Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

2020 - Post Card Swap- Postmark by Tuesday, December 31st

Composite of  six elements
What comes to mind when you see "2020?"  Vision charts at the eye doctor's office?  Or, the New Year (Year of the Rat) and a new decade ahead of us?

For this group swap, use any paper-friendly or fabric-friendly media/technique (or combination) to illustrate the concept and make 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with designated swap partners.  

I'm listing this swap early to allow more time, since many may be busy celebrating the holidays and/or traveling (or shoveling snow!). So, take this theme and have fun with it!


Summary
THEME:  2020
MEDIA:  paper, fabric
TECHNIQUE: Collage, painting, rubber stamping, drawing, etc.
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
  • RECOMMENDED:  WAXED PAPER, PARCHMENT OR CELLOPHANE BETWEEN EACH PIECE TO PREVENT STICKING
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON EACH PIECE YOU SEND IN
  • WRITE "MMSA - 2020 " on the side you write on anyway, not the on art side
*****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, DELICATE COLLAGE, DESIGNS WITH ART EXTENDING OVER THE EDGES, POST CARDS ENCASED IN CELLOPHANE SLEEVES, WILL REQUIRE AT LEAST 70-cents  "NON-MACHINABLE" POSTAGE***** 

Put your card(s) in an envelope and 
get it into the mail no later than 
Tuesday, December 31st.  

SEND TO:
Honi C.
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 receive the same number you send, each from a different artist).
  • Write “MMSA -2020" on the back of each card and attach your return address in the UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER in case of postal delivery problems.  If  you will include an email address legibly written, your recipient will find it easier to acknowledge receipt of your wonderful art, and to thank you.
  • Your cards should be mailed to your host in an envelope/  Your swap host will mail them as-is to other swappers (unless they require special handling.)  International swappers may request to have them all mailed together in one envelope.
  • If you're sending more than one, please 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.
  • LEAVE SPACE FOR THE "ADDRESS TO" LABELS PARTICIPANTS SEND IN FOR THE SWAP HOST TO 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 enclose the proper postage in the envelope (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 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 at a postal counter 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, December 5, 2019

Monday, December 2, 2019

WHITE-ON-WHITE TEXTURE Artist Trading Cards Swap - Postmark by December 23rd


Moulding paste through stencil,
Mother-of-Pearl buttons

As Winter moves in ahead of the calendar, many of us in North America are seeing white.  Shoveling white.  Driving through white.  Shivering in white.  Let's make some White-on-White art. 

(Yes, we had a White swap last winter, but for those who were asking for a "Snowflakes" swap, you can make it happen here :)   


I promise I'm already preparing a more colorful swap theme for a future exchange.   

Sheet rock tape, Mother-of-Pearl button



My method, for example:  Starting with two full-sheet cardstock papers, I painted the backgrounds for these samples using white, off-white and light gray acrylic paints and pearl paint After they dried I cut the sheets into 2+1/2" x 3+1/2" rectangles to make Artists' Trading Cards and finished decorating them.  

Magic Mesh, moulding paste through
stencil, Mother-of-pearl buttons

Your ATC's may be made individually if you prefer.  Your art may be oriented either horizontally or vertically.

Please limit your color choices to shades of white and light gray. Think "white-out" and "snow storm."  








Define your design with TEXTURE.  Some possible materials/media to consider:  moulding paste, low profile seed beads and buttons, ephemera, mesh/netting/ gauze, tissue paper, fibers/ribbon, scrapbooking findings, etc.
seashells and gauze "netting"

You could cover your ATC surface with shapes and textures and then- paint the whole textured surface white.  

Be sure to include your name and contact information on the back of each piece of art so that your recipient may acknowledge receiving your wonderful creation.






Make 1 - 4 Artist Trading Cards to exchange with your designated swap partners.  Mail in before the holidays.  Receive your exchanged art at the beginning of the New Year.
grommets, sheet rock seam tape 

NOTE: If you use cardboard instead of card stock as a base, please enclose extra postage to  cover stiffer, thicker, heavier art at the nonmachinable rate.  The same caution applies to thicker embellishments...




THEME:  White On White Texture 
FORMAT:  Artist Trading Cards
TECHNIQUE:  Paint, collage, etc.
SIZE PARAMETERS:  2+1/2" x 3+1/2"
ribbon and ribbon rose


CHECKLIST:
  • SELF-ADDRESSED LONG or LARGE ENVELOPE 
  • NON-MACHINABLE POSTAGE - 70-cents
  • WAXED PAPER BETWEEN EACH PIECE
  • YOUR RETURN ADDRESS ON BOTH ENVELOPES


Put your ATC's and SASE
in an envelope 
and send by December 23rd

TO:
Honi C.
PO Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065
U.S.A.

Questions?  s.h.greenstamps@yahoo.com  


SWAP DETAILS:
  • You may submit as many as four ATC's.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist)
  • Mail your ATC's to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the swapped ATC's in the self-addressed envelope you provide.  
    Jewelry findings - looked whiter in bright light
  • If you're sending more than one ATC, please 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 each ATC 
  • so the recipient can thank you.  
  • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with your return address, and non-machinable postage (at least 70-cents) 
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, November 30, 2019