Thursday, October 29, 2020


Two from Jan H:

One from Karin:

One from Kathy M: 

Four from Kelly:

Four from Renee:

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020


collage by hhc
Hello Swappers,  

There has been some controversy about what qualifies as a "Post Card."  Following US Postal guidelines helps us affix proper postage to be sure that our mail art gets delivered to the intended recipient (and/or that he or she doesn't have to pay to pick it up).

When I was in two online Fabric Post Card groups years ago, I was shocked to hand my thick collaged fabric art over the postal counter and be charged $3.00 to send it domestically.  So I understand that not everyone automatically knows postal regulations.  (Incidentally, different postal clerks interpret the guidelines differently...)

The clearest information is available by going to the official USPS online site.

Here's a summary:

"Post Cards" must be at least 3+1/2" high by 5" long/wide.

Maximum size is 4+1/4" high by 6" long/wide.

Maximum thickness is 0.016" thick.  How do we measure that?  Lacking a fine gauge, I'm guessing it's about one or two copy-paper thicknesses.  

As if that wasn't daunting enough, our art must be able to bend around a 45-degree angle when our mail goes whizzing through the lightning-fast sorting machines.  I saw a video of this process while in training for a post office position, and I could not even focus on the envelopes speeding by.  

That's why I recommend the "smiley-frownie" test, or, bending your art over the edge of a table or counter top to see if it's flexible. 

Art that is larger than the USPS Post Card limits requires First Class postage of 55-cents for starters.

Stiff/thick art requires NON-MACHINEABLE postage of 70-cents.

Please check with your local/area postmaster when in doubt.

I really don't mind if you send in thicker or stiffer or larger art than the post card specifications, but I do appreciate it if the artist includes the correct postage for when I send the art out from here. 

Thank you.  Honi


Friday, October 23, 2020


 Four from JAK:

Four from Laima:

Four from Margaret:

Four from Sarah:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

ROCK - Post Card Swap - Postmark by November 23rd

by Margaret R

 It's been 1+1/2 years since (in April 2019) we had a Rock-Pebble-Stone themed swap with lots of fun art coming in.  It seems I'm not the only one who likes rocks :)  In fact, I am tumbling/polishing a load of agate river pebbles right now.

by Margaret R

Margaret volunteered to make and send in some examples to add to this description.  She inspired me to make a bunch of Rock-themed art as a result.

by Margaret R

Participants may use any media, any technique to create 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with your swap partners.  

by Margaret R

I'm listing this exchange early in case the MONSTERS UNDER THE BED or the HOW MANY PAPERS CAN YOU USE? group swaps were not of interest.

Pebbles & leaf collaged over Dunbar Cave, TN photo - by hhc

Polished pebble and leaf collaged over colony coral in Dunbar Cave, TN
photo by hhc

Some design ideas might include photo's, drawings/sketches, etc. of 

Stacked river rocks and snail sticker over Dunbar Cave wall
 TN photo by hhc

Dancers with Big Band near Dunbar Cave,
TN cliffs (photo by hhc)

MEDIA:  Paper
TECHNIQUE:  Collage, Paint, Rubber Stamp, Ink, etc.

Women's Suffrage Wrap-Up

 I phopgraphed everyone's art together, but this is the only part that came out half-way presentable. Now the cards are in the mail. Thank you to all who participated.