Monday, December 7, 2009

The World of Sand Art Bottles

Among many of the other things available online that are unique and are results of beautiful craftsmanship there are also some products maybe some of us either never heard about or are amazed to find out the amount of time that are put into them. Some of these products might include things like hand crafted glass jewelry, glass blowing and sand art! All these products have some sort of a history that goes way back. Take hand crafted glass jewelry for example, this art has been used in Jordan and Mesopotamia as far back as 4500 BC and 3000 BC! Hand blown glass has been around since middle of the last century B.C. Sand art was born in Petra Jordan back in the 1920s or earlier.

Sand art is the creation of different colored particles of sand in a bottle. These creations are absolutely stunning to say the least. And, the amount of time it takes as well as the amount of passion that goes into making these pieces of art is incredible. I watched a video on someone making one of these sand art items and the whole time my mouth was just gaping open. I couldn't believe the way the "picture" just appeared inside the bottle.

If you get a chance to watch something like this, take the time to sit down and really pay attention because chances are you're going to be pretty amazed at the end product! In fact, if you want to you can try YouTube and search for "Sand Art" and then look for a video by user "Thamir78". There are a few different variations of sand art, but the one I want you to take a look at is the ones that are done in decorative bottles!

The people that specialize in making this sort of sand art have perfected their skills; they know exactly how to "draw" in the sand so that certain objects appear such as mountains, sunsets, or animals, as well as which colors to mix and where they should place the sand. The only tool used in this art is a funnel. They have different "pictures" that were developed in different countries. For example, the camel sand art was created in Aqaba, Jordan in 1940, the reindeer however, was developed for Switzerland, and the dolphin and palm tree was born in Devon England.

I also caught one sand art piece that really caught me by surprise. I'm very partial to Picasso and Van Gogh in general so when I see anything that involves those two artists it always catches my attention. This sand art creation was Tete d'une Femme Lisant by Picasso. And I can tell you right now it was almost an exact replica of the original! This one was of course born in Italy!

Sand art has a type of artist called a "Sand Gallery Senior Artist" and the people that are lucky enough to have this high ranking title are just a handful of people. The Senior Artist can make absolutely anything out of the sand, they are the creme de la creme! The Senior is also one of the few sand artists that are willing to share some of the age old secrets of creating a sand art piece as well as sharing knowledge about the process.

The reason you will only find a handful of sites that do this, is because there are only a small handful of people that do this! I hope you enjoy learning more about this beautiful art!

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