Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Year's Resolutions?

How many have made their lists of hopes and good intentions for 2020?  

Here are some starter ideas:
Make more art
Explore new media/techniques
Be bold, have fun!
Gather ideas from your surroundings
Welcome new mail art friends
Acknowledge received mail art
Visit art shows/galleries
View art styles online
Create more art :)
Send unexpected mail art to surprise someone
Make art without self-criticism
etc.

I hope in the New Year we will all find happy inspiration and enjoy new friendships. Here's to a good year ahead!
Honi

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Collage Sheets Elements Post Card Challenge - Postmark by January 27th

Several previous Collage Sheets Elements Challenges have been lots of fun.  Our most recent one was in 2014.  It's amazing how different the interpretations will be, when many people start out with the same images.  

The images shown here were arranged on 8+1/2" x 11" card stock, but I do not know how large they will print out when you download these three groups.



DIRECTIONS:
Download and print out * the three pages of images shown in this listing (any size/scale is permissible) on good quality paper.  Then use the images to create 1 - 4 COLLAGED POST CARDS to be exchanged with your designated swap partners.

You may alter the images, re-size them, cut them, duplicate them, etc.  You don't have to use all of them.  It's alright to use partial images from the sheets, and/or to repeat them.

Using your own choice of background is fine.

You may use images from  just one, any or all of the sheets by mixing up images from the three sheets to make your art.









The challenge is to NOT add any other images, but to only use images or partial images or
repeat the images found on these sheets.



It's okay to add paint, crayon, marker, rubber stamping, writing, but 
don't add any collage images 
other than the ones on these 3 sheets.


You should be able to click and save these images 
to your computer, and then print them out
on good quality paper.
* If you do not have a printer, or want a higher-resolution copy,
I can send the sheets through the USPS/mail. 
If you will send me 8 FOREVER stamps
or $4.00 US Dollars A.S.A.P., that will help cover 
copying costs and postage for 3 sheets in a flat mailer. 


TECHNIQUE:  Collage Using Provided Images
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
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****ART LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

*****ART THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ART TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 70-cents  "NONMACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get them into the mail 
no later than Monday,
January 27th, 2020

SEND TO:

Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065
U.S.A.

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com 

SAMPLE POST CARD BACK


SWAP DETAILS:
  • 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)
  • Mail your cards to the swap host in an envelope.  The swap 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 - Collage Sheet " 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 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 $.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 at a postal counter to determine 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

Saturday, December 21, 2019

DOORS - Part 3

And a belated wrap-up of another wonderful swap...

Four from Ellen:






One of four similar from Gloria:



Two from Kathie McC:



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019