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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2011 2:58 PM CST

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For August, our challenge if you choose to play along, we will create a garden art ball. You may use any material, medium, etc. No rules except it must be a ball.

(Thanks to Robin for the ball idea and Sandi for starting this with her Moooosaics!)

Pike's Place in Seattle has pigs (http://seattle.metblogs.com/2007/06/22/march-of-the-pigs/) and other cities have animals or objects. Each artist is given the job to let creativity free and do their own thing.

So that's what we'll do with garden art balls.

To get your mind thinking:

lady bug balls:
http://recycledsmiles.bigcartel.com/

Teal Glazing ball with flowers
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=garden+art+ball&hl=en&sa=G&bi...

This isn't a contest, just a group event.....so take your time (or not!) Go ahead and post anytime...make as many as you want, in any size! Big Grin

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2011 3:30 PM CST

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Those lady bugs make me smile at the above link.

Also, the mosaics at the second link are amazing.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 30, 2011 3:59 PM CST
Oh, those lady bugs are just too cute! Lovey dubby
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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jul 30, 2011 5:19 PM CST
I'm in... I tip my hat to you. Throwing in the hat....
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2011 5:27 PM CST

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Hurray! me too, Charleen...in fact, I will no doubt get obsessed about this challenge....oh, look! There's another ball I can use! Big Grin
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 30, 2011 5:28 PM CST
Luv the mosaics too. It's been a long time since I've done mosaic work. Hmmmmm ... maybe now is the time to renew that. Confused Big Grin
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Name: Charleen
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Ridesredmule
Jul 30, 2011 6:09 PM CST
I have a red bolwing bowl I'be been wanting to do, this will make me do it. Unless I makie that flying pig with a strofoam ball. One or the other.
Name: Robin
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Robynznest
Jul 30, 2011 6:16 PM CST
I was thinking flying pig too. crazy.

Those mosaics are fabulous, someone has too much time on their hands.

Got to have a lady bug in my yard. I have an extra bowling ball. Too much to chose from, I'll have to see what I have to play with out in the garage.
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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jul 30, 2011 7:33 PM CST
I'm in. I would love love to do the mosaic, if someone would tell us how. Whistling

But I love the lady bugs too. I'll have to put my thinking cap on. Great project
Name: Lori Morrow
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enidcandles
Jul 30, 2011 8:07 PM CST
Here is a ball I did Jan. 2010. It has held up well in my friend's front yard; it is water spotted from the hard water here but not one single thing has fallen off.

It is a basic black blowling ball, painted red. I used GE II silicone for doors and windows as my "glue". I used coloring pages as my guide for the design; sadly I am not artistic but if you lay the stones out on the lines of the coloring page the design is very easy to transfer over to the ball.
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Name: Robin
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Robynznest
Jul 30, 2011 8:07 PM CST
I agree I need some kind of tutorial on how and what to use for mosaics. Grout? what kind so on and so forth. Lovey dubby Don't you just feel the love coming from us, those that aren't in the know. Big Grin
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2011 8:13 PM CST

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Like that bowling ball, Lori! Fun!

Remember, these do not have to be large and you can make as many as you want. They also do not need to be mosaics. We will have a tutorial eventually on Mosaics (I've been told Big Grin ) but for now, just have fun playing! Or Google "how to mosaic" and you'll learn some how to's! Hurray!
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Name: Robin
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Robynznest
Jul 30, 2011 9:19 PM CST
I'm seeing little balls all over the beds in different colors, kind of like and Easter egg hunt. Bright shiny colored mirrors.

I think mostly what would help is if someone could tell us how to glue the tiles or whatever onto the ball. Does the grout stuff hold the tiles or just for the in between
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jul 30, 2011 9:55 PM CST
Robin, just did a quick search, but this link might answer the basic adhesion question.

http://www.mosaicartsupply.com/mosaic_glue.htm

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Name: Robin
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Robynznest
Jul 30, 2011 10:36 PM CST
Thanks so much. it will help.
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Samigal
Jul 30, 2011 10:53 PM CST
Got bowling balls that I collected a year ago for mosaic work, still sitting here. Now is the time to get busy and try one. Have all the material, lots of glass globs too. Fun to see what everyone can do with this project. Sticking tongue out
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 30, 2011 11:46 PM CST

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Hi Debra... Hurray! thanks for the great link!
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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jul 31, 2011 12:13 AM CST
Once I got very ambitious and hot glued clear round balls (marble size) to a gazing ball outside. Needless to say, I am still finding those little balls in my garden bed where I had it placed. Who knew that when it rained they would all fall off. Rolling on the floor laughing

Here is another link for the lady bug bowling balls http://www.associatedcontent.com/image/137382/index.html.

And if you scroll down on this link, she tells all about adhesives for the mosiacs. http://www.the-artistic-garden.com/blog/tag/bowling-ball-gar... It seems like Liquid Nails and Rhino are at the top of the list.

Moving on from the bowling balls, Becky, would flower or succulent balls be another choice? http://www.topiaryartworks.com/sphagmoshanb1.html
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 31, 2011 12:18 AM CST

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Any kind of ball at all, Debbie. I think we will have fun and learn from one another. Big Grin

A lot of craft stores have paper mache' balls which I love. BUT they are for under the patio in bowls etc because even with sealer, they don;t do well getting wet. Ask me how I know. Rolling on the floor laughing But, that being mentioned, I love a large clear glass bowl with colorful mosaic or painted or ??? balls stacked in it.
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Name: Debbie
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Debbie
Jul 31, 2011 12:21 AM CST
Ah Becky. You have my head racing with ideas. Smiling

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