Giving Crafting a Try

When I get down, like most people I have to find a diversion to take my mind off things. Some activities lift my mood more than others. Yesterday, it didn’t work. I tried reading a good book, watching an old movie on TV, listening to music, and talking on the phone to a friend. A little of this and that didn’t do the job so I thought about doing a new craft. I have tried many in the past and while I like sewing, painting, clay sculpting and beadwork, I had an itch to go a different route.

When I am in a certain frame of mind, I get crazy ideas. Remember the title of this blog is “call me crazy.” I normally think outside of the box and yesterday was along the same vein. When doing arts and crafts, you start with the chosen materials, what you have on hand or are willing to go out and buy. You don’t want to order them on the Internet and wait for days for delivery. If you are like me, you want to get going on the spot. If you are bored, in particular, there is no time to rush to the art store. It pushes the envelope for sure.

So I looked around the house and the garage for some inspiration. I also took down a craft book from the den shelves. Then on the floor, I spotted what was labelled as the best cheap soccer ball. Eureka! I could use it. It was an old, cheap ball that I use in my home gym for arm toning exercises. It had seen better days and had lost its shape. It would make a unique art project. Now what else to incorporate, I asked myself. I started surveying the scene again and opened all the drawers. I found some cast-off craft materials in the garage and brought them all in.

I started to tinker around and work on a trial basis. I put various items on top and around the ball. I wanted some bright color to offset its blandness. I wanted an irregular sculptural shape to offset the sphere. I decided I liked the look and sturdiness of small tree branches and twigs I pulled off the big tree in the back garden. I accented them with various geometric shapes made of foamcore. It was a nice composition consisting of a triangle, square, cone, and the round ball. It was neat. The twigs were painted black for an eerie touch to match my odd mood that day. The “sculpture” was a found object made of things from the environment. Found objects have been hot since the beginning of the 20th century and I have now resurrected the trend. People enjoy the surprise of juxtaposing odd things in a new way.

The ball was the centerpiece with everything else subordinate. It would look great in an art gallery or displayed in an office. It would be a conversation piece to say the least. It helped me pass the time and get out of a funk yesterday.