This is the first art assignment I have done since sophomore year in high school. Even then I was only taking pictures in photography so it has been a while since I have been ~artsy~. But it was surprisingly fun. I went to a beach in El Segundo to do this project. In case anyone is unaware of where that is, it is close to Manhattan Beach and LAX. I went with my friend Rico who was bribed with food to help me.
To start the project, I had Rico rinse out the home depot bucket in the ocean so I could mix the plaster in a clean bucket. (I had him do it because I knew the water would be freezing even though he claims it was warm) After that, everything went smoothly. I made my mold in the sand of my hand and then mixed the plaster. Measuring the two parts plaster and one part water was probably my biggest struggle but I guess I did fine since my final product came out fine. So I poured the plaster into the hole and realized that the plaster was digging the hole a little deeper which is why my shape looks a little strange. And then I realized I had extra plaster so Rico decided to make one too. He made a mold of his foot, but it looks more like a large rock to me.
But I won’t criticize his work because my shaka hand looks more like Yoda. Or, according to Rico, a dancing ghost emoji. Either way it turned out decent. Brushing the sand off took forever though. I didn’t even get all of it off but I got the thick parts off.
Overall the project was cool. We had a fun time at the beach, collecting shells and rocks, making a mess with plaster, and enjoying the warm sun. It was a unique weekend activity that had us laughing and enjoying the day. Now, these molds will remind us of a fun day and bring a smile to our faces because of how ridiculous his curled-toe mold and my Yoda mold look. I will definitely be doing this again with some friends but maybe next time we can do it when its warm enough to go for a quick swim while the molds dry.