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sand art

do you remember making sand art as a child? i decided to try an only slightly more sophisticated project this past weekend to bring a bit of the beach into my new bedroom. my family owns a summer home on nantucket, where my cousins and i have spent much of each summer on the beach or working in retail. this summer is a different story (in the best way, of course!) but that's no reason not to include my favorite island in my future boudoir.
first i traced the island and taped it into the back of an 11" x 14" canvas ($8 at michaels).
since it was still a little tough to see the tracing through the canvas, my detail-oriented dad took matters into his own hands. (note his shirt!)
the fruits of his labor.
i painted around the island, let it dry, and then used paper cement ($9 at michaels) to glue sand onto the white part of the canvas.
et voilĂ ! it's far from perfect but it'll be a lovely reminder of summertime come winter at bucknell.

what diy projects have you taken on lately? i would love to hear from you!

22 comments:

CHANTELLE said...

wow, how super cool! i love your design :) i've actually never heard of sand art before, although maybe that's because they don't sell it in australia?! yay, it's friday tomorrow :) hope you have an amazing weekend ♥

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

this is super cute!

My main DIY project right now is painting and ripping up stair carpet. Both things I am avidly avoiding :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

This is awesome! Neat work! I've been working on a DIY project for my bulletin board!

Chic Geek said...

Oh so cute! Love it. I'm on island now for a relaxing three weeks..ahhhh

Ludmila {creamylife.com} said...

this is really amazing, Mackenzie! My last DIY project was transforming a plastic container into a planter, it even has a bow :).

Taylor said...

Awesome post.. love the art..i love the more artsy, abstract art! this is perfect!!!

Taylor
http://taylorlartiste.blogspot.com/

Poppies and Sunshine said...

This looks great! Very creative. I am thinking of lots of ideas I could use this with now!

pve design said...

A series of islands treated as silhouettes, how fun to have them as a memory of Summer time all year.
pve

Briana Dawn said...

this looks so much better than the canvases we painted haha great job!

Daisy said...

you travel Europe taking amazing pictures and you do fun art projects?!

i grew up on cape cod. I love Nantucket but i think i need one of these shaped like the cape!

this free bird said...

Mackenzie this is awesome. You are awesome!! How cool of your dad to get right in there, too:)

I hope you're having a great summer w/JAdler. You are one lucky girl to have spent summers in Nantucket. Debby's killing me with her pictures. Would love to visit.

xoxo-Carrie

Liska said...

Love this!

Lavender and Lilies said...

Great idea!

Valerie said...

This is so creative and turned out wonderfully! Great idea.

xo
Valerie

Andi said...

I did a DIY project with my students today - they made their own sketchbooks with watercolor covers
:-) adorable blog!

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Deliciously Organized said...

I definitely remember making it! I love how yours turned out!

Jessica said...

This is so fabulous! I love how it turned out - and it is the perfect reminder of your summertime escapee!

The only DIY I'm working on is the overhaul of my boyfriend's house - we're basically ripping out everything from every room and starting over. Lots of work!

Belly said...

I love it- Instant art and memory all in one AND the satisfaction of having made it yourself.
My latest DIY? Two bulletin boards covered in parrot-y fabric and giraffe-print trim (coming soon to the blog), one for me and one as a birthday gift for my bestie:)
Thanks for stopping by earlier, your blog is lovely!

Kayla Poole said...

Mackenzie, oh.my.goodess! This is super adorable and inspires me to try it out for Cape Cod...my family's summer cottage locale. I've been searching for a vintage map to frame forever but can't find anything, so perhaps I shall take matters into my own hands!

Kirby said...

umm... awesome?!

you are a talented girl. now I can't stop thinking of what kind of art I can make with sand!

xx Kirby

*b* said...

It is lovely! I've always wanted to see Nantucket, sounds like a perfect summer escape!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I really love this. How special.