Monday, October 19, 2020

Found Object Mosaic Ball

Found object mosaic bowling ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball: View 1 - Create Joy

Inspiration for my various projects can come from many sources.  Sometimes I accumulate treasures and items which I then try to find a way to use.

Found object mosaic bowling ball
Found object Mosaic Ball: View 2 - on stand

Literally, that's how some of my projects have come into existence.  This mosaic ball, for example.

Found object mosaic bowling ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball: View 3 - Love

I created my found object mosaic ball by covering a bowling ball with beads, jewelry, scrabble tiles, keys, dominoes, dice, polished stones, buttons, tiles, and bits of dishes and ceramic mugs... and more.

Found Object Mosaic Detail
Found Object Mosaic Detail 1

I was at a Bead and Button show where I bought inexpensive strings of the red peace beads and the white star beads used in this project. I bought the beads in 2013.

Found object mosaic bowling ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball: View 4 - Laugh

At the time I had no idea how I would use the beads, so I made this mosaic ball just so I could use them. 

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Found Object Mosaic Detail 2

The words LOVE (there are 8 of them) came from a mug.  The heart below the word "CREATE" is a favorite find I also wanted to use.

Found Object Mosaic Ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball: View 5 - Luck

This mosaic ball is somewhat fragile.  I used black grout and my black grout seems very crumbly.  The ball can't be left outside, even though I took it outside to photograph it.  I haven't had luck with scrabble squares outside, even after I tried sealing them.  And I have no idea how the dominoes or wood buttons would react to weather.  I keep this ball inside.

found object mosaic bowling ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball: View 6 - Peace

I thought using black grout would look striking, instead the result looks kind of spooky.  It made the scrabble tiles instantly look aged and stained, which wasn't my intention.  (Not a happy accident, but I have moved on.)  So I think of it as my Halloween ball.  The ball has a "Goth" feel to it.

found object mosaic bowling ball
Found Object Mosaic Ball View 6 - Grace

I went to an art lecture where the speaker pointed out the proliferation of words in advertising all around us influences contemporary art.  (Think of some of Jasper Johns works, Pop Art, etc.)  I've noticed words slipping into quilts, collages, and now my mosaics.  The word "Grace" - meaning God's undeserved love, is a current favorite.

Bead and Button Show
Shopping a bargain bin resulted in my Mosaic Ball

If you look closely in the photo above you can see turquoise peace bead strings from the Bead and Button show where I got my beads.  (See this post on the show.)  Of course, with Covid, the show wasn't held this year.      :(

Back in real life, the days here are ending earlier and earlier, and falls colors are nice but there are many gray days as well.  A winter during the pandemic doesn't look particularly appealing, but I'm set with craft supplies so I hope that I'll have a lot of creative output. 

I hope you find beauty and creativity in the next couple of months! 

Found object mosaic
A Final Thought for you...

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Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

It would never have occurred to me to make a mosaic or collage on a ball!!
A really original work, Jeanne
Hugs from Spain

Fun60 said...

I think the black grouting looks great. A very creative idea.

Veronica Lee said...

Love the idea! And how very creative!

NCSue said...

Very cool! I bet that was loads of fun to make, don't you think?
Thanks for sharing at

Peabea Scribbles said...

So original. I should have kept my bowling balls, but I do lack in imagination, but this is great. :)
Happy Tuesday.

Yvonne said...

That's the most interesting and unusual craft project I have seen lately. Personally, I would want a lighter ball, but that gives me food for thought. Don't let winter get you down too much. Since I am a gardener, I look forward to winter, when the gardens are resting and the crafts are waiting.

Winifred said...

I've enjoyed reading your posts. Love your dresser and am amazed at how you change the look of it with different china & ornaments. I'm too lazy, just keep the blue & white Wedgewood Blue Willow on it. The Christmas red & green style is beautiful.

I love your mosaics, touch of the Gaudi there. It's wonderful how you have salvaged broken stuff & created lovely artwork. Love your stained glass too especially the Madonna & the Angel your mother in law made. Lovely!

Joanne said...

I really like it with the black grout!

Marielle said...

This is such a unique idea. I love the way you've included such a variety of pieces in this mosaic that come together for an overall feel. Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting today from the Party in Your PJ's link up. Have a great day Jeanne!

betty-NZ said...

What a clever piece of art! I love that the pieces are meaningful to you.

Many thanks for your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week !!

Denise/My Home of All Seasons said...

I love this idea! So incredibly creative. This would be such a fun keepsake for someone special. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Linda said...

Fabulous creative idea. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

What a clever idea! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

Karen Dennis said...

What a fantastic idea#kcacols@_karendennis said...

Wow, this ball is AMAZING! Gorgeous and interesting, and I think the black works really well, not spooky at all, just very artful looking.thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Helen Copson said...

I've never seen anything like this, I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

Anonymous said...

I love your mosaic ball! So whimsical and fun. I’d like to invite you to join my Creative Compulsions Linky party on a Thursdays.


Shelbee on the Edge said...

This mosaic ball is so beautiful! I love the color palette and think it is great as a gothic Halloween piece but would also be so good around Valentine's Day, too. The message on the ball is much more love and kindness oriented than gothy and Halloweeny! So fun! Thanks for linking with me.


Sew Crafty Crochet said...

This is so cool! I love all the different things you added to this ball, especially the Scrabble letters, dominoes, and buttons! Such a fun creation! Pinning!!!

Coastal Bohemian said...

So much fun. Pinned. Would love for you to share at Funtastic Friday.

Navigating Baby said...

That is so cool and creative! I love it. Thanks so much for joining up with the #DreamTeamLinky hope to see you back again next week.

loopyloulaura said...

I love the use of words and shapes to create this piece. gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with #dreamteamlinky

Our Hopeful Home said...

What a cool way to use all those embellishments! It really does make a great Halloween decoration. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

Anonymous said...

I’m so glad you linked up with me! This beauty will be featured in this week’s Creative Compulsions.


Dana, A mamanista Life said...

What a unique idea, it looks lovely xx #KCACOLS

Shelley (Wander & Luxe) said...

What a fun idea! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

Crummy Mummy said...

Love the colours! Very creative! #KCACOLS