This technique could be lots of fun and potentially quite messy, depending upon a participant's coordination. Paint smocks and work-space shields, anyone?
For this group swap you will basically drip paint (or ink) onto paper, then aim a straw at the drips at a low angle toward the direction you want the paint or ink to flow. The narrowest straws seem to work better than the larger ones.
Next, you blow air steadily through the straw while moving your hovering straw around, back and forth, or in one continuous direction until the paint/ink no longer flows and/or you are satisfied with the pattern. Take care not to hyperventilate :)
This swap will be hosted by the wonderful, talented Beau. Liquid watercolor paints flow nicely on watercolor paper. Liquid acrylic paints can be manipulated on light-weight card stock but seem to dry quickly during the process.
There are some interesting technique ideas worth viewing on various YouTube presentations.
Participants may use colors over colors. It is also okay to accent the flowed paint/ink design(s) with rubber stamps, pen lines, markers... but let's save collage for another swap.
Make 1 - 4 post card-sized pieces to exchange with an assigned swap partner.
Stubby tree (by Honi) w/rubber stamped accents
THEME: Straw-Blowing Paint MEDIA: watercolors, acrylic paints, inks TECHNIQUE: manipulate paint drips by directing air through a drinking straw 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
WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
WRITE "MMSA STRAW-BLOWING" ON THE SIDE YOU WRITE ON ANYWAY, NOT THE ART SIDE
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****
*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND 45-DEGREES, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, AND/OR POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 71-cents "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE*****
Put your card(s) in an envelope and get it into the mail no later than Monday, July 9th SEND TO: Beau Sinkler 16 Burley Street Danvers, MA 01923
QUESTIONS? email@example.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 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 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 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 - STRAW-BLOWING" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems. Including an email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS WHICH YOUR SWAP HOST WILL 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 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 $.71
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 to figure out the proper postage.
INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.