Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Rorschach-Inspired Art - Post Card Swap - Postmark by May 3rd

By hhc - Fingertip- and
fingernail-guided Acrylic Paints

If you like playing with acrylic paints or inks, you will have fun with this quick technique for making spontaneous art with few materials and not much planning ahead.  

By hhc - Acrylic Paints


We had a similar swap in April 2017.  Here's a link:

https://mailmesomeart.blogspot.com/search?q=Rorschach

All you need is white card stock that stands up to liquid acrylic paints, or medium-weight glossy photo paper if you prefer using alcohol inks which flow more easily and have brighter, more intense colors than some acrylic paints.

Note:  using patterned scrapbooking paper for your background adds a whole different look to your overall design...  To see examples, click on link above...

By hhc - Alcohol Inks
Hint:  If you do use alcohol inks, I recommend folding, then opening and spritzing the photo paper with rubbing alcohol before dripping on the ink.

Use adequate ventilation please!

By hhc - Alcohol Inks
For the examples shown, I folded the post card-sized paper in half either lengthwise or widthwise.  Then opened and flattened it, dripped or dribbled a small amount of paint or ink near or along the fold, then closed the fold making sure that there was good contact. 

By hhc - Acrylic Paints
First I ran my fingers or a blunt tool like the side of a pen or dowel along the fold.  This gives you central coverage.  Then I used my fingertips or fingernails to "guide" the wet paint or ink from the fold outwardly to the edges, in a fan pattern All this while the paper was folded on itself.  Unless you use waaaaay too much paint (not much is needed) it shouldn't squeeze out the edges.

By hhc - Acrylic Paints
After you open and check the design, you can close it and keep working on it as long as the paint is wet.  And/or you can add another color or two and repeat the steps.  I added olive green paint to the dried medium green in the above example.

By hhc - Acrylic Paints


If you've never done this before, you will be amazed with your results.  The mirrored image is really fun to discover!  Your design could resemble a butterfly.  A monster.  A gold Oscar statue.  An exploding galaxy.  (Many of my results look like X-rays.)

By hhc - Acrylic Paints


You might have so much fun that you will make more cards than you had planned on, at least 1 - 5 post cards to be exchanged with swap partners and then some extras for one-on-one swaps!

By hhc - Acrylic Paints


It's tempting to enhance the images with pen, marker, pencil or collage to show details that support whatever your imagination "sees"- but if you leave your design as it turns out, viewers will be free to imagine or "see" something in the guided blobs of paint or ink.

By hhc - Acrylic Paints. 
See, I ruined this one for you


MEDIA:  Acrylic Paint or Alcohol Ink (or maybe other inks, too)
TECHNIQUE:  Manipulated media/mirror- image designs
QUANTITY:  1 - 5 cards to exchange
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4" Post Cards
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 REQUIRE AT LEAST 55-CENTS LETTER RATE POSTAGE.*****

By hhc - Acrylic Paints



*****ANYTHING THICKER THAN SEVERAL LAYERS OF INDEX CARD, ANYTHING TOO STIFF TO BEND EASILY, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, IRREGULAR EDGES OR CORNERS, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE 75-cents (NONMACHINABLE) POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get them postmarked by or before May 3rd
SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - 

PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING, please contact the Blogsite Administrator regarding using PayPal to cover return mailing postage, or make other arrangements. Also consider delivery delays through the postal system(s).  If your art doesn't arrive in time, and the swap host doesn't know ahead of time to wait for it, you will not be able to participate.

Sample template for back of post cards

SWAP DETAILS:

*You may submit as many as five Post Cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist,) 
*Mail your PCs to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the swapped PCs after the swap is processed.
*Please write "RORSCHACH INSPIRED" on the back of each post card.
*If you're sending more than one PC, I recommend you insert waxed paper or parchment between the
 cards so they don't get stuck together in the
 envelope.  
*Please write your return address or email address on the back of the PC so the recipient
can thank you.

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

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Resist You Must! - Part 4

 Four from Gloria:





Four from Jan:




One from Jo-Anne:

Three from Joyce:




Friday, April 9, 2021

Spring Is Here! - Part 3

One from Kathy M:

Four from Kristina:




Four from Melissa:




Four from Patti:





Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Spring Is Here! - Part 2

 Three from Andrea M:




Four from Angela:




One from Brandi:

Four from Gloria:





Saturday, April 3, 2021

Resist You Must! - Part 3

 Four from Jackie:




Four from LaDonna:




Four from Melissa:




Four from Patti:





Three from Rose: