Leaves are a great material which you can use in ethical street art! Collect some pretty leaves during your autumn walks, dry them and use these beautiful natural canvases to express yourself! Draw a picture, or write something, and when your little pieces of art are ready – return the leaves back to the nature! Leave them on park benches, on trees and bushes, and let people find and enjoy them!
Saturday is a great day for going out, so today’s public art ideas are about performing on streets – or helping others to do it. Try Dancewalking! You can do it anytime and anywhere, you will just need your favourite tunes in your earphones and drive in your heart! Challenge yourself to enjoy your everyday walks to a tube or a shop, and add some dance moves to your usual pace! You can also search for your local dancewalking groups in Facebook and join a group of like-minded people for a walk to remember, to connect to others while enjoying yourself!
Today’s art experience is about art of giving. Presenting somebody with a gift can give you a great pleasure of seeing your loved one happy. To make it more exciting sprinkle your gift with a bit of mystery and make a secret gift to somebody you know well or a present to a person you have never met before!
Secret leave-behind. You can create a little unique gift infused with love to leave
somewhere (in a park, in a public bathroom, or in a train). For example, make a pouch with
some crystals and a note to a finder (telling that this is a gift for them, explaining how to
use the crystals and containing blessings and good wishes). Alternatively, you may wish to
brighten your office life, leave a plate full of mystery cookies of fruits in your office kitchen,
write a nice anonymous note inviting people to help themselves and let your colleagues
enjoy your gift and guess who brought it!
If you have some great books which you love and want to share with the world – try Bookcrossing. On www.bookcrossing.com you can register your book for free, print labels, stick them to your book and leave it in a public place. When somebody finds it they will be able to go to the website, tell about the book’s new location, and after having read it let the book continue its adventures and release it into the wild again! Continue reading →
Walk around your area – are there any ugly or abandoned patches of land which can be beautified by flowers and plants? You can transform your neighbourhood pavements, empty and unused pieces of land, neglected flower beds by planting grass or wildflowers (use only native seeds to keep your local eco-system in balance!) You can simply use seeds and a pencil to make a hole in the ground, or you can imagine yourself on a mission and prepare proper seed bombs! They were invented by Masanobu Fukuoka and are very easy to make. Mix seeds, compost, clay and a bit of water, form little balls, and let them dry. Now they are ready to be thrown into places which can benefit from some grass or wildflowers and will patiently wait for the rain to start transforming the place!
For support you may join one of many Guerrilla Gardening communities (see GuerrillaGardening.org for more information). They even have their own celebrations – for
example, 1st May is a day when the Guerrilla Gardeners around the world plant sunflowers!
Today you can create a whole new world! Some street artists create amazing miniature
scenes which make you laugh, think and notice little details (for some ideas see www.little-
people.blogspot.co.uk). Sounds exciting? Then try this project:
City angels. Create miniature figures of angels and appoint them to be the guardian angels and keepers of your neighbourhood (or any other chosen area). Ask God or Universe to bless them and give them power to deflect negative energies and transform them into positive ones. Then go for a walk and install them in your local parks, sidewalks, on trees or bushes. Let them protect and bring good energy to your area! Please follow the “ethical art” idea – make your miniatures from biodegradable materials to keep your city clean as well as creative!
The art of rock balancing originates from Japan (Obos is its Japanese name) and has
been popularised by Bill Dan. It combines creativity and patience, brings you into meditative state and gives you important and practical insights about balance! You can create a stack of rocks balancing one on top of another with a certain intention or wish in mind, create it as a symbol of protection or simply as a sign which will remind to passers-by about your existence.
This is a beginning of a story about a journey of 60 unique handmade Travelling Postcards…
Meet the travellers:
I am giving them away to friends and strangers and leaving them in public places. These cards are not finished pieces of art. Anybody can change them in a way they want – draw or write on a card, stick something to it, cut it, or alter it in any other way, and then they can give their card to somebody else so the piece of art will constantly travel and evolve. This is such a simple and a beautiful way to share your art and your talent, to discover and feed your creative potential, to connect and to co-create!
