Thursday, July 27, 2017

White On White Textures Post Card Swap - Send by August 28th

By Davida   (Photo Editor pushed this toward the blue side)
The Merriam-Webster dictionary had a lot to say about "white."  A few selected definitions:
  1. 1a :  free from colorb :  of the color of new snow or milk; specifically :  of the color white (?)c :  light or pallid in color white hair lips white with feard :  lustrous pale gray :  silveryalso :  made of silver

  2. 3
  3. b :  unmarked by writing or printingone of the white days of his life — Sir Walter Scott
  4. a :  heated to the point of whiteness6
  5. 7
  6. of, relating to, or constituting a musical tone quality characterized by a controlled pure sound, a lack of warmth and color, and a lack of resonance

Isn't it interesting that both cold snow and extreme heat can be described as "white?"
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Be brave, make one - four post cards using only white items to create layers.  Our swap host will allow shades of variation, but asks participants to stick to white, whether soft-white, off-white, etc.  Remember, this is also about LAYERS OF TEXTURE.  
So get ready to collage, collage, collage!

Some media ideas to get you started:

acrylic paint, White-Out, paint pen
moulding paste, spackle
Magic Mesh
cheesecloth, gauze
seam tape
appliques
lace
paper doilies
white tape (no designs)
3-ring reinforcement circles
textured papers, torn, or small, flat folds
paper hole-punch-outs
plain white tissue paper, napkins, paper towels
small feathers (secure very well!!!)
eggshell bits (ditto)
sample/paint chips
threads, string, ribbon
white pencil, chalk, crayon
By Davida   (Photo Editor pushed this toward the beige side...)
ADMINISTRATOR'S DISCLAIMER:  When photographed, details of white-on-white designs may not show up well.  Be aware of this.  If we tint the pictures slightly blue, pink, or brown just to bring out details, rest assured of two things:  

1. The original artwork is actually in the "white" range, and, 
2.  What you receive will be even more beautiful than the images posted to this blog site. 

NOTE:  If your art is quite thick, be kind enough to include one non-machinable-stamp (70-cents) FOR EACH CARD, 
OR
if it is fragile, FOR EACH PIECE send your host a blank envelope and 70-cents postage so that she may send your art out protected to the new recipient, rather than mailing it out "naked" and at risk of damage through the postal sorting/delivery process.

THEME: White on White Textures
MEDIA:  Collage, paint, moulding paste, etc.  (no stickers or 3-D embellishments please, and no digital.)
TECHNIQUE:  Layering
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4" maximum
CHECKLIST:
  • YOUR NAME & ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SUBMIT 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE TO MAIL OUT EACH PIECE YOU SUBMIT
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS LABEL FOR EACH PIECE YOU WILL RECEIVE BACK
  • WAXED PAPER BETWEEN 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 August 28th

TO:
Davida Feder
4 Park Sierra Lane
Sacramento, CA  95864  USA

Questions?  dfeder3@comcast.net

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, cellophane or parchment in between the cards so they don't get stuck togetherin the envelope.  Things are very likely to get stuck together in the envelope if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - White Textures" 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.  Print legibly please!  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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Follow-Up on Glues and Sealants:

Check out these links well worth re-visiting for some information posted by Karen I. in 2013:

Let's Talk About Glue  
(Be sure to view the discussion/comments at the bottom of the blog post)

and also check out How To Seal A Bookmark

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAKE! - Part 2

Four from Andrea:






One from Barbara D:



Four from Beau:







Four from Ellen:







Three from Lynn Mc:





Three from Maria:






Four from Rose:






Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Little MMSA Business

Hello Wonderful Mail Artists,  

(No, it's not snowing here, although that would be refreshing.  I just wanted to offer a cooling image during the hot, humid weather some of us are experiencing in North America.)

I hope your summer is going well and you are enjoying time with family and friends, as well as participating in the various swaps. 

  • There are openings in the calendar for guest-hosts to organize a swap, if anyone is interested.  Yes, it is work.  Yes, it takes time, energy and requires good organizational skills and a little technical savvy.  But it has its rewards.


  • Several hosts have noticed the absence of postage with a few in-coming group swap mail art pieces.  Just a gentle reminder to please tuck in some stamps to cover the costs of our mailing out your swap pieces, thanks.


  • Once in a while we receive a post card with loose collage elements. The swap host has several options:  

1.  try and secure loose pieces/edges with glue or tape,
2.  mail it to the new recipient in an envelope which the host has to provide at her own cost, or
3.  cross one's fingers and hope the collaged card reaches its intended recipient all in one piece.

Options #1 and #2 take extra time and effort, of course.  Option #3 keeps us awake at night worrying about your art in transit...

  • Perhaps we could open a discussion about support media, i.e. glues and sealants, and other techniques. Here are some possibilities:

1.  white glue (my favorite, especially for magazine clippings but they tend to ripple)
2.  glue stick (NOT very effective long-term, in some cases)
3.  double-stick tape (a recent failure-in-the-making)
4.  Mod Podge (one of our guest host's favorites) or gel medium
5.  covering the whole post card with packaging tape or clear label sheets 
6.  stitching through the layers- very effective!
7.  Others?  Tell us what works for you.

  • Which brings up another concern:  some mail art has been arriving stuck together in the envelope, or even stuck to the protective waxed paper. Usually there is no damage but sometimes there is, with layers ripping off when we separate the embracing cards.  
It's like the waxed paper is admiring the art card:  "Oh, you are so beautiful!" and the art card is admiring the waxed paper: "You are so protective of me, keeping me away from those other cards!" They snuggle a little closer and then break into song, a la Huey Lewis "...I'm happy to be stuck with you."  (Pardon the humorous digression:)
  • One suggestion is to allow 24-hours of drying time before putting your art in an envelope and mailing it in.  (I'm told that Mod Podge dries hard, not tacky or sticky...)

As always, we would like to hear from you.  Every comment is carefully considered.  Have fun and thank you for being a part of this creative, friendly online mail art community.  Honi

Friday, July 21, 2017

Red White Blue Swap - Part 5

Three from Doris:





Four from Jan H:






Four from Jeanette:






Two from Kaprice:





Three from Lynn Mc:





Two the same from Teri S: