Tuesday, August 4, 2020

A Most Grievous Situation

To my wonderful fellow artists:  Today I saw a sneak preview of the changes that BLOGGER is forcing on all of us.  They have DRASTICALLY rearranged our blogsite format/set-up.  It's TOTALLY DIFFERENT from what we've been working with since 2012.  

I knew this was coming, but they teased with the option to revert to the Old Blogger, which I was planning on doing.  This is what they said earlier:

"In July, the new Blogger interface will become the default for all users. The legacy interface will still be optionally available."

Today when the weird new arrangement showed up, I couldn't even navigate from the list of group swaps to the Home Page.  So I opted for going back to the old format.

Now they say it's only a temporary allowance. 

I'm very, very upset to think that I may have to close down this site (and my own personal blogsite!!!) within a few weeks.  I'm on the verge of tears at the thought.  I had so many new group swaps planned out ahead of time for this summer and fall, and I've been enjoying the camaraderie and inspiration of sharing our art and friendship through the years.  

I sent in a complaint to BLOGGER but I doubt that they will even address my concerns, and if they DO reply, I'm sure they'll basically say "Deal with it."  I am also  pretty sure that I will not be able to do so.  So grievous and distressing.  I'm sorry to sound negative, but...  there you have it.  That it should end like this is unthinkable.  

Wondering if I could manage to continue groups swaps through the postal system, but there would be time lags and no group communications/comments or pictures posted for everyone to view.

When the total BLOGGER renovation is final (locked-in) I might not be able to post any further messages or pictures.  I will try to figure it out, but after my first look at it, I became totally discouraged.  So...

I'll finish up the swaps that are active now.  (Should I list a blast of swaps for the near future like Karen I. did before she handed the blogsite over to me?)  But I can't promise that I'll be able to continue (or communicate) after that point.  Just thought I should let you all know what's going on.  This breaks my heart...  

Your extremely distressed Swap Moderator/Blog Adminstrator Honi

Monday, August 3, 2020

COFFEE OR TEA TIME, HOT OR ICED - Post Card Swap - Postmark bh September 8th

by Beau
One of our illustrious guest swap hosts just sent this in:

"Don't you just love an iced cold coffee or tea on these sweltering summer days?  Maybe your favorite (like mine) is an iced mocha with a little extra chocolate in it... or maybe you love an iced tea with fresh mint sprigs.  Whatever your preference, let's honor our favorite coffee or tea (or both) on 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with other wonderful artists!"
by Beau
Volunteering to host this swap, Beau requests that you mail in your entries (no more than  four each) to her by the day after Labor Day at the latest so she can process this swap in a timely manner.
(Please let us know if your mail-in will be delayed...)


poem & collage by Honi
This is an open-style swap.  Choose your favorite medium:  collage, pen and ink watercolor or acrylic paints, pastels, colored pencils, or any combination that makes you happy, to illustrate/
represent your love for coffee or tea.


Alcohol inks and collage by Honi
MEDIA:  Open (your choice) 
TECHNIQUE:  Open (your choice)
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"


poem and collage by Honi 
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***** 
collage by Honi
Put your card(s) in an envelope and get them postmarked 
by September 8th at the latest

SEND TO:
Beau Sinkler
16 Burley Street
Danvers, MA  01923

QUESTIONS: Contact Honi at
s.h.greenstamps@juno.com


by Honi
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 - Coffee or Tea" 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", 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 $.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 Blogsite Administrator/Group Swaps Moderator 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, August 1, 2020

Summer Citrus Colors - Post Card Swap - Postmark by August 31st

by hhc
For this swap, think of the colors of summer fruit, popsicles, sherbet, fruit slushies or smoothies, etc. and then make up 1- 4 post cards to be exchanged with your swap partners.
Alcohol inks - by hhc
Along with orange, lemon yellow and lime green we could include grapefruit pink.  And aren't there some red oranges?
Collage, rubber stamps, pen - by hhc
Media/techniques might include collage, paint, ink, rubber stamping, etc.
Collage on paint - by hhc
You may combine colors and/or media techniques in your art pieces, or make each piece with a one-color focus color.
Collage and Deli wax paper, and rubber stamps - by hhc
You don't have to show fruit, although that is certainly an option.  :)
Collage and rubber stamps over inked background - by hhc
Our previous swap called CITRUS BLAST was featured in June of 2017, so you could search the site for some terrific examples.
Alcohol inks - by hhc

Collage, stickers, Deli waxed paper, rubber stamps - by hhc

Collage, rubber stamps - by hhc
MEDIA:  Your choice, combinations fine
TECHNIQUE:  Your choice
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 August 31st

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 - Citrus Colors " 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", 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 $.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


Friday, July 31, 2020

Four Designs - Part 3


From Gloria:

REPEATS

STRIPES

SQUARES BLOCKS

SWIRLS FLOURISHES

From Lois:

REPEATS


STRIPES

SQUARES BLOCKS

SWIRLS

From Patti S:

REPEATS

STRIPES

SQUARES BLOCKS

SWIRLS

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Looking Ahead/Looking Back (Rear View Mirror) - Postmark by August 24th *** UPDATED ***

You left without saying "Goodbye..." by hhc
"The past is irretrievable.  The future is unknown.
If we don't live in the present, we will miss the gift that it is!"
(Author Unknown...)

