Attention All Doodlers! Netflix Call for Art!

It isn’t often that a call of this caliber enters my radar, but when it does, be rest assured I’ll be passing the information on to all of you!

Netflix has received so much great envelope art that they have issued a call for art for their fall 2016 mailers. That means a chance for us to get our artwork printed and distributed to the masses. Yes! You read correctly. Although the streaming portion of Netflix is more popular than its DVD home delivery service, they still have 5.3 million subscribers who receive movies by mail. Multiple that number by the 3 or 4 movies each subscription has in their possession at one time and… BAM! That is a number too great to ignore when you’re trying to get your art out there.

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They are looking for art that falls under the themes of Back-to-School, Fall and Halloween. You can find all the details in the link below.

http://blog.dvd.netflix.com/new-dvd-releases/your-chance-to-design-fall-mailers/4/15/2016?dsrc=EMAIL&utm_source=april%20mem&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%3A%20April%20Mem

Best of Luck! Be sure to share with us here if you’re participating, so we can cheer you on!

P.S. I forgot to mention that the deadline for this one is coming up FAST! MAY 16, 2016!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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Spooky Happenings at the Studio

Returning from a dry spell, during which my mother passed away… It’s been difficult to find my way back, but persistence is key. I let the season and a deadline inspire me. This is what transpired….

Retro Café Art Gallery held the 2015 Tombstone Swap. I didn’t want to miss out so I set to work…

Humble beginnings

I always make a set to swap and a set for myself. The results looked like this…

RIP

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

Bat Juice

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Kristin, at RCAG, always gets the most flattering pics of my Tombstones…

RCAG pic of my 2015 Tombstones

The swap has concluded and these are the Tombstones I received from Linda Morgan: http://purplecatcards.blogspot.com/ Kay Pierce, Rebekka Reinsch and Gerri Herbst: http://gerriherbst.blogspot.com/. The cat is an adorable magnet from Kristin… such a sweetheart, she always tosses in a handmade gift!

2015 Tombstones Received

Thank you to everyone who missed my posts and routinely checked in. I felt the love.

I’m off to clean windows and stock firewood!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

In the Mail: Hallowed Greetings and More!

The last few weeks have been tough for me. Pushing to meet deadlines on several fronts and the loss of our beloved pet, Little Lizzie Big Ears, coupled with time constraints to bump up my stress levels.

In the previous post, I showed you how I was coping, allowing myself to create backgrounds, in order to unwind.

Sitting down to open and read my mail art haul is one of my favorite ways to de-stress.

For Halloween, the following gems appeared in the mail box…

Priory Limericks I

From Thom Courcelle

Priory Limericks (back)

Priory Limericks (back)

I hadn’t heard from Thom in some time, as he had recently relocated from the West Coast to the East. Truth be told, I was quite surprised, albeit delighted to hear from him. Can you make out what the stamp above says? 😀

Halloween Swap 2014 from Terry Owenby

From Terry Owenby

A sense of belonging and acceptance is what I treasure most from my participation in the online group, The Studio. The mail is pretty sweet too! Terry Owenby sent this ghostly piece my way in fulfillment of the Halloween Swap we joined.

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

Edgar Allen Pooh by KDJ

KDJ isn’t heard from often these days… too many other real-world responsibilities just now. So you can imagine my surprise at receiving this awesome piece! For someone who loves Edgar Allan Poe and Pooh, I was thrilled by it!

This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen

From Amy Irwen

Speaking of being thrilled, This THRILLING piece hails from Amy Irwen. Her collages are always fun and often stitched. This one did not disappoint!

JillLeafPrint

From Jill Eudaly

Don’t you just love the wood block print from Jill Eudaly, Recycled Daze? The Oak leaves have an awesome texture that this scan didn’t quite capture… The stitching really helped to set it off. You can read more about her adventure in woodblock printing here: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com/2014/10/mail-art-out-going-mail-today.html#links

The following mail also arrived…

From Diane Keys

From Diane Keys

Diane Keys must’ve been in a fall mood, or else the squirrels were in her head again… Rusty orange colored label trashpo, a DKULT treasure, to be sure!

From David Stafford

From David Stafford

David Stafford finally got his very own circle punch! Can you tell? The simplicity of this piece stopped me dead in my tracks. It brought to mind a ghostly vision of a white bowling ball….

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

From Cinzia Farina, ITALY

My first correspondence from Cinzia Farina of ITALY is quite the gem! Yes, that IS real thread weaving through the fingers of the collaged hand! Simply Stunning!

From Jill Adamy

From Jill Adamy

And last, but certainly not least, I present an offering from Jill Adamy of http://www.glimmerbug.com/. She also belongs to the online group, The Studio. When she learned that I was mourning the loss of our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Little Lizzie Big Ears, she reached out to cheer me with a piece of her art. It measures approximately 81/2″ x 11″ and this scan does not do it justice. The colors are much brighter and the glass beads, added with gel medium, do not show up at all. Trust me, it is way more awesome in person!

Thank you, to all whose mail art helped to lighten some really dark days. It meant more than you could ever know.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. In my haste to publish this post, I realized that I neglected to include a very special mail art package. The images were on my camera card which was not in my possession at the time of this post. My sincerest apologies to Julia Jaques, whose package I savored, opening in stages, so as to derive full enjoyment from it. Check it out…

Julia 2014 Halloween I

The envelope was fun, but the contents, were over the top!

Julia 2014 Halloween II

The packet design was way cool!

Julia 2014 Halloween III

Inside the packet was an ATC and what else? Treats!

Thanks ever so much, Julia! It was like Christmas at Halloween! You truly outdid yourself!

 

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.

Finis

Finis

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!