When you were young did the school psychologist show you ink blot figures and ask, "What do you see?" As if our answers would give him great insight into our personalities and scholastic potential. It gave me the creeps!
Anyway, have you ever folded a piece of sturdy paper in half, opened it out flat, dropped ink or paint spots on it, folded it closed, pressed it with your hands, opened it back up- and admired the resulting symmetrical abstract design? It's SO much fun to see what your imagination makes of it. Much more fun than studying cloud shapes!
For this swap (in post card format), you can start with sturdy white or colored paper. White acrylic paint makes a striking design against darker backgrounds, darker ink or paint stands out nicely against white paper. You can use several colors of acrylic paints or inks to make your design. (NOTE: paint is easier to wash off fingers than ink...)
Place drops near the fold, or on one side, or both. After you close the paper with the droplets inside, rub outward from the fold toward the edges. You can even use your fingernails on the wet paint/ink to make finer lines. What you end up with depends upon in what direction you rub the paper. After your design dries, feel free to enhance the resulting image by drawing in some details. (Don't mind the fold...)
I highly recommend glueing your design sheet securely to a card stock backing (or full-sheet white label sticker) to make it substantial enough to survive USPS processing, especially because the folded paper would be problematic for the automated sorting machines. The other option would be to include an SASE, although some people prefer their mail art to go through the postal system unprotected.
THEME: Ink Blot Design
MATERIALS: ink or paint
FORMAT: post card shape/size
waxed paper between pieces
self address labels
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NY 14065 USA
You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here: http://postcalc.usps.gov
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 49-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****
- 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 - ”Rorschach" 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.