Guerilla Art 🎨
Adding little bits of happiness to the world
After I complete many of the activities on my 50 Things list that involve some kind of arts and crafts, I often don’t know what to do with the finished projects. Sometimes they turn into gifts, but if they didn’t turn out very well, that’s not an option. When I picked up a copy of The Guerrilla Art Kit by Keri Smith, I knew what I could do with some of my projects. Plus, the book gave me a few new great ideas to practice “guerrilla art.”
Guerrilla art is the practice of leaving art in unconventional spaces for the public to find. Similar to the “art” I placed around my town as described in last week’s newsletter, I tried to practice guerrilla art by placing a few small things where they were likely to get removed - either by nature, child, or an adult. I’ve left decorated shells on the beach mixed in with regular shells, and decorated rocks scattered along walking trails in local parks. A few days later, some of these small things are still where I put them and some are gone. In any event, I hope they made someone smile.
Guerilla Art offers many other ideas so I decided to try two simple ones. The first I tried was to create “art” with chalk in a public place. Although I felt a little silly making a childlike drawing in public like this, I hope someone liked it. I also like the idea of drawing with chalk. It’s not permanent so there is less of a chance (hopefully none) of it being considered graffiti.
The second I tried was the “Postcard Project.” In this activity, you leave a postcard in a place for others to find. The suggested postcard message as provided in The Guerilla Art Kit is shown below.
I didn’t have any postcards lying around so I created one from the Ebru project I did a few weeks ago. As mentioned above, I often don’t know what to do with the things I create but I love the idea of giving them away. My postcard was simply my Ebru art cut to size with the above words written on the back. I then left this postcard tucked behind a sign in a busy area at a train station. I’d love to hide somewhere and see what option people select (or, if the cleaning crew simply removes it and throws it in the trash 😕). There are so many great ideas in Keri Smith’s book, I will definitely continue to do more in the future.
Create a small piece of guerrilla art and leave it somewhere for others to find. It can be as simple as a doodle on a post-it note stuck to a wall inside a public place or something you take more time to create and leave with instructions for whoever finds it.
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