My Very Own Found Street Art and Training a Street Artist

So, I’ve sort of a new job in Texas. In that, when I moved I transferred my part-time evening job and then got a small promotion to key holder. I only work part-time, but my hours are all wonky and putting together any kind of routine is nigh impossible, added to which I’m a caretaker for a four year old now and basically if I don’t have a panic attack in a day, I feel I’ve accomplished a monumental achievement. Like today when my car wouldn’t start because I left the lights on this morning and I didn’t even cry. That was a major achievement let me tell you.

There are plenty of wonderful moments in my new life here in Texas. For example, I saw this awesome chalk art as I was walking into work one morning and was able to take a  snapshot before it was washed away later that day.

dj chalk art

I also had a really great day with my niece. We went to a mall (there are only malls here in Texas, nothing else. They are very necessary when the heat index raises and my tolerance for being in the house decreases.), rode a carousel with a horse that had a purple saddle, and then my niece discovered this graffiti parking lot art as we were walking to my car. I honestly can’t tell if this person is for or against science with the Where’s Waldo/Jailer suit going on.

graffiti street art

I may have forgotten the stroller and the fact that the kid falls asleep in the car all the time and the soothing voices of a podcast telling Aesop’s fables meant that I carried a 45 lb girl past breakable dishes and down an escalator until I found a couch I could stake out in for twenty minutes, but I’m the cool aunt who will sit for ten minutes with a bowl of hot kool aid water to dye her hair. So I think I balance out to a win on the auntie scale.

Also, I sat for like thirty minutes and painstakingly painted with body glue and glitter a flower and a very suggestive fairy tattoo on each of her arms respectively. Because I’m hell bent on raising a my own street artist and you gotta start with fairy tattoos and pink ombre hair.

kool aid hair

 If only getting a real tattoo was as painless. I was going to say as easy, but honestly, putting temporary tattoos or glitter tattoos on a four year old is not that easy. Ah glitter, the herpes of the arts and craft world.

Yes, those are mushrooms she’s picking. No, I did not let her eat them. Sheesh, I may forget strollers, but remember? I’m winning in the auntie department. And I’m serious about the “raising my own street artist.”

street artist training

Pinteresting Pins

I do love Pinterest. Some times when I’m having a bad day I go onto the site and look around at all the cool stuff and imagine that when I am finally in my own place I can start doing things the way I want them in my home. Some day. You can check out my boards here.

Pinterest gives me cool ideas of things to make or do. I’ve already done some of the projects, but there are always many more to try out. I think my next one will be these frames with tree branches in them.

Or I just find some really cool art to look at. Like these glass sculptures which look like underwater creatures and plants coming to life from photo frames. Water is my Chinese element, so I prefer kitchens and bathrooms and art that revolves around water. Or this 3d printing of a sugar skull. So intricate.

Some times I go onto Pinterest just to look at all the street art. Street art is just so amazing to me. I could look all day at illustrations such as this one on the side of a building, or this one of a huge elephant head/ octopus thingy. I love art that looks 3d. I like when it looks like it is popping off the page or the sidewalk. Like these notebook sketches or chalk sidewalk art.

One day on the way to see a movie I saw this chalk street art of Wolverine. Way cool.

Wolverine Chalk Art

Nodds & Nends: Le Cats, 3D Street Art, and Frost Flowers

Cats cast in Les Mis as Les Meowserables. Adorable. [via The Mary Sue]

Speaking of cats, I came across illustrator Jenny Parks version of Catniss. Ah hahahahaha. Hilarious and wonderful.

This 3D Street Art is just amazing. It is so amazing that a lot of the street art gets cordoned off to preserve it. I really like it when people interact with the art. It helps give depth and perspective to the pieces.

I shared this Piano Bookshelf with Stephanie a while ago, and she posted it on Twitter, but I wanted to throw it up here on the blog also for those of you who may not have seen this amazing repurposing of a grand piano.

Did you know the stems can blossom into Frost Flowers? Or that that can form into Ice Ribbons? I didn’t. I’ve seen icicles that where as big around as a small child and hung ten feet from the roof of our house, but these creations are even more amazing. Gorgeous. I want to see one in real life! Pictured below is an Ice Ribbon by flickr user Sherri Terris as crestedcrazy. [via The Bloggess]

cc flickr user crestedcrazy's

cc flickr user crestedcrazy