On My Desk: Two Women

Mail art calls are a great way to stretch myself, to let go of my inner sensor and just run with the first thing that comes to mind.

It’s the most freeing thing I do in the studio. Suffice it to say, it doesn’t happen as often as I might like.

This week, I finally had some time to get down to work on a mail art call from Moan Lisa, whose theme was Two Women.

The imagery of the collage came together quite serendipitously. As you can imagine, I was ecstatic over that development and my mind played as I cut and glued, coming up with a tale to accompany the piece. Combining my two strengths in this way happens far less than you might think. Below, you’ll find the result of my efforts. Your thoughts are most welcome.

Two Women Descend A Staircase

The story is micro-flash fiction, that is to say it’s less than one hundred words in its entirety. Enjoy!

TwoWomenIII

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

With One Stamp!

A while ago, I joined a great group on facebook called The Studio- a thriving artist community. The folks there are friendly, talented and well… they’re pretty much amazing.

There are swaps and add and passes (or round robins) going on all the time. Inspiration is not short on supply, I assure you.

Although I had been yearning to jump in and participate for some time, it just wasn’t working out, until the announcement for ‘With One Stamp’ popped up!

The idea was intriguing. Participants were to be put into small groups and would send out a rubber stamped image, on a self-addressed 4×6 postcard, to each of the folks in their group. The idea was that each person who received your image was to use it as a jumping off point for creating a piece of art and would mail it back to you. In the end, you would get all of the cards you mailed out, but each would be uniquely designed. Loving any opportunity at a collaboration, I was in!

There were five artists in my group. The following pics show the cards as I received them, along with the photos of my completed artwork.

The image I sent out was a roman numeral clock face, stamped off to one side of the card. These are the two completed postcards that I received back…

Looking forward to receiving the final three interpretations.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Holy ICAD!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one, leaving me wishing that the ICAD challenge was a winter event.

Lagging far behind in both posting and creating ICADs, I’ll pick up here with Day 25 posting those finished pieces from my desk…

Day 25 FLY

Day 25 FLY

FLY was created with rubber stamps and ink, the large butterfly was attached using foam tape.

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Watercolor circles provided a jumping off point for stamps and doodles in Circles in Rotation.

Day 27 This is Important

Day 27 This is Important

The hubby picked up a bag of odd savings stamps at a yard sale. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. The colors of these prompted me to use them as a back drop for This is Important.

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Playing with watercolors, I made a big circle and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost cut it out, but at the last second, opted to fill in around it with a complimentary color. I then stamped and doodled until the Dream Sphere felt finished.

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Blue Grid Bounce used scraps cut from a quadrille index card and circles punched from a bumper sticker background. Sometimes, simple is best.

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' I

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ I

Gold and Silver, Red Wheels Turnin’ is a two-piece set. I used painter’s tape to secure two index cards end to end and then layed in ink. When I thought I liked what I saw, I separated them and added stamped images and doodles.

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' II

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ II

The tissue separating layers of vinyl did not escape my clutches in Recyclable.

Day 32 Recyclable

Day 32 Recyclable

Ink and rubber stamps combined to create Jumping the Grid.

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Short on time, but eager to create, washi tape gave me the ability to create the Washi Tape Blossom in under three minutes on a previously inked index card!

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

More quadrille scraps appear in Off the Grid.

Day 35 Off the Grid

Day 35 Off the Grid

Scraps from a previous endeavor were used to create Natural Elements.

Day 36 Natural Elements

Day 36 Natural Elements

A previously painted watercolor background became home to this Doodle Flower when I was short on time, but needed an outlet.

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Ye Olde Sewing Room is a mixed media piece combining stamped images, stickers and washi tape among other media.

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Again, a piece I’d inked previously provides the background for some rubber stamp play and doodling. Can you guess what song was trapped in my head while I worked?

Day 39 HAPPY!

Day 39 HAPPY!

Don’t worry, Be HAPPY!

Off and running for some more summertime fun… Hoping to get to more ICADs soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

In the Mail: Around the World and to My Door!

These past few weeks have kept me so occupied with creating icads and sending out mail art (not to mention spending time with the grand-baby and vacationing!) that I have had no time to blog about the wonderful things I’ve found in the mail!

Let’s have a go now…

This piece, from David Stafford, tells the tale of Mrs. Mortadella. (Please do, enlarge to read!) I cannot help but wonder… Sophia Palumba and Mrs. Mortadella have the same… What? Do I wait for another installment? Or… Should I write the next one?

From John Held Jr.

Everything from John Held arrived perforated! Love it! The artistamp sheet rocked my world! I could stare at it for hours on end and still see something I had not seen previously.

FromMaryGrellner

Mary Grellner sent this cache. The monochromatic photo was cool, but the collage was my favorite element.

Giovanni and Renata Stradada

Giovanni and Renata StradaDA surprised me with this envelope of Cavellini tribute goodies!

LarryMarottaEnv

Hidden inside a relatively plain mailing envelope from Larry Marotta was this collaged packet, whose metro fortune tells me that a refreshing change is in my future! Hmmm… Does Larry know something I don’t? Time will tell….

Whatever I did to garner two pieces from David Stafford in the span of a month, I hope I do it again! (Please be sure to enlarge to read!) Mr. Stafford informs me that this is the piece I requested… I am thoroughly befuddled!

DanMouerOORedux

Dan Mouer got my attention when he sent me a redux of my Observations in Orange! Boy, that piece has really gotten around!

WhenWillToupeesLookRealJF

This packing tape collage from Jon Foster made me smile! When WILL toupees look real? Indeed!

SheriRice

Sheri Rice’s collaged postcard put me in a thoughtful mood… What do you want to do today? Hmmm….

GuidoVBelgium

Guido Vermeulen never ceases to delight me with his envelopes! The contents aren’t too shabby either!

AdrienneCANADA

What a fun collage this was from Adrienne in CanadaDA!

DKPatchouliScentedMA

Oooops! I almost forgot about the lovely piece of scented mail art from the Elgin Mansion! DK latched onto my love of patchouli and Oh! Boy! She also awarded me with my hippie girl name… Lynn Starfire Radford. My nose is still twitching!

Thanks to all for brightening my days and providing relief from bills and junk mail!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

BUBBLE WRAP!!!

A friend recently shared this on my facebook wall and I just had to share it with all of you!

Reggio Children Inspired…

http://reggiochildreninspired.tumblr.com/post/76879949644/the-bubble-wrap-project-who-knew-how-beautiful

Needless to say, I LOVE it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!