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How To Create Bean Art: A Tutorial

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Art that has been created with totally natural or organic materials is becoming more and more popular among art-lovers. There are many reasons for this. First, this type of art is generally quite economical. In addition, art made with natural materials is beautiful and often looks “earthy”. Also, natural art is sometimes biodegradable, or at the very least, somewhat beneficial for the environment. Are you a fan of natural art?

You can create works of art from beans.

Although most people probably wouldn’t believe it, it is entirely possible to create beautiful, even expensive-looking, art from dried beans. Bean art is on the rise in popularity, and for good reason. It is easy-to-make, earth-friendly, and unique. The great thing about bean art is it can be personalized to fit perfectly with the decor of someone’s home.

Prepare to make bean art.

If you are ready to make beautiful bean art, the first thing you’ll want to do is gather your supplies. Here’s what you will need:

— Picture (with frame) from a thrift store

— Dried beans in your desired colors (be creative!)

— A general idea of what you want to createart, bean, beans, cardboard, create, image, natural, step

Before you purchase the beans, decide on an image you want to create. It can be an online image or a freehandimage. You can either hand draw a picture onto a piece of cardboard (make sure the cardboard fits the picture frame), or you can project an image onto the board and trace it. After the image is decided on and the piece of cardboard is prepared, you are ready to move on to the next step.

Break out the beans and have fun!

The next step is to gather the dried beans and glue them onto the piece of cardboard with tacky glue. This step can be lengthy, but it is relaxing and enjoyable. Bean by bean, arrange the color scheme you imagine. While the beans are drying on the cardboard, spray paint the frame with a complimentary color. When all is dry, unite the cardboard with the picture frame. Your work of art is complete!

Read more about the step-by-step process of making bean art at http://just-between-friends.com/2011/02/bean-art-tutorial.html.

Why do you love art made from natural or organic materials? We love to hear from our readers, so leave a comment on this Segmation blog post today and share about your passion for natural art.

Coming soon: Art history buffs will not want to miss our next blog post about early cave art in Spain.

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Where Urban Life Meets Natural Art

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The image above may look like a gardening project gone wrong, or a lot of effort to set up a unique photograph. However, neither of these options can explain the image.

Art can take on many forms and serve many purposes. The photograph above showcases the collaboration of art and nature. It serves as a medium for discussing the importance of growing awareness for both nature and art in urban areas.

This photograph is just a tiny piece of a larger project. The French village of Jaujae celebrated the 10th year of its Arts and Nature Trail program by spreading 1,400 feet of living turf throughout the community.

In this urban city there is little room for art or nature. This extensive stretch of turf weaves its way throughout the city; up stairs, around corners and down streets calling one and all to experience both nature and art.

The 3.5 tons of natural, living turf grass is meant to bring both art and nature into an urban area that would otherwise be overwhelmed by its stone structures. The goal is to provide urban dwellers with a link to all things artistic and shine light on the beauty of the natural world. This winding band of grass serves as a connection for the individuals of Jaujae with the place where art and nature meet.

This endeavor forces individuals to take a moment away from their everyday activities and appreciate that which is creative. It urges the public to support both the arts and projects that bring the natural world into the city. This creative, artistic idea definitely calls for attention and support in a way that a simple garden never could.  It literally attempts to use art to connect man with the environment.

The grass path that runs throughout the city is only a temporary installation. However, it will be interesting to see how this artistic effort works to inspire not only the people of Jaujae, but also others who wish to discover artistic ways of bringing communities together through nature.

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