Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Leaf Art Techniques - Post Card Swap - Send by September 25th

Impression over music paper background


Here's your chance to use some elements from nature to "make a good impression!"  We wanted to announce this before the leaves fall off the trees for autumn!



Joanne is hosting this swap.  Use a real "fresh-picked" leaf or leaves to make an impression, then design up to four cards to swap. You can use different techniques and media to get the results you want.

Some fun techniques to cosider include: 


Crayon rubbing over muslin fabric
leaf rubbing- use the side of a crayon (Why should kids have all the fun?).  Place a leaf, ridges side up, on top of scrap paper. Cover with a thin piece of paper or muslin and rub the crayon across the surface over the leaf shape until the image appears. Deli Waxed Paper is one possibility, among other papers.








leaf pounding- place a leaf ridged side up on top of a layer of scrap paper or newspaper on a firm surface.  (Not Aunt Grace's antique tea cart please!!!)  Position your art paper over the ridged side of the leaf (watercolor paper works really well, also muslin).  With a hammer, pound gently all over the shape of the leaf until you think the whole image has transferred.  Image will appear on side that touches leaf.


Pounded impression on watercolor paper
leaf printing-  use ink or paint of your choice to paint the back of the leaf.  Applying acrylics thinly works well here. Carefully turn the leaf over and place onto paper or fabric, rub gently, then carefully remove leaf.  Voila!


Three colors of overlapping inked impressions
THEME:  Leaf Art
MEDIA:  Crayon, Rubber Stamp Ink, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  Pounding, Inking, Rubbing plus collage if desired (Any background allowed)
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
CHECKLIST:
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SUBMIT 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SUBMIT
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SUBMIT
*****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***** 

NOTE:  If you want your art sent along in protected covering, send either cellophane sleeves or envelopes with your return address in upper left hand corner, one for each piece you submit.  A non-machinable stamp (70-cents) is advised for each one.

Put your card(s) in an envelope and send by September 25th

TO:
Joanne Lichtenstein
11041 Doxberry Circle
Woodstock, MD  21163  USA

QUESTIONS?  jelichtenstein@gmail.com

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 unless you enclose an SASE.  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, parchment or cellophane between the cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope, especially if you use glue, paint or sealant
  • Write “MMSA - LEAF ARTS" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  An email address legibly written would make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
  • LEAVE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE POSTCARD BLANK (THE PART WHERE THE ADDRESS "TO" 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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