Outbound Mail Art: Mail Art 365 Update

The summer has found me lagging in many areas. It’s a lazy time, summer. One just wants to languish.

Recently, I’ve been making a consorted effort to catch-up on my Mail Art 365 postings. I think you’ll agree that I’ve made tremendous headway.

Some of these may look familiar from earlier posts, others are new to the blog.

Enjoy!

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Medusa's Allure 011/365

Medusa’s Allure 011/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

Big Pharma 016/365

Big Pharma 016/365

It seems I somehow doubled up on the sixteenth piece. I wonder… Does that mean I’ll be finished with my 364th piece? 🙂

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Liars Club 033/365

Liars Club 033/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL III 037/365

QSL III 037/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Bubbles 040/365

Bubbles 040/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Orange Dream 049/365

Orange Dream 049/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

PHEW!

That’s all for now, folks!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If I am estimating correctly, THIS IS MY 100TH BLOG POST!!! Everyone who comments will get a little something in the mail from me! 😀

Angels and Daemons

Much thought had been given to what I might possibly create for the Angels and Demons mail art call issued by Funf Blanks, Germany.

So much so, that I wrote a piece before my hands got involved.

Somewhere between the dark and light,                                                                               Lines fade and blur wrong and right.                                                                                     Our daemons attack us in the light—                                                                                    No angels can save us from the night.

AngelsandDaemons

The simplicity of the image is complemented by the accompanying poetry.

Just goes to show that the end result doesn’t always gel with the initial vision.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

In the Mail: What a Haul!

WOW!

Just look at all the mail I’ve received since our last ‘In the Mail’ post and you’ll being saying, “WOW!” too.

Arriving in an envelope made from what looks to be a kitschy, glossy magazine page, Amy Irwen’s packing tape transfer/collage was built on a piece cut from a cracker box. ‘The lone weed will tumble thousands of miles.’ It put me in mind of the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ specifically the scene where Frank is writing a piece about Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner. He types away… “You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly, in the corrupt sands of commerce.” Thank you, Amy!

Amy Irwen

Reusing an envelope from Google Headquarters, Diane Keys (http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/) mailed me a piece of what she calls, “Toy Trashpo.” It made me smile like only DK’s trashpo can! A sensory delight, it must have been “PRE-PURIFIED” with patchouli because my nose was in Heaven!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys I

The reverse reveals that the piece was built upon a advertising postcard. Nothing goes to waste in the Elgin Mansion. Thank you, ever so, Diane!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys II

Folks in Germany produce some phenomenal mail art. This piece is from Funf Blanks (http://www.5blanks.com/) It appears to be acrylic on a piece of discarded mat board. Great texture here! That reminds me, I have yet to submit to the Angels and Demons mail art call….

5Blanks Germany

The stamps on the back are awesome too!

5Blanks Germany II

Ana Karina sent me this wallet of goodies inside a brightly painted envelope.

Ana Karina I

Opened, it reveals a cool magazine page turned collage/poem, a 10 Yuan note from HELLBANK ONE (LoL!) and a scrap of signatures containing that of ‘EL FAMOSO RIKY McDONALD.’ Thanks, Ana!

Ana Karina II

Speaking of wallets… this one, filled with FLUXUS BUCKS and scented with more patchouli (Yay! Nose twitching!) came from Julie Jefferies. The slide of Leningrad made for a tremendous photo op! I simply loved that the postage was made up of vintage postage stamps! Many thanks to Julie at Fluxus Bucks International!

JJ Ex Posto Facto

Karen Arp-Sandel (http://karenarpsandel.com/) returned a piece to me from FeMail.

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel I

A pre-printed postcard of a postal collage, the front was nothing in comparison to the back! Karen actually took the time to customize the piece with a bit o’ trash, referencing the piece I’d sent and letting me know she’d taken time to learn a bit about me. Way cool, Karen!

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel II

Thomas Brown creates some fantastic rubber stamps and this is no exception! The colors aren’t quite true in this photo, but you get the idea. Thanks, Bhomas!

Thomas Brown Everywhere's a Here and There

Gail Anderson used a topographical map to create the envelope in which she sent this unusual collage piece. Layers of doodling, images and tape made this one pop! Thank you, Gail!

