Another quickie Bookmark featuring the Unity Stamp co stamp, “First love, first hero”. Text was from an old paperback book hubby was throwing out… waste not want not lol. I stamped it up and colored it in distress marker, then inked the edges using distress ink pads. I mounted it on a piece of card, also colored in distress inks and then laminated it and punched a hole in it for a ribbon. This is joining the growing Abandoned Art project bucket for our upcoming “mission”.
I had another of the fab Power Poppy sunflower images printed out on velvet paper at the start of the month when I couldn’t decide which to use for my Crafty Awesomeness Challenge DT project. Colored this one up using Chameleon Pens, instead of pencil like the other one and mounted it in a very simple black frame from the local dollar store. This one will be going in my “Abandoned Art” bucket, hopefully to be dropped, found and enjoyed in the very near future 🙂
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The late Post Office I use to send out my packets is so cool… not only is everyone friendly and nice, despite working late… the service is sooo much quicker, my packets arrive at their destination way quicker than my local office.
The counter was unattended for a few seconds, so I took the opportunity to leave one of the sunflower plaster of paris rounds on the counter as I dropped my latest package in the mail boxes.
The lady working at that counter has a smile that could brighten anyone’s day… and if a customer found it first, hopefully it was a nice end to a long day for them.
We dropped a few pieces tonight while we were out on a store run.. 3 more of the plaster rounds 🙂 Lil man was happy, he got a “secret mission AND M&M’s … mommy just got tired and sweaty lol. We have 6 more pieces ready to drop later in the week…. a card, magnet, stamped tile, 2 more PoP rounds and a coaster.
We dropped the glass jar with flowers on the self serve scales at a post office near the store.
This was the only one we managed to get a picture in situ…. without looking suspicious lol
This sunflower went on the counter of an apartment complex laundry room 🙂
and this pooch was popped beside a flower pot outside of a local veterinary office. It probably won’t get seen till Monday…. unless a passerby notices it, as it’s tucked behind the pot facing the office door. It looks a bit different to this picture after it was sealed.. the colors are a bit different.more subtle.. but this is the general idea.
Well we had a quick trip out to one of the local malls… and dropped another 3 pieces today. The Texas Coaster and inked imaged on velvet were gone by the time we passed by again…less than half hour later 🙂 Hopefully someone will enjoy them…
For anyone interested the Breast Cancer image is a digital stamp by KennyK Breast-Cancer-Fighter, pre colored and printed on velvet paper.
The Texas stamp is a rubber stamp on an MDF coaster.
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..the varnish& glue came from Michaels craft stores….and that is just because I already had those 🙂 This is actually a project I made last year for my self, but I think it would make a fab Abandoned Art piece, so I think I will make another one ..or two lol.
These are so easy and quick to make and you don’t have to use a state cut out mat frame, but it’s a fun idea if you want to. It’s a cool project to do with the kids too… the letters are all pre-cut, as are the wooden shapes. and they come in different fonts and shapes. You are sure to find something that works no matter where you live, or what your theme is. These wooden shapes are cheap and plentiful and you can find those in any Michaels store.
Of course being here in Texas.. what else could I choose but a nice natural wood and a state of Texas photo mat. You can pick up pre-cut mats, or buy sheets of it to cut your own… or go without….whatever your preference and budget dictates. At $7 a sheet.. throw in a coupon… it aint looking so bad now is it 🙂
The frame, letters and shapes are all readily available at Michaels and don’t cost an arm and a leg. Slap on a quick swipe of stain and voila..instant personalized frame. Fun piece to abandon… someone is gonna love your project and take it home and hang it on the wall with a family photo.. you wait n see.
If you don’t have stain lying around… acrylic paints work great too, just water them down a bit and then apply with a soft cloth and then seal it. That allows the wood grain to show through and with all the fun colors available…. sky’s the limit ! The selection of unfinished wood pieces is awesome… frames, boxes, blanks .. so many options. Some of my frames are like a $1 each, less if you are a nifty thrifty coupon wielding crafter…. so it doesn’t have to cost the earth to give the gift of a smile to someone.
