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Archive for the ‘Beachy Keen Art’ Category

Happy Beachy Birthday, Jody!

Posted by E.G.D. on November 13, 2014

As some of you might know, today is Jody’s birthday!  If you do not know who Jody is, you probably haven’t been reading our site for very long, because most of the articles we post are written by her.  Even in articles not written by her, we usually use her photographs. Anyhow, in honor of her birthday, I originally attempted to make a broach out of shells from Gulf of Mexico beaches we have visited together, but the resultant product was 1) way too big and 2) way too delicate to turn into a functional piece of jewelry.  So, I turned it into an art piece, instead!  Here it is: Mama Shell Doesn’t she look like she has a face?  And like she’s ready for the big birthday party dance/ball/cocktail party?  In maybe the 1920s?  Anyhow, all of these shells were collected on Gulf of Mexico beaches in Texas and Louisiana.  I hope you all enjoy my art project, especially Jody (who also happens to be my Mommy).  Happy Birthday! -E.G.D.

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Do-It-Yourself Flip Flop Wreath!

Posted by Jody on June 21, 2014

Jody:

Happy Summer! It’s a great day to hang up your flip-flop wreath!

Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:

Flip Flop Fun!

Flip Flop Fun!

When I saw a photo of a 5-shoe flip flop wreath a few days ago on Facebook, I thought it would be great fun to make one for us (only better, if I do say so myself)!

Here are the very simple step by step directions for how we made our very own fun and beachy Flip Flop Wreath:

Supplies: 4 sets of children’s size 10 flip flops and enough artificial flowers to cut 8, 4-inch wire stems. Gather together a needle nose pliers, hot glue gun, and a side cutter tool.

Note: I bought the children’s size 10 flip flops because I wanted to be able to have a reasonable sized wreath with 8 shoes in 4 colors. Of course, you can mix it up for your own taste and/or occasion! Think of how great this would be in red, white, and blue for a…

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Using What You Find: Beachcombing Art!

Posted by Jody on March 12, 2014

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Beachcombing Artist Richard Blacklaw-Jones.

About the Author/Artist: Richard is an international beachcombing artist!  He uses what he finds on the beach to make pictures or useful and decorative items. He lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and therefore has the great good fortune to be surrounded by beaches that face the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream. Due to this happy circumstance, he can always find materials for his work. He prefers to use man-made materials, and he says, “even if my work doesn’t sell I can comfort myself with the fact that the beach is a little cleaner following my efforts.” He has pursued this calling for 15 years and has exhibited his works in Wales, England, and France.

"My favourite Pembrokeshire beach" Photo taken 3/11/2014

My Favorite Pembrokeshire Beach

We are looking West, out over the Milford Haven from the North side of the Haven. That’s the town of Milford Haven in the distance, and it’s suburbia in the top right of photo. It doesn’t really have a name, this beach, but it is endlessly fascinating because of its industrial history (it was a boat breaking yard amongst other things) as well as for what washes up. It’s at about half tide in the photo, and you can see the “beach” consists mostly of the remains of some factories which were basically demolished and bulldozed onto the beach in the 1960’s. Even better, in the lower right foreground, you can see two timbers sticking out of the back wall of the beach. These timbers used to support a wooden sea facing wall whose maintenance ceased when the factories went and has consequently rotted away, thus allowing the made up ground behind it to erode onto the beach. This gives a constant supply of mixed domestic and industrial refuse from the late Victorian era to the waves and for me to find and use.

~ Using What You Find ~

I belong to a group of artists who annually organise a large group exhibition at St David’s Cathedral with (at the same time) smaller exhibitions at a number of picturesque, small churches, all of the above in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The exhibitions run under the name Art on the Faith Trail, and our logo is the footprint (referencing the ancient practice of pilgrimage to St David’s Cathedral) which brings me to the picture below.

This is a very big chunk of black plastic, about 4 feet on each side and almost 2 inches thick. The big bolts threaded through it imply it was fixed to something and maybe acted as a hatch cover? It had been in the sea long enough to have some quite large barnacles growing in the bolt holes. This piece washed up at a beach near Milford Haven.

