Over the years, I’ve picked up some knowledge to pass on about making sand sculptures. These may help you. Aad write to me of any tips you’ve learned!
- Contrast: Sand is generally white or often white. In the bright sun, without contrast, the features can be difficult to see and worse in a photograph. To overcome this, increase contrast by
- making deep lines or groves at boundaries and features, or using something of a different color (see seaweed and seashells below)
- Seaweed, wetted and rolled in your hand into a tight ball can be placed into openings in your sculpture, like eye sockets to create dark contrast. Perfect for pupils!
- Seashells and pieces of shells also make good contrast to create pupils, buttons, etc.
- Twigs and dried reeds – Can be gently inserted to add hair, arms (like Olaf’s) and other features.
- Sand does not pack well. It holds together merely by the frictional force of other grains of sand, being as close to each other as possible, by pouring water through the pile while building it. When you pack or pat the sand after the water drains out, you fracture it, creating fault lines that will later cause it to collapse.
- Protection from the sun – for YOU! Skin Cancer is real. Work under an umbrella, wear a shirt, hat and use/reapply plenty of sunscreen!
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