Random Acts of Kindness

Take a look over at this blog:

yearofkindness

Really interesting! I believe she’s come to the end of the 100 days, but it’s still worth looking at and getting inspiration.

I am still making my prayer boxes, post-its and other such things but have chosen not to blog about them for a while for a whole plethora of reasons, mostly related to not wanting people to hunt for them but for whoever comes along to happen upon them. I may, however, do a  little round up of some thing just to show them.

Today is Crafty Pastor and we’re working on prayer boxes. It’s sometimes hard to get the concept across and I’m hoping I’ll have a little better luck this year.

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bird box

Since the first box or so I made with the swallow on the outside I’ve wanted to make another prayer box with something similar.  Finally gotten around to it. This one has a silver swallow on the lid. Archival paper and acrylic paints. Pretty grosgrain ribbon, too, for a handle. Inside is a silver cross with “turquoise” inserts. It’s neither real silver nor real stones but they are pretty none the less. The paper wrap around the outside is of a substantial weight, so I extended it beyond the bottom of this little oval shaped box to give it more height. On the bottom of the box is an archival sticker saying “believe”. Inside the words are Faith Hope Love Joy. Continuing with the overall Hope theme I’ve been working on.

This box and the Witness box have not yet been released. They still have to be tagged first and I’m not sure of a good place to put them as of yet either.lidswallow box

inside

bottom

Altered Journal/Book

So, I don’t know if you’d call this an altered book or an altered journal. It’s altered and it’s book-shaped and it would have originally been used as a tiny journal or notepad. So–whatever.

 Anyhow,  I had a lot of fun with it. Recently, I’ve purchased some Gesso to reinforce paper pages for a few little projects and I used it on this. Forgot to take a “before” picture of the tiny little book, but it was a little notebook with very thin paper for the cover and pages–four to a pack from the dollar store. Now THATS some cheap art supplies! 😉

 

Gessoed the front cover to give it more body without making it as stiff as it would have been if it had been reinforced with scrapbook paper. Metallic paint pens on the outside and archival scrapbook paper throughout.

“If You could be anything what would it be?”   There’s also the little tag that says “you found art!” and this blog address. The last two prayer boxes I made were FOUND, which was awesome, and the people who found them posted here which was even more awesome.

“Alight for someone’s Journey?”  Used more images from the Icon catalog in this. The image in the bottom right hand corner is from a stained glass piece with a dove representing the Holy Spirit.

“A Keeper of Hope for those who feel Lost?”  More scrapbooking paper and stickers

“An Answer to someone’s Prayer?”  The tag on the left says “Help Me Please” and below it “I Will”  Again, more images from the Icon catalog and a handmade tag just like the one that goes on the outside.

“Be More than you thought you Could Be”  It’s hard to see in this but those are angel wings behind the text block. They are gorgeous little delicate foil things that I got some time ago and haven’t had a reason to use.

“The End?”

Do not know where this one will be released. Today I hope I will find the right place. I discovered that carrying things in my handbag, even though it is sizable, can be dangerous because I could damage things before they even get to the ‘release point’. I had to bring home the last box and re attach the feet. So, a ziplock bag will be helpful I think!

Working on another prayer box now. Using some new stuff I just got–blackboard chalk! Plus, I’m making chalk too. Love making my own stuff!

 

New Prayer Box–Found Art Piece

Freshly Minted Prayer Box.

I think it’s quite lovely

 Prayer Box

Balsam wood box painted with acrylic paint. Glass beads and wax cord on the sides. Wooden beads for feet.

Box side

The front is a deccoupaged icon image from a lovely icon catalog. It’s the archangel Raphael, protector of travelers and pilgrims. A companion and guardian as we travel along our life’s journey. I might need to purchase some icon cards from that catalog for future projects.

Raphael

The inside says “hope is your guide”. I thought a long time about what I wanted the words on this box to be. I wanted them to be something about hope. I pondered over lots of different things and even considered using just the word Hope. I descided against the later because of the recent political use of that single word by Obama. It’s not that I disagree so much with him as I just think it is a shame that a word like Hope has become a politicized word. I realized that in the end, what I wanted to say was related to Hope on our journey. Hope is your guide.

hope is your guide

Hoping to set it free today!

note

UPDATE:: set free in Dillsboro Chocolate Factory. Second one in this place. You can see it here on the table with their public use computer 🙂

Oh, and of course, I bought some Ameretto Fudge while I was there!

box

Post-it Note Graffiti

mirror post-it

My goal this week was to do at least two installations of post-it note graffiti and I managed one and a half. These are pictures from the “one”. It’s in the ladies’ room of the Well House Restaurant. This was the easiest and best one, since there were already those irritating advertisements there.

 post-it note graffiti

I hate those ads in the restrooms!  I’m assuming that men’s rooms have them, too. Is there no respite from commerce?

The second one–or half of one–was in the hospital ladies’ room. However, this one was more difficult. I only managed to get up one post-it that said Hope before other people started coming in and there was no time for the rest or for a picture of the one. Bummer. But, at least it got partially done! It’s funny–the whole time I was doing this, I kept thinking about the movie Romy and Michelle’s Highschool Reunion and that girl in the movie who kept saying she invented post-its. 🙂

This week, I’m aiming for two more post-it graffitis and at least one of them is to be not in a restroom. Additionally, I have another almost-complete prayer box to release somewhere. 🙂

Guerilla Artists

On Sunday I purchased what may be the best book EVER. Guerilla Art Kit by Keri Smith. I love it and I so wish I’d found it before I did the Art Craft Prayer workshop. It’s by the same woman who did Wreck This Journal and a few other things like it. Her blog is here.

It has lots of practical things in it for doing stuff akin to the little prayer boxes, specifically like the tiny one I left at the chocolate shop. They are less complex, mostly, but all in the same family none the less.

 

Perhaps one of my favorite things she talks about is chalking. That’s similar to what I think of as graffiti but done with chalk. The impermanence of it and the thumbing-your-nose-at-authority-while-still-not-illegal quality are both intriguing. Just imagine someone getting mad at you for “defacing” something by what you’ve written or drawn–aside from obscenities of course–and then watching it all dissolve and melt away with the rain. I also like it because of a beautiful piece a friend of mine did a couple of years ago. One night when he couldn’t sleep, he went outside his apartment and drew a beautiful image of Christ on the cross in chalk on the black asphalt parking lot. It was beautiful and it only lasted for a few days until it rained.

 

notmypicture

 

Another thing I liked about GAK was its ‘maker’ feel. The author gives how-tos for:

Homemade stickers–both lick and stick and not lick and stick

Home made wheat paste–an environment friendly paste which degrades and dissolves over time for adhering posters, signs, etc to anything outdoors.

Make your own stencils

A recipe for moss paint

And many other things, too

There are commercial things you can buy for nearly all that….well, except for moss paint. I’ve never seen that in a store….but is it always necessary to buy everything? This book acknowledges the joy of making materials themselves as part of the craft and the creating.

 

If I had a grievance with the book, it would be that several of the links in the back are either broken or out of date. I’m certain that many of them were working and active sites at the time of publication but it is disappointing all the same.

 

Also, I would like to have seen more office guerilla art since so many spend their lives in a cubicle world. She tipped her hat to it and encouraged caution, but that was all. Aside from defacing property, which would no doubt result in immediate dismissal if discovered, this is could be an area in great need of art. Or at least a random act of grace.

 

In all, an excellent book worth every penny. Buy it. Read it. Do it.