Sand Painting - Three Techniques to Try Today!

Sand painting is a fantastic activity for any age artist - whether it's a preschooler creating abstract art or an adult looking to try a new technique.  Painting with sand creates color, texture, and dimension on any piece of art, and is an exciting way to try something new!  Sand painting is a fun craft for any age artist! This post shows you three different ways to paint with sand.  Check it out!

Sand Painting Technique 1: Painting with Sand and Glue

Perhaps the most traditional of the sand painting techniques is one that uses colored sand, like Scenic Sand colored sand or Decor Sand colored sand, plain white school glue, and water.

To begin, draw a design or image onto thick paper or canvas.  Then mix 6 oz. of white school glue with 2 oz. of water to thin it out.  Apply a thin, even later of the glue mixture to the background of the design, and spoon colored sand onto the glued background area.

Wait for several seconds and then pour off the excess sand.  Kids love painting with sand! Read this post to learn three different methods of sand painting.  They're all easy!

Once dry, add another coat of the glue mixture and another coat of colored sand to the background.

For solid shapes in the design, apply white school glue to the outlines and then paint the glue mixture in the inside of the design.

Apply sand to the solid shapes, one color at a time, and allow to dry thoroughly before applying different colors (otherwise the colors will mix).

Once dry, you will have a sand painting with an authentic sand texture to the touch!

Sand Painting Technique 2: Painting with Sand and Decoupage Medium

For sand painting that results in a slightly different look and texture, try painting with decoupage medium! 

This technique involves mixing colored sand into decoupage medium until you achieve the desired strength of color.  

Did you know you can paint with sand?  It's true! This post shows you three ways of sand painting, and the one pictured here is sand painting with decoupage medium!

We used this technique to create an 8' x 10' backdrop for our booth at Pinners Conference last year, as it results in a durable finish that keeps the sand firmly in place.  This colorful sand painting technique is a DIY rainbow trade show backdrop!

Blogger Erin Reed used the same technique to create sand art on glass, by painting sand onto mason jars to create a translucent and textured effect.

Sand Painting Technique 3: Painting with Adhesive Boards

Finally, the easiest of the sand painting methods to try is the one that uses adhesive boards for collage and colored sand.  Simply remove the protective layer on the adhesive board and apply sand in any way you like!  It's so easy to create beautiful sand paintings with adhesive boards for collage!

We've created color blocked patterns and even more intricate designs on our adhesive sand art boards.  Sand painting has never been easier than when you use adhesive boards for collage!

And, if you prefer a more foolproof method of sand painting, try our Geometric Sand Art Kits for no-mess, peel and stick fun.

So, which of these three sand painting techniques will you try first?  

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