“Hey, everyone! Today’s tutorial is on this beach’s sand!”
Yup. Before I do the ocean water tutorial, I have to do the beach tutorial, because you know, the sand needs to be under the water, too! 🙂
First I painted the Styrofoam base in sandy color with acrylic paint.
While waiting for the paint to dry, I mixed some sand – the kind that is used for sand art. You can use other kinds of sand, but in many places, taking sand from the beach is illegal, so I don’t recommend doing that. Plus, the sand used for sand art is super fine, which scales better with a diorama than normal beach sand. I mixed 1 part normal sand color, and 2 parts white sand for the base part.
Then I sealed the painted surface with clear drying glue. This is just to be sure that the resin that I was going to use for the ocean water wouldn’t seep through, and also for the base sand to stick on the surface.
Before the glue got dry, I covered the whole area with sand. Now, if you aren’t trying to be cheap like me, I recommend first making sand, water, and glue mixture in a container and spreading it out on the diorama for the base. It makes the ground look much smoother and nicer.
It’s time to make the shore.
Mix the leftover sand and watered down glue (clear matte finish type).
Spread out the mixture on the areas you want to have the beach.
Before the mixture is dry, I sprinkled some lighter color sand mix to make it look like dry sand. It adds pretty nice effect, so I highly recommend it.
Once the sand is dry, you’re ready for the ocean water! See you next time!