On My Desk: SBUX Meets Mail Art

Having an inside source really makes creating SBUX mail art easier for me than it might otherwise be. For those who might be wondering, SBUX is the stock trading name for the Starbucks Corporation.

They have lots of inspiring stickers and marketing bits. Some of them actually make their way into my studio, instead of the garbage dumpster, when promotions are over. For that, I am thankful.

My fascination with SBUX stickers and such began a few years back, when I was consuming a good bit of their product on a regular basis. The piece below is the first I’d been inspired to create, using my own SBUX trashy bits. Can you guess my drink of choice?

Consumer Consciousness: Cafe Mocha

Consumer Consciousness: Cafe Mocha

Late last summer, I was given a roll and half of those little ice cube stickers they used to mark purchased frozen beverages on a card counting toward a free frozen drink. The promotion was long over and the left-overs were landfill fodder if I didn’t rescue them.

They were cool! HA! But what to do with them? What eventually transpired is a series of postcards that I call Fractaled Fissures. The six pieces pictured below are already on the way to their recipients, but I have many more in various stages, awaiting completion.

Fractaled Fissures No. 1

Fractaled Fissures No. 1

Fractaled Fissures No. 2

Fractaled Fissures No. 2

Fractaled Fissures No. 3

Fractaled Fissures No. 3

Fractaled Fissures No. 4

Fractaled Fissures No. 4

Fractaled Fissures No. 5

Fractaled Fissures No. 5

Fractaled Fissures No. 6

Fractaled Fissures No. 6

Although the pieces in the Fractaled Fissures series look alike, each one is different from the next. They are portable and easy to work on when I am away from the studio. Over the next few months, I hope to complete the series. Look for them to land in a mail box near you!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Carving Fish Stamps

If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I don’t DO people and I don’t DO animals. My style is fun, colorful and often abstract. I love to collage bits of this and that together. I love creating colorful mixed-media backgrounds. Assemblage is my balm. But you won’t find me painting a portrait, or drawing animals. I leave that to the folks with the talent to do them justice.

So what does a girl do when she’s inspired to answer a mail art call for FISH? I’ll tell you what she does! She panics! She procrastinates and she practices all manner of avoidance techniques.

And then… she takes a deep breath and gets out her stamp carving supplies! Because she’s not going to let this little problem stand in her way. She’s simply going to approach it from another angle.

That, dear readers is what creativity is all about: finding alternative ways to do a thing.

So here goes nothin’!

My husband and I recently had lunch at The Bonefish Grill. It was delicious and the Urban Chic vibe was awesome. I was inspired by their logo and had to try my hand at creating something similar.

Fish Bone Rubber Stamp

A few more came down the pike…

Three Handcarved Fish Stamps

Not sure if I’ve gotten this out of my system or not, but I’m heading back into the studio to let it stew while I work on finishing up some other projects.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

On My Desk: Liberate Your Art 2016

Another year has passed since we talked about the Liberate Your Art Swap hosted by Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio. Read about the swap here: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

The idea behind the swap is to get artists and photographers thinking about reproducing their work and sending it out into the world. Many of us create one of a kind (OOAK) pieces and move on. But… the life of a particular piece is not limited to its original if you can reproduce it. We’re not talking about large professional quality prints for sale, although you can certainly take your artwork in that direction if you wish. We simply use the art to create postcards. Small. Simple. Easy.

This is my third consecutive year participating in this swap and it never disappoints. You might think it would be boring year after year, but rather, I find it more challenging as I go along.

Read about my first year here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/liberate-your-art-follow-up-and-blog-hop/

Read about my second year here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/category/liberate-your-art-2015-post-card-swap/

This year, I chose two images to work with. The first was a photograph I took of some colored pencils that, to me, was striking.

Colored Pencil Photo

The space off to the right felt empty. I almost abandoned the use of the photo for that reason. Then, I had the idea to pair it with one of my favorite quotes about color and this is what transpired…

COLOR QUOTE Colored Pencils

The colors changed from my original in the uploading/printing/scanning process. Sadly, there was no way to prevent that. My preference was for the brighter, truer, more crisp colors, but I am satisfied with the final product, knowing that if you don’t see them side by side like this, you don’t know there is a difference.

The second image I worked with was a 4×6 collage I created using Crow About StudioB elements from Nancy Baumiller. You can find the image packs I used here: Funky Borders: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23280&cat=0&page=1 and Tree Lovers & Things: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23281&cat=0&page=1

TheWallflower

The Wallflower

Once again, the colors were more muted than I’d intended. Firstly, I do not have a laser printer with which to print the image packs for use in collage. Secondly, re-scanning/printing further changes the colors. For my purposes, the softer more muted colors were okay.

Vistaprint was my printer of choice for quantity and cost concerns.

