Joanne has come up with a super fun
challenge for us in January.
We’re going to create self portraits
using the “blind contour drawing” technique.
If you are not familiar with this technique, you look at yourself in the mirror,
plop the pen tip down on a blank piece of paper, and draw yourself without either looking at the paper, or
lifting your pen from the page. Here
are some examples Joanne created:
In her words: “These should go fairly quickly, and be
enormously goofy, as I'm sure mine will show. In part, the results are about
not taking either yourself or your art too seriously, but the end product can
both look like the artist, and produce a fairly decent piece of art at the end.
You can send the drawing as it is, or
you can turn those drawings into mixed-media postcards like Joanne did here:
I decided to give this a try myself and
the results were hilarious. Picture me
in my bathroom mirror at about 6:30 AM, stifling my giggles so I didn’t wake my
sleeping teenager in the next room. Here’s
my favorite of the bunch. I look very
grouchy - perhaps because my face is
falling off my head….
Your turn to try!
The cards can be anything as long as
there is at least one element with a one-line, blind-contour selfie. You can create as many as four cards and mail
them to Joanne by January 18th.
Important reminders for a successful
It’s a sad thing when you put a ton of
time and effort into creating your art for a swap and you don’t get something
in return. Our hosts are diligent about
getting all the postcards back out in the mail to their new owners, but
sometimes postal mishaps occur and items get lost in the mail. There are several things YOU, the artist, can
do to prevent this:
· Put proper postage on your postcards
before you send them to your host. If
you’re going to use a postcard stamp (currently $.35) you card must not be
larger than 4”x6”. This is important - please don’t just estimate this. Get out your ruler and measure your
card. If it’s bigger than 4”x6” you need
a “forever” stamp ($.49) Insufficient
postage is a short road to the dead letter office. Make sure your mail is deliverable and take
the extra moment to measure your card size. (And if your card isn’t a rectangle
-if it’s square or round or another funky shape - you’re going to need $.71
postage. No joke.) You can find all the US postage rules and a
handy postal calculator here: http://postcalc.usps.gov/
in doubt, add more postage!
· It’s incredibly helpful if you put your
return address on the cards you create.
That way, should there be a postal mishap, your card will come back to
you instead of being lost and undeliverable.
host will send these postcards to their new homes “naked” (without an envelope)
so make sure they are not too thick or lumpy and make sure everything is glued
address labels in the envelope you send to your host– these will be used to
mail your new cards to you. This way
your host does not have to read your handwritten address and write it on the
cards (increasing the possibility of an address error). Plus, it saves your host a ton of time.