Possible do-it-yourself natural media technique #2 Sand Printing

Sand is a great material. Sand is everywhere. All you need are the basic tools and you can create your own campaigns from sand in a variety of ways.

Sand printing is an easy to use technique. Sand printing uses a special sand mix that will stay visible for up to a week when strategically place and in the right conditions. It is more permanent that Sandbossing. However, like Sandbossing, Sand printing is a fair weather product designed to wash away easily. Sand Printing will completely disappear after a short period of time something most municipalities will appreciate.

For $500 to $650 euro, you can print hundreds of images on horizontal surfaces without the need for heavy equipment. Prints are sharp and bright so they do not need to be very large to be noticed.

Sand printing is great for events that last only a few days. Sand printers can also be used indoors.

A sand printer consists of a custom frame that shields the dry sand-mix from the wind and a custom printing template.  You can order additional printing templates for around $150 to $200 if you would like to update or change your message.

A tube of sand-mix will produce 25 to 50 prints depending on the image and your skill. You can produce around 15 to 25 prints in an hour.

Sand printing gives you two opportunities to promote your message to the public. The first is when you physically place them on the ground and the second is when you use photos and videos of the execution on-line where they will be exposed to an even larger audience and can continue to create awareness for years to come.

The sand printer was developed for regions where water is scarce and reverse graffiti is not appropriate. Another advantage of Sand printing is that a sand printing kit can be carried under your arm or on a bicycle. Sand Printing requires only enough water to moisten the sand-mix to activate the adhesives in the sand-mix. The sand-mix is made from natural ingredients most of which can be found in your kitchen.

To create a sand print first the surface is misted with a household plant sprayer, the sand printer is placed over the moistened spot, sand-mix is loaded into the printer and a thin layer of the sand-mix is drawn across the printer template. The sand printer is lifted and the print is moistened with another light spray of water. To remove the images, simply spray them with water to deactivate the adhesives, brush with a stiff brush and rinse with more water.

Sand printing is another of many Natural Media techniques are that perfectly suited for companies who have something to say and have the hands to “do-it-themselves”. 

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Jim Bowes

Natural Media Experts, Albert Neuhuysstraat, Amsterdam, NH, Netherlands

Advertising professional specialising in Natural Media advertising techniques that have a low impact on the environment.