Sunday, July 22, 2018

Six Summer Squares Swap - Postmark by Monday, August 20th

(Seashore, observing nature, riding bike/picking cherries,
travel, making art, catching frogs)
Let's try something a little different than our usual post card swaps, but similar to the Blue Valentines Squares Swap we had a while ago.  

Illustrate your Summer-themed squares with images, colors, sayings, souvenirs/memorabilia, photo bits that remind you of this season between Spring and Fall.  Here's a chance to use up those scraps on your work table (or floor). 

Collage, paint, stencil, Gelli-print, draw on six (6) squares.  The finished squares' size should be 2+1/2"  x  2+1/2".  These should comfortably fit into whatever storage arrangements you normally use for Artists' Trading Cards.  

You could cut six squares out of card stock and then decorate each one.

OR

You could start with a 7+1/2" x 5" rectangle, decorate it for backgrounds, then carefully cut it into individual smaller squares and finish with details as desired.

***Participants, send your SIX DECORATED SQUARES in an envelope, and enclose another envelope (greeting-card-sized or long business envelope) with your address on it, in which your swap host can then mail your exchanged squares to you.  

***Please place a 71-cent non-machinable stamp on the self-addressed envelope which will come back to you, just in case thick/ stiff/heavier cards might be included.

NOTE:  You might want to separate your squares with non-stick paper, waxed paper or cellophane to prevent them from adhering to one another through the mail. When I send out your exchanged squares to you, I will put them in cellophane Trading Card sleeves and connect them (flat) with Washi tape for less-bulky mailing.

Summary
THEME:  Summer Squares
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  2+1/2" x 2+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • Six squares
  • Return envelope with label, 71-cents postage
Put your squares in an envelope and 
get them into the mail no later than 
Monday, August 20th
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  
USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
  • Send me SIX decorated squares. (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Your new squares will be mailed to you in the LABELED, STAMPED envelope you provide.
  • If you use paint, glue or sealant, please make sure you insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the squares so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Cellophane sleeves work well, too.
  • Write “MMSA - SUMMER SQUARES" on the back of each square, along with your name and contact information.  Including an email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
POSTAGE
  • If your mail art is lumpy, stiff or thick  it will probably require the "nonmachinable" rate of 
  • 71-cents on the envelope
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, July 21, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

A Touch of Gold - Part 1

Four similar from Cynthia J:



One from Kathy M:



Three from Nanette:





Four from Patrice:






Two from Sher:



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Straw-Blowing Paint - Part 2

 Four from Kathie M:






Two from Lois:




Three from Rose:





Four from Sandra W:






Four from Sarah:





Monday, July 16, 2018

Decorative Paper Napkins Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, August 13th


Sample by Doris
How many of us have picked up a party napkin and brought it home thinking we might use it for something... or purchased a package of fancy paper napkins on sale?  Do you have a stash?  If so, this is the swap for you.  Doris has volunteered to be our swap host, giving us a chance to put part of our lovely fancy paper napkins to good use.
Sample by Doris

Handling ideas:  Carefully peel the layers apart from one corner or edge so that you are working with the decorated layer.  (Pick at it with a pin?)  It takes patience to handle this fragile thin paper as you apply it to regular card stock as a background.


Adhesive options:  white glue, Mod Podge, matte or glossy gel medium.  (Allow to dry thoroughly before mailing to Doris.)
Sample by Doris

Possibilities:  outline design details, add paint or ink or rubber stamped elements, collage on top of the napkin design, combine parts from different napkins, etc.
Sample by Doris




Make 1 - 4 pieces to exchange with assigned swap partners.

Summary
THEME:  Decorative Paper Napkins
MEDIA:  open
TECHNIQUE: collage and mixed media
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 - NAPKINS" 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 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 it into the mail no later than 
MONDAY, August 13th

SEND TO:
Doris Donnerstag
213 Oakland Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, 
New Jersey  08234

QUESTIONS?  d2475933@msn.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 - NAPKINS " 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 will 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

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Straw-Blowing Paint - Part 3

Two from Heidi:




Four from Honi:






Two from Janet R:




One from Jerry:



One from Jo-Anne: