Tuesday Trash Bubbles:

Last week, I offered out the E6000 & Duct Tape Trash Bubble as a give-away. It didn’t go over as I had hoped, so I am back to my tried and true method of finding homes for my bubbles… intuitively making and sending.

Today, I offer up a different kind of Trash Bubble. This one is smallish in size and requires no mailing. It is meant as a gift tag, or package topper.

Back in 2013, when GreenCraft magazine published my article on Trash Bubbles! in its winter issue, I showcased several kinds, the gift tag/package topper being one of them. This was the example given in the magazine spread:

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FLY is my current example of a Trash Bubble for use as a gift tag/package topper.

FLY (front)

Made from a Tim Holtz idealogy blister pack, I utilized the design on the insert as my background.

FLY (close-up brown bird 2) FLY (close-up orange bird) FLY (close-up blue bird)

The dome-like sections provided the perfect space for nesting birdies and the theme was born. Bits of string, thread and other fibers not useful for any other projects and normally considered trash, were used to construct the “nests.” The birds went into the domes first, followed by the bits. It was tricky to strike the correct balance of bits to support the tiny birds without burying them, or knocking them off-kilter within the domes.

FLY (washi close-up)

Needing to cover up the printed information on the package insert while leaving the design exposed, I used washi tapes that supported my theme. Rubber stamp letters were then used to stamp the title on the piece before I sealed it up.

FLY (back)

The back was painted with black gesso and finished with black washi tape. I am unsatisfied with the insecure closure, so I will eventually go back and strengthen it before using it.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll consider creating this type of bubble for your next wrapping job. Please share if you do.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Love and Its Thoughts and Stories

This week, the Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) brings to mind popular song lyrics by Tina Turner… “…What’s love got to do, got to do with it?” Indeed. What HAS love got to do with it?

Apparently, it’s the central theme for a mail art exhibition in Munich, Germany. All details provided below.

THEME: LOVE … AND ITS THOUGHTS & STORIES
Please send a love object* and some explanation (your beliefs about love,
personal meaning of love, thoughts, experiences and others, in 1- 500 words.)

*Liebesobjekte = love objects, objects d’amour = souvenirs, gifts, art works and handicrafts created out of love or for a beloved person.

Any medium, any technique.
No jury, no fees, no return.

Deadline: 30.08.2016 (August 30, 2016)

Please send via Snail Mail to:

Luise Loué / Angerweg 5 / 86938 Schondorf/ Germany

In case of any questions: luise@luiseloue.com

All works will be exhibited in the MUSEUM OF LOVE OBJECTS in Munich/Germany and
documented online http://www.liebesobjekte.de

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What I like most about this mail art call for love is that it wants us to reach and explore what love really means to us. There are so many kinds of love… physical love, romantic love, love for a child, love for a parent, love of country, love of self… I could go on, but you get the idea. A central part of the call asks for “a love object: liebesobjekte.” Consider this: Your piece could BE your love object. A most vivid image pops into my mind… one of those crazy red, fluffy heart pillows, a mailing tag hand-sewn to it. Of course that’s quite obvious and taking the Valentine’s Day variation on the theme, but I am certain that someone, somewhere will do it.

If you send your love object as a naked mailing, or in a package, be forewarned that a customs form will be required. Anything other than a flat envelope or postcard requires the customs form. It seems daunting, but really it’s not. Simply list the items which comprise your piece. Is it a tin filled with ribbons? Is it a hand-embroidered hankie? Whatever it is, break it down simply and you’ll have no problems.

A word of caution… in light of recent European terrorist attacks and such, you might wish to avoid sending anything that ticks, shakes or rattles. In addition, although it might appeal to the artist in you, refrain from using metal components, wires, techno-bits and the like. It will take longer for the post to clear a piece like this and in the end, if they have any suspicion, it will be destroyed and never make it to its destination.

Ich Liebe Dich! (all of you!)

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: E6000 & Duct Tape

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes, has been in the works for a while, if only in my mind’s eye.