Seize the moment, 
make the most of the opportunities you have right now.  
Make art!
I wish I was still there...-  by hhc
For this rectangular art you will be creating two pieces 
if you are collaging:  

1) a rectangle background piece that will show what is ahead of you, 

Some of my"ahead view" rectangles
and 

2) a smaller mirror-shaped piece that shows 
what is, or could be, behind you as you drive.  
Some of my "behind" mirror-view images

This smaller piece will be centered 
and collaged on top of the rectangle.



(Those who choose to draw/sketch/paint could create the centered "rear mirror view" first and then design the "ahead-of-you" view around it, all on one rectangular piece of paper.)

SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATED INFO...


From the tropics to northern winter - by hhc
LOOKING BACK:  You could represent what you have seen in the rear view mirror (at the top/center of your windshield) while driving. Or- what you would like to see in your rear view mirror.  Or- whatever you could possibly imagine seeing in your rear view mirror.  Or- what you would never want to see right behind you as you drive forward!


I get the feeling I'm being followed!  - by hhc
It might be a herd of elephants chasing you, or aliens plastered to the back window of your car.  It could be a pastoral scene, sunset, storm, volcano, paradise island, etc. that you are leaving behind.  Or- whatever your worst nightmare might be!  Your imagination is the limit. 

AND
Hit the brakes!!!  - by hhc
LOOKING AHEAD:  To be a safe driver you must stay focused on "what lies ahead."  How about where you would like to go, or, what you would never want to see, up ahead of you, etc.  Show this view around the outside edges of (and behind) the mirror.

Take a few minutes to sit in the driver's seat and create the scene in your mind.  
From foreign vacation to sunset in Florida-  by hhc

The boy who got left behind...  by hhc
Participants may use their own rear view mirror template for this swap:  trace or sketch the shape/outline of a rear view mirror, reducing it in size so that it fits well-within the rectangle that should fit inside a standard long business envelope.  Or print out the (below) sketched example.



A standard #10 long business envelope measures 9+1/2" long, 4" wide.

I traced the outline of a car's 9+1/4" rear view mirror on regular card stock.  This shape would be too long to center on the "looking forward" scene.  So I reduced my mirror-outline image to 5+1/2" wide.  My looking-ahead rectangles ended up 7+1/2" long and 3+1/2" high.  My mirror shapes ended up about 5+1/2" long and just over 1+1/2" high.

(If you use a magazine picture for a background, your mirror shape cut-out  will have to be as small as, or smaller than, the width of the magazine page.)
Mirror-shaped card stock glued to back of magazine image before cutting it out

Please provide a folded long business envelope with your return label and postage on it for each piece you send in.  I would like to mail these out to your swap partner(s), each in its own fitting envelope.  * see note below

Your initial mailing to me may be thicker and heavier than expected.  A larger business-sized envelope or Kraft envelope might be needed.  OR, you could send in each of your art pieces plus folded stamped protective envelope separately.  One way or another, this will require more postage than our usual post card swaps do.


From bleak sandy wastelandss to lavendar fields- by hhc

MEDIA/TECHNIQUES:  collage, paint, sketch, incorporate photographs, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  No larger than 8+3/4" long, and 3+1/2" high
CHECKLIST:
  • envelope(s) with your return address label, stamp(s) (55-cents postage?) for mailing out each long card you make unless thick or stiff...  then- 70-cents each.
  • Your name and mailing or email address on the back of each of your rectangular pieces so your recipient may thank you. 
  • Waxed paper between each piece if you mail them in together
  • AND- 1 - 4 address labels (loose) so I can send others' fabulous mail to you (in their envelopes) when the swap is processed)  *** very important ***
*****ANYTHING THICK or TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY MAY REQUIRE 70-cents or more "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your long card(s) and envelopes in a larger envelope 
and postmark by August 24th 

SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065 U.S.A.

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four rectangular 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 each of your  cards in the fitting envelope you provide.
  • If you're sending more than one together, please make sure you insert waxed paper or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  Things are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - Looking Back" on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please include your name and contact information/email address on the back of each piece of rectangle art so the recipient can thank you.
DETAILS
  • If your card is thicker than 1/4", the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed and measured at a postal counter
  • 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

Monday, July 27, 2020

Four Designs - Part 2

Four from Beau:

Repeats
Stripes

Squares/Blocks
Spirals/Swirls

Four from Ellen:

Repeats


Stripes

Squares/Blocks

Spirals/Swirls


Four from Karin K:

Repeats


Stripes

Squares/Blocks

 
Spirals/Swirls

Four from Margaret R:

Repeats

Stripes

Squares/Blocks

Spirals/Swirls