Saturday, May 23, 2020

Red & Black & White Post Card Swap - Postmark by June 22nd

Collage by Honi
Art with these three colors:  Red, Black & White together can be very striking.  


Collage over combed acrylic paint on Gelli Printing Plate
by Honi
Participants may use collage, paint, ink, rubber stamps, etc. or any combination of techniques and materials to make 1 - 4 pieces of post card-sized art using these three colors, to be exchanged with swap partners.











MEDIA:  Artist's Choice
TECHNIQUE:  Use RED, WHITE & BLACK
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"


Washi tape and rubber stamped images over acrylic paint by Honi
CHECKLIST:
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
Collage by Honi
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****


Washi tape and rubber stamped image over acrylic paint background by Honi

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, MAY REQUIRE 70-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 
Collage over Gelli Plate print (acrylic paint) with hardware cloth by Honi
Put your card(s) in an envelope 
and get them postmarked 
by June 22nd

SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com


White pen-accented stencil work by Honi

GROUP SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - RED BLACK WHITE" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  An email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" GOES)
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.

Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.35) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "nonmachinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov

Friday, May 22, 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Old MacDonald Had A Farm - Part 3

Four from Ellen:






One from Eve I.



Four from LaDonna:



(a peek inside...)




One  from Mirabai I:


Friday, May 15, 2020

Another Decorative Napkin Post Card Swap - Postmark by June 8th



Layered collage by hhc

Here's a reprise of a fun swap  we had in 2018.  If you've been invited to a party, a "tea" or any gathering that revolves around food, you may have picked up an interesting paper napkin from the table.  There are so many beautiful designs as well as abstract patterns in the (usually) two-layered napkins.

For this swap, participants may use decorative napkins for backgrounds, or use cut-out elements as a major part of your art post card(s). 

You may add other elements, accent or outline shapes, add text or more color, etc. but let's keep the main focus on the decorated napkin design.


Napkin background, by hhc
SUGGESTION:
I found that, if I carefully peel apart the delicate layers  first, then coat my base (card stock) with matte gel medium, ease the thin decorated top layer onto this wet surface and pat it to help it adhere, let it dry, then coat again with matte gel medium as a top coat, this is easier than any other method I've tried. (A thin layer of white glue might work as well...)

Sometimes it is as daunting as trying to relocate a spider web.  Feel free to share other techniques that work well for you.  (One option might be careful application of iron-on adhesive sheets.) 


Layered collage by hhc
MEDIA: 
 Decorated Napkins 
TECHNIQUE:  
Collage 
SIZE PARAMETERS:  
4+1/4"x 6"

CHECKLIST:
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN (UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF BACK, PLEASE)

*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES- WILL REQUIRE 70-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Layered napkins, pen outlines, by hhc
Put your card(s) (and labels and postage)
in an envelope 
and get them postmarked 
by June 8th

Example of post card back

SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

GROUP SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Your cards will be mailed to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail them "naked" to other swappers.  International swappers, usually we mail all pieces of your swapped art together in one envelope as it is more economical (and protective).
  • If you're sending more than one, consider inserting waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - DECO NAPKINS  " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  An email address legibly written will make it easier for your recipient to acknowledge receiving your art and to thank you.
  • LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" GOES)
  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you create
    (Your host will attach them to the cards she mails back to you)

  •  Please include the proper postage in the envelope or adhere stamps to your postcards (see below for postal guidelines)
  • Postcards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  will need nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.35) your card cannot be bigger than 6"
     x  4+1/4", and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is larger, thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "nonmachinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov