Saturday, November 9, 2019

"TILES" Design - Post Card Swap - Postmark by December 9th

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown
During a recent road trip I photographed some tile work and tile design art in various places I visited.  Inspiration can pop up anywhere!  I don't think we've had a "Tiles-" themed swap yet, so let's give this a try.  (We're talking about "tiles" made from paper or card stock, not ceramics, of course.)




There are different ways you might approach the theme:

- fill your entire space with paper "tiles" (this may require some math)
- make a "tile" border around a central design
-feature one, or a few, decorative "tiles"
etc.

Participants may use any method to create 1 - 4 post card-sized art pieces 6" x 4+1/4" with post card postage (35-cents each).  These will  be exchanged with designated swap partners.  (Slightly smaller-sized art is fine.  If larger, please enclose 1st Class postage of 55-cents each.)    


Your design may incorporate collage, drawing/sketching/
paintng, rubber stamping, photography, etc.








A Google search for "TILE ART" may be of interest.  Or look at walls, floors, old tin ceilings, trivets around your home or place of work for some ideas.


What I did first (besides measuring and cutting out "tiles" from patterned scrap-booking papers) was to ink-distress the base/background paper, and its edges.  Then I used ink pads to "scuff" the edges of each "tile" piece before gluing it into place with white glue.  Finally, I put the glued post cards between waxed paper in a book, and weighed it down while they dried.

I suppose a thin layer of matte gel medium over the whole surface of each card after the glued pieces dry would help to keep them from peeling off.

The third example (below) was made using leftover paper "tiles," since I couldn't just throw them away... and all I can say is, "Tile work gone bad...." or "Cob job!"
I was working in the art room during a temporary power outage, so the samples shown here were put together by the light of two narrow windows.  At least the sun was shining today!

As I struggled with placement/arrangement, some sayings popped into my head:


"When in doubt, add more grout!" 
and 
"If you ever see tile work this bad, demand a refund and fire the contractor!"  

(After this "dry run," my enthusiasm for tiling a back splash in the powder room is considerably dampened.)

Summary
THEME:  "TILES" Design
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • RECOMMENDED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE TO PREVENT STICKING
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - TILES" on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

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

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get into the mail no later than
December 9th

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


QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will receive the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Write “MMSA - TILES" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  If  you will include an email address legibly written, your recipient will find it easier to acknowledge receipt of your wonderful art, and to thank you.
  • Your cards should be mailed to your host in an envelope/  Your swap host will mail them as-is to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please 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.
  • LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS PARTICIPANTS SEND IN FOR THE SWAP HOST TO ATTACH

  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you expect to receive back.
(Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails to you)
  •  Please enclose the proper postage in the envelope (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 is very thick, heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should get it weighed and measured at a postal counter 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



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES/ MITTENS - Post Card Swap - Postmark by Wednesday, November 20th


by Beau- Batik fabrics
For this (post card) group swap, the themes are either decorated MITTENS or decorated CHRISTMAS TREES.  You can make up to four post cards with either theme...  maybe one with a mitten, three with a tree, or two of each, or four of one theme... whatever you want!
hhc
As for materials or techniques, you may certainly choose any or a combination of techniques/materials:  paper, fabric, rubber stamping, stickers, collage, drawing, painting, etc.  

*****Time is of the essence as your swap host- Beau - would like to have all of your art in her hands by Wednesday, December 4th.  Please postmark your mail by November 20th at the latest so Beau can get it sorted/exchanged/ ready to mail out in time for you to receive your swap partners' art before Christmas. We know that the postal system is stressed during the holidays and we will do our best to get the exchanged cards to you before Santa comes to see your trees and your mittens!****
REMEMBER:  
OUR GUEST HOST FOR THIS SWAP IS BEAU 

by Beau- Batik Fabrics
Special Instructions:  Please enclose one (1) sturdy SASE (self-addressed-stamped envelope) greeting card size, about 7" long, 5" deep to accommodate the cards you expect to receive back.  

NOTE:  A 9" x 6" Kraft envelope should work as well.

If you are swapping more than one card, affix at least 70-cents (non-machinable) postage to your return envelope, or 2 FOREVER stamps to cover the cost of mailing 3 - 4 cards back to you.  (Some cards may be thicker or heavier than others...  Better a little extra postage than not enough.)  Thank you.