Most all of the projects in the Abandoned Art section can be made for a couple of bucks or less and what price tag can you put on a smile on a strangers face ….and knowing you put it there 🙂
Make someone smile today…. Abandon Away !
So I was playing around again… super simple project, a framed Sherri Baldy image done on velvet paper and mounted without glass in a plain frame. I’m not sure where or when this one will get abandoned, but hopefully some young lady will find and enjoy it 🙂
For you crafty peoples who want to know details so you can try this idea yourself….
I removed the glass and popped it in the middle of the layers so the person who finds it can put it on the front if they prefer.
Well int that some $%#$%#$
I have lived in Texas just down the road from the Fort Worth Stockyards for 10 years now..and I have STILL never visited. It’s one of those places I always plan to visit, but just haven’t got round to…. but that will change. The little guy is old enough to enjoy it now and we have friends out that way…. and now I have the perfect excuse for a family outing to the Stockyards. I just made a super simple picture frame, which I hope one of the tourists decides they would love to put one of their photos from a visit in. It’s a quick and easy project you can do with the kids and relatively cheap .. but still a cool find for someone.
If you haven’t heard of the FW Stockyards.. check it out. They have a twice daily cattle drive which apparently is a lot of fun… and of course some great photo ops for my lil CowPokey 🙂 Those are old pictures.. time for some new ones 🙂
Be sure to check out the Art Abandonment Facebook Group and see all the fun things that are being abandoned ALL over the world. It’s a fabulous group and it’s for all types and levels of crafters and artist. A lot of us do this with our kids and grand kids, come on over and join in the fun. If you are lucky enough to find a piece, be sure to let the gifter know you found their artwork. Most pieces will have contact details for the group, or a private email you can use 🙂
Art Abandonment is a group designed to encourage random acts of art, left in various locations around the globe. The idea is that folks can make something and leave it for a lucky unsuspecting person to find. Artists can then post locations and photos of abandoned goodies…and finders can let everyone know that they are the lucky finder! O’ sweet abandon!”
Yup…I went and done it again lol
went off on another one of my crazy little adventures in crafting.. so who’s along for the ride… All ABOARD !!!
SO.. long story short, one of the girls on one of the Facebook coloring/cardmaking groups I am in.. shared a post about another Facebook Group and this crazy worldwide thing they got going on. It was late, I was between projects and being as the giveaways ended ..I figured it was hookey time for me.. so I went off to read the article she was a featured artists in and ended up checking out this group.
It’s called Art Abandonment…. some of you may have heard about it already on my Facebook page and wall… some of you may not.
So anywho.. I decided me and the lil guy just had to get involved in this and so I signed up…. I needed a project that was cheap, preferably with materials I already have and something both of us could do together..and maybe even get hubby in on it. He’s not the crafty type… but he will try and join in when we ask lol.
The group are fantastic….I wasn’t sure if this was even an idea that would fly as abandoned art.. but they were all totally supportive. So here we are.. and I have yet another crazy project idea to share.
The first batch of abandoned art me and the lil guy will be doing is these………….. I don’t have a technical term for it.. so call it what you will. I’m just going to call it “stamped PoP rounds”
Ok so if you follow the blog at all you will remember I picked up some Stazon Ink pads to use on my acetate a week or so ago…. so.. for the record that is also the ink I am using on these projects to stamp with.
The Blank rounds are made with Plaster of Paris, I find craft stores charge too much for too little… so I always try and grab mine at the local DIY store because when I get stuck into projects like this… I’m gonna make a lot. I actually had virtually untouched and an unopened bag sitting around already from other project ideas…. so I was sorted. A 25 lb bag will set you back about $15 at Lowes or Home Depot.
Mixing instructions come on the pack … but I’m not one to A follow instructions B wait patiently… so I tend to mix mine up a bit thicker and that speeds up dry time.. that also drops the time you have to shake it around and get air bubbles out and make it nice and smooth… so if you are a newb at this ..try their ratios and don’t mix too much at a time. The time you save with a thicker mix will be doubled when you have to start sanding the back flat because you didn’t get it leveled in time.
