The Beauty Of Beach Art

Beach art can be the work of children at play. It can also be the talent of professionals who have their sculptures judged. It is a form of art like any other. We can chuckle at the whimsy of a child shaping a pile of sand, or gasp in awe at the creativity and beauty of a professionals handiwork.

All you need to indulge in this past time is any area where there is an abundance of both sand and water. Finding a location above high tide and not within the flowing waters would be a perfect spot. Testing the soil for sculpting is easy to do. Take a handful of sand and form it into a ball. If the ball holds its shape, the sand is perfect. If it is too dry, it will not hold its shape, and if it is too wet, it merely mud that slides through your fingers.

Give a child a pail and a little shovel and they will be content for hours. Give an adult things like spatulas, forks, knives, brushes, and sticks and you have an artist ready to prepare their canvas. A spray bottle is needed for keeping the sand moist and most importantly, you need the hand of the sculptor.

The best place to work is away from the area where other bathers have gathered. You want to make your design in an area where it will not be disturbed. Look around to make sure there is nothing that will interfere with your project such as sand that is full of debris.

When you are ready to begin, make a rough sketch of your design in the sand. Begin collecting wet sand and little by little fill in your sketch and begin filling your design up and out. If you are new to this art form, begin with something easier to do such as the infamous sand castle.

If you have had the opportunity to seeing beach art firsthand, you know how much is put into these wonderful creations. If you are inspired to give it try, you have to know that anything is possible when you are willing to work at it. If you are wondering what to create, remember that the only thing limiting you is a lack of imagination.

A few other handy tips are having wet sand as the foundation. Your sculpture will not hold up in a dry area no matter how moist the sand is that you are working with. Boxes and large cans can be used for the base and once it is in place you can begin shaping your sculpture.

Make Money From Arts, Craft and Hobby Activities – Could I Do That?

Hobbies, arts and crafts are normally activities scheduled for out-of-work hours. I like to refer to them as extra-curricular activities. They are those things that we do because we want to, as a relief from the everyday grind and because we enjoy them. We spend our time and our money undertaking activities and creating tangible pieces from our area of interest. We even take courses on our hobby or craft topic so that we become proficient at our chosen craft. Over time we not only master the hobby, art or craft but we usually excel at it because we are free to exercise our creativity in ways that would be considered a waste of time if we did it for a job. We admire our successes and share them with people, and either hide, laugh at, or reprove ourselves at our efforts on the less than admirable pieces. Pieces which become less in number as we gain experience with our medium of choice.

If you counted the hours of time you have spent and the amount of money involved in achieving a standard that you are proud of, what do you think that would total? How about the stockpile of things you’ve either done for other people or things that you’ve given away to them. Your experience has become valuable when other people want your services or products from a hobby, art or craft. It shows that you have reached a standard others consider worthy. But the question is, is it worthy enough for them to pay you for it and do you consider yourself competent enough at it to charge money for it.

Turning an extra-curricular activity into something you can make a profit from is no easy task, unless you have people beating down you door with demands for it. However, there are a number of ways you can turn a hobby into a commercial venture. Avenues are available for connecting paying customers with your ‘hobby/art/craft’ product.

You can attend the craft fairs and weekend markets. This gets your inventory, designs and skills out there and in front of people who may buy, recommend or order from you. You can have an exhibition and display your wares for the weekend to let people know what you have on offer. This provides an opportunity for people to see the range of things you have already done and what you are capable of doing. You can create a website that provides a ‘show and tell’ environment displaying your wares electronically initially. This means that you can display your items and provide possible examples as well as advise on the things you are able to create for them, depending upon demand.

If you have reached a standard you are proud of and would like a return on your investment in a hobby, art or craft consider reaching a consumer base with these avenues and turning a profit from a pleasure.

Art Glass Supplies

Creating glass art is a wonderful and rewarding hobby. You can create glass figurines for yourself, blow glass art to give away as gifts, or even sell your beautiful glass art creations. If you are a glass art creator, you are probably always on the lookout for art glass supplies. And if you are just starting out, you need to know what kinds of supplies are necessary. Our list of art glass supplies and where to get them will help you get started acquiring the items you need or replenish your existing supplies.

The first type of art glass supplies is safety equipment. Before you buy anything else, you should stock up on glasses, gloves, clothing protection and any other glass safety supplies you need. This will depend on what kind of glass art you are participating in. When coloring glass, you should always have good gloves. If you are into blowing glass, you need heat protection. And you should consider proper footwear in any art glass endeavor.

The second type of art glass supplies is decorative items. Things such as coloring and molds are needed in order to be creative in your glass making. You should also look into purchasing glass art books. These books come in a range of subjects, from safety concerns and getting started, to advanced techniques and creative ideas. You might also look into purchasing a coffee table-style book filled with pictures of stained glass art. These books can be very inspiring and help you create better glass art pieces of your own.

If you are into more specific glass art hobbies, then you may have different art glass supply needs. Individuals who make glass art beads and jewelry will need jeweler’s supplies and equipment in addition to beads and bead-making supplies. If you choose to buy your glass beads instead of make them, you have a wide variety of options. Craft stores and internet sites offer infinite design possibilities for you to choose from.

If you are a glass blower, you will need special equipment for making your art. A glass blowing machine can be found affordably when you buy used. Check online at sites such as ebay. You might also check to see if there glass blowing shops in your area. Many times these places allow patrons the use of a glass blowing machine for an hourly fee. You will also need additional safety equipment if you are a glass blower, make sure you are covered and safe as this hobby can be a dangerous one.