Thursday, July 27, 2017

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


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!

by Davida


Some media ideas to get you started:
acrylic paint, White-Out, paint pen
molding paste, spackle, stucco paint
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

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

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