Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Little Angels

A fellow jafagirl Deb made little angels to leave around town. The wings are bits of wood that deb used a marker on. Mine and Nancy's are on the video. You can see some more pics of deb on the Yellow Springs Arts page.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Thoughts in a Tiny Mosaic

They may be silly, but I've made a few dozen of these things . . . a couple of words encased in a bottle cap with stained glass, inserted in a plastic snack bag with a business card letting the 'finder' know what they've found. I'm kind of nervous about letting them go . . .

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Scrap Wood Art

Hi, everyone! I have been busy at work, but still creating Found Art. Just haven't had the time to scan stuff before I leave it. This weekend I decided I would make the time and post some more art.

I found a fence company in my town that has a FREE Wood box. I've started painting scraps of wood to leave as Found Art. Here's one of the pieces I'll be leaving for someone this week. I've posted pictures of two more pieces on my Found Art Blog.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. While this time of the year is the hardest to find time to create, it's the most exciting time of the year to leave Found Art. Have fun!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Found Art in Jafabrit's Studio On Video

I did a wee video of found art in my studio on youtube. Here is one the new pieces my jafa friends and I are going to hang in downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio in December.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Pins to Find

Here are three pins that I made from a styrofoam tray that I was using for a palette. The colors looked so cool, I cut it into strips and looked at it for a few days, wondering what to make out of it. Finally I decided to collage some pins. They have magazine words, netting, heart glitter, and buttons. Add a pin back and voila'-art from trash. I left two at the YMCA and still have one to leave. Finders...enjoy!
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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Leaving Lots of Art

I have been leaving Found Art, but haven't been posting here -- mostly because of time issues, but also because I didn't have any fun pics to share. In my unpacking at my new home, I found a stash of Found Art I had made months ago but had never left. So I've had a lot to leavel I've left art along the streets of Boston, in the Back Bay train station, on seats in the train, in newspaper bins, etc.

I walk to and from the train station every day. It's fun to have a handful of art and search for places to leave it along my route. I left one piece under the windshield wiper on a car. I hope they didn't think it was a ticket at first. The car behind this one had a bright orange ticket. My art was green, so it shouldn't have been confused with a ticket...I hope. Didn't want to give someone a heartattack on the way to their car.

When I found my stash of Found Art, I found a few I had made for the Christmas season that was never left last year. Now I have something to start with this year. When I make art for the Christmas season, I try to make it something anyone could enjoy -- no matter if they celebrate the holiday or not. The pieces I found mention slowing down during this hectic season and watching for the return of light.

Friday, October 13, 2006

In the Spirit of October

My newest postcard based on a manipulated photograph I took of a skull (with two stones in the eye sockets that I had painted eyes on.) Hope the jokes inspire a groan ;)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hey....where is everybody. Is everybody too busy this summer to post anything? Here is my newest. I'm planning a trip to St. Augustine, FL and I have made a few new pieces to scatter there. Some are my old images that I have used before. The new one is the one with the Statue of Liberty. It's nice to leave some in new territory.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Stuff

I'm a little late getting this post done. I left these two pieces a few days ago and didn't take time to post them. The first one has an origami kimono/shirt and says "Put on a garment of praise". I left it in my locker at the Y and two days later it was still there. I moved it to the curtained changing room and the next time it was gone. The other piece is done with a tin can lid for a frame. I found the little boy with the popsicle and green tongue and it just said summer to me, so I put letter beads that say "summer" on the hanger. I left it at a Texaco station, on the gas pump. People need a little something to cheer them up at the gas pump these days.
Enjoy your summer!
(Having trouble getting the second photo to load. Will try later)

Monday, August 21, 2006

Drive-in Theater Art

Saturday night we went to a local drive-in theater called the Hi-way 50 Drive-in and I left this piece in the restroom. I designed the wings and altered the girl's photo and put them together with the type on Photoshop. Then I painted the background and mounted it and attached a piece of yellow netting using the letter pieces. "Recapture Your Imagination" just seemed to fit.
We saw Talledaga Nights and it was good for a few chuckles. The children in the movie were very rude and crude and that was disturbing, but by the end they cleaned up their act. The second feature was Snakes on a Plane. We left after 10 minutes of that. It was a pretty far-fetched plot. Not worth staying up until 1:00 in the morning to see.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

New Postcard

This is one of my new postcards (from a small painting I did for my son). I showed my kids and a friend and it made them laugh so it has been added to my found art box I keep in the car.