Five printed postcards are required for the swap. I’m not sure if I will choose one design over the other, or if I will send a mix of the two. I also need to art up the envelope I’ll be sending them in. That’s what’s on my desk today.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

On My Desk: Carving Rubber Stamps

It seems that this is the season for rubber stamp carving. Several of my artist friends have recently been doing the same thing.

Corrine Gilman of Sparkle Days Studio created some simple, yet stunning stamps. Below is a photo of her stamps, followed by a piece she created using those stamps. You can find more on her blog: http://www.sparkledaysstudio.com

Corrine Gilman: Hand-carved Rubber Stamps

Corrine Gilman: Leftovers

Here’s what I’ve been working on…

June Rubber Stamp Carving at the Studio at Piney Creek Acres

Prints made using my newly carved rubber stamps

They are easy to make if you have the right tools. Why not try your hand at a few?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

On My Desk: Daffodil Dreams

Mail art endeavors seem to come in fits and spurts for me these days. Rather than a piece a day, which I’ve been doing for Mail Art 365, I have been working on individual calls that inspire, or in series.

Each month since January, I have created a large (18×24 inch) background which gets cut down into eighteen postcards. Six of those go out to co-members of the 5089 group at IUOMA and facebook. They alter them digitally, or using collage and post photos to the group. The remainder get dolled up by me and sent out into the world as replies to all the wonderful mail that arrives here at Piney Creek Acres.

April’s piece became the Daffodil Dreams series. This is the sneak peek I released prior to mailing:Daffodil Dreams Sneak Peek

Using the rich, primarily monochromatic, yellow mixed-media background I created, daffodils, clipped from fall bulb catalogs, were glued atop. I hated to part with this series because they made my heart so happy. In the end, that is exactly why I did part with them… to spread that happiness.

Here are views of the eleven individual pieces:

Daffodil Dreams I

Daffodil Dreams I

Daffodil Dreams II

Daffodil Dreams II

Daffodil Dreams III

Daffodil Dreams III

Daffodil Dreams IV

Daffodil Dreams IV

Daffodil Dreams V

Daffodil Dreams V

Daffodil Dreams VI

Daffodil Dreams VI

Daffodil Dreams VII

Daffodil Dreams VII

Daffodil Dreams VIII

Daffodil Dreams VIII

Daffodil Dreams IX

Daffodil Dreams IX

Daffodil Dreams X

Daffodil Dreams X

Daffodil Dreams XI

Daffodil Dreams XI

Hope you are all enjoying the mild weather and beautiful blossoms that spring has to offer!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Getting Ready For Liberate Your Art 2015!

For those of you who might have wanted to sign up for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, but haven’t yet done so, you still have a couple more days… sign-ups close on Friday, February 13th! Use this link: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

My postcards for the swap have arrived! All 50 of them! Wanna see what 50 gorgeous postcards looks like? Either way, here you go…

50 To The Moon Or Bust postcards

Here’s a closer look at the detail of these To The Moon Or Bust postcards…

To The Moon Or Bust close-up

Sorry for the overload, but this is one of my favorite pieces from the past year. That’s why I chose to print it for the Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap. Don’t delay! Friday is fast approaching! Get in on the fun!

No, that’s not all I’ve had on my desk recently…

Valentine’s were a big part of my last two weeks. Much like the Christmas postcards, they were fun while they lasted, but I am glad they are over and done. Here are a few of my favorites…

Have Heart Dear Friend Hearts On A String The Measure of My Love For YouFRONT

There have been a few excellent mail art calls in which I was inspired to participate. The first was the Turquoise Mail Art Call…

Mediteranean Queen

Mediteranean Queen, yes I know I spelled it incorrectly. She’s a fake!

 

The second was the Twisted Mail Art Call…

TWISTED

That rounds out the mail art I’ve been creating recently. It must be said that my progress in the Mail Art 365 realm is going superbly! I am currently at 217/365 and eager to see the completion of my first year of 365!

In an effort to de-clutter and use up some scraps, I set myself to stitching up these little gems…

Mini painted canvas envelopes

Not sure what I’ll be doing with them, but they make me HAPPY! Who wouldn’t be happy in the face of the sky blue and cloud painted canvas print? HAPPY, HAPPY!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

On My Desk: One Becomes Many

Anticipating February mail art, I was inspired to work on an 18×24 inch mixed-media sheet this weekend. I love working with the layers to see what emerges. The technique I use relaxes me and I can just let go and play! Isn’t that what it’s really all about?

Fun February Layers waiting to be cut into 18 postcards!

Full sheet waiting to be cut into 18 postcards!

A close-up of the detail

A close-up of the detail before cutting.

Eighteen piece Mash-up!

Eighteen piece Mash-up!

Looking forward to working on the individual pieces… until then, I thought I’d share a little more Valentine inspiration with you on this Ground Hog Day…

This year's Valentine Tree

This year’s Valentine Tree

Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying warm and dry!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!