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by Cheryl Ball


The dry climate of Nevada inspired this sand frame. In fact both the Mojave and Great Basin desert extend into Nevada. Deserts are dry and arid though a common misconception is that they are lifeless and cold. Many plants and animals have adapted to a lack of water. Temperatures can also be very cool at night.


You will need:

  • 8” x 10” Wood frame
  • Acrylic paint - white, orange, blue,
    green, black
  • Colored sand - light orange,
    turquoise, blue, ivory
  • Satin interior varnish
  • Stencil adhesive
  • Stencil - Southwestern border
  • Stencil sponges
  • Glue
  • 1/2” Flat paint brush
  • Craft sticks
  • Scissors


1. Use the flat paint brush to paint the frame black. Let dry and apply a second coat.
2. Apply a coat of satin varnish to entire frame. Let dry.
3. If using a large stencil border, cut apart the sections that you’ll be using around the frame for ease in stenciling. Spray a light coat of stencil adhesive on the back of stencils.
4. Squeeze out a puddle of the glue on a paper plate. Add a dime size squirt of the blue paint next to the glue and thoroughly mix together with a craft stick.
5. Position one of the stencil designs at a corner of the frame. Press to secure. Tap the flat end of a stencil sponge into the glue/paint mixture and tap excess off on the plate. Pounce the mixture onto the stencil applying an even application. Carefully
lift off the stencil and immediately pour on the turquoise color sand completely covering the glue. Lightly press the sand into the glue. Pour off excess sand on wax paper tapping the frame gently to remove all excess sand.
6. Continue on with remaining three corners following the same technique. Using additional sections of stencil border, repeat step 5 along edges of frame using different colors of paint and sand.
7. To make additional designs, like dots and diamond shapes squeeze the glue directly from the bottle into the shape you would like. Apply the desired sand color, tapping off the excess sand. Let dry.

Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint, Interior/Exterior Varnish, Stencil Magic® Stencil, Adhesive Spray, Stencil Sponges; Fiskars® Scissors

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