Hello you all

Just new here like to see all the nice things your are all making .

Put somethings of myself some ATC's made from scraps of needlefelt ,silk cotton.

some more tings to see on



Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Originally uploaded by arlee.
I'm a textile artist from BC Canada who "found" Found Art just today! I've participated in exchanges and shows of many types over the past 20 years, but never thought of this little gem of an idea to "share the wealth" so freely :}

My first piece to go out with no restrictions (like price, size or show criteria:}) can be seen on my "other" blog at http://arleeseamyside.blogspot.com/ My main work is "documented" at http://arleebarr.squarespace.com/

Monday, August 07, 2006


Here are some rocks I found while kayaking yesterday. I covered a couple of them with whiteout and drew on them with a graphite pencil and colored pencils. The colorful one had a hole so I put a colorful yarn through it and a tag. I'll probably leave it at the Y today.

Survived the Kayaking!

I made it home in one piece. Hallelujah! Just enough white water adventure for a 47 year old. There were 11 of us in our group; my husband and I along with 9 others ranging in age from 15 to 25. We kept up with them and amazingly we are not too sore today.
Here is a photo of the pieces that I made in the car on the way. I forgot to take some with me when we went kayaking so the only ones that got left were the one on the left and the one on the right. The other photo is of the elk with one hanging on his antler. Sorry it's a bit blurry. I was trying to take the picture from my car without looking too conspicuous. The other two pieces will probably be left in Columbia somewhere since I'm not planning to go anywhere else soon.
Be blessed.

Chattanooga Found Art

Well, I am in Chattanooga, TN visiting my son and daughter-in-law and we have just come back from eating dinner at Macaroni Grill. I left an art piece in the restroom on the hook in the stall. After dinner we went to the Sportsman's Warehouse and out in front there were some sculptures of a deer and an elk. I left a piece hanging on the elk's antler. I also have two other pieces that I made on the way here that I will leave somewhere tomorrow. We are going kayaking on the Hiawassee River I think. I don't have a way to post the pictures while I am here so I will post them when I get home.
Have a blessed day! (Written Saturday, August 5)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Group Session

Four of us got together today to do some creative play and make some little art creations to leave around our village of Yellow Springs Ohio. I did the first face (a mixture of collage and acrylic) the clown face is acrylic painting and the eye stone is all decoupage. I also made some goodluck evil eye (nazar bonjuk) bones. To see more examples of found art visit here.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A big found object

She is much bigger than what I normally do for found objects, but I couldn't resist. I bought her at a garage sale for 50 cents, spray painted black, rubbed on white acrylic, then used a magic marker to doodle on her, then sealed with spray varnish. Will leave her in Yellow Springs,Ohio over the weekend sometime.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Profound Thoughts

Haven't had time to collect rocks and don't want to buy any more rubber cockroaches (they are too popular). So decided to use a face I painted to make a sticky post- it postcard. I did a test run the other day by leaving one near a bulletin board and saw a couple laughing and the guy said cool. But he didn't take it, so I added Free Art on the front and will leave a few around town today.
For more images of found art visit my website page here.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Here are some photos of some of the rocks I painted today.

Leaving Rocks

I had fun tonight leaving painted rocks around Cambridge, MA. I'm in temporary housing at the moment during a relocation from St. Louis to Boston. I don't have a lot of art supplies with me, so I took an idea from another found artist and collected a few rocks. I picked up a small kit of assorted acrylics from A. C. Moore, and had a great time painting my rocks in wonderful, joyful colors. Because aerasol cans can't go into long-term storage or shipped on a moving van, I have my spray sealer in temporary housing. So I used it to seal my rocks, just in case it rains before they are found.

