Friday, June 22, 2018

A Touch Of Gold Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, July 16th

Gold paint, metallic trim, gold paint marker punch-out's,
sheet rock seam tape, stencil
A metallic glint can introduce an element of glamour and surprise.  Whether it's a hint or an overall see-through sheen, there's something special about a touch of gold.  
Bubble wrap, stencil, sheet rock seam tape punch-outs, Washi tape


There are many ways to bring some "gold" into your art:

Gold Leaf
Rubber Stamp Ink, Embossing Powder
Spray Paint, Acrylics, Nail Polish
Washi Tape
Gold Foil
Gold Tissue Paper
Gold Lame
Gold threads/ribbon/filament
etc.
Acrylic paint and paint markers
As you use your creativity to bring some glitz or shine to the 1 - 4 pieces of mail art you send in for this exchange, please be sure to securely adhere any collage elements so that your art will safely travel through the mail to your designated swap partners.  Also, include extra postage for anything thick, stiff, bulky or over-sized.

Summary
THEME:  A Touch of Gold
MEDIA:  any
TECHNIQUE: any
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" x 4+1/4"
Acrylic paint, stencils, gold threads, Magic Mesh




CHECKLIST:
  • AS MANY SELF-ADDRESS LABELS AS PIECES YOU EXPECT TO RECEIVE BACK
  • 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
  • WRITE "MMSA - GOLD" on the side you write on anyway, not the on 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 AT LEAST 71-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get into the mail no later than Monday, July 16th
SEND TO:
H. Chassin
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, New York State  14065  
USA

QUESTIONS?  s.h.greenstamps@juno.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


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 as-is 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 -  GOLD" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  Including 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,  heavy 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

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dr. Seuss-inspired - Part 1

Two from Barbara D:




Four from Ellen:






Two from Heidi:




Two from Joyce:




Two from Patrice:



Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Straw-Blowing Paint Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, July 9th


by Beau
This technique could be lots of fun and potentially quite messy, depending upon a participant's coordination.  Paint smocks and work-space shields, anyone?

For this group swap you will basically drip paint (or ink) onto paper, then aim a straw at the drips at a low angle toward the direction you want the paint or ink to flow.  The narrowest straws seem to work better than the larger ones.

Next, you blow air steadily through the straw while moving your hovering straw around, back and forth, or in one continuous direction until the paint/ink no longer flows and/or you are satisfied with the pattern.  Take care not to hyperventilate :)

This swap will be hosted by the wonderful, talented Beau.

Liquid watercolor paints flow nicely on watercolor paper.  Liquid acrylic paints can be manipulated on light-weight card stock but seem to dry quickly during the process.  
by Beau

There are some interesting technique ideas worth viewing on various YouTube presentations. 

Participants may use colors over colors.  It is also okay to accent the flowed paint/ink design(s) with rubber stamps, pen lines, markers... but let's save collage for another swap.
by Beau

Make 1 - 4 post card-sized pieces to exchange with an assigned swap partner.







Stubby tree  (by Honi) w/rubber stamped accents


Summary
THEME:  Straw-Blowing Paint
MEDIA:  watercolors, acrylic paints, inks
TECHNIQUE: manipulate paint drips by directing air through a drinking straw 
SIZE PARAMETERS:  6" 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
  • WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA  STRAW-BLOWING" ON THE SIDE YOU WRITE ON ANYWAY, NOT 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 45-DEGREES, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, AND/OR POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 71-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get it into the mail no later than Monday, July 9th
SEND TO:
Beau Sinkler
16 Burley Street
Danvers, MA  01923
USA

QUESTIONS?  beausinkler@hotmail.com

SAMPLE MAIL ART SWAP POST CARD TEMPLATE:


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 as-is 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 -  STRAW-BLOWING" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  Including 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,  heavy 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

REPETITIONS - Part 4

Three from Susan A:





Two from Patrice:




Three from Honi:




Wednesday, June 13, 2018