It is all you need. It conquers all. It’s all around us.
There are many cliches about love, but none of them quite captures the essence of what it feels like when you’re in a relationship with someone who speaks directly to your soul. It’s the most common experience in the world, yet it feels utterly unique. It feels like you invented love itself.
An anniversary is the perfect time to remind yourself of what drew you to this special person in the first place. Anniversary gifts, on the other hand, are rarely so special. There seem to be the same few that cycle in and out of rotation: jewelry, clothes, and maybe a trip if you’re lucky.
These things are nice, but it’s hard not to feel like there should be something more.
We’re here to tell you there is an anniversary gift as unique as the love that inspired it. That gift is sand art. Your significant other will never see it coming.
Read on as we take a tour through all of the ways this unique art form can make for the perfect anniversary gift.
What Is Sand Art?
Maybe you’re already familiar with sand art. It’s an activity and art form that anyone can practice, and it appears regularly in elementary schools and at summer camps.
What makes sand art so accessible is how engaging it can be with so few materials. All you need is a background, sand of various colors, and your hands. From there, you “draw” or “paint” your image by pouring the sand in patterns and manipulating the poured sand to form specific images.
Sand lends itself well to sweeping nature scenes because of the way colors blend organically when they hit the canvas. Text also translates well in sand art because a finger can cut through the sand to form words that make for great announcements and invitations.
Just because anyone can practice an art form doesn’t mean they necessarily do it well. Sure, kindergartners finger-paint, but you wouldn’t consider their paintings Picasso-level masterpieces. The same principle applies to sand art.
There is a level of finesse to fine sand art that can only come from professional hands, literally.
Professionals Who Demonstrate the Power of Sand Art
The work of professional sand artists is breathtaking and dramatic. When you see these sand paintings and theatrical sand shows, you begin to appreciate the breadth of this art form.
Kseniya Simonova is one such professional. Her mother, Irina, also an artist, recognized Kseniya’ rare talent for creativity at such an early age where she demonstrated her natural skill in painting, poetry, and literature. She excelled at Volkoff’s Artistic School in Evpatoriya, one of the elite schools in Ukraine.
She eventually married, had a son, but experienced the breakdown of her magazine business. Fighting depression, she began experimenting with beach, river and volcanic sand. With intense dedication and practicing up to five hours a day, her breakthrough came at Ukraine’s Got Talent and her performance at Eurovision 2011.
After watching these incredible performances, it will only be a matter of time before sand art animation gain traction and become one of more powerful are mediums able to evoke feelings and emotions like no other.
Needless to say, after winning Ukraine’s Got Talent, she not only used the prize money to buy a house, but her performance became a springboard for invitations to perform sand art shows and animations worldwide. She remains deeply humbled and thanks God for her incredible talent, success, and fame.
It’s clear that sand is a malleable medium. It can portray a wide variety of subjects, which makes it the perfect choice for telling your personal love story.
The Next Step in Sand Art Evolution: The Sand Art Video
We said we’d discuss sand art videos, and here we are. Sand painting videos give a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of sand art that is missing from static paintings.
One essential element of sand painting is the fact that these works can be fixed or unfixed.
Fixed sand paintings remain the same from the moment the artist pours and sets the sand. Unfixed sand paintings involve more interaction with the sand. Theoretically, any viewer could affect these paintings by changing them with their own hands.
Sand art videos bring to life all sand paintings, turning them into unfixed, moving works of art. When you see the creation of a sand painting, you see how it evolves from the raw, unformed sand into the representation of various scenes from a love story.
This is not to mention the fact that sand art videos are hypnotic. There is something meditative about watching pictures take shape in front of your eyes. It’s made even more relaxing and inspiring when the tools used to shape these paintings are human hands just like your own.
What Makes a Sand Art Video the Perfect Anniversary Gift
You understand the beauty and a little bit of the history of sand art, and you can see that the sand painting video is an organic development in the art form. Now let’s transition from discussing the art of sand painting itself to talking about its status as a unique anniversary gift.
There are as many ways to love sand art videos as Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote about in her famous sonnet, “How Do I Love Thee?” What follows are just a few of them.
An anniversary gift has to be a lot of things, and we think sand art videos encompass everything a good anniversary gift needs to be. Judge for yourself.
