On My Desk: Rich Layers

It has become painfully apparent to me, in recent months, how far behind I have fallen in my mail art correspondence. My list of folks to whom I owe mail is growing daily and I found myself stressing as to how I might catch up.

Working in series is not a new concept for me. Rather, I have done so almost from the beginning. Most times my series are limited to twelve pieces or fewer at a go.

It occurred to me that were I to create one large background piece, I could cut it into multiple postcard sized pieces. From there, I could either embellish further, or post in the raw.

The place to start? My local art supply dealer. I found this twelve sheet Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18″ x 24″) for half price! Gotta love that! Some quick math brought me to the conclusion that I’d get eighteen pieces per sheet. The pad would then yield 216 postcards! I was sold!

Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18" x 24")

Back in the studio, I used a common background layering technique. I began by laying in color with with acrylic paint in my chosen palette. Layering stencils over the color, using a spray ink came next, followed by bubble wrap and square punchinella applied with acrylic paint and a stencil brush. I used a large background texture stamp and black Staz-on ink overall and then added a large numeral stamp using red Staz-on ink here and there. Using a cylinder dipped in black acrylic, I stamped out a pattern diagonally across the sheet. Finally, I stamped a rich turquoise acrylic paint using a foam stamp of circles in the center area of every four black cylinder markings.

Whole sheet, rich layers

The above photo shows the final product. Below is a close-up cross section of the sheet prior to cutting.

Close-up rich layers

This view gives a better glimpse of the rubber stamping.

Once the sheet was completely dry, I carefully cut it into the eighteen postcards pictured below.

Sheet (18" x 24") cut into 18 postcards (4" x 6")

Here’s a close-up shot of the postcards, showing the rich detail of the layers.

18 Postcards Detail III

I’m not quite sure where I am headed with these. I’ll sleep on it and see what the ‘morrow brings….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

In the Mail: An Autumnal Feast!

The list of those to whom I owe mail just keeps growing… like the plethora of leaves currently falling from the trees!

Take a look at this bountiful haul and you’ll see what I mean…

Hedgehog mail art from Sheri Rice! I can’t help but wonder if she’s going through the entire alphabet.

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (front)

Sheri Rice H is for Hedgehog (back)

The latest Banana Rag (in a gorgeous envelope) arrived from none other than Anna Banana, complete with artistamps! I’m in love!

Anna Banana Rag

Thomas Brown continues to amaze…


It’s been a while since I received a piece from Douglas Galloway. It must be said that he was the first IUOMA mail artist from whom I received mail. His digital art is always a delight.


Keith Chambers was kind enough to send me a little something orange.


This beautiful collage from Adrienne Mason really dressed up the box, the day it arrived! Natural elements with a touch of orange! Who wouldn’t love this piece?


Tiffany Bahan sent a wildly colorful piece from Ohio. I thought the print had great texture.


This most awesome collage from Susan McAllister has so much going on, that I notice something new each time I look at it.


Last month, David Stafford combined the work of Nancy Bell Scott with a piece I sent him and added his own handiwork to create the piece below. When he posted it, my response was that I wanted a print I could frame for the studio. David obviously seeks to please…


Arriving on the very same day, from David, was ‘The Walrus’ She Gone, a Tale of New Identities.’ It arrived complete with the offer of ‘A Thrilling New Superfluous Service.’ It really did deserve its very own blog post, but as most of you know, I’m finding it difficult to post weekly these days. Check it out:

DS Walrus I DS Walrus II DS Walrus III DS Superflous Service I DS Superfluous Service II

Many thanks to all for the wonderful mail art! You guys are awesome!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!







Fall Swap: With One Stamp!

You might have seen my posts this summer about the With One Stamp postcard swap. Artists used a single rubber stamp of their choice to place an image on blank postcards and mailed them to the members in their group for completion.

An amazing collaborative effort, it was great fun! So much so, that we opted to take another shot at it before the holidays were upon us.

This is the image I sent out to the members of my group:


She was one of a set of three. I thought she was sassy, mysterious and full of promise. I hoped she would inspire my partners to stretch their imagination. I wasn’t wrong about that. They came up with some splendid pieces…

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

Unfortunately, a piece of one of Terry’s feathers came off in transit, while Sandra’s card from Germany arrived without damage.

by Jackie Davidson and  Veronica Fortune

by Jackie Davidson and Veronica Fortune

Such contrast in these two pieces! A gypsy feel to Jackie’s and a “Boxy Lady” from Veronica.

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

Here, Tammar went with a Halloween-ish Witchy Woman and Julia went Vogue. Just imagine me with those competing tunes stuck in my head! (I relate most everything in my life either to song lyrics, commercial jingles, or movie quotes… doesn’t everyone?) The Eagles and Madonna were battling it out.

Think of it like this…

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Raven hair and ruby lips
sparks fly from her finger tips

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Echoed voices in the night
she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

wooo hoo, witchy woman, see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Beauty’s where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it
Soul is in the musical
That’s where I feel so beautiful
Magical, life’s a ball
So get up on the dance floor

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

She held me spellbound in the night
dancing shadows and firelight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

crazy laughter in another
room and she drove herself to madness
with a silver spoon

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Greta Garbo, and Monroe… Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen… They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Be honest, you could hear it, couldn’t you?

I’m sure that was more than any of you bargained for on this Monday morning, but there you have it… wrapped in a blanket of honesty, too much information!

Getting back on topic, I even tried my own hand at the image!

Miss Birdie Thanks You

Miss Birdie Thanks You

You might recognize this piece. I printed and mailed approximately thirty of these in appreciation of those who helped to celebrate my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits.

That’s all for today, folks! Bet you’re glad it’s over!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. This week, after this post went live, the final return for the image arrived in my mail box. Thought I should reunite her with her sisters. 😀

From Belinda Dworak



On My Desk: A Li’l Bit of All Hallows Eve!

Most recently, I have been working on more seasonal pieces. A bit of spooky ghoulishness, if you will.

Retro Cafe Art Gallery (www.retrocafeart.com) ran the Gothic Tombstone ATC swap again. This was my first time participating and I had great fun with it.

Tombstones in progress

Tombstones in progress: humble beginnings

A bit overzealous, much of what I originally planned to include, ended up being swept aside for another time.

They turned out well, I think. Though if I’d had more time, I’d have experimented more and created two sets.



Here’s a closer look at each one:

Just yesterday, Kristin Hubick of Retro Cafe Art Gallery posted her photo of my pieces. It’s the best one by far, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Retro Art Cafe's pic of my 2014 Tombstones

Quite flattering, I think. And I love her use of the stacked carpenter rules!

Mail art was not forgotten in my creepy antics. Quite the opposite, really. Using 6-pack carriers, I cut out twenty-six 4×6 pieces and went to town! This is the result…

Nosferatu (4)

Nosferatu (4)

Sadly, there were only four of the Nosferatu postcards. Bummer, ’cause they’re my favorite!

Saranac Old (6)

Saranac Old (6)

I had two different designs of the Saranac Pumpkin Ale carriers.

Saranac New (8)

Saranac New (8)

Finally, Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream carriers, with curved top edges, allowed for odd-shaped postcards.

M.H.W.S. (8)

M.H.W.S. (8)

Look for these to land soon, in a mail box near you!

Not sharing the backs, there’s gotta be some kind of surprise, right?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!