Ok molds… molds molds.. you can get sooo many molds for plaster of paris silicon, rubber, plastic… just depends on what you are doing and how many times it will need to be reused. For this project, you don’t need anything fancy.. just a simple shallow shape round square whatever you have handy… just make sure whatever you use if you are recycling…. that it has some flexibility to it. You can get items out of rigid molds EVENTUALLY lol… but if you are new to this and just want to craft and have fun… don’t do it lol.
For this particular project, I just happen to have some shaker windows that I won’t sell because they have some imperfections… nothing major and nothing that will affect this project.. but still.
..So I keep those in my stash for blog projects and other craziness where tiny blemishes aren’t a big deal for me. These are 3 inch diameter and 1/4 inch deep. I have a few other shapes and sizes and depths.. but have’t tried them yet. Obviously these won’t handle mass production… but I have already reused the set I put aside for this 4 or so times… no problems at all.
The first one I did as a tester… was just a random stamped floral pattern… nothing spectacular.. and to be fair the PoP wasn’t even really dry yet…. it was dry enough to stamp and color on.. but still holding a lot of moisture. As we will discover.. that does make a difference LOL
This one … is a mixed media.. the red and blue are Crayola inks that came with the blank markers I picked up in a Crayola Marker Maker kit on Clearance at Walmart …and usually use as blender pens.
The Eagle is colored with a fine brush and Ranger Adironack Ink.
As is this sunflower PoP round below…. this was colored with Adironack Inks and a fine brush.
Foobahhed! (messed up)… cover up with Stazon base and then stamped a few ghostly images in White Stazon, dropped blue and purple Adirondack on background and over stamped a last time with White Stazon while still wet
Wax crayon heat bonded with embossing heat tool…polished with scrap paper to lift off excess
Cheap $8 pencils from Walmart blended with Isopropyl alcohol in a marker pen
Adironack Inks and a fine brush
Adironack inks in a blender pen with a touhc of Ranger distress ink pen
Pebeo Porcelaine 150 glass paints. ( original version ) Now renamed and with new colors, but available at Michaels.
And this is the results after spraying with Modge Podge Acrylic Matte sealer ( except the wax and Pebeo versions )
Adironack inks fade to a much gentler color.. but still really nice results. In some cases the color change was quite remarkable..not just a fade ….but a total color change. Most noticeable on the Hello floral and the text on the pooch.
Pebeo glass paints retain vibrancy and is probably the most durable of all the techniques. Water based so can be watered down to make painting easier, specially if they are old like mine and a bit thick. << the paints.. not me lol.
Pencil is harder to apply, but gives a soft color
Stazon is great to do a cover up if you mess up the original stamping and can give a vintage Goth look with some fun color effects when mixed with inks. Be warned, when sealed the inks will bleed into the white Stazon.. but it looked cool LOL ..and you could easily spray THEN apply the white design and the spray a second coat.
Wax Crayon – very strong coverage and depth of color… but not as durable since it has no top coat. Great if it won’t be handled much…and def a cheap fun project for the youngsters, obviously with adult supervision since you are using heat tools.
Crayola markers... great way to do this project on a budget, or with kids, but make sure your base blank is fully dry and expect some soft bleeding and color absorption when sealed.
Alcohol based markers same as with the Adironack inks.. a softer more subtle color after a day or so….sealer will brighten them up quite some… but not to the original color depth.
Now I can’t say at this point whether residual moisture in the blanks is partly to blame for some of the color shifts etc… or whether they would still react this way if fully dried and a few weeks old… I guess we will find out 🙂 but all in all even the Crayola marker one which was very “new” and had a lot of moisture… still shifted into something kinda cool. But I am guessing that if I had waited a day or so and done it, the shift wouldn’t be quite so dramatic… and if I hadn’t of already sealed it I could have done a second coat to make it much like the original image before it absorbed the inks.
Now that is a lot of information and still doesn’t really cover everything..so please feel free to ask questions based on specific need to knows and I will do my best to answer them 🙂 But at the end of the day… the best way is to jump in and try it with whatever media you have at hand or want to try. We all have different tastes, budgets and requirements ..sky’s the limit !!!
so .. Comment away and feel free to share your results if and when you try this 🙂
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