They Are Completely Customizable
Every aspect of a sand art video can be tailored to your specific relationship and love story. Each grain of sand is unique, and so is each sand art video.
The reason this is the case is that creating a sand art video involves a lot of work up front to find out about you. After all, a sand artist can’t portray a relationship without knowing the story of that relationship first.
Once you have decided on some preliminary designs with your artist, they also return to you at various stages of the process to see how you feel about their progress. If something feels like it’s missing, this is the time to tell the artist. If you think something they have painted misses the mark, they’re open to this feedback as well.
In the end, the result is a series of sand paintings in a video that reflects your input directly. Your sand art video will look nothing like anyone else’s.
They Are Romantic
It’s difficult to define romance. It’s what elevates a relationship past friendship and creates feelings of butterflies in the stomach and stars in the eyes. But what is it exactly?
We may never be able to answer that question fully, but we know romance involves surprise, truly knowing your partner, and slowing down to appreciate the little things that make them special. All of these qualities are present in the best sand art videos.
Literally watching pictures take shape before your eyes can mirror your experience of falling in love slowly but surely until all of a sudden you see a whole life together.
They Tell Stories
People like to talk about gifts telling stories . They also say it’s not the gift but the thought that counts. That thought is part of the story of how the giver came to think of and give the gift to the recipient.
Sand art makes these stories explicit. You don’t have to guess what someone’s thinking when they give you a sand art video. You see the message plain as day in the images they have chosen and the text that accompanies those images.
Relationships change and grow over time; the moving aspect of sand art makes it an excellent medium for portraying those changes.
They Incorporate Other Art Forms
A simple sand art painting is a thing of beauty, but a sand art video elevates that beauty to another level. Video offers you the opportunity to include music and tasteful editing.
Every relationship has the songs that have helped form it and that mark meaningful moments in time. Choosing the music you want infuses your video with the meanings from those songs that have helped define your relationship.
Editing is another aspect of the sand art video that you might not consider as important if you didn’t think about it. But without editing, these videos would be quite long! You’d be watching the creation of an incredibly detailed image in real time.
Video editing is more than functional. It can add elements to the story you’re telling.
The edits can take the form of hard cuts, which are best for jumping from one scene to the next. This shows the passage of time through large jumps forward in the story.
When you use a time-lapse effect, on the other hand, you get the sense of a slightly sped up narrative. This lends itself well to those particular moments in a relationship that feel like they’re happening in slow motion, but when you look back at them, they form a montage in your mind.
The other part of a relationship that people tend to capture on video is their wedding, but you don’t normally see the effects you can create in a sand art video in wedding videos. Your anniversary may end up trumping your wedding when it comes to documentation, and that’s an opportunity that’s hard to pass up.
They Come with Other Services
When you order a sand art video, you’re often getting much more than just the video in your package. You’re getting a whole suite of services designed to celebrate your anniversary and promote any events associated with the day.
In addition to background music and mixing, sand art videos can incorporate professional voice-over. This lends an air of intimacy to your video.
Your video can also come with a custom-designed logo based on the sand art in the video. This stamps your anniversary as the distinct event it already is in your mind.
These services are only the beginning. Your sand art video service can extend to the party as well with live flair bartender shows. You can also give your guests a heads up on their invites with SMS group text messaging service.
A New Concept Gives the Element of Surprise
The best gifts come from the heart, but they also involve an element of surprise.
There’s nothing better than the feeling of receiving a gift you never knew you wanted but that feels perfect when you get it. That’s exactly what you’re giving your loved one when you pick a sand art video as an anniversary present.
There’s just no way of seeing a sand art video coming. This field is still relatively new and below-the-radar. Your partner might expect a necklace, but they’ll never guess sand art is their gift prior to you unveiling the video to them.
A Special Gift for a Special Couple
Your anniversary is a celebration of the years you’ve spent growing with a person integral to your life. To say this is a special relationship is quite the understatement. It’s the essence of life itself.
Honoring this relationship with anything less than the most unique anniversary gift would be a shame. Sand art is the perfect gift to show the most important person in your life exactly what they mean to you. It’s a way to re-experience your love story together.
If you’re ready to craft your story in a sand art video, request a quote from us to get you started.