Say Yes! to ICAD 2013!

Do yourself a favor and say YES! to the Index-Card-A-Day 2013 challenge. I did!

Tammy Garcia, over at Daisy Yellow, began this challenge in 2011 as tool to help jump start the creative juices. The premise is simple: Using a stack of 3 x 5 or 4 x 6 index cards, create one card a day beginning June 1st. (If you are reading this and want to participate, but think you’ve missed the boat, don’t worry. You can jump in at ANY time!) Tammy offers all manner of creative prompts to help you along the way. Details can be found here: Be sure to join the facebook group: to share your ICADs with other participating artists. ICADs can also be shared through the flickr group:

Index Cards

My size of choice is 4 x 6, allowing me to use my cards as mail art if I want. I like to work on either plain cards or graph ruled cards. For me, the choice depends on whether I want structure or not. Lined cards rarely appeal to me. I think that’s because I use them for other things like note taking, outlining and organizing ideas.

The ICAD challenge allows for the trial of new mediums and techniques in a size that isn’t intimidating. It encourages creativity while providing structure which is especially helpful to those who may wish to have a creative outlet, but don’t have a great deal of time on their hands. Another thing I like about the challenge is that it’s easily made portable. It takes little effort to stick some cards and pencils, pens, etc. in your bag, leaving you free to create on your lunch break, while commuting, or waiting for an appointment.

This is a no pressure activity designed to get you creating! Let me know if you’ll be participating in the comment section below, so I can be sure to look for your work. If you’re interested in following my progress with the ICAD challenge, I will publish a weekly ICAD blog post on Wednesdays throughout June and July.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Fun In The Sun!

Fun in the Sun is my 4 x 6 inch submission to this year’s Skull Appreciation Day mail art call. Our gal might have gotten a tad much sun… She’s red/read all over!

The third annual Skull Appreciation Day event takes place in Chicago, Illinois, May 31, 2013 from 6 pm – 9 pm, at the The International Museum of Surgical Science. On June 4th, the exhibit of mail art moves to Design Cloud. Where it will be on view throughout the evening.

Fun In The Sun I

Fun In The Sun II

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: Consumer Consciousness

Last year, I began a series of mail art using the sticky labels and price tags from consumer goods. After each purchase, I carefully remove all manner of sticky backed things from my goods, placing them on plain 4 x 6 inch index cards.

Here are a few of my very first Consumer Consciousness postcards:

Other Consumer Consciousness pieces appeared here:

Although it may seem as though the bits are stuck here and there, willy nilly, I assure you that is not the case. Any collage composition requires thought. It asks one to consider color, shape and relationship among other things. In my case, the message of each piece is always high priority and is reflected in its title. Decorative tape leftovers add interest and cohesiveness, at times helping to secure bits that don’t want to stick. Because the stickers are accumulated over time, it can take several months to complete one postcard.

Below are a few of my most recent Consumer Consciousness pieces, ready for the post.

The series is intended to bring about an awareness of one’s purchases, the consumption of which creates copious amounts of trash. It asks the observer to carefully consider their own Consumer Consciousness.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Fragile Eco-Blueprint

Inspired by a strip from a piece of wall board and a yellow fuel warning label found alongside the road, I quickly built this quirky trash bubble.


Hope you enjoyed the quirkiness as much as I did!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: An Assortment

I've got mail!

An assortment of mail art made its way to me this week. My mail box and I were very happy to receive such delightful goodies!

Battery operated clock parts and Fox Trot steps arrived from Mim in Virginia…

From Mim Scalin

Book cover mail art from Dean in Paris, France…

From Dean Marks, Paris, France

It was a very interesting read, to be sure!

Dean Marks Book Cover Back

The collage post card from Angie in Wisconsin has seen better days. I am certain that a deer or gazelle of some sort had been glued atop it, but only a hoof, a leg and the head remained when I got it. Could it have been a reindeer on vacation?

Angie Cope PC collage

And… last but not least, the latest Trash Bubble from Corrine of It is quite large this time, adhered to cardboard for more substance and contains some great bits!

