Sunday, December 31, 2017

Are You Ready For 2018?!?!?!?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Collage over watercolor background
What a full year we had in 2017.  It was exciting 
to see so many mail art swap themes interpreted 
by various participants.
  
Some different, and I hope challenging and fun, 
swaps are being planned for the new year ahead of us.  
I look forward to seeing more art, and enjoying 
the friendships and inspiration that accompany 
our exchanges through the mail.  
Feel free to send any questions or ideas my way. 

We say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018, 
anticipating the continued creativity 
that adds a vital dimension to our lives as artists.  

Keep on making art!  
Honi

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Sketchbook Project & Liberate Your Art

I was just made aware of this creative opportunity, which unfortunately has a deadline of January 5th.  Perhaps some will be interested in preparing for participation in 2019.   

Here is a link:

https://www.sketchbookproject.com/about

Also, Kat Sloma is hosting a Liberate Your Art 2018 event involving post card art.

Friday, December 29, 2017

RE-SETTING INFORMAL EXCHANGE SIGN-UP PAGE

Paper napkin rose collaged onto painted/melted Tyvek, sequin waste, acrylic paint
Just a reminder:  mail art swappers' information on the Informal Exchange Sign-Up page may be cleared out at the end of 2017, with the opportunity to sign up again in January 2018.  Older information on the Wanna Trade page and the Received, Messages, Comments page may also be removed.  
Feel free to post a new message.  Honi

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Three Elements Only Collage - Part 3

Four from Sarah:






Three from Patrice:





Two from Joyce:




Four from Jeannette:






Four from Jan H:






Four from Anna R:





Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Can It Go As A "Post Card?"

There have been recent questions regarding how much it costs to send our mail art through the postal system.

Maximum size for post cards is 6" x 4+1/2".  If thin and flexible, they can be mailed for 34-cents.

Pieces larger than that require at least 49-cents (one FOREVER stamp). 

Thick pieces of art, i.e. card board or photo matte, will require at least 70-cents postage each.  If it's REALLY thick (heavily collaged, for example), it may require approximately $3.00 to send out.

Here's a technique to determine whether your art is too thick/stiff to slip by at the post card rate:  

1.  Hold your card with both hands (right hand on right edge of card, left hand on left edge of card).
2.  Then bend the card downward or upward bringing your hands closer together, and see if you can make a big SMILE or FROWN shape.  
3.  If your card doesn't flex easily, it will require non-machinable postage.
4.  If you flex your card and collage elements begin to lift off (or fall off), you can re-glue, then weight it down to dry before sending it in.  And/or enclose a cellophane sleeve or plain envelope with 70-cents postage so your art piece can be mailed on to your swap partner in a protected manner.  

Taking your mail art to a post office counter and having a clerk weigh/measure it is a good way to determine postage required.  I do realize, however, that most people aren't fortunate enough to have a post office just down the road, as I do :) 

Please keep in mind that the person who usually ends up paying for insufficient postage is your recipient... Or the group swap host :)
Honi  

Three Elements Only Collage - Part 2

Three from Jo-Anne:





Four from Ellen:






Four from Cynthia:





Two from Clover:



Tuesday, December 26, 2017