I’ve been looking for something of this sort for quite a while as I need to make some signs for use outside the exhibition venues. I decided to cut two foot-shapes from this.

Using What You Find

Using What You Find

Having cut one of the feet (with a jig-saw), here it is laid on the other half of the slab so that I may trace around it so that I will have a pattern to follow with the jig saw.

Next the jig-saw

Ready for the Jig Saw

Here are the two feet completely cut out. This took most of a day to do as the jig saw blade would get hot when cutting the tighter curves around the toes or heels and would then start to bind in its cut. The only answer was to let the blade cool for some time and only cut short lengths. Such repeated heating and cooling is probably responsible for one jig saw blade breaking and thus adding to the job’s duration when I had to take time to replace it.

The idea is to have one foot standing upright outside a venue so that passers by will see it and come inside. A plastic foot nearly 4 ft tall should attract attention, and I’m going to cut some multiple-coloured plastic letters and attach them to each foot, if possible to spell out “Art on The Faith Trail. ” I say if possible because the width of each foot will determine the size of the letters.

Both Feet

Both Feet

Here’s how I worked the words into the space offered. Now to cut them out.

Template

Template

I then turn to the bucket of scraps and start sorting out what colours I’ve got.

Bucket of Scraps

Beachcombed Scraps

The first two words. I can see it will look very nice and I'm encouraged to press on.

The first three words. “I can see it will look very nice and I’m encouraged to press on.”

Fourth word, third line. Still good.

“Fourth word, third line. Still good.”

All set up, and doesn’t it look fine! I’m very happy with this and feel sure it will catch the attention of passers by. I hope it will prompt curiosity in the viewer to “see what the show is like, as the sign’s pretty good.”

A good evening's work.

“A good evening’s work.”

Completed Signs

Beachcombing Art !

Richard’s online gallery is a veritable feast for the beachcomber’s eyes !

You’ll want to check out more of his imaginative and diverse artwork, beachcombing blog, course offerings, and fun “stuff” at Beachcombing Art!

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Warm Winter Wishes!

Posted by Jody on January 8, 2014

Greetings of the Season!

Warm Winter Wishes!

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Don’t forget your hat!

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“Snowman” created by Courtney of San Diego State University.

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

Posted by Jody on December 15, 2013

Jody:

Yummmy! I’m making these again this week!

Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

Let's Roll!

Let’s Roll!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid for the cookie cutter.

I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band for the cookie cutter.

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just…

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Seasonal Seaside Style with The Sandcastle Man

Posted by Jody on December 10, 2013

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Beach, Southern California

Coronado Beach, Southern California

The Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man at Play

The Sandcastle Man at Play

Look who's here!

Look who’s here!

Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

You can visit with The Sandcastle Man on the beach just outside the Hotel del Coronado!

~OR~

Check out the live webcam at the Hotel Del to see if you can spot him on the beach today!

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Seashells and Glue Guns: A Weekend Project!

Posted by Jody on September 6, 2013

Seashell Framed Mirror

Seashell Framed Mirror

How cool is this? Our coastal friend Southern Sea Muse photographed this intriguing seashell framed mirror in an urgent care clinic in Daphne, Alabama. She was very kindly thinking of our fellow beach lover Eunice (aka: nutsfortreasure) at Living and Lovin who had commented on our recent “Got Driftwood?” post (featuring a driftwood framed mirror). ~Eunice, did you find that glue gun yet?~

Many, many thanks to Southern Sea Muse for sharing with us!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your glue guns!

It’s your turn to show us your beach-crafty side! :-)

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Got Driftwood?

Posted by Jody on August 23, 2013

Can you believe what you can do with a wall mirror, some driftwood, and a hot glue gun?

Got Driftwood?

Got Driftwood?

Alaina and I found this drift wood artwork in a hotel elevator lobby along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast. It looks like a pretty easy-breezy weekend project to me. What do you think?

Is it time to dive into your driftwood stash? We’d love to see your crafty side!

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Do-It-Yourself Flip Flop Wreath!

Posted by Jody on June 6, 2013

Flip Flop Fun!

Flip Flop Fun!

