Monday, January 31, 2022

Another "Drips & Splatters" Post Card Swap - Postmark by February 28th

We had a previous run with this technique/theme in May of 2016.  Beau created examples at that time and included the description below as she hosted that group art exchange.  You can go to the SEARCH bar on the right side of our home page and type in "Drips & Splatters" to see what participants made.

Since some of us are soon going to be in the rainy/melting season (Bye-Bye Snow!!!), this seemed an appropriate time to have a re-run of the fun!   

For those who are "exuberant" with their medium-flinging, may I recommend placing your blank post card stock in an open box to keep from accidentally splatter-painting/inking your surroundings.   (Thin rubber gloves might also be useful...  And wearing a smock or apron?)

Masking will allow adding details or focus later without spatters/drips on them.

Another idea:  Work with a larger piece of cardstock, drip or splatter to your heart's content, cut down into as many postcard-sized pieces as you like, then finish off each one. 

Materials may include watercolors, inks, acrylic paints (possibly watered down), food colorings, dyes, etc.  Some inks work better on coated paper like photo paper.  (Spray inks might work as well...)

You can add details (collage, rubber stamped images, stickers, etc.) to your dried splatter/dripped backgrounds and- Voila! 

by Beau

by Beau

According to Beau:  "Here are two examples I made recently, just because I was in the mood to try something new and was inspired by something similar I saw on Pinterest.  With an umbrella design in mind, I used masking tape to cover up the shape of the umbrella I planned to draw, and went all the way down to the bottom of the card with the tape, so it would be white and have no drips in that area.  I used cheap plastic palette cake watercolors, got them really wet and then scraped the different colors along the edge of the postcards so the drops of colors would drip down the card.  I sometimes turned the cards in mid-drip so they'd branch off in different directions.  When the colors were dry, I then wet my paintbrushes again with the watercolors, then held the brush horizontally above the postcard and then gently tapped the handle of the brush so that a few small drops splattered on the card.  You could also wet an old toothbrush with color and run your finger over it to spray a fine mist of color.  You could also use a spritzer to achieve a fine spray of color, too.

When the drips and splatters were dry, I peeled off the masking tape and then drew my umbrella and the figure of the boy in the white area.  On the one with the cats, I rubber stamped two and hand-drew the other and colored them in with colored pencils."
PARTICIPANTS: Make 1 - 4 post cards to be exchanged with your swap partners.  Honi is hosting this exchange.

Shoes and Boots - Part 2

Four from Jaime:

Three from Joyce:

One from Karin K:

One from Kathy M:

Five from Kayenderes:

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Shoes and Boots - Part 1

 Four from Anna J:

Four from Christine:

Four from Ellen:

Four from Janet R:

One from JoAnne R:

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Artful Hearts 2022 - Freeform - Postmark by February 14th


(This is not a Post Card Swap)

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As we approach Valentines' Day, let's think about the friendships we've found and the encouragement and inspiration we've gained from this wonderful group of artists.  

Swap Participants:  make 5 cut-out Valentine-shaped heart pieces to be exchanged with swap pals.

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Techniques/Materials:  collage, paint, ink, fabric, doilies, etc.

Some options:  elongated, rounded, woven, folded; hearts-in-a-heart;   a larger heart with small dangling hearts attached with ribbon or string, etc.

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Size parameters:  up to 4" x 6" and I will provide red envelopes to send your exchanged hearts art out into the postal system.  

All you have to do is provide

Three 1st class stamps 

Five self address labels in case I need to send some thicker art separately. 

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To keep them from sticking together through the mail, I suggest using waxed paper or parchment between each heart if paint or glue is used. 

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NOTE:  If you use thick embellishments, keep in mind that your mailing will probably require extra postage as you send it out to me.  Please also enclose an extra postage stamp or two for me to send your art along after I sort the swap.  Thanks :)

  • Also, write your return address or email address on the back of each heart piece so the recipient will be able to thank you.

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  • When I send out your exchanged mail it will not get there before Valentine's Day, but it's the thought that counts, right?  Friendship goes beyond one special day of the year :)
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    Mail out your art to your swap host (me) no later than February 14th

By hhc

Monday, January 10, 2022

Make Your Mark - Part 2 - UPDATED

 Four from Ellen:

Four from Jaime:

Five similar from Jan van de Pol:

Four from Sarah: