Overlooked at best, oft-despised Seaweed is commonly seen as nothing more than an obstacle to enjoying a day at the beach.
Nothing quite like dreaming about your favourite sandy beach and planning the perfect spot to lay your beach towel only to arrive and find the whole scene completely buried in veritable mountains of decaying plant material.
Oh well, lemonade from lemons, right?
Next time you find yourself scowling at Seaweed mounds, why not try poking around--you might discover some really beautiful shapes and textures to use in your next art project!
Once it is pressed flat and left to dry, many types of seaweed will form branching tree-like shapes that are useful as "stencils" in artworks. Simply lay the seaweed onto your surface, paint around it (I use spray paint), and when you remove the seaweed, you are left with the tree-shaped silhouette of the space it occupied!
Alternatively, pressed seaweed can simply be mounted and framed for inclusion amongst your other nature-themed artworks, or: forget the frame and simply tie a string directly to the "trunk/stem" of the plant and let it hang from a ceiling or a shelf, mobile style! It is especially beautiful with the light shining through it to reveal its deep mustard, brown, and burgundy tones.
A fun bonus fact I discovered after accidentally leaving my seaweed un-pressed for too long after bringing it home: it can be "re-vitalized!" Even the dry crispy seaweeds will eventually soften and spring back to their bushy, ruffled selves after some time in a dish of water. It's a magical activity--try it out!