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Is it Hallachicly permissible to make Sand art on Shabbos or is it prohibited on Shabbos and if so what prohibition are you doing maybe writing?

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This question would be much improved if you would explain what Sandart is, or, at least, link to a page that explains it well, and if you would explain your reasons for thinking it might be forbidden. –  msh210 Sep 14 '11 at 23:22
    
Some possible issues: Is the Sandart permanent? Does it require glue or other materials? Do you have to sort out the different colors? Could mixing the colors be considered dyeing? –  Shmuel Oct 23 '11 at 5:06
    
@msh210 Sandart is drawing pictures by pouring sand in a narrow stream to make patterns and designs. It's intended to be temporary for those who do it as a form of idol worship (Sand mandala). But of course it can be just art as well. –  Ariel Nov 23 '11 at 8:39

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No, because by using sand in this form it's a form of drawing, which is a biblically prohibited act on shabbat. Even if something is not permanent (for example, writing letters on frost on your window), this would at least be rabinically prohibited.

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where do we see that it is a form of drawing? –  Moshe Yitzhak Dec 1 '11 at 14:40
    
@MosheYitzhak, when you use sand in this fashion, you're making it into a drawing, albeit one made of sand. The whole point of using colored sand is to be able to make some kind of art. –  Barry Hammer Dec 1 '11 at 15:04
    
I've seen abstract sand art that seems to aim for the aesthetics of colors and shapes but doesn't depict anything. I'm not sure that counts as drawing. –  Monica Cellio Dec 26 '13 at 16:36

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