Gail Anderson

Last, but not least, Nancy Bell Scott is one of those folks from whom I long to get mail. Her pieces are few and far between, but when they arrive, they are always over-the-top! Check it out… this is the back of the envelope!

DSC_0895

She has been working on “glue-less collages” that are small in stature, large in detail. Her note (written on page 110 from an old copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’) tells me “There IS tape.”

DSC_0896

‘Conduit’ is comprised of multiple layers creating rich texture. Thanks, Nancy!

Conduit NBS III

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get caught up on a few things before revealing any more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: The Stars Might Lie, but the Numbers Never Do!

When you exchange mail art within a vast and diverse global network, it can become overwhelming… FAST! Creating one small piece of art at a go is often time consuming. The mail tends to fill your box more quickly than you can return it.

One of the ways I stay on top of the volume is by occasionally producing a series of mail art from one piece. I begin with a large piece of card stock, watercolor paper, or canvas and build on it.

Stars Might Lie I

Recently, I completed one such series inspired by lyrics from the Mary Chapin Carpenter hit, ‘I Feel Lucky.’ One of my favorite lines in the song, “The stars might lie, but the numbers never do.” became my series title.

Stars Might Lie III

Beginning with a page of prepared canvas, I applied acrylics, to give me a brightly colored background. Then, I gathered all the numerals I had laying around the studio. I layered in tissue, stamps and stencils until I had the feel I was going for. I then cut the canvas down into postcard sized pieces and worked on them individually to embellish and finish each one.

Only seven of the nine belong to the original set. When I ran out of  the blue stencil punch-outs, I switched over to using a packaging transparency, giving me the ‘Numbers Curve,’ a set of two.

Numbers Curve I

Do you make a habit of creating small works from a large piece? Or do you create each individually? I’d love to hear a bit about your process.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

On My Desk: Trial and Error

It seems, to me, that folks don’t just want to read about artists’ successes and their perfect projects. They want to see their crap and their mistakes, not to mention; their epic fails. So here I am to share a bit of that with anyone who cares to stop by.

Artists are an experimental bunch. We are continually inspired to see what happens when we use an art supply in a new way or when we use an ordinary, every day item as an art supply. In so doing, we make plenty of mistakes, throw away or rework numerous pieces often to no real end… Except, that in our attempts and failures lies the key to better art. We learn what works and what doesn’t. We push the proverbial envelope in search of new techniques, ultimately seeking that one piece that speaks to our soul….

My Trash Bubbles were born of this kind of curiosity… I call it the WHAT IF? mentality.

Over the weekend, after I finally let go of my glow-in-the-dark paint thing, (if you are unfamiliar with my dilemma, read more about it here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/the-folly-of-hoarding-art-supplies/ ) I decided to add dripping blood to the top edge of my piece for the Dreadful Project.

It was easier said than done.

Specters in the Dark

Specters in the Dark

My background being black, I needed a medium than was red, would show up on the black and not blend in, that was thin enough to run, but thick enough that it would congeal quickly and not run down the entire page. That’s a lot to ask from any ordinary art supply.

Red acrylic ink and fluid acrylic paint were considered and dismissed because of their thin consistency. I thought about watering down an acrylic, but that seemed like a great deal of pain for something that would be very tempermental.

That was when it hit me! Why not use red candle wax?! It would be the right consistency for easy control and would set up quickly! So long as I had a rich, deep  red that could be seen atop the black gesso layer, I was in business!

I was so excited that I went straight to work! I could finally see the light at the end of the tunnel… in this case, that meant the completion of my contribution to the Dreadful Project.

This is what it looked like when I finished…

Wax Blood on Specters in the Dark

Wax Blood on Specters in the Dark

It was pretty cool, except that the droplets were peeling up off the page, leaving them vulnerable to being broken off in transit or by handling.

Peeling Blood Drips on Specters in the Dark

Peeling Blood Drips on Specters in the Dark

Can you you say, “Epic Fail?”

I have since scraped the wax off and am back to square one.

Back to square one....

On a more positive note, I DO like the look that the Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad gave the specters. (Used in lieu of glow-in-the-dark paint to soften the bright white page showing through the black gesso.) I also like that my black on black Jane Hancock in the lower right-hand corner is readable.

