Sunday, February 19, 2017

Washi Tape Madness (Post Card) Swap - Send to Host by April 3rd

This swap hosted by Laurie requires using real Washi Tape (not copies) for at least 50% of the design over any background. You may add extra collage elements, and/or sketch, use paint, rubber stamped images, duct tape, or masking tape as accents.
Her four lovely examples show how to cover a base paper with Washi Tape and then cut out shapes.  Or cut/tear Washi Tape to make smaller pieces before applying.

No digital art.
No photographs of Washi Tape.


CAUTION:  Washi Tape, being somewhat repositionable, is not considered "permanent."  In order to make your mail art safer through postal processing and to assist delivery intact, PLEASE use either clear tape or a sealing material to secure your layers.  Please allow sufficient drying time before placing your entries between waxed paper, then into the envelope you send your host.





Sealant Examples: 
Gel medium
Goden polymer medium
Ranger Glue 'n Seal
Mod Podge
Collage Pauge

Disclaimer:  This host makes no guarantees regarding delivery.  All pieces will be sent to participants "naked" through the mail.

THEME:  Washi Tape
MEDIA:  50% Washi tape, plus other elements if you wish
NO CORRUGATED "box board"
TECHNIQUE:  college and...
SIZE PARAMETERS:  4+1/4" x 6" maximum Post Card size (larger pieces will require additional postage) 
CHECKLIST:

  • waxed paper/parchment paper between each card
  • sufficient postage for each card
  • address labels for each card
  • adhesive tape tabs or strips on four edges of your envelope
  • email address if you want host to notify you of arrival 

*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, WILL PROBABLY REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by  April 3rd to:
Laurie Morris
1514 Senior Court
Lehigh Acres, FL   33971  USA

QUESTIONS?  Laurie 2287@gmail.com

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.  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 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 - " on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  A short friendly note or good wishes on the message side are always appreciated. 
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address 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 non-machinable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4+1/4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) 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 $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed 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, February 18, 2017

Repetition and Variation - Part 3

Two from Laimi:




Four from Dorothea:






Two from Lorraine:




Four from Sarah C:






Three from Veebee:






Four from Cheryl:





Friday, February 17, 2017

New Swap: RORSCHACH ON THE FOLD

I'm still figuring out how to draft, save, and post new swap announcements.  Please either scroll down to the bottom on this home page and click several times on  OLDER POSTS, or go to the OPEN SWAPS tab at the top of this page to find the link to the newest swap listing description which is dated 2/6/17. That's what happens when I work too far ahead of myself.  Thanks for your patience. Honi 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This Is My Work Space (Post Card Swap)- Send by March 27th

Rare View of Unidentified Mail Artist's Table


If a mail art pal dropped by unexpectedly, would you wish you could scramble to straighten up your work space first?  Well, don't worry.  We want to see what it REALLY looks like.  Maybe you are a neatnik.  Or maybe you work best in creative disorder.  Either way, this swap is a chance for you to let us visit (virtually, of course).




For this swap hosted by Doris, represent your work space, 
or some aspect(s) of it, 
with collage, painting, sketching, photography, etc.  
Include snippets 
from the floor under the table, if you want to.  
 Please be honest and portray it as it really is, 
not as you wish it could be.  Be brave!  We'll understand.  
(Besides, a cleared off table top is boring, right?)  

THEME:  "MY WORKSPACE"
MEDIA:  Your choice
TECHNIQUE:  Collage, paint, ink, sketch, photo, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  Post Card 4+1/4" x 6" 
CHECKLIST:  waxed paper between cards, self-address labels, sufficient postage, tape on all four envelope edges 

*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, WILL PROBABLY REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINEABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by 
Monday, March 27th
TO:
Doris Donnerstag
213 Oakland Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, NJ  08234   USA

questions:  d2475933@msn.com

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.  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 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 - MY WORKSPACE" on the back of each card to remind your recipient why they are receiving this wonderful work of art in the mail.
  • Please write your return address on the back of the postcard (in case of postal delivery problems) and consider including your email address so the recipient can thank you.  A short friendly note or good wishes on the message side are always appreciated. 
  • Leave the right side of the postcard blank (the part where the address 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 non-machineable postage.  Thank you.
Postage and Card Size
  • In order to use the postcard rate ($.34) your card cannot be bigger than 4+1/4 x 6 inches, and it must be thin and flexible.  A card that is thick, lumpy or doesn't bend, will require more postage. 
  • If your card is a rectangle bigger than a postcard, but still flat and flexible, a regular "forever" ($.49 ) 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 $.70
  • If your card doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should go get it weighed 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, February 14, 2017

Blue Valentines Swap - Part 4

From Barbara D:




From Cynthia:




From Doris:




From Ellen:




From Esther:




From Joanne L:




From Judith:




From Leah:




From Mary W:





BE MY VALENTINE message


Dear Swappers, 
On this special day I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who shares ART from the heART.  I wish I could send each of you a huge box of assorted chocolates. With a chart so you could throw out the bitter chewy ones, smiles.  Your creative contributions to this group brighten the lives of so many people, not only participants but also the swap hosts, and the people who view the pictures on our site from time to time.  I heARTily appreciate MMSA and wish you all True Love.  Honi
 









P.S.
I hope you are working on your For The Love Of Chocolate zines to be sent in on Tuesday the 21st...

Monday, February 13, 2017