Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Abandoned Art

Art Abandonment Project, found art, mixed media painting
Can we say "Cluck, cluck"?

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.


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.

Anyone can request to join.  LINK

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?

What if?

What if?

What if?

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.

Have you ever participated In Art Abandonment?

Have you been the lucky recipient of found art?

I am proud I participated.

See y'all!

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  1. love the idea of abandoning art..sadly in the Uk it would probably be blown up by men with big guns as a terrorist threat

  2. What a cool idea! I hadn't heard of it. I love what you created, someone will be lucky to find it.

  3. Oh that's wonderful, Donna! Never heard of Art Abandonment before but what a great project to participate in. Did you go back to see if it was picked up or what. Imagine thinking of all sorts of scenarios about what happen with it. Love your dog theme, too!

  4. I have never heard of such a movement. It's sort of like the Random Acts of Kindness efforts, or Pass It Forward. What a positive thing.
    This plaque is adorable! In all my selfishness I would like to introduce Abandoned Art to Cheryl's Address. We'll see how that flies.
    (Those tags are the bomb! Love them! So happy that I was lurking in Etsy.)

  5. I have never ever heard of such a thing. I love your project! Wasn't that hard to to, to just leave it???? (oh yeah, I guess it was). I hope whoever gets it LOVES it, cuz it's really great. And such a good topic - DOGS. ♥

  6. This is a really nice idea. And a really nice creation too.

  7. Too cool, and wow love what you created. I would have a hard time leaving it too, I'd always wonder? Whoever get it, will love it. What area did you leave it at? Be specific!

  8. Well Donna ... that must have been exciting for you. The plaque/picture was really neat too. Would have been a thrill for you to get a picture of who picked it up. Good job ... good deed and fun too.
    Audrey Z.

  9. That's an interesting concept. I think someone lucky will enjoy it. xoxo

  10. Dearest Miss Donna;
    How I WISH that I could have found this!!!! SIGH......
    What you have made is a work of Art, and it should be proudly displayed!!!!!
    The only places that I have found Art Abandonment have been in Europe, of all places!!!!! I have not ever taken anything that I have seen. I have looked at it, and have taken photos, and have left it for Someone else.....Whom it was meant for.

  11. Good for your Donna! Your piece is wonderful! I envy the person who picks it up and takes it home. Well done!

  12. Oh my, how cool is that. I am not qualified for such a project buy wow.

  13. I have never heard of this but it sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing at Sundays at Home!


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