Trash Bubble from Corrine Gilman, Sparkle Days Studio

Thanks to all for the great mail! Hope to be putting returns in the box soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Going Mobile!

The Art of Recycling show is over. I picked up the Trash Bubbles Heart the Earth  mobile on Monday. It looked so sad and deflated, atop one of my canvas backgrounds, that I knew I needed to do something with it right away.


It did not take any awards. I did not expect that it would. My goal was to bring awareness.

Throughout the duration of the show, I gave much consideration to the fate of the mobile upon its return to Piney Creek Acres Studio. I did not wish to hang it, or hang onto it, for posterity. I wanted to maximize its potential, to continue spreading its message.


What better way to spread the message than to send the individual bubbles out into the world? Trash Bubbles were originally created as mail art, after all.


Grow Miracles was attached to a 4 x 6 inch piece of product backing to prep it for the post.

Now, they are all ready for their journey. Coming soon, to a mail box near you!

Going Mobile

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art

As previously mentioned, I am behind on my mail art correspondence. In the hopes of making some headway, I created several postcards this past week. For your viewing pleasure, I present the following pieces of outbound mail art….

Ready for the post!

Outbound Mail Art I

Front and center!

Outbound Mail Art II

Three of the postcards pictured are from my Consumer Consciousness series. Considered Trash Po, these pieces are collaged from the labels off consumer goods.

Consumer Consciousness: Fragile Summoner will post to Claire Dinsmore of New Jersey.Fragile Summoner: Claire Dinsmore

Consumer Consciousness: R.O.Y. goes to Mim Scalin of Virginia.R.O.Y.: Mim Scalin

Consumer Consciousness: From the Kitchen: Memories of Breakfast is addressed to Angie Cope of Wisonsin.

Memories of Breakfast: Angie Cope

The following piece is created from a portion of a greeting card. I hope it brightens Jill Eudaly’s day.

Upcycled PJMatilda: Jill Eudaly

And last, but not least, Playing with Scraps: Shades of Spring goes to Jane Smith of California.

Shades of Spring: Jane Smith

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: A Sampler

Mail Art in the Box.

The contents spilling forth from the box represents three months worth of incoming mail art. I haven’t been sending out much these days, as I focused on projects of larger scope. I hope to remedy that in the coming weeks.

Mail Art in the Box II

In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at my mail art loot! Each piece, unique in its own way, delighted me.

Jill Eudaly of Recycled Daze ( sent me a block print of the Red-Winged Blackbird she created this spring.

Jill Eudaly Block Print

In addition to the fantastic interactive trash bubble ( sent by Mim Golub Scalin ( I also received a fine art collage post card: El Anatsui meets Yayoi Kusama. On the back she inscribed this quote by Mark Stevens, “One of the best things about paintings is their silence— which prompts reflection and random reverie.” I wholeheartedly agree!

Mim Golub Scalin Fine Art PC

I received this colorful, doodled patchwork from Stripygoose who resides in the UK.

Stripygoose Patchwork PC

The next two pieces were sent by

artlikeart I

The first piece accompanied exhibit documentation she sent me for my participation in The Unexpected Art in Transit. What a great little guy! Squee!

The second piece was one from a series of block prints she made. You can check out her post detailing this series here:

artlikeart II

Trash Po  from Diane Keys is always intriguing. This particular piece arrived in the same exact cellophane packet (right down to the postage) in which I mailed my last piece to her. Kudos to you, DK!

Diane Keys Trash Po

Theresa Williams is the woman behind She tells me that the goat piece is a remake of a favorite childhood toy, to be included in the upcoming Epistolarium doll project.

Theresa Williams

Carina Granlund is from Finland. (Can I just say how much I LOVE their postage stamps?!) This magazine collage sealed beneath packing tape holds a certain mystique, telling us ever so subtly to SEARCH!

Carina Granlund

And last, but not least, here is the Thank You I received from Sarah Churchill for my participation in her Unusual mail art call to celebrate her birthday. You can check out her video which chronicles the Unusual mail art she received, here:

Sarah Churchill

Thanks to all for filling up my box with such wonderful and diverse mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!