Guess who turned 50?! First Installment

Oh, Happy Days!

For the month leading up to the Big Day, all of the incoming Birthday mail art was collected and saved. I began opening them when I needed a lift and boy, oh boy!

A BIG THANK YOU!!! to all who participated!

There were so many that I have decided to split it out into several posts, of which, this is the first installment.

Several of my Art Sisters sent lovely greetings… I was touched that Lynne even included me in the Feather Swap we held, in which I declined to participate. Isn’t it sweet?

left to right: Neha Luhar-Trice, Jill Adamy and Lynne Foerster

Local friends also sent some great wishes…

left to right: Karen Hart, Sharon Egolf and Jessica Manack

My cousin, Belinda Brown, got in on the action with this very personal collage piece. She used pics of me interspersed with all things originating the year I was born… Can you guess the common thread?

Some of the things surprised me… Did not know that my beloved Pens were 50 this year, which makes it even more awesome that they won the Stanley Cup,again! (for the 5th time, jus’ sayin’) Knew that Lite-Brite and I were the same age, but Kerplunk was a surprise.

Can you believe there’s more still on the way? I’ll have more to share tomorrow….

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

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New to Me: Hand-Painted Washi Tape

Most of you are aware of my complete obsession with washi tape. If you’re not, maybe this will give you an idea as to how addicted I am…

My Washi Tape Collection

Hand-painted washi tape was introduced to me by a friend and fellow artist, Jackie Davidson. I first noticed it on an envelope she’d sent to me. The colors were vibrant and the texture was heaven to my finger tips!

JackieTapeInspiredTOEnvie

I loved it so much that I was inspired to carefully remove it and use it as the basis for another piece of mail art. Those torn bits that playfully form the diagonal? Those are Jackie’s. It was originally one strip. I added bits of hand painted Indian papers given to me by another friend, Jessica Manack.

When Jackie saw how much I enjoyed the tape, she sent me a small bit leftover from that same batch, about the size of an artist trading card. So what’s a girl to do? I made an ATC using Jackie’s tape as my background! It just so happened that Nancy Baumiller of Crow About Studios-B had just released her latest kit, Ballyhoo Mail Art, to her creative team and I had great fun combining the two! If you’d like to check it out, you can find the new kit here: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23072&cat&page

Be Brave ATC

Be Brave ATC created using elements from the Ballyhoo Mail Art kit by Crow About Studio-B!

Over the holiday weekend, I found myself with some spare studio time. I seized the opportunity to play and created a sheet of my own hand-painted washi tape. I can say with certainty that I am hooked!

Hand-painted Washi Tape July 2015

You can see that I’ve already begun cutting strips and pieces.

Making your own hand-painted washi tape offers so much versatility! I love that you can cut your sheet into strips, or use sections. Please let me know if you try it, or if you’ve tried it previously. Keep in mind that you can add pictures in your comments by copying and pasting a URL.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

In the Mail: Arty Gifties!

You all know I love mail, specifically mail art.

What’s better than that?

It doesn’t seem like anything could be, but there is one thing…

ARTY GIFTIES!

What do I mean?

Check it out!

Last week, I was lucky enough to receive two such packages in the mail!

A fellow artist/mail artist in Pittsburgh put it out there that she had Indian paper scraps to share to the first five folks who showed interest. Guess who jumped on that bandwagon?

Here’s what Jessica sent:

Indian Paper Scraps from Jessica

Can you say, “Awesome?” Thanks for sharing, Jessica!

Another friend had some duplicate stencils and very generously offered them to me:

From Julia

Thank you, Julia! These are AMAZING!

So grateful for my friends’ generosity!

Now, to finish a few projects so that I can spare the time to play with my arty gifties!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!