Besides, these cards contain important messages for people who receive them. The base of the card was done is a collage technique – I took a pile of old magazines, cut lots of random words and pictures, and glued them down the card without thinking or sometimes without even looking at the end result. But then I looked at the cards again and realised that the messages can make total sense for people who would receive them, can help them to make an important desicion or just cheer them up.
So wherever you are today – remember the magic of a piece of paper which can hold and preserve your thoughts, emotions, memories and wishes, and send a postcard to somebody you love!
P.S. Would you like a Travelling Postcard by the way?
I have a few cards left to share:) If you live in the UK you can send me your address to Elena@SpiritualStreetArt.com and I will post one to you!
I’ve taken inspiration from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” novel and from a deck of tarot cards to create this lovely set of Street Tarot Stones.
Remember Alice eating the cake labelled “Eat me” and drinking from the bottle with “Drink me” on it? Remember her amazing adventures after that?
Each of the Street Tarot Stones has a picture of a beautiful angel’s wing on one side with words “Choose me!” The stones now live at Glastonbury Tor (on your way up by public pathway from apple orchards), and everybody who visit the Tor can now feel like Alice in Wonderland, pick up a stone which they are drawn too and read a message on the other side of a stone. All messages are different – you can get a call to action, a piece of advice, or an inspirational quote… So if you are going to Glastonbury soon – feel free to play with the Tarot Stones and get a free mini street art reading, infused with light and magical powers of the Glastonbury Tor!
If you love street art and live in London – East London and Shoreditch must be your “Kid-In-A-Candy-Store” place. Fantastic street artists from around the world are contributing towards its constant evolution. At the same time if you visit the area often – little by little you get used to this street art abundance, and it is getting harder and harder to “wow” you again…
However, few weeks ago I saw something amazing!
It was a “public guitar” – a guitar attached to a lamp-post, available for everybody to play! Oh and it was very popular – there were lots of people willing to play it, and you could almost physically feel joy and creativity in the air!
For me this idea took street art one step further. Instead of creating new art herself, the artist has created a tool which everybody else can use to create their art! Now any passer-by can feel themselves as a rock-star or a strolling musician, express hidden talents, or just have fun! Continue reading →
An art project with a taste of adventure – send a letter in a bottle! It is perfect for those who want to remember what is it like to be a child again, or who want to do something fun together with their kids!
We are so used to emails and text messages that even a simple hand-written letter or a postcard received from a friend feels like a beautifully old-fashioned miracle. Now imagine how exciting it is to write a letter to a complete stranger, put it in a bottle and send it when you are near a river or a sea next time! Try to imagine a person who will find your letter. What would you like to say to them? You can write your favourite quote which helped you one day, a poem you love, few words about yourself. Add some words of wisdom – do you know something you wish you knew earlier? You can draw a picture of what you see around you, or a treasure map. You can even come up with some random numbers and suggest using them in a lottery if you feel analytical today.
Your letter is ready? Put it into a waterproof bottle (together with some other small objects if you wish), add some love, care and good wishes, say “Bon Voyage” and send it!
It is time to let our smiles roam free! Do not forget to wear yours daily, and remind other city dwellers to do the same! These Free Range smiles are very good reminders – they are bright, infused with happiness and they live on city paths and roads where everybody can see them! Do not forget about the “ethical art” idea – make your smiles from a biodegradable material (salt dough is perfect – harmless and easy to use). If you use plastic materials in your installation – come back later and remove it to keep your city clean as well as creative!
A very simple idea which will make you – and looots of other people – smile!
Next time you are at a pebble beach – take a pen (or Crayons, or Felt Tip pens, or chalk, or anything else you have in hand) – and make the pebbles come alive by drawing little smiley faces!Arrange them on a beach so passers-by will be able to see them – and enjoy the infectious smiling effect you have created!
It is really easy to make people smile – and it makes such a big difference!
Hi there! Really glad to see you! I'm Elena. I started this project to make my life more exciting and invite you to join me! If you want to reawaken your inner artist (or if you are already creating kick-ass art) - please like my Facebook page, use ideas from this website or drop me a line about yours! Let's add something good and wonderful to this world together!