Back to the drawing board… the deadline is looming!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

The Folly of Hoarding Art Supplies!

Yesterday, I posted a bit concerning my participation in the Dreadful Project.

https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/a-hodge-podge/

My intention was to add a bit of glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint to the white spaces of the piece, in hopes of creating an ethereal effect for the specters.

Specters in the Dark

Specters in the Dark

The paint was already in my arsenal. I just needed to break it out and use it! I was so excited to finally have a purpose for it!

This is what I found when I opened the package…

Palmer's Luminous Acrylic

All dried up and no place to go!

All dried up and no place to go!

Clearly purchased on clearance (either close to, or past its expiration) this paint was then stored in a drawer until which time I found a use for it.

Oh! The folly!

If I can impart just one morsel of wisdom to you from the desk of The Studio at Piney Creek Acres, let me impress the following upon you; USE YOUR SUPPLIES!

They are meant to be used, not collected! Use your paints, your pretty papers, your markers, your ribbons, trims, stickers, etc!

Be FEARLESS! So what if what you attempt to make with them doesn’t turn out the way you hoped it would? It is in the act of creating that we find satisfaction. It is in the creating that we learn and grow. Don’t be a collector. Be an artist!

Go now and use that treasured supply you’ve been saving for “just the right project!”

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

I Think ICAD! I Think ICAD! I Think ICAD!

First Five ICADs

It’s Day 5 of the ICAD 2013 challenge over at Daisy Yellow: http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-faq.html. I am happy to say that I have completed a 4 x 6 index card for each of these first five days. That having been said, it might become tough to keep up the pace as summer moves in, bringing with it all manner of fun things to distract me!

The weekly themes and prompts Tammy Garcia created for this challenge are simple and fun! Check out the Week 1 prompts here: http://daisyyellowart.com/icad/icad-2013-prompts-week-of-june-1.html.

Day 1 found me taking a very literal translation of both the weekly theme and the daily prompt. Using ZigWriters, I doodled the zebra stripes before filling them in with the colors of the rainbow. (Roy G. Biv, baby! Nothing makes me happier than a rainbow of color!) I count myself among others that appreciate the movement in RAINBOW ZEBRA:

RAINBOW ZEBRA

The Day 2 prompt was Candy Land. A good tool for teaching colors, matching, counting and turn taking, I think everyone must’ve played the game as a child! On a graph lined card, CANDYLAND CARD PATTERN simply reflects my love of the card combinations:

CANDYLAND CARD PATTERN

Faux stitching was the prompt for Day 3. I began this piece by sponging hot pink acrylic paint over a plain white card. Next, I masked off a stencil and sprayed it with Tattered Angels Caribbean Blue Glimmer Mist. When it was completely dry, I doodled in some stitching with a purple ZigWriter. Some rub-on stitches were also applied. EMBROIDERED FLORAL was a fun piece to create!

Embroidered Floral

More than a year ago, I bought a roll of textured wallpaper at a yard sale. Day 4 gave me the opportunity to finally break into it! I happily tore a piece from the roll and glued it to a 4 x 6 card. Acrylic paint was applied with a brayer in layers of red, black and white. Circles in two sizes were “stamped on” with caps dipped in black and white paint. Dots were cut from a scrap of black that had been sponged over with white and glued in place. To finish, a black ZigWriter helped to highlight some of the textured ridges. A dramatic splash, TEXTURED DOTS reminds me of artwork one might hang over a sofa in a black and white, ultra modern living room:

Textured Dots

The Day 5 prompt was recycle or re-purpose. Regular readers of this blog know that I have no problem re-purposing and recycling bits of this and that in my artwork. This piece began with a 4 x 6 card from the backing of a k and company scrap book embellishment. The soft green of the packaging provided a perfect base. To that, I added three randomly placed circles, cut from an old greeting card. From there, I doodled with a gold Sharpie until three blooms emerged. ZigWriters and a white Sharpie paint pen filled in the color and details. DoOdLe FLoWeRs are a favorite relaxing pastime.

DoOdLe FLoWeRs

If you are participating in ICAD 2013, feel free to link your blog posts about it in the comments below.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!