Yes, I was chicken.
I was nervous.
I called Chucks twice to make sure he was available in case I got into trouble.
This was way out of my comfort zone.
I created a piece of art and abandoned it in a public place.
YES, I DID IT!!!
It was exhilarating.
Yes, I will do it again.
It was all part of the Art Abandonment Project. It is a world-wide group on Facebook.
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Here's what I did:
Found a board.
Painted it red.
Mod Podged an old bag to it.
Made some unsanded grout/paint mixture.
Poured it on the board.
Made a big puddle.
Plugged in the hair dryer.
Turned it on high heat.
Blew the heck out of the paint.
It cracked and creeped into a wonderful pattern.
Used Distressing Ink to age and make some dots.
Used a sponge to stamp a heart.
Used a wide blade chisel to scrape the surface smooth.
Used sandpaper to bring out some details.
Added a saying.
Added some black lines around the heart.
Added some more chips.
Found a dog image (Graphics Fairy - thanks!).
Found a tag (Horror Monster - thanks!)
Distressing Ink and varnish over and over and over on both.
Found a star stamp to put on the opposite of "dog".
Found some leather lacing and eye hooks and some rusty wire.
Assembled the whole thing.
The easy part was now over.
I am always comfortable when creating.
But the abandonment is scary.
What if no one takes it?
What if it is thrown away?
Just do it, Donna.
Stop distressing over it.
So I made my official label with the official logo.
Followed other directions of placing it in a sealed, clear bag.
Wouldn't want Homeland Security and the FBI after me!
Gathered my art, my camera and my courage.
Called one more time to make sure Chucks was at home.
Walked right into a place where true animal lovers are found.
The receptionist was distracted and had to leave the desk for a minute.
I quickly propped the bag against the counter.
I pretended to take photos of the plants and murals in the new lobby.
She told me to walk about the facility and take all the photos I wanted.
I wanted to leave and let someone find the art piece.
I was there for about twenty minutes, but no one had found it yet.
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Have you been the lucky recipient of found art?
I am proud I participated.
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