Sunday, January 7, 2018

Twelve-Steps Art Challenge - Post Card Swap - Postmark by February 12th

Most of our group swap themes are open to interpretation.  This time, I thought I'd put on my teacher hat and dictate what you must do, in a particular order.  There won't be a grade, no pressure here, and I don't have a ruler in my hand :)  This idea came to me last year as I was trying to fall asleep, so you know it must be good!  (???)
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I'm asking you to trust me and to
commit to this without reading through the specific 
numbered DIRECTIONS (below) ahead of time.
Take it ONE STEP AT A TIME as I walk you through it.   
I dare you not to look ahead at the 12 specific directions!  
Honor system. 

Gather these materials before you start:  
  • 1 - 4 CARDSTOCK POST CARD BLANKS
  • WHITE PAPER AND BITS OF TEXT, MISC. PAPER OR EXTRA CARDSTOCK
  • SCISSORS (PAPER CUTTER OPTIONAL)
  • WHITE/CRAFT GLUE
  • PAINT AND/OR INK (several colors if desired)
  • INK PEN OR FINE-POINT MARKER
  • A PENCIL WITH A NEW (FLAT) RUBBER ERASER, or, a Q-tip swab sticks (pinkie finger will do in a pinch)
  • OPTIONAL RUBBER STAMP(S) & INK PAD(s)
  • SMALL JAR LID, ROUND OBJECT or STENCIL WITH CIRCLE SHAPES - 1+1/2" - 2+1/2" across (diameter)

If you lack any particular medium/material called for, improvise.  
And- have fun!

THEME:  Twelve-Steps Art
MEDIA:  Mixed
TECHNIQUE:  Paint, ink, rubber stamping, collage
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"

Make 1 - 4 cards (most fun if made simultaneously).  PLEASE follow these instructions as closely as you possibly can.  Read and do Step #1, then move on to Step #2, etc.

OKAY.  

READ STEP #1 BELOW 
then
STOP READING
and 
BEGIN WORKING ON YOUR POSTCARD(S).

HONOR SYSTEM!  
NO PEEKING AHEAD!  
HERE GOES!


DIRECTIONS:

1.)  Apply one color (ink or paint) by brush, sponge, hand, Gelli plate, etc. to cover 1/3 of a white post card blank.  Allow to dry.


2.)  Cover the remaining 2/3 of your card with a different color (see step #1).  Now, you have two colors on your card.  Let it dry.


3.)  Cut THREE LONG, THIN STRIPS of white paper or card stock.  They can be of equal or different widths.  (Make them long enough to cover your card in case you might eventually arrange them PARALLEL to each other, PERPENDICULAR to each other,  OR AT AN ANGLE.)


4.)  Decorate your three strips with paint, ink, marker, or rubber stamps.  They can appear to be THE SAME OR DIFFERENT.


5.)  Arrange these three strips in any way and glue them down over your two-paint background.  Trim off any extra hanging over the edges of your post card.


6.)  Find a pencil with a smooth eraser at the end.  Press the eraser into some  paint smeared on a waterproof surface (like freezer paper or a plastic lid), OR, press eraser into ink or an ink pad.  Make FIVE paint or ink CIRCLES next to two of the three thin paper strips.  Allow to dry.  (This is where Q-tip swabs or pinkie fingers may be substituted.)


(NOTE:  If you have "goofed" in any way so far, be brave and press onward...)


7.)  Trace around a jar lid, round object or stencil ONTO A PIECE OF ANY TYPE OF PAPER (news print, book print, magazine page, cardstock, etc.) to MAKE ONE CIRCLE BETWEEN 1+1/2" AND 2+1/2" ACROSS.  CUT IT OUT.   


8.)  DECORATE this circle AS YOU WISH (paint, ink, stamping, etc.).


9.)  Take your circle and CUT IT IN HALF, then CUT THE HALVES IN HALF.  You should end up with 4 pieces that look like quarter-pizza slices :)


10.)  Arrange these four quarter-circle pieces as you wish on your post card and glue them down.


11.)  Now find a pen or fine-point marker and add some ASCEMIC WRITING to at least one area of your card.   (Ascemic writing is nonsensical scribbling.) 


12.)  Complete your design with optional rubber stamped image(s), then scuff around the edges of each card with an ink pad to give it a finished look.  (Okay to use a sealing medium if desired.)  Let it dry, write on the back, package it up, send it in.

SPECIAL REQUEST:  IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE MORE THAN JUST ONE CARD, PLEASE MARK YOUR FIRST CARD #1.  I AM CURIOUS TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE PROCESS WHEN YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS COMING NEXT.

Well, what do you think?  Was it fun?

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 SOON 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 SOON REQUIRE 71-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get into the mail 
by February 12th

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

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.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 - 12-Steps" 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 new 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 new "nonmachinable" rate of $.71
  • 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





5 comments:

  1. 12 Steps? Makes me think of AA or NA, lol, and since those are life-saving and life-improving organizations, I'm down with 12 Step art, as well. So if I've understood your directions, now that I've commented, and I didn't look first, now I can go read the 12 steps. I hope that's right, 'cause that's what I'm gonna do!!

    JoyceB

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  2. You brave soul, Joyce. We're treading on uncharted ground here, as I'm not sure this has ever been done before, smiles. However, there is a very old saying: "There's nothing new under the sun." I hope everyone who participates has fun with this swap. Honi

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  3. I just made a set of 3 cards simultaneously. It was a fun process.

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  4. YAY! Thanks for participating in this swap. Honi

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  5. I just finished my cards and worked on the first 2 simultaneously. I loved the results and had fun also.

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