When I saw a photo of a 5-shoe flip flop wreath a few days ago on Facebook, I thought it would be great fun to make one for us (only better, if I do say so myself)!

Here are the very simple step by step directions for how we made our very own fun and beachy Flip Flop Wreath:

Supplies: 4 sets of children’s size 10 flip flops and enough artificial flowers to cut 8, 4-inch wire stems. Gather together a needle nose pliers, hot glue gun, and a side cutter tool.

Note: I bought the children’s size 10 flip flops because I wanted to be able to have a reasonable sized wreath with 8 shoes in 4 colors. Of course, you can mix it up for your own taste and/or occasion! Think of how great this would be in red, white, and blue for a backyard 4th of July party! Final material cost: only $6.00 from the nearby dollar store.

First, Greg and I placed the flip flops on the floor in various overlapping configurations. We determined that we would need to reverse the direction of the left-foot flip flops so they would come around in a circular fashion (toe facing inside the circle). Basically, once you lay your flip flops out, you’ll find the pattern that’s right for you.

Insert flower wire through toe post hole with needle nose pliers

Inserting flower wire through toe post hole with needle nose pliers

After we  finalized our wreath pattern, we started construction by pushing a single flower wire through the toe post hole of the top (overlapping) flip flop and continued to push through the lower flip flop so that the top shoe was anchored to the bottom one. In some cases we did not use the toe post, but instead pushed the flower through the heal of the top shoe first (this happened when we reversed the shoe order for the left-foot flip flops).

Insert flower wire through toe post hole

Inserting flower wire through toe post hole

Pull flower wire through flip flop with needle nose pliers

Pulling flower wire through flip flop with needle nose pliers

We pulled the wire flower stem through the bottom flip flop using needle nose pliers and bent the wires over on the bottom side to hold the flip flops in place. Then, we continued around  in a circular pattern until they were all connected into the shape of a wreath.

Bend flower wire into place

Bending flower wire into place

We shaped one wire flower stem into a hook for hanging.

Bottom of wreath

Bottom of Wreath

Once we had our wreath together, we made sure to push all of the shoes and flowers into the shape we wanted. We cemented the Flip Flop Wreath into its final form using hot glue.

Use hot glue to stabilize flip flops

Using hot glue to stabilize flip flops

Side View

Side View

Finally, we added a simple sunny yellow ribbon bow to our Flip Flop Wreath.

We added a simple ribbon bow to our Flip Flop Wreath

Ta-da!

You can personalize your Flip Flop Wreath by gluing on lightweight seashells, sand dollars, or other beach treasures. Have fun!

Wishing you a flip-flop-fun kinda day!

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Beachy Keen Yarnbombers Strike Again!

Posted by Jody on May 29, 2013

I just had to share this amazing display of beach-themed creativity! Yarnbombers thrilled beachgoers last weekend by adorning the Saltburn Pier (UK) with 164 feet of very impressive yarn artistry. The whimsical display includes everything from mermaids to lighthouses and sun bathers to beach huts.

"This bank holiday weekend visitors to Saltburn Pier have been treated to another surprise display." (Gazette Live)

“This bank holiday weekend visitors to Saltburn Pier have been treated to another surprise display.”
(Text and photo: Gazette Live. Story by Marie Turbill. )

Here’s the link to the full Gazette Live story with a wonderful photo gallery and a video of the entire work of art: “Saltburn yarnbombers strike again as Pier is decorated for bank holiday weekend”

Be sure to look for the yellow submarine! ~Very cool!

The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. There are currently less than 54 pleasure piers in existence around the UK coastline. Saltburn’s Victorian pier was the first iron pier to be built on the North East Coast, is the most northerly surviving British Pier and the only remaining pleasure pier on the North East coast. Built in an exposed position and facing due north into the cruel and unforgiving North Sea, the history of Saltburn Pier tells a tale of survival against the elements. The pier was commissioned by the Saltburn Pier Company in 1867, designed by Mr John Anderson and completed two years later, opening in May 1869.

Source: Saltburn by the Sea.com

Saltburn Pier – National Pier Society link: History of Saltburn Pier

I want to be a yarn bomber when I grow up! Can somebody teach me how to knit?

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