Monday, January 10, 2022

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Working Through Artist's Block - Post Card Exchange - Postmark by January 24th

 Hello Fellow Mail Artists, 

I was recently asked for ideas that might help boost someone's creativity during these strange times.  This is what I came up with, off-the-cuff...  I don't know if this will help anyone, but it might result in some serendipity or swappable art: 

Regarding your artist's block:

 Shall I throw a few ideas at you and see if anything helps?  (You can set a timer and see how much you get done in X amount of time.  You may even find yourself going over-time :)
 
1.  Organize your craft materials and media (paints, pencils, papers, pens, stickers, etc.).  That may stir the urge to create something with them.
 
2.  Gather paper bits lying around and tell yourself you have to either throw them out or use them for collage.  (I REALLY need to do this!!!!)
 
3.  Play with inks or paint.   Play with your least fave colors, then play with your fave colors.
 
4.  Make up 4 or  5 similar or same backgrounds (post card  size) and then finish each one differently.  I like to start with a large piece of light-weight poster paper, cover the background with collage, scuff paint over that, rubber stamp over it when the paint dries, then cut into individual art pieces and finish each one with either more collage, or paint, or metallic accents, etc. 
 
5.  Assemble five things:  
a tool (scissors, hole punch, paint brush, ruler, stencil, etc.)
a medium (paint, ink, etc.)
a marking device (pen, rubber stamp, pencil, bubble wrap
fibers (threads, strings, fabric, etc.)
an odd item (paper clip, button, advertising, etc.)
 
MAKE SOMETHING.  

Let me know if any of you try one or more of the above ideas, and if they help.  Also, please feel free to post your own ideas, especially some that helped you.  Either post below this message in the COMMENTS space, or put a message on the COMMENTS/MESSAGES PAGE.  Here's to a creative new year ahead of us :) 

Participants:  Create 1 - 5 post cards to be exchanged with others who join in on the fun.

MEDIA:  Your choice
TECHNIQUE:  Your choice
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
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 58-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 78-cents (NONMACHINABLE) POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and get them postmarked 
by January 24th

SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - 
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I'm sorry for the inconvenience. 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Shoes & Boots - Postcard Swap - Postmark by TUESDAY, January 18th

(Famous last words...) Collage by Honi

Hello Fellow Swappers,  

Here it is- the first group mail art swap theme for the New Year.  This one is about Shoes & Boots, any kinds, any styles, any sizes.  

By Honi
Use your choice of backgrounds and mediums/techniques:  paint, ink, sketch, collage, rubber stamps, etc.  Think winter boots, summer sandals, high heels, loafers, cowboy boots, ballet shoes, etc.

By LaDonna

By Honi

Thanks to LaDonna for helping out by creating some samples shown here :)


By LaDonna



By LaDonna


By LaDonna

By Honi
For this swap, as is usual, participants may make 1 - 4 post card sized pieces of art to exchange with other swappers. 

Sample template for your post card back

 MEDIA: Your choice 
TECHNIQUE:  Your choice
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 (and email address if you wish) ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
*****ANYTHING LARGER THAN POST CARD SIZE LIMITS WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 58-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 78-cents (NONMACHINABLE) POSTAGE

Put your card(s) in an envelope along with self-labels and loose postage, and get them postmarked 
by TUESDAY, January 18th


SEND TO:
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  USA

QUESTIONS:  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

INTERNATIONAL SWAPPERS - 
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022!!!

weird food art by Honi

Wishing you all a healthy, 

creative year ahead.

Let's hope 2022 will be

better for everyone.

Make more art :)

Happy New Year!

Honi

more food art by Honi 

Friday, December 31, 2021

re: The Informal Exchange Sign-up List

 Just a reminder:  the Informal Exchange/Swap List gets refreshed every year end, so if you would like your information to be featured in 2022, please re-post it after I have cleared the previous listings.

Thank you.  Honi

Monday, December 27, 2021

Make Your Mark - Part 1

 Three from Alex:




Four from Cynthia Y:




One from Kathy M:

Four from LaDonna:





Friday, December 24, 2021

DOORS - Part 2

 Two from Cynthia:


Two from Joyce:


One from Karin:

Four from Mararet:




Four from Sarah: