How many of us have picked up a party napkin and brought it home thinking we might use it for something... or purchased a package of fancy paper napkins on sale? Do you have a stash? If so, this is the swap for you. Doris has volunteered to be our swap host, giving us a chance to put part of our lovely fancy paper napkins to good use.
Sample by Doris
Handling ideas: Carefully peel the layers apart from one corner or edge so that you are working with the decorated layer. (Pick at it with a pin?) It takes patience to handle this fragile thin paper as you apply it to regular card stock as a background. Adhesive options: white glue, Mod Podge, matte or glossy gel medium. (Allow to dry thoroughly before mailing to Doris.)
Sample by Doris
Possibilities: outline design details, add paint or ink or rubber stamped elements, collage on top of the napkin design, combine parts from different napkins, etc.
Sample by Doris
Make 1 - 4 pieces to exchange with assigned swap partners.
THEME: Decorative Paper Napkins MEDIA: open TECHNIQUE: collage and mixed media SIZE PARAMETERS: 6" x 4+1/4" CHECKLIST:
AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
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
WRITE "MMSA - NAPKINS" ON THE SIDE YOU WRITE ON ANYWAY< NOT THE ART SIDE
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 50-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 AT LEAST 71-cents "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE*****
Put your card(s) in an envelope and get it into the mail no later than MONDAY, August 13th SEND TO: Doris Donnerstag
213 Oakland Avenue Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 08234
QUESTIONS? email@example.com SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE: SWAPPING GUIDELINES:
You may send in as many as four cards unless specified by the swap host. (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 as-is 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 - NAPKINS " on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems. Including an email address legibly written will make it easier for your recipient to thank you.
LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS WHICH YOUR SWAP HOST WILL ATTACH
Include a mailing label with your name and address for each card you expect to receive back. (Your host will attach them to the swapped cards she mails 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($.35) 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 $.71
If your card is very thick, heavy and doesn't bend at all, the post office may consider it a package and you should 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.