Summary
THEME:  CHRISTMAS TREES/MITTENS
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • A MEDIUM-LARGE SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE TO HOLD THE PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • 71-cents - $1.10  POSTAGE ON YOUR RETURN ENVELOPE, DEPENDING UPON HOW MANY CARDS YOU ARE SWAPPING
  • RECOMMENDED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE TO PREVENT STICKING
  • WRITE "MMSA - TREES/MITTENS" and your contact information on the side of the post card you write on anyway, not on the art side.  A short note is always welcome.
    hhc
*****ART THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ART TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, OR DELICATE COLLAGE MAY REQUIRE MORE POSTAGE***** 

hhc



















Put your card(s) in an envelope 
along with 
your S.A.S.E. and 
get it all into the mail 
no later than 
Wednesday,
NOVEMBER 20th

SEND TO:
Beau Sinkler
16 Burley Street
Danvers, MA  01923
USA

QUESTIONS? beausinkler@hotmail.com
hhc
















SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will receive the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Write “MMSA - TREES/MITTENS  " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  If  you will include an email address legibly written, your recipient will find it easier to acknowledge receipt of your wonderful art, and to thank you.
  • Your cards should be mailed to your host in an envelope.  Your swap host will mail them out in the envelopes participants provide. 
  • If you're sending more than one, please 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.
Post cards made from thicker cardboard (therefore stiff/not easily bendable)  
will need nonmachinable postage.  Thank you.


POSTAGE AND CARD SIZE
  • Cards that are larger, thick, lumpy or don'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 the "nonmachinable" rate of $.70
  • If your card is very thick, heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should get it weighed and measured at a postal counter 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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

DOORS - Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, November 25th

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I know we have done a DOORS-themed group swap before, but for some reason I am unable to find it in the archives.  So, let's do another one!


There are many options as far as media/technique:  collage, sketch/draw, rubber stamping, painting, etc.  You may portray an open door, a closed door, many doors.  A trap door.  A bird cage door.  A barn door, revolving door, screen door.  Some foreign countries have many very colorful doors!  And yes, there was a rock n' roll group called "The Doors."

It's especially nice to include a note or quote on the "message" side (left side) of the post card.

 Check out DOORS ART on the Internet for more ideas.





These abstract door designs were made by Renee B. 











Years ago I put together a home-made book with 5 themes, one of which was DOORS.  I had a lot of fun with it!  Here are some pages:
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Make 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with designated swap partners.  Send them in with sufficient postage enclosed for your art to be sent along.  Also please include self-address labels for me to affix to your exchanged art.  Thanks.
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NOTE:  Your DOORS design does NOT have to open. If you DO create doors that open and shut, I highly recommend we treat them as unmachinable art, using either cellophane sleeves or paper envelopes rather than sending them along with no protection.   I do have a supply of cellophane envelopes...
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Summary
THEME:  
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • RECOMMENDED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE TO PREVENT STICKING
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - DOORS" on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

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

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get it into the mail no later than 
Monday, NOVEMBER 25th
SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  
USA


QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host.  (You will receive the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Write “MMSA -  DOORS" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  If  you will include an email address legibly written, your recipient will find it easier to acknowledge receipt of your wonderful art, and to thank you.
  • Your cards should be mailed to your host in an envelope/  Your swap host will mail them as-is to other swappers.  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please 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.
  • LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS PARTICIPANTS SEND IN FOR THE SWAP HOST TO ATTACH

  • Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you expect to receive back.
(Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails to you)
  •  Please enclose the proper postage in the envelope (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 is very thick, heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should get it weighed and measured at a postal counter 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

TEXT ART - Part 5

 Four from LaDonna:






Four from Karen M:






Two from Joyce B:




Four from JAK:






Four from Ellen:





Saturday, November 2, 2019

REVIEWING SOME GUIDELINES

hhc - from SC beach - October 2019
Hello Dear Mail Art Swappers, 

I apologize for falling behind in processing the two most recent group swaps.  After a long road trip, fatigue set in.  But, I'm back.

Lately I have been noticing some issues which I would like to address:

  • Sometimes postage has not been included with swap art 
  • Sometimes self-return labels (for your exchanged art to be mailed to you) are missing 
  • Occasionally oversized art requiring 1st class postage (55-cents) comes in, but post card stamps (35-cents) are affixed or included, so there's a slight shortage
  • More and more stiff, heavy, thick, 3-D art is arriving requiring non-machinable postage (70-cents) or flat envelope rate postage ($1.00 or more).  Remember the smiley/frownie test:  your art should bend/curve to a 45-degree angle in order to go through the sorting machines.  Of course we can give it special handling, but it's going to cost more to send.

The 3-D art coming in is certainly whimsical and beautiful, but it does require extra postage.  Sending it "naked" or even in a regular mailing envelope without padding (thin foam or thin bubble wrap) to even it out can be a sure recipe for destruction in the sorting machines.  You work too hard on your creations to have a machine chew them up and spit them out on the concrete floor.  (Pardon the drama, just sayin'...  Reality is stranger than fiction...)

I realize that not everyone has the time or the means to go to an actual post office and hand each piece of art over the counter (as I always do), but if you can do your best to estimate postal costs it will help swap processing to go a lot easier.  

So... if all of you wonderful participants remember to enclose 
SUFFICIENT POSTAGE 
and 
RETURN ADDRESS LABELS

I would be happy as a clam (see photo above).  Thanks for your consideration and for being a part of this amazing group of talented artists sharing art with each other and the world.  Enough "blah-blah-blah" from me.

Now, to start posting pictures of our recent swaps...

Happy to be here,
Honi

Sunday, October 27, 2019