Sunday, December 9, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Looking Ahead Toward 2019

Some varied group mail art exchanges are already in the planning stages for the New Year.  Watch for alternating formats, sizes, shapes, color combinations, challengesetc. I hope that many participants will find them interesting, inspiring and fun.

I always look forward to seeing your art as it arrives in my mailbox.  A day without mail art is like a day without sunshine.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Another ALTERED TAGS Swap - Postmark by December 31st

For the last group mail art exchange of the year, let's have another Altered Tag Swap.  It has been a while since the previous one.  

Two sizes of small tags, also teabag tags
I remember a very fun art session of dipping crumpled shipping tags into several colors of rubber stamp inks, then rubber stamping and collaging over them after they were dry.  
Wadding them up first seemed to help them 
absorb the ink.  
Watercolors might work in a similar way...

Any design or theme.
Optional media might include ink, paint, pencil, markers, crayon. 

Materials might include puffy stickers, fabric appliques, lace, doilies, thin embellishments like charms, sequins or beads, postage stamps, rubber stamped images, embossing, torn text collage, Magic Mesh netting, etc.

You may include twine, yarn, ribbon, etc. to make a loop, but it would be better to NOT KNOT thick yarns as they may make your pieces thick, and could possibly cost more to send through mail.  

SIZE:  Any size up to 6" long

You may send up to four tags.  
(You will get back the same number you send, 
each from a different artist)

DIRECTIONS:
  • Sturdy Envelopes:  Include a 9" x 6" Kraft envelope or large greeting card envelope (8" x 5+1/2", for example), self-addressed to you.  Your swap host will use this to mail your return tags.  Also, put your own address in the upper left hand corner of the envelope.  If you need me to use my own large envelope, let me know and include two extra self-address mailing labels please.
      
  • If you're sending in more than one, please insert waxed paper, parchment or cellophane between the tags so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Please write your contact information on the back of each tag you send in.  An email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.  

  • ALSO, PLEASE INCLUDE LOOSE POSTAGE:  TWO FOREVER STAMPS SHOULD COVER IT.

Send in no later than December 31st
to your swap host

H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NYS  14065  USA

Questions?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - contact the swap host regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements.  Rates may have recently increased for "package" or "packet" mailing. 

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Transparent Layers - Part 4 UPDATED

I think these are the last of the 
Transparent Layers Swap.  
Participants were very creative!  

Three from Beau:






Four from Doris:






Four from Elsa: