Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap 2016 (Update)

This was my third year participating in the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. Kat Sloma of http://kateyestudio.com/ organizes it every winter, giving us something with which to break free of the blahs of gray nothingness. Many of us look forward to the swap with a fervor that is lacking in similar events.

Back in February, I shared my printed cards in this post: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/on-my-desk-liberate-your-art-2016/

Eventually, I chose to use only one of the two designs for the swap, holding the other in reserve for an upcoming project. (More on that in a later post!)

Sadly, the official swap is over. We were to take photos as our cards arrived, in their new environment. My haul can be seen in the following photos:

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First card of 2016 received from Kat van Rooyen, Certified Zentangle Teacher. You can find more of her work at HeartTanglesStudios.com

Mary Jane Henderson of Brisbane, Australia says that this photo was taken, "while on holiday in Vietnam and given slight enhancement to colour saturation."

Mary Jane Henderson of Brisbane, Australia says that this photo was taken, “while on holiday in Vietnam and given slight enhancement to colour saturation.”

From Cakers of cakersandco.com, this piece arrived with the following quote... The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

From Cakers of cakersandco.com, this piece arrived with the following quote… The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sadly, this card arrived without artist identification of any kind. It merely said, "Dear artist, I'm working on images of dreams and memories." The dream-like quality of this slightly out-of-focus image was quite successful. Kudos to Anonymous, whomever you are!

Sadly, this card arrived without artist identification of any kind. It merely said, “Dear artist, I’m working on images of dreams and memories.” The dream-like quality of this slightly out-of-focus image was quite successful. Kudos to Anonymous, whomever you are!

Foggy Morning, Cabell Marsh, Finley Wildlife Refuge, OR by D.L. Correa. She says she took Kat's class in iphone photography and enjoyed playing with effects. Her card landed at Radiator Springs for it's photo shoot because despite its having been a marsh shot, it put me in mind of the dessert.

Foggy Morning, Cabell Marsh, Finley Wildlife Refuge, OR by D.L. Correa. She says she took Kat’s class in iphone photography and enjoyed playing with effects. Her card landed at Radiator Springs for it’s photo shoot because despite its having been a marsh shot, it put me in mind of the dessert.

Lastly, Kat's own card arrived. I immediately drew comparisons between her "Gatekeeper" to "Locusts" an etching by Susan Booth Titus, of Ithaca, NY, given to me long ago by my dear Aunt and Uncle. Susan graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (my own back yard) and I have long adored this etching of hers....

Lastly, Kat’s own card arrived. I immediately drew comparisons between her “Gatekeeper” and “Locusts” an etching by Susan Booth Titus, of Ithaca, NY, given to me long ago by my dear Aunt and Uncle. Susan graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (my own back yard) and I have long adored this etching of hers….

Thanks to Kat and the gang for another amazing swap!

Now, the side-swapping fun has begun! Yes, many of us long ago decided to battle the end of swap let down, by continuing to swap with folks whose cards we did not receive in the initial swap. As we rarely print the five cards required, we have leftovers. What better way to use them, than to keep swapping? None that we can think of!

Here, my side swaps are ready to post. I can't wait to see what they bring back to my mail box!

Here, my side swaps are ready to post. I can’t wait to see what they bring back to my mail box!

In a few weeks, I’ll be back to share the side swaps I receive.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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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. 😀

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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!

 

On My Desk: Liberate Your Art 2016

Another year has passed since we talked about the Liberate Your Art Swap hosted by Kat Sloma of Kat Eye Studio. Read about the swap here: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

The idea behind the swap is to get artists and photographers thinking about reproducing their work and sending it out into the world. Many of us create one of a kind (OOAK) pieces and move on. But… the life of a particular piece is not limited to its original if you can reproduce it. We’re not talking about large professional quality prints for sale, although you can certainly take your artwork in that direction if you wish. We simply use the art to create postcards. Small. Simple. Easy.

This is my third consecutive year participating in this swap and it never disappoints. You might think it would be boring year after year, but rather, I find it more challenging as I go along.

Read about my first year here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/liberate-your-art-follow-up-and-blog-hop/

Read about my second year here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/category/liberate-your-art-2015-post-card-swap/

This year, I chose two images to work with. The first was a photograph I took of some colored pencils that, to me, was striking.

Colored Pencil Photo

The space off to the right felt empty. I almost abandoned the use of the photo for that reason. Then, I had the idea to pair it with one of my favorite quotes about color and this is what transpired…

COLOR QUOTE Colored Pencils

The colors changed from my original in the uploading/printing/scanning process. Sadly, there was no way to prevent that. My preference was for the brighter, truer, more crisp colors, but I am satisfied with the final product, knowing that if you don’t see them side by side like this, you don’t know there is a difference.

The second image I worked with was a 4×6 collage I created using Crow About StudioB elements from Nancy Baumiller. You can find the image packs I used here: Funky Borders: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23280&cat=0&page=1 and Tree Lovers & Things: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23281&cat=0&page=1

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The Wallflower

Once again, the colors were more muted than I’d intended. Firstly, I do not have a laser printer with which to print the image packs for use in collage. Secondly, re-scanning/printing further changes the colors. For my purposes, the softer more muted colors were okay.

Vistaprint was my printer of choice for quantity and cost concerns.

Five printed postcards are required for the swap. I’m not sure if I will choose one design over the other, or if I will send a mix of the two. I also need to art up the envelope I’ll be sending them in. That’s what’s on my desk today.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap – Blog Hop!

Once again, The Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap has been an enormous success! Today, we are celebrating our success with a blog hop… A little trip around the globe to share the fruits of our labor with each other and with all of you.

My piece for the swap began as a humble two page spread in a glue book. And it was transformed into a postcard that I was happy to distribute. Here are the before and after scans…

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Before: the original two-page spread

Postcard of Image

After: Printed at VistaPrint, lost the bright colors, but otherwise, it came out okay.

These are the pieces I received in the official swap, throughout the month of March…

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From: The Contemplative Gardener, this piece sustained some damage, having been torn in the postal machines, but it is still very beautiful.

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From: Paint A Masterpiece, this sampler arrived. Very nice! Would make a great marketing tool!

From: Melissa Parks, this blonde angel tells us to " let your light shine."

From: Melissa Parks, this blonde angel tells us to ” let your light shine.”

From: Meena Schaldenbrand, a quilt entitled "Savor Every Second, Value Every Day." I'm sure the photographic postcard fails to do the quilt justice.

From: Meena Schaldenbrand, a quilt entitled “Savor Every Second, Value Every Day.” I’m sure the photographic postcard fails to do the quilt justice.

From: Ungala, "A Tribute to Women." The black border frames the piece nicely.

From: Ungala, “A Tribute to Women.” The black border frames the piece nicely.

I was saddened to receive the final postcard. It is always a “Thank You” from Kat, signalling that the swap has officially come to an end.

From Kat Sloma, "Imminent Downfall."

From Kat Sloma, “Imminent Downfall.”

Before the swap officially started, we were clamoring to trade with fellow artists. As I had only created one postcard design for this year’s swap, I elected to wait until after the swap to see if the folks received mine officially. That way, if they did, I could send another design. If you are one of the folks to whom I owe a postcard and you did not receive the one pictured above in the official swap, let me know and I will send it on to you. If you received the one pictured above and I still owe you a side swap, let me know and I’ll send out something different. I apologize for not keeping closer track of these side-swaps and want to honor my commitment.

These are the postcards I received in the side-swaps. Spoiler Alert! They are pretty AMAZING!

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From: Janice Darby

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From: Jill Eudaly

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From: Kat van Rooyen

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From: Amy Irwen

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From: Sherry Harmes (Both of them!)

It was another enjoyable, successful and inspiring swap season, thanks to Kat Sloma’s organization and hard work, and thanks to all the participating artists!

If you haven’t seen it, you can check out the swap video here:

http://kateyestudio.com/2015/04/liberate-your-art-2015-blog-hop.html

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Liberate Your Art Follow-Up! And Blog Hop!

The Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap has ended. If you recall, the swap challenged us to print our artwork on postcards. You can read my original blog post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/liberate-your-art-2014-postcard-swap/

Printing was new to some, old hat to others. Many of us used a professional printing service. Here is my post detailing my printing experience: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/in-the-mail-postcards-from-moo/

Once we’d received our printed postcards, it was time to send them of to Kat Sloma at kateyestudio.com for the real work of the swap. Some of us made short work of it, others took the time to decorate envelopes, making more of a ceremony out of it. You can read about my send-off here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/on-my-desk-doodling/

In celebration of all the participants and all of the liberated art, I thought I’d share the six pieces I received during the month of March.

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The first piece I received was stunning. The image, the color really grabbed me.

The Blue Trees in London

At first, I thought this was a digitally altered photo, but then I turned it over. Photographed by Mel in the UK, this is one of ‘The Blue Trees in London.’ (An environmental art installation by Konstantin Dimopoulos.)

The next postcard to arrive was ‘Aria Dog.’

Aria Dog

A photograph by Maria Ontiveros of her daughter’s dog, peering over the fence. Each time I see this piece, I can’t help but wonder what the dog is thinking….

Sunset in Apalachicola, Florida was third to arrive in my mailbox.

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P. Bennett shot this at sunset on one of the inlets there. I loved the crispness of the reflection in this image.

‘Theory of All Fates’ by Anne-Camille Tongleux is a digital dream!

Theory of All Fates, Anne-Camille Tongleux

She used Zazzle for her printing. I like that she used a border and embedded her information there.

As the month wound down, I found a piece from Teresa Cash in my mail box, encouraging me to “enjoy the little things in life.”

Teresa Cash

Then, as Kat Sloma’s postcard arrived, the swap came to an end.

Layered Autumn by Kat Sloma

‘Layered Autumn’ was a thank you for our participation in the swap.

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It was great fun participating! I looked forward to each new piece as it arrived. All the artists were brave souls, to step out of their comfort zones, to try printing and sharing their art.

That having been said, it was truly disappointing to me to see the sad state of these postcards as they arrived. The postal service has obviously been letting their machines go… These little treasures were scuffed and torn and burnt! In the case of Kat’s a hole was literally burned through the card by the machine. I wondered if this was something that happened locally, or if other participants had noticed these kinds of damages as their postcards arrived.

A huge THANK YOU! to Kat Sloma of kateyestudio.com for hosting The Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap, for her encouragement, time and devotion to the success of it all!

Now, hop on over to the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap Blog Hop to see some of the other amazing participants and their submissions to the project!

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!

Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap!

Mail art has been a part of my life for quite a while, but although organized postcard swaps have been on my radar, I have yet to participate in them… until now.

This week, I spent some time looking for mail art calls and found the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap at Kat Sloma’s website, http://kateyestudio.com/. I was equally impressed with the way it is organized and the diversity of folks who have participated previously. Last year, there were 216 participants. Kat is hoping to get upwards of 250 folks involved this time around.

Most mail artists keep it organic. By this, I mean that the original art IS the mail. Usually, this is what I stick to, though on occasion, I have printed older pieces and mailed the copies. Here is a link to a previous blog post in which I used this technique: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/the-eyes-have-it/

This swap asks that you try printing your work. You can get as professional as you prefer. I like that Kat gives suggestions as to how to do it yourself with simple supplies and also gives links to her favorite printing options, complete with discounts! The possibilities are endless.

Currently, I am considering this piece (created previously) for my printed postcards, but it is a girl’s prerogative to change her mind!

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If you are new to the idea of mail art, or if you have been hesitant about putting your work out there, this is a great way to try it without much effort or fear of criticism. If the idea appeals to you in any way, I encourage you to seriously consider participating!

The sign up is easy. Everything is confirmed and details delivered via email. Use this link to sign up http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap.

What are you waiting for? You know you want to try it!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!