As I do not have an intended recipient for this piece, I thought I’d offer it out to my readers. If you’d like a chance to receive this bubble, leave a comment. For two chances, leave a comment and share this post on facebook or your blog. For three chances, leave a comment, share and tweet. I will quit taking entries for the drawing as of Thursday night at 11:59 EST. The recipient will be picked randomly by the Little Guy I hang out with on Fridays. Sorry, domestic mailing only, due to customs issues. Make it fun! Play along!

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (full view)

The blister pack from my latest tube of E6000 was saved expressly for this bubble. The printed tapes? Duct Tape! That strange rectangular black thing? The back of a tiny, broken remote with a broken stretch band wrapped around it! The green whirly thingy came from the top of a squeeze pouch of fruit sauce. That red thingy? I don’t know what it is, or how I acquired it.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top contents)

Every American knows that Duct Tape fixes everything, except STUPID. LoL! And anyone who has ever used the E6000 adhesive, made in the good old US of A knows that it’s the strongest adhesive, by far.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up bottom contents)

The American Traveler may not always have E6000 about their person, but Duct Tape? You betcha!

Americans have long used temporary fixes (like super glue and tape) because they are used to rigging things to work, or they’re lazy, or they just can’t stand to part with something that needed to be let go of long ago. Too, there’s that genuine conundrum of not knowing HOW to fix a thing and not being able to pay someone who can. Any way you look at it, Americans are the kings of sloppy fixes that seem to get the job done, even if temporarily.

E6000 & Duct Tape: How Americans Create Their Life Fixes (close-up top side)

Best for creating: Metal Ribbon

This piece was a nod to all Americans whose ingenuity or laziness forced them to use one of these products to fix an integral part of their daily life. Too bad they don’t work for STUPID, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, RACIAL TENSION and the like! If you find a product that does, this girl would love to know about it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Mandalas

There’s nothing like a drawing a mandala to create peace and harmony within.

One of my favorite art mentors and encouragers, Carrie Brummer, of Artist Strong, offers free webinars on how to draw mandalas from time to time. In so doing, she offers folks a way to get in touch with their creativity via an ancient art form that is very easy to learn and build upon. Here is a sign up link for her next webinar first week of April on drawing mandalas: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/14015/5cab2b0890 You can read about Carrie and her art here: http://www.carriebrummer.com/ You can explore her offerings via Artist Strong here: http://www.artiststrong.com/

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

What is a Mandala?

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally means circle. Mandalas are a circular design, usually created from the center point outward. When drawing or painting a mandala, you are creating a geometric pattern within the form of a circle. This pattern is believed to represent the universe at large. Mandalas are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism, as they often are relied upon to offer spiritual guidance and aid in meditation.

Now, let me tempt you to create your own mandala to release into the world…

Mary Campbell has issued a Mandala Mail Art Call. All pieces received will be displayed at her exhibit in June 2016 and then SOLD to raise funds for food pantries in the NYC area. This is your chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to give back in a very small way via your creativity. All information is provided below.

MANDALA MAIL ART CALL
Send mail to be received by May 28, 2016

Send your mandala mail to:
Mary Campbell, 123 Scribner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 USA

ALL work received will be posted online at tinyurl.com/mndla-pics

A Mandala is a graphic pattern – circular divided into four separate sections, balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony, representing the cosmos
mail art Size- less than 12″ x 12″
(Please include on front or back one word as a meditation guide)

ALL work received will be Exhibited June 3- 31, 2016
At ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay St, Staten Island NY
And SOLD with ALL sales going to local FOOD PANTRIES
to increase their food stock

(Exhibit is part of the “Food Can Mandala Project” which includes a 24′ mandala to be created from cans of food, on view June 18 at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island and then the food cans will be distributed to Staten Island food pantries. Project funded in part by a DCA Premier grant from SI Arts with public funding from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.)

The Ghost of Guido Vermeulen

This morning’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is a little different from the ones that have come before, in that I am not only announcing a call, but paying tribute to a dear friend and fellow mail artist who passed away in 2014.

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Breathing Polluted Air Blues by Guido Vermeulen

Guido Vermeulen was a “POET, MAIL ARTIST, PAINTER.” He was the self-proclaimed “dispatcher from signs and stones” and the “Editor of FRIOUR Network Magazine.”

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This Is The Result Of Just Another Sleepless Night by Guido Vermeulen

He impacted the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact. Many became treasured friends via their regular correspondence with him. I am no exception.

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HELL & HEAVEN were invented by my mother; a tribute to William Blake and Lynn Britton Radford by Guido Vermeulen

Guido and I met through mail art, but we quickly bonded on many levels which gave us plenty to discuss as we sent envelopes back and forth and interacted via social media. We never did meet in person and I am saddened that I will not be able to collect on the promised hugs in this lifetime.

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At Crescent Creek Cane – Sugar Comments On A Sunset by Guido Vermeulen

Recently, Guido’s birthday passed. He would have been 62. Many of us have been thinking of him and reminiscing. I’d remembered having seen a call for Guido inspired mail art and I created an envelope for the event, only to find that I had not saved the information. I was distraught at the thought of having created a tribute to my dear friend, only to drop the ball.

This past week, an envelope from another dear friend gave me the information I’d thought was lost to me.

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This is the envelope I painted with acrylic inks for the call:

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The Ghost of Guido Vermeulen by LKR (A Tribute to the Memory of Guido Vermeulen, the dispatcher from signs and stones… A True Friend ‘Til the End.)

Had I sent this on to Guido, there would have been discussion, no doubt. Were they bunny ears? Was it a two headed monster? Were they representative of demons? Alas, we have to think on these points without Guido’s thoughts.

An envelope much like those Guido often used was utilized for the project and I even took care to address it in the manner he most often used. Having plenty of his cards, I used one on the envelope, a testament to his having been here.

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This morning, this piece is on its way. I hope that it touches people as it goes, just like Guido did.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Adirondack Solution Ranger

Inspired by the packaging I chose to work with, it easily provided the color palette and the message. It was magical, the way it came together.

Adirondack Solution Ranger

The contents of the bubble were found objects, with the exception of the plastic spool. The top is comprised of a red twist tie, inserted into a gasket of sorts complete with it’s dirty residue.

Adirondack Solution Ranger (top)

The bottom gold ring with tabs came from some bottle or another, but I really liked the way it played against the inside of the spool.

Adirondack Solution Ranger (bottom)

It went out on Monday and I forgot to jot down the bit about it that I’d written on the back. Maybe it’s recipient will find it in her heart to fill you in when she receives it.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again.

Outbound Mail Art: A Little of This and That

You’ve seen some of my recent mail art in other posts… A Piece of the Puzzle series, FISH mail art and Trash Bubbles. I won’t bother to post those again. These are recent pieces that didn’t make their way into the blog, just in case you wondered if I’d done anything else recently. 😀

LYA 2016 Envie 2 Kat Sloma

This was the mail art envie for my Liberate Your Art  swap offerings. It went to Kat Sloma, hostess of the swap. 😀

Shadow of a Girl/Hiding in the Shadows 2016 Tag Swap Scrap Proj. to April Cole

This was a piece created from the left-over scraps from a recent tag swap. The leader of the group sponsoring the swap sent out a little something to all of the participants. Of course, I simply had to respond in kind. 😀

Milkweed Moth

Milkweed Moth was sent to Judy Staroscik, a fellow mail artist who’d been waiting on return mail from me for some time. It was created from a hodge-podge of scraps that had been floating around. 😀

Corrugated Rounds At Play to Carina Granlund

Carina Granlund is another mail artist who hadn’t seen mail from me in quite some time. I knew I’d yet to send her any of my black or corrugated mail, so I went with this piece, Corrugated Rounds at Play. I wonder how it will fare the international post? Only time will tell. 😀

Eduardo Munez Project Envie

And last, but not least, this envelope was my offering for the Eduardo Munez project. I am eager to see how the film turns out. 😀

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!