Sunday, April 30, 2017

6 x 6 x 2017 Art Exhibit - Rochester, NYS

My apologies, I didn't go online to read the fine print.  All entries for the 6" x 6" art submissions had to be at the ROCO gallery by April 16th.  But keep it in mind for next year? Check out the link below.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Decorated Papers - Part 1

These pictures cannot fully convey the beauty 
and textures of the Decorated Papers starting
to come in for this swap,
but here are some teasers:

From An M:




From Cynthia Y:




From Honi:




From Jan H:




From Jo M:




From Laurie M:



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saying Goodbye To A Mail-Art Friend

Dear MMSA Community,
Today I received the sad news that one of our mail art friends lost a difficult battle  on March 16th.  I began exchanging mail art with Andrea J. in August of 2013.  She described herself as being  "cynical" and her humor as having a "satirical bite."  Her post cards to me through the years included her witty, comic-style drawings.   She will be greatly missed.  I would be glad to mail interested persons a copy (of a copy) of her self-composed obituary if you will contact me via email.  "Goodbye Andrea..."



Cherish each person whose friendship 
(and art) graces our lives...  Honi

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Found Poetry Post Card Swap - Send by May 29th

What is found poetry?  It is seeking, and finding, a poem where none was intended. 

Phillip is hosting this Found Poetry swap again.  It was so much fun when we did it before.  To view previous mail art with this theme, check out Older Posts dated 05/08/14, 05/04/14, 05/02/14, 04/21/14 and 04/15/14.  

To get started, on a single page of text, find and select a few words or phrases.  Cover the rest of the words (with paint, ink, white-out, narrow collaged strips, etc.) to make the words or phrases stand out to create a poem.  It doesn't have to rhyme...
Created using text from one page
An alternate technique is to cut out words and short phrases from a variety of sources (or from one page), arranging them in any way that pleases you to create a sort of poem.

For each post card, create a background in any style you like, using your choice of techniques and supplies.  If you are going to cut out text for your poem, please do not compose something yourself and then print it out on your computer.  No digital art efforts please. 
Search for "found poetry" in Google Images and you'll see lots of examples.

THEME:  Found Poetry
TECHNIQUE:  Collage/Mixed Media 
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:

-RETURN LABELS
-POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE
-WAXED PAPER SEPARATING EACH PIECE

*****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, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by May 29th

TO:
Phillip Lerche
877 S. 3rd Street
Columbus, OH   43206

QUESTIONS:  philliplerche.usa@gmail.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from other artists)
  • 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.
  • 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 - Found Poetry" 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 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 "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 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, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Here Comes The Sun - Part 1

Four from An:






Two from Barb:




Four from Gail:






One from Laurie:



Three from Marsha:





Four from Rose: