Beach Art drawing ideas
Google "Metatron's Cube" or "Sacred Geometry". The images will give you lots of ideas.
Don't forget to Look around! Ideas are even on your brother's t-shirt
or a friend's tattoo!
To infinity and beyond! You'll feel like Buzz Lightyear when you draw this for the first time.
"The seed of life" is pretty easy to draw in the sand and can be the start for a much bigger design.
Start with one circle and then go and stand on the edge and lean-in to draw another circle, that one will give you the next two points on the edge of your original circle to stand...repeat until you have drawn 6 circles all around your central circle.
You'll see all sorts of shapes in it including the Infinity Sign!
All the Platonic solids come from Metatron's Cube. Metatron's Cube is a complex two-dimensional geometric shape made from 13 circles of the same size, with lines extending from the center of every circle. It is pretty easy to draw on the beach though and I can show you how.
"The Flower of Life" contains Metatron's Cube and the "Seed of Life" and almost everything else that you can imagine!
The FLOWER OF LIFE is one of the most known and loved Sacred geometry shapes and is a bit of a challenge to draw on the beach as you can get lost in it if you are not careful!
The Circle Line!
You may find it odd that all those lovely curvy circles are reference points for lots of straight lines. Those lines can make you triangles and cubes and other "hard-sided" dimensional shapes.
Some say that straight lines are a "boy thing" and drawing curves a "girl thing". I'm not taking sides so see if you have your own "go to" preferences.
The Cornish have been into drawing big circles for a long time.
This one, marked by stones, is on Bodmin Moor and if you pace it across (through the middle) it strangely fits exactly 50 of my paces. I wonder if that means anything?
It's called Stannon Stone Circle and is well worth a visit if you want some inspiration from your ancestors. Otherwise check out Stonehenge or one of the many ancient circles you'll find on the way to Lands End. Cornwall is famous for them.
Fibonacci and the Golden Ratios
The famous Fibonacci sequence captivated mathematicians, designers, and scientists for centuries. Now it's the turn of Beach Artists like us!
Mark off a rope to follow the sequence and then I'll show you where to put the ends in the sand to make a really beautiful Fibonacci Spiral.
It took me a few tries to work it out but I suspect that you're a lot smarter. It certainly makes it much faster to have two people (one on each end of the rope) as you have to change the position of the anchor point every quarter turn and it gets large quite quickly and the tide may be coming in!
I can show you how. It's a lot of fun and an easy way to make a BIG impression.
You'll find inspiration for your Fibonacci spirals in the most unlikely places. Even while surfing or lounging on the beach.
Other spirals you may make by mistake!
Practical Geometry for Builders
Ever wondered how they built churches and cathedrals with basic medieval tools?
Beach Art can learn how simple circles make a Gothic Tracery window.
Sacred Geometry Essentials
Books I recommend include the small and neat: Miranda Lundy's "Sacred Geometry" which you can carry around in your pocket as a reference book. There are some others in the same series which you will find helpful and inspiring if you want to work out how to draw a variety of patterns on the beach.
Zenbilli is an easy-to-learn way to create beach grid markers and then make patterns from them. Developed at the end of 2019, I am working on ways to let people know how they can easily start to Zenbilli.
Zenbilli arrows on Polzeath beach (election day Dec 2019) and smaller versions under Penarth Pier using the dot matrix spacing of the pier itself. Zenbilli is an easy-to-learn way to create beach grid markers and then make patterns from them.