Tuesday, October 16, 2018

LEAVES - Part 1

Four from Barb P:






Four from Beau:






Three from Cynthia Y:





Four from Dawn P:





Monday, October 15, 2018

ARTISTS TRADING COINS Swap - Postmark by November 5th

 Now that the wonderful Hand-Decorated Papers have been distributed, let's use bits of them as part of a new endeavor:  Artists Trading Coins.  These "coins" are circles that measure 2+1/2" across, and may have designs on one side or both sides.  Check out some YouTubes for inspiration.

NOTE:  If you were unable to participate in the recent Hand-Decorated Papers group swap, you may use your own decorated papers which you have on hand.
If you have a 2+1/2" paper punch, you are very fortunate.  Others may use a jar cover or other circular object that measures 2+1/2" across as a template or pattern to cut out the circle shape.
Consider making your COINS sturdy, but not too thick.  I have used several layers of card stock glued together or a thin cardboard base for collage on both sides.  Sealing the final layer of collage with ModPodge or a gel medium makes for a nice finish.

Make 1 - 4 COINS to be exchanged with your designated swap partners.

PLEASE ENCLOSE A LONG SELF-ADDRESSED BUSINESS ENVELOPE WITH TWO FOREVER STAMPS ($1.00 POSTAGE) FOR ME TO MAIL YOU YOUR EXCHANGED ARTISTS TRADING COINS.  THANK YOU.

THEME:  ARTISTS TRADING COINS using Decorated Papers
TECHNIQUE:  Collage, Paint, Draw, Rubber Stamp, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  2+1/2" x 2+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • ENCLOSE A SELF-ADDRESSED LONG BUSINESS ENVELOPE PLUS YOUR RETURN ADDRESS IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OR ON BACK FLAP
  • AFFIX OR ENCLOSE $1.00 POSTAGE
  • SUGGEST:  CELLOPHANE or WAXED PAPER BETWEEN EACH PIECE
Send by November 5th
TO:
H. Chassin
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065

Questions?  s.h.greenstamps@yahoo.com  


SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four COINS.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Mail your COINS to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the swapped COINS in the self-addressed envelope you provide.  
  • NON-MACHINABLE POSTAGE MAY BE NEEDED so please put it on your envelope before mailing to me, thanks!
  • If your art is sticky or tacky, insert waxed paper or parchment between each COIN so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Art pieces with glue, paint or sealant are very likely to get stuck together 
  • Write your name, initials or email address on the back of each COIN 
  • so recipient can thank you.  
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your return address and $1.00 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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

THANKFUL - Post Card Swap - Postmark by WEDNESDAY, October 31st

Flowers, the Sea, Sunsets, Dragonflies
 If someone were to ask you "What are you thankful for?," what would you say?  I think I'd say,"Have you got all day?" because I have SO many things to be thankful for, among which is this group of wonderful artists who inspire me and keep me on my toes.  

As the North American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving Day in November approaches, let's think about what makes our lives better, happier, more fulfilled and productive.  




NOTE: you don't have to represent the holiday itself unless you want to.    
I, for one, have memories of sitting at the "childrens' table" waiting for the traditional holiday meal which had been filling my grandparents' house with tempting aroma's for hours and hours...  Family gatherings...
Wildlife/Trees/Hot Air Balloons

Or, think about the (people or) things that add beauty and hope to your life.  







Kitties, and Times of Rest
Make up 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with designated swap partners.  Any media or technique.  

Please write on the back of your card something for which you are thankful. 


Beauty of Nature Details

Summary
THEME:  THANKFUL
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
  • SUGGESTED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - THANKFUL" on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ART 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 AT LEAST 71-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get them into the mail no later than 
WEDMESDAY, October 31st
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
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 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 -  THANKFUL" 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.

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





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

LEAVES Post Card Swap - Postmark by October 15th

Gold embossing over rubberstamped leaf images on paper
Autumn in the North Country is noted for wild winds, cooling temperatures and colorful foliage as swirling, falling leaves drift to the ground like bright confetti and cover pathways.  



Options for this swap include:


Acrylic painted-leaf stampings on paper

  • pressed/dried leaves
  • rubberstamped designs
  • leaf-rubbings with crayon or pencil
  • leaf-paint stamping
  • sketches, painting
  • collaged images




You can refer to previous leaf swaps for ideas, but this one is open to more numerous interpretations.  So have fun making 1 - 4 post card designs to be exchanged with designated swap partners. 


Rubberstamped leaf images and a real dried/pressed leaf


Summary
THEME:  LEAVES
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
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - LEAVES" on the side you write on anyway, not on the art side

*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS NEEDS AT LEAST 50-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ART THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ART TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 71-cents "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get them into the mail no later than October 15th
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
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 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 - LEAVES" 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.

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2018