Outbound Mail Art: Two Weeks Worth!

The following postcards were mailed within the past two weeks. Some have already landed, while others are just about to do so.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' I

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 1 of 2

These two were created as one piece and cut in half.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' II

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 2 of 2

Ephemera shows up from time to time in my collages. This is one of my faves. Using a page from an S&H Green Stamp book, I built upon it with fiber, paper scraps and machine stitching.

Not Ben Franklin's Savings Plan to Julia

Not Ben Franklin’s Savings Plan!

The Dada Doodle below is another from the Silver on Black doodle series.

Dada Doodle ASKEW - to C Tarantino

Dada Doodle: ASKEW

Acrylic painted envies with rubber stamped images are fast and fun! Love ’em!

Mixed-media envie

Mixed-media envie

Simple minimalist collages are often the most effective. The elements in this one came from stickers on consumer shrink wrapped packages. No glue required!

Bluebird's Revenge

Bluebird’s Revenge

Tomato Salad is another in the Consumer Consciousness series that took what seemed like forever to complete.

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad to Aaron Held

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad

The last piece was created in response to a call from a mail art friend to send her a word on a postcard. She’ll be using them to compose poetry, so I have decided to send her one a week.

Erica Durante WORDS: Dream

Words: Dream

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!

 

 

 

 

A Hodge Podge

As I write, it is Fat Tuesday. Gumbo is on the menu here in our household, as we humbly celebrate Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

This morning, I discovered that Kat Sloma of http://kateyestudio.com/ featured the doodled envelope I sent her for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap in a blog post. You can read her post here: http://kateyestudio.com/2014/03/whats-in-the-mail.html Additionally, you can check out my original blog post about it here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/on-my-desk-doodling/

A week or so ago, I signed up to participate in The Dreadful Project. Sponsored by the good people at The Sketchbook Project, Showtime, and New Yorker Promotions, it endeavors to use artistic renderings of our deepest fears to promote the new Showtime ‘Penny Dreadful’ series. Read more about it here: http://www.newyorkeronthetown.com/experience/youre-invited-sketch-with-a-sense-of-dread/#c_0

Sign-ups are closed and those participating artists have already received their cards and have begun diligently setting their fears to paper. I have an abstract fear of ghostly apparitions and have begun to try to capture the essence of it here:

Specters in the Dark

Specters in the Dark

Do you see the man to the left of the fold? He freaks me out!

I’m popping back into the studio to work a while longer before heading to the kitchen to make the Gumbo….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

On My Desk: Doodling!

New studies show that doodling isn’t just relaxing, it’s a way of retaining information. Me? I doodle for the fun of it. Any benefits are purely accidentaI. I doodle on lists, napkins, receipts and almost any scrap of paper that’s handy when the urge strikes.

Some of my doodling is more organized and deliberate. This is clearly illustrated in the envelope I’m mailing out today….

Doodle Flower Envelope Front DSC_0394

It contains my postcards for the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap….

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Is it any wonder that Doodlin’ by Sarah Vaughan is one of my favorite songs of all-time? Many artists have recorded the song, but Sarah’s version is so smooth. If you aren’t familiar with it, check it out!

As always, I’d love to see your doodles! Post them in the comments!

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!