I had cards made up with my Found Art blog address on them -- http://foundart1.blogspot.com -- but I forgot to bring some with me, so I made do with some business cards I'd had made up a while ago with the Found Art website address on them. The address and phone number are no longer accurate, so I figured this would be a good way to recycle them. Maybe someone will leave a general comment at the Found Art site for me. If not, that's ok. I had fun making them and I just know people will enjoy finding them tonight or during their July Fourth festivities tomorrow.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


FINALLY I'm organised enough to make a few ATC sized pieces of alcohol ink art to take with me when I visit Wisbech today. It would be fabulous if there was some feedback (I have to find places to leave three little beauties first though - I feel a coffee moment in the air!) - there would have been a pic if Blogger was playn ball with me - will add one when I can

Poop - never got a chance to leave them anywhere - it was a good trip though - we arrived when there was a parade (and not just for me to welcome me to the town - how disappointing!), plus the charity (thrift) shops were amazing - I got loads of vintage Ladybird books (I collect them) and an entire vintage Lotto set - with cool cards and all the number - all in their own wooden case. Kind of too good to use you know?

Anyhow - here are the pics at last

Sunday, June 18, 2006

I've got my pieces here, all ready :)

Hello, I'm new here :D

I made a few altered cabinet cards last week and have been wondering what I could do with them ever since.

I found foundart.org tonight and now I know what to do!

I'm going to try and think of where I can leave them locally tomorrow. I don't have a car and won't be going anywhere exciting any time soon so local will have to do. I hope I can come up with something interesting.......Maybe the library........ maybe the museum? I know! The in-store Argos catalog in town! :)

Anyhoo, nice to have found you and hope this will be the first of many posts :D


Amethyst Dragonfly for all your altered art, mixed media and collage needs!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Found Art for 6-12-06

I am putting out two or three new pieces today. One is made from the Time Flies piece and the other is a new collage that I did from a photo that came from my husband's grandparents, a map of Italy, stamp stickers, and some mass transit reciepts from an Argentine friend of ours. I'm not quite sure where I will leave them. If you have found one, thanks for taking the time to look me up. Be sure to leave a comment.
Enjoy the ride!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Hi there from Ohio

Well the decorated rubber cockroaches were a hit, but I can't afford to keep buying them . I decided to try out decoupage on stones. Hum, maybe I will even print out pics of my cockroaches or some of my own artwork and decoupage them on stones. I do love those cockroaches though lol!
It was kind of neat to walk into a couple of local stores and see my cockroaches sitting on the counter next to the cash register. One shop owner said he found it outside and thought it a hoot.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I'm new to this blog. Last week I found the Found Art website, made some art, distributed it, made my own blogger.com website and am waiting for the feedback. None yet. If you want to check out my site go to I'm including one of my pieces in this post. I'm hoping that this endeavor will be a creative seed to grow into something interesting.

Sunday, May 14, 2006


Hi just wondering if there are any Aussies involved? It could be exciting to be the first though, to watch the numbers increase as they find my art!


Monday, April 10, 2006

Leaving a Bit of Good Cheer

This week I'm leaving nature photos in the St. Louis area. If I have any left, I'll leave some on the plane from St. Louis to Boston and few in Boston, too, next week. Oh! I'll definitely leave one in the cab from the airport. I think it would be cool to be the finder of a bright, cheerful piece of art in the back of a cab!

This time I didn't scan in my art because I knew if I waited until I had time to do that, I'd never leave this artwork. I hope someone who finds the art will describe what was found and where it was found. ;-)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Found Artists Bulletin Board

This blog is a community blog. Any member of Found Art may make posts here about the art they are leaving about town. To become a member of this community blog, send and e-mail to shari [at] foundart [dot] org and I will send you an invitation. No muss, no fuss, no seeing up your own blog. Just come here and post as if you were posting on a message board.

If you are an infrequent Found Artists and would like to have your art shown without having be become a member of this blog, e-mail your Found Art name along with your art files to shari [at] foundart [dot] org and I'll make sure they get posted and credited to you.

Have fun!