Sunday, October 29, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Resist It! Technique Post Card Swap - Send by December 4th

Frayed jute/twine on Gelli plate
No, this isn't about chocolate :)

"Resist" technique is a way to make a pattern by using something to interfere with a medium (paint, ink, etc.)  Here is a partial list of materials you can use to "block" a medium and make patterns: 
Rubber Cement Resist and Watercolors




  • string and rubber bands
  • frayed brown jute/twine (messy but fun)
  • torn (or cut) paper strips or shapes
  • doilies/lace
  • drizzled (and later removed) rubber cement (works great with watercolors)
  • masque liquid
  • metal hardware cloth
  • other found items
  • crayon or candle wax
  • Frayed jute/twine on Gelli plate
  • etc.
torn paper resist on Gelli plate


Let's save stencil techniques for another swap.

Your design will involve finding a way to block part of the medium you use for your background, and then you can add details (drawn lines, minimal collage, over-stamping, etc.) if you want to.  

Attention:  Please make a note on the back of your post card(s) to let your swap recipient know what you used for a resist.  Thank you.

THEME:  Block/resist with various objects
MEDIA:  paints (acrylic, watercolor, spray), ink, crayon, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  spray, rub, brush, drizzle,  brayer, fold, etc.
Paints may be added over a resist on a Gelli Plate or applied with brushes, fingers, sponges, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/2"
CHECKLIST:
  • ADDRESS LABELS FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN 
  • SUFFICIENT POSTAGE FOR EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****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  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 
Put your card(s) in an envelope and mail 
no later than DECEMBER 4th

TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065
U.S.A.

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@yahoo.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in 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, 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 - Resist" 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 nonmachinable 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 "nonmachinable" 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


Squares Shapes Swap - Part 4

Four from Jan H:






Four from Lois:






Four from Patrice:






Three from Wanda:




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Squares Shapes Swap - Part 3

Four from Ellen:






Four from Gloria:






Four from Jeannette:






One from Kathy M:



One from Ria:



Four from Yayoi: