Monday, September 28, 2020

SLICE, ALTERNATE, & SHIFT - Post Card Swap - Postmark by October 19th

I had originally included four different stages/ techniques for this swap, but then I decided to divide them into two separate swaps.  This swap features two out of 'four ways to slice it.'

The approach for all four of your post cards will be COLLAGE.  You may enhance each collaged post card base with other mediums or techniques to complete it.

Participants will be making two (2) cards with the first technique and two (2) cards with the second technique for a total of four (4) cards to be exchanged.

For your first and second card:  SLICE & ALTERNATE 


 Full sheet of glued alternate strips

1.  Take TWO photo's, magazine pictures, or your own paintings with similar or contrasting color schemes.  Slice them lengthwise into equal-width strips.  I used 1"widths in the examples but 3/4" would work as well or better.  (They don't HAVE to be equal widths...)

2.  Then line up the strips, alternating every other one, on a piece of 8+1/2 x 11 cardstock, side-by-side in the order the images were originally arranged. 
 
4.  Glue them in that position (one strip at a time), alternating strips from the two pictures. 

 ALTERNATIVE option:  use a full sheet white label sheet with the sticky side up on which to arrange your strips, but be careful- if they get snagged before you position them, your strip(s) will be ruined.)

CUT DOWN YOUR COLLAGE INTO POST CARDS.  (EXTRA PIECES COULD BE USED TO MAKE ATC BACKGROUNDS FOR FUTURE SWAPS...)

Trimmed piece

For your third and fourth card:  SLICE/ALTERNATE/SHIFT

Full sheet of alternating, shifted pieces

1.  Select ONE photo, or magazine picture, or your own painting.  Select a contrasting picture (with obvious good horizontal lines like my mountain range) 

Slice both pictures lengthwise into equal-width strips.  I used 1" wide strips in the examples. 
 
2.  Then alternate the strip and line them up on a piece of 8+1/2 x 11 cardstock, side by side in the order they were originally.  

3.  Align the tops of the strips from first sheet so they all meet the top of the base sheet of paper. 

4. Insert the strips from the second picture/sheet, the one with horizontal design lines in between the first set of strips.

3.  Shift every other strip up (or every other one down) about one inch, taking care to visually line up the images of every other strip horizontally, see shore line in example.  

4.  Glue them to a full-sheet piece of cardstock in that position (one strip at a time).  (I don't recommend label sheets for this more complicated arrangement.) 

CUT DOWN YOUR SECOND COLLAGE INTO POST CARDS.  (EXTRA PIECES COULD BE USED TO MAKE ATC BACKGROUNDS...)

Trimmed piece

Okay. This should result in four cards, two of each design/technique, to be exchanged with your swap partners.  Please contact me if you have any questions about the process.

SPECIAL REQUEST:  If your resulting art pieces are thick, heavy, stiff/inflexible, please include extra postage, i.e. two postcard stamps  or the equivalent postage to make 70-cents for each piece you send in for the exchange.  
Thanks :)

Sample post card back arrangement

MEDIA:  Collage
TECHNIQUE:  Different arrangements of paper strips
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
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
*****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***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get them postmarked 
by October 19th

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 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 -  SLICE, ALTERNATE & SHIFT" 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".  Larger cards start at $.55 postage,  Iit must be thin and flexible.  A card that is 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

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Coffee or Tea TIme - Part 3

 Four from Beau:






Four from Ellen:






Four from Honi:






Four from Karen M:






Four from LaDonna:





Two from Lee:




Four from Margaret:





Friday, September 25, 2020

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WOMENS' SUFFRAGE - Part 1

 Four from Gloria: 





Four from Karen M:






One from Kathy M:


Four from Margaret:





Four from Renee: