Wheatpasting Street Art: 3 Easy Steps

This project couldn't have been easier! As a result I was able to crank out quite a few and leave my mark on both Newfoundland and Ontario. As you know, I love covering the world with my crafty street art and given how easy these were, it meant I was able to actualize my dream of making a little crafty street art 'alley' here in Twill and also contribute to the Super Art Crawl in Hamilton. Bonus!

Anyways, I thought I'd walk you through the process just in case you have a hankering to try your hand at a completely harmless form of temporary street art.Ready? Here we go:IMG_2080Step 1: Select an image.I photocopied a bunch of images from an adult colouring book called Magnificent Creatures. This is where most of my images came from. Just regular photocopying on regular paper.

IMG_1558IMG_2084There were a few that I made my own though, including this map of Newfoundland and the moose-head. The map began as an outline, I divided it up into regions and included fun shapes for colouring.

IMG_1581The moose head actually began life as a photo of a 3D wire sculpture! It was especially cool though because once printed it sectioned perfectly for colouring.

IMG_2097Step 2: Colour with pencil crayons.I didn't try markers because I have a theory they would run and pencil crayons were working so well.  That said I have heard oil based markers will work well too. Perhaps this is something to try for the future, or perhaps you can let me know?IMG_1579Step 3: Make up your wheat-paste and start pasting.It's super easy and totally bio-degrable. All you are doing is boiling up flour, sugar and water. Then paint it to your surface, the back of your image and then over top the whole thing. Presto bango, crafty street art for days, and days!IMG_2157If you are in Twill, I am happy to report that the wolf and octopus are still holding up very well up on Froudes Hill (our new street art 'alley') alongside Everyday & Every way. Go check it out and send me a selfie or if you are feeling very mischievous, perhaps you can make your own contribution? This my lovelies is actually gentle encouragement for all of you, no matter where in the world you are, to go forth and make your mark on the world and let me know about it!If you're not quite certain what to paste up, pop over to my insta and scope out whether I'm doing a giveaway. I'd be delighted to share with you because as you know, I aim to cover the entire globe in my crafty street art and collabing in this manner is extra, extra fun! :) Even more fun perhaps if you want to do an exchange of some sort? Whatever, just know I'd down for crafty street art adventures of all sorts!IMG_1609 

Every day, In every way...

Sometimes I think making crafty street art is a very strange hobby. I spend hours stitching up new projects, display them at home for a couple days and then release them to the wilds. I cant say exactly what drives it all except the desire to surprise and delight. Today though, my crafty street art has purpose, and that is to surprise, delight and conduct a scientific experiment!Somewhere in Thailand I realized the great potential of street art to communicate ideas about anything and everything, but ideas around wellness are what got me excited. Do you remember the Hoppiness Frog and when I craft-bombed my spouse with his mantra, Will Can Do?img_1265I have long been fascinated by the idea of using Positive Psychology and loving self talk to promote an optimal state of being. And of course, my crafty street art provides a fun and unique way to think about and then share these ideas with everyone (and their dog).I came across this affirmation while reading a book by Tony Robbins and it took me aback. It's such a powerful idea that it could almost be frightening to engage with. The flip side is, by engaging with it, I allow myself to take on an attitude of continual growth and development-which is essential in setting goals and dealing with setbacks.IMG_1654This mantra is actually ascribed to Emile Coue, a psychologist and pharmacist who 'prescribed' it, as a form of auto-suggestion, to clients in the early 1900's to promote self healing. He believed that a daily, twenty minute regiment repeating this mantra, combined with medication, could dramatically improve physical and mental ailments. Proponents of the field of Positive Psychology would take this a step further and suggest that it's a strategy to promote not just healing, but flourishing!The theory behind both schools of thought is that any idea that exclusively occupies the mind turns to reality. I love this stuff and figure that regardless of whether it's  proven to the highest of scientific standards, it's fun to think about.IMG_1732That said, I've decided to run my own, Twillingate-based experiment to get to the bottom of this. What do you think? Would your thoughts and belief about yourself change if you repeated this to youself each day? Could it then result in a quantifiable improvement in your health and well-being?IMG_1488This crafty street art is placed at the top of the hill connecting Twillingate and Durrell. It overlooks the harbour and Twill-town and given the amazing vista, is a popular walking route. I've changed my commute to pass it each morning, and must admit, feel wonderful while repeating it with emotional intensity the rest of my drive! IMG_1807It's only been up a week now, so I can't officially comment on it's effects but so far, it's looking very positive!

