Was I the only one who slayed the sand-art game back in the day? Probably not.
I remember my mom and dad covering the kitchen table and letting me have at it as a kid, at which point I proceeded to fill hollow stars and ponies with sand in every color under the sun. Were they museum-worthy works of art? No. Did my parents cringe a little bit every time I requested a sand session? You bet. And that's what makes artist Tim Bengel's process so satisfying to watch.
Using paper, glue, and sand, he creates stunning pieces that are about to make you feel really bad about your childhood foray into sand art in the best possible way.
That's right, folks. Bengel creates intricate drawings with adhesive and pours black and white sand over those drawings to add depth and pigmentation.
He also uses gold leaf to add a bit of gilded decadence to each piece, because why not?
Oh, and did I mention that he's adorable? Because he is.
While looking at the finished product solidifies the fact that artists bring beauty to this spinning ball of suffering, watching Tim Bengel in action is next-level amazing.
I'm an artist, and I feel pretty bad about myself right now. But that's okay, because he's #goals or whatever the kids are saying these days.
I mean…come on. How is that even possible?
If you want to learn more about Tim Bengel's work (and you do, so let's not kid ourselves here), pay his website a visit. For a daily dose of what is basically the best artwork anyone has ever seen, follow him on Facebook and Instagram!