Category Archives: found object art

No Room at the Inn

Before attempting to empty the 2 storage lockers full of stuff,  it’s probably a good idea to list the art and vintage that is already unpacked and ready to find a new home. #ourkidswillthankmeforthis 😉

#1 – Item of the Day is  “Golden Girl a beloved mosaic tile stick incense holder that was created with gorgeous iridescent tile, gold tapestry tile, gold shimmer tile and a vintage porcelain flora figurine with ladybug. Glued on to 3/4″ MDF board and then finished off with taupe sanded grout and sealed. One of a kind. Shop.

Golden Girl Mosaic Tile Incense Holder

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before glue

A vintage rotary phone that I painted decades ago.

Well ...
call your mother © mara lee

Which lead to painting a matching telephone table.

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I was so inspired that I painted this metal stool too. I wonder if Lisa  still has it in her kitchen?

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And, I did it all with paint pens.

Just another fine example of inspiration slapping you in the face and then skipping away.

mother recycled china centerpiece in shop

call your mother vintage rotary phone, telephone table and  vintage metal stool – private collection

peace.

p.s. my first MAC computer still works.

The HeART of Handmade Gifts II

It takes more time to come up with a mosaic tile design than it does to glue it down.

Problem is the materials (go through your junk drawers and jewelry boxes) change as you go along … some pieces make the cut … others will not. This is not the time to get discouraged.

If I’m on a roll and the pieces are falling into place … it takes me about an hour to glue a single light switch cover.

If I’m not on a roll … I’ve already started gluing something else.

Gluing at Alice's - all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Gluing at Alice’s – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

The gypsy quote is a pendant that I’ve had since high school … and it went from there.

all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved © 2013 Mara Lee

added a little iridescent tile and a purple glass heart …

Gypsy Soul - all rights reserved Mara Lee
Deep with Dreams – all rights reserved Mara Lee

Going to glue ball and chain to the outer edge, after the grout dries.

Maybe you should too.

All you need is …

  • Heavy plastic light switch cover 69¢
  • Family Mementoes, Vintage China and Treasures that are lurking in drawers, cupboards and closets
  • Buy some fun #tiles and glass shapes
  • Weldbond or E6000 Adhesive
  • Tile Nipper and Safety Glasses

Found By Chance

Recycled Art
Northern California 2010

According to Wikipedia…

Found Object” usually refers to a small object found by chance which, though usually of little monetary value, captures the imagination of the finder and is therefore kept as a keepsake. Perhaps it is a penny or an unusual stone or even a pretty piece of metal. Often found just “on the ground,” it is kept as a curiosity or even a good luck charm. Found Objects are often associated with a special memory or an important time in a person’s life. The connotations of mystery about where it came from, the feeling that it is a lucky or providential occurrence, and the sense that it is simply a “free gift from the world” or “from nowhere” can add to the sense of wonder or magic surrounding a found object. A “found object” may stand alone or may form the basis for a collection.

Collection?

If that’s what you call little objects everywhere…it can become a sickness, if you’re not careful.

In the Pique Assiette style of mosaic tile, we create with found objects all the time. It’s funny how a little figurine, vintage piece of china or a unique bottle cap can inspire an incredible piece of Found Object Art.

Creative inspiration is a fleeting experience. That must be why I’m always flipping through the pages of my favorite found object art books.

Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer is eye candy for the creative soul. Check it out!

Found Object Artists

Garbage Pickers Unite

Recycling of found objects is taken to the level of art form is this creative book-an homage to the wondrous world of artists who create extraordinary objects from what were once very ordinary things. Inside are hundreds of examples showing trash transformed into fascinating sculpture, collages, furniture, jewelry, and clothing — some items functional, some not.

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