Street Art & Crafts

Knitting is definitely my main craft-squeeze, but every once and awhile I get a hankering for something different.The term 'Street craft' seems to describe my crafting preferences the best. It's a combination of  street-art +craft thus all crafty forms are welcome ie. knitting/embroidery/cross-stitch, all in an urban...or rural art setting. Looking back through the blog archives, I am reminded of some awesome, early projects and suspect that compiling them in one post will paint an entertaining picture of what street-craft is, Rock Vandals style!img_0504Here are a few of my favourite projects from the past; some of which are solo projects, some of which come from the gang. Perhaps they will inspire you to get involved in this highly accessible and playful form of street-art or make you look around your own community differently. Whatever the case definitely let us know what you think by commenting below or reaching out through social media. Hearing from you is a big part of the fun!Here we go:1) 0 Lives Remaining: This was a very cool project by Tronon&on intended to comment on the preciousness of life. It also stokes the ultimate question relating to what lies beyond! The crafty component of this project was donated (as a set of 5 no less) by Knit2, the very first Rock Vandals gang member.I take my knitted hat off to both of these amazing gangsters!image2) Art abandonment is where art is made and then left in public for strangers to take. Mo Wren is a New Brunswick based artist and RV-gang member who's very into this form of street craft.She participated generously in the Old Manolis & the Sea campaign by creating the zine, spearheading an installation in Canada's capital city AND knitting multiple starfish, one of which she left for a stranger at the Aquarium du Québec.Old Manolis and the Sea Zine3) Sticker Letters open up all sorts of potential project ideas. They are clean and official looking so this can make them extra fun to use. Here are a couple examples where I used sticker letters in rural street art. For what its worth, I also found them incredibly useful around the house!
5) Cross Stitched fence H'art: This project remains a highlight in terms of installation-bliss! It was my first and only attempt at cross stitch. I used parachute cord and one year on, this piece has weathered the North Atlantic storms very well. It's the only surviving piece of this post's collection thus still available for Twillingate-based selfies. If you want to pose with some really impressive embroidered street craft though, you'll have to make your way to Germany to see Miss Cross Stitch's work.image5) Leafy Encouragement: This project was so simple and allowed multiple opportunties to be punny; this is excellent squared in my books!IMG_07166) Potholes of Gold: Pothole season hit Twillingate hard in 2015 and as a result it inspired creative-action. I cant say for sure, but I can say for 'pretty sure' that that summers ensueing road repairs were a direct result of the Rock Vandals glittery protest. Pothole art is a mischievous form of street craft but also one that requires special attention to safety. Be especially cautious if playing in the streets, my friends!IMG_0500So there you have it: Street craft Rock Vandals style! Perhaps next time, ill round up some knitting to include in the fun!Knit well, Be well.

Crafting A Mantra: Will Can Do

Wisdom bomb, mantra bomb, craftbomb...I dont know what to call it but I like it! I heard a quote recently about how if you knew how powerful your thoughts were, you'd never have a negative thought again. This newest 'craftbomb' is inspired by this idea.I often use symbols in my crafty street art to spread an idea or message but rarely words. This is partly because I have been travelling through Asia where English is not the primary language; but also because knitted shapes are able to communicate non-verbally rather well. That said, my knitting mojo has been low since I finished the yarnbomb for Vietnam, so I needed to switch things up. Fortunately, my backpack-crafting kit is able to accommodate both knitting and embroidery and I had a project on back order. FYI: Embroidery is an excellent craft for long term travel on account of its very impressive portability. One additional point for Embroidery please!img_1264Now back to the importance of words. Words have a powerful effect on us, both consciously and subconsciously. Some people leverage this wisdom, by repeating valuable and empowering messages, or mantras to themselves during times of frustration or struggle. It may not seem like a radical technique, but you can be sure it's an effective one. In the short-term, you have a strategy that can boost your energy and morale when you're ready to give up. In the long-term, your consistent efforts pay off in the form of an empowered world view. Whats not to love about that?img_1265These two shirts were completed on request by my favourite bearded man. They aren't my typical, street-arts and craft style, but they do trumpet a message for all to see. My hope is that they prime everyone who sees them to think positive, empowering thoughts. Just having them around the bungalow has definitely been an inspiring force for me. I've been applying the Will Can Do mantra to my crafting goals (and challenges) and come out feeling very ambitious. If you want a visual of the power of positive thinking, check out this wild video. This little guy clearly lives by the Will Can Do philosphy *pun intended!Will Can Do is a powerful mantra, one that can both pick you up and propel you forward when you need it. Anybody out there use a mantra? If not, give Will Can Do a try next time you feel challenged and be sure to check back in with your results in the comment section below.  I am on both Twitter and Instagram and would love to hear from you.Also, I am experimenting with a new look on the blog so take a tour and let me know what you think.