Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ode to your favorite color - Due November 14th

Here's a wonderfully open-ended postcard swap from Beau.
Create postcards devoted to your favorite color.  You can create in any style, using any supplies and any technique.
Keep the card mostly mono-chromatic in chosen hue.
You can have some black or white, or a splash of accent color, but your work should be dominantly shades of a single color.

Get them in the mail by November 14th to:
Beau Sinkler
60 Rantoul St, Apt 603
Beverly, MA 01915

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards (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. 
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  This time of year thing are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you used any kind of paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA Favorite Color” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.  
  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • A note for your partner on the left side is always welcome
  • 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 attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines

Postage and Card Size
  • You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage. 

  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.47 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.68
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov/

Office Supply Art - due November 7th


Flex your creative muscles in a swap that’s more about process, then product. Rustle up some ordinary office supplies, and see how zanily you can use them in mail art.



For example, this starts with an index card, then uses various pens and markers, an empty Scotch tape roll and stamp pad, and a paper punch. Plus, an envelope (face), a UPC code from a wrapper on a ream of printer paper (mustache), shreds from a paper shredder (glued down with a glue stick to make the fringey, 3-d hair), and the end piece of cash register tape roll (for the hairband).

The theme is open, as are the exact supplies. If someone might use them in generic, office-type work, then they are fair game. Wander through an office supply aisle in a nearby store (you’ll get lots of ideas), but avoid items that are more craft- or school-related. 

Send your items by November 7th to:
Joanne McCabe
9965 208th St W
Lakeville, MN 55044-8815
 

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards (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. 
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  This time of year thing are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you used any kind of paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA office supplies” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address
  • Include a note for your partner explaining the significance of the art you created.
  • 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 attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines
Postage and Card Size
  • You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage. 
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.47 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.68
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:  http://postcalc.usps.gov/

Distressed Art Post Cards - due October 17th

Have you ever gotten to a point with a piece of art where you know it needs more, but you're afraid of ruining it?  Here's a swap theme from Joanne that helps us tackle that fear!   You're going to start making a post card, then take away or cover up part of it (no matter how much you like it!), then continue working on it to make it a more interesting piece.  Joanne describes the concept as two steps forward, one step back.  

For example:
  •  someone could start with asemic writing, cover part of that up with White Out, then continue with more writing, and perhaps some collage items.
  • A person doing collage could use sandpaper on a dried layer to scuff back part of the papers, then add some other items on top.
  • Someone doing watercolor could use a craft knife to scrape back or score, to reveal the white paper.
  • An acrylic painter could paint a design, wipe part of it off with a rag, and then develop the design further, perhaps by adding some gesso to further obscure the design.
  • Or, the most basic: create a pencil design, then use an eraser like a drawing tool to make stripes or other designs.
In this case, saying distressed doesn't mean your piece has to look messy, or worn, or grungy.  The idea is to create something, then use careful "un-creating" to leave a hint of the original, but the entire thing distressed somehow, to make a more interesting piece.  The idea is to overcome your fear of undoing something out of fear of ruining your piece. The erasers, rag, craft knives, sandpaper, gesso, White-Out are the point of the swap.

 Please write a message on the back of your card describing your "distressing" process since it may not be obvious when you're done.  Plus it's always fun to learn about new techniques!

Special note from Joanne:  PLEASE HAVE FOLKS INCLUDE THEIR EMAILS, EITHER ON THE BACKS OF THE CARDS OR SOMEWHERE IN THE MAILING MATERIALS. I like to contact people when their cards come in, so they know they've arrived.

Mail by October 17th to:
Joanne McCabe
9965 208th St W
Lakeville, MN 55044-8815

SWAP DETAILS:


  • You may submit as many as four cards (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. 
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  This time of year thing are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you used any kind of paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA distressed” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address
  • Include a note for your partner explaining the significance of the art you created.
  • 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 attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines

Postage and Card Size
  • You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage. 

  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.47 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.68
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.

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

Maps and Geography Swap - Due September 19th

   
Attention map collectors!  For this postcard swap, use a map as the base image,
or fragments as an element in the collage.  Use any other materials, but no digital collages.
Maximum 4 postcards please.   Mail by September 19th to:
Cynthia
1350 N. Lake Shore Dr. Apt 2202
Chicago, IL  60610-5151
 
 SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards (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. 
  • If you're sending more than one, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  This time of year thing are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you used any kind of paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA Maps” on the back of your card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.  
  • I highly suggest you write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and your email address so the recipient can thank you.   
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address goes)
  • A note for your partner on the left side is always welcome
  • 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 attach the proper postage to your postcard (see below for postal guidelines

Postage and Card Size
  • You are welcome to make any size postcard you want, but please pay attention to the following postal guidelines
In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A 4x6 card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, needs more postage. 

  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.47 ) stamp is what you need. 
  • If your card is an unusual shape (square, round) or is flexible but has some lumpy embellishments it will probably cost you the "non machinable" rate of $.68
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office considers it a package and you should go get it weighed to figure out the proper postage.

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