apply glue to a sheet of paper and pour one color of sand over it. After a few moments, the artist flips the paper over and shakes it to remove the excess sand; it should only stick where the glue was previously applied. With the other colors, the glue and sand process is repeated, resulting in a multicolored design. These paintings can be very intricate and beautiful in Native American culture, but most amateurs won’t be able to match that level without a lot of practice.
The final type is made sculpting damp sand into sculptures. Sand castles made children at the beach, using molds to shape the sculpture, are the most primitive form of this type of sand art. Sand sculptures can be far more ornate than this, and tools and dyes can be used to help finish them. Many are the size of a person or even larger, with intricate designs. Sand sculpture contests are held in many countries around the world, with prizes awarded to the contestant who creates the best sand art.