Wednesday, August 8, 2018

An Eye On Art Post Card Swap - Postmark by Tuesday, September 4th

Sample by Beau
There is a saying: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  
Our guest host for this swap,  
which is very open to interpretation, 
is Beau.

Sample by Beau
You might design an eye with an amazing make-up pattern.  You could draw, paint, and/or collage an eye reflecting something, seeing something.

It doesn't have to be a human eye. 

It could be a very abstract design.  Perhaps you will think of other approaches or representations.  Maybe even "eye candy."
For this swap, feature one eye 
as the main element in your design.  
Any backgrounds, media or techniques allowed. 
Sample by Honi

SUMMARY:
THEME:  Artistic eye
MEDIA:  Open
TECHNIQUE:  Open
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6+1/4" 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
  • RECOMMENDED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - EYE" on the side you write on anyway, not  on 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 71-cents "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE*****

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get them into the mail no later than Tuesday, September 4th
SEND TO:
Beau Sinkler
16 Burley Street
Danvers, MA  01923
U.S.A.

QUESTIONS?  beausinkler@hotmail.com
Sample Template for Post Card Back 

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 "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 the name of the swap theme on the back of each card "MMSA - EYE" 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 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 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.

You can find all the postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here: http://postcalc.usps.gov

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