Sunday, October 17, 2010

Well, The Mystery Item Sold - While I Thought About It



Gravel art. Yes gravel art. The newest 1950's collectable, according to me, last year.

And I was right. Gravel art has increased in value significantly.


I said somewhere, I forget on which blog, maybe my own, that I wanted ATOMIC gravel art, and I had never seen an atomic design gravel art before.

So this was the mystery item. It was a Buy It Now, just listed yesterday, bought today by someone else.


Rare? Yes.

Something I can make myself?

You bet! In colors and in a design I really want.

And what is that yellowing at the lower right portion of this gravel art? Yikes!


Thanks for all your opinions on the matter, $200 was just too much for an "artwork" anyways. No regrets!
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22 comments:

  1. I must confess, I was really wondering what it was. I know my mother made at least a couple of gravel art pieces.... the color orange comes to mind. I'll have to ask her, but I'm sure she got rid of them long ago!

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  2. The larger, rarer designs fetch quite a bit.

    As I said, in all my years of buying and selling vintage I had never seen any geometric atomic gravel art. Maybe it was out there, and I missed it!

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  3. The yellow splotches are where a cat mistook the gravel for kitty litter, and you can make that yourself, easy. :)

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  5. Glad to hear there are no regrets. :) I think making one sounds kind of fun.

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  6. DumpsterDivinDame said...
    I was definitly curious, myself! That's such a bummer that it was so expensive, but think about it like this: now for $200 someone else gets to figure out how to get our those yucky cigarette smoke stains ;)

    You're right though, what I love about gravel art is you can totally make it yourself!! I came across this link not to long ago! http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/ukulele-wall-hanging/index.html

    It looks really easy and you use aquarium gravel so the supplies are super cheap and you'll get to make any design and in any color you want!!! YAYYY!!!

    here's Susanna Anna (she's the person in the tutorial)and her originals too for you to get some ideas!

    http://www.gravelart.com/originals.html

    Maybe someday I'll try it too!
    enjoy!!
    angela

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  7. Ha ha yeah, i thought it might be cat wiz, or cig smoke, or water damage.

    Gee, thanks so much, DDD!! Will check it out.

    Yeah, I was going to use aquarium gravel and black craft cord. A board, a frame, and glue. How much easier can it be? Best of all, I get to make up the design *I* want!!

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  8. DumpsterDivinDame I love that link to make your own gravel art WOW thanks!

    And Miss ARH you know you can make it for WAAAAAAY less than $200!!

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  9. Yes!

    I have four BIG canvasses I can cover over with gravel art if I want to. Heck, a lot more canvasses in my Studio closet too.

    I need big artwork for the living room wall, and this might be one way to decorate one wall.

    I'm thrilled!

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  10. Don't you dare pay 200.00 for that! ever! Make one and send pictures, Please! Thanks for dropping you are sweetest!

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  11. Makes me think of Picasso ad Dali. Those prime colours will do it every time! Good you didn't buy it. Easy to replicate.....I guess.
    Jim

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  12. I also want to make an atomic gravel art piece, but can not find the miniature rocks to do it. I considered aquarium gravel but it is way too big. Any ideas????

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  13. Ha ha you are right, Hollywood Kevin! glad I didn't buy it.

    Keith, in the link above, thanks to DDD, they mention using crushed glass too. But back in my aquarium days, it seems to me, they make it in different sizes. Also at places like IKEA, they have colored sand. So, it's out there.

    I plan on making BIG artworks, so the aquarium gravel will work fine. I might need larger craft cord, but sure it's out there too.

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  14. WOW, that is nifty, but 200.00 bones might as well be 20000.00. You made the best choice, Miss A.

    Hugs from Chitown.

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  15. awww yay, it was my pleasure!!I can't wait to see what you come up with!! xoxoxo

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  16. It is awesome, but hey, not for this poormouse. I think it can be reproduced fairly easily! and..atomic is kinda simple and minimalist. Zoot

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  17. this looks new to me...i have seen masons work very artistic patterns on concrete walls in India...but nothing framed

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  18. I'll bet you could make one exactly like this one without the cat spray adornment. I love my gravel art but I'm not sure I'm up for making it myself--I like the vintage aspect of it. Which is why I have one kitty cat piece and one Oriental pair. And that's probably it for the VintageChristine Gravel Art Collection.

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  19. I love this piece. I am going to have start taking these collectibles more seriously.

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  20. We are as one it seems. Make one! Maybe it'll catch on, you'll make fabulous kits for the do-it-yourselfer, and it'll be the new paint by number. Maybe there were kits..

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  21. I remember making this kind of art when I was a kid! It was a ballerina.

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  22. I like the picture too...but I agreee with you... not $200 worth. Making a kit sounds like a good etsy project. Hmmmmm...maybe someone already has one for sale there.

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