Saturday, November 11, 2017

Three Elements Only Collage - Send by December 11th

Strip, square, Ladybug collage
This challenge, allowing only three elements for each post card design, was suggested recently by JH.  This will be easy for the minimalists and difficult for those of us who want to keep adding layers and lines and shapes.  Although the holidays are fast approaching, I hope some mail art swappers will find the time to participate.
Squirrel, domestic cat, word collage (Overall perhaps not technically "3 Elments Only?")
With a focus on collage, create your design by ADDING ONLY THREE SHAPES/ELEMENTS over any (simple or complex) background.
Diagonal strip, circle, rectangle collage
MEDIA:  paper, fabric, etc.
TECHNIQUE:  COLLAGE over your choice of background- blank, painted, rubber stamped, photo, digital background, etc. 
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
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
  • (NOTE:  Sticky art seems to be on the increase lately...)
  • 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 AROUND A 45-DEGREE ANGLE, 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 11th to:

H. Chassin
PO Box 142
Freedom,  NY  14065

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may send in as many as four cards for this group swap.  (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 - THREE ONLY" 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 also 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

2 comments:

  1. The first postcard shown - "strip, square, ladybug" - is on the window ledge right next to where I'm sitting! It must be a sign, a kick-in-the-pants to get me to join this swap :^) (The background itself on that card is a joy to behold)

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  2. Tricia, I'm glad you liked that card from previous swap. I have found that using brayer-swiped (and rubber stamped) Deli Wax Papers as a second layer makes for some interesting texture. Okay, now that you have made a statement, I will look forward to seeing your pieces for this Three Elements Only group swap. Ready, set, go! :) Honi

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