Liberate Your Art (LYA) Side Swaps Are In!

Even though it’s been weeks since the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap took place, I have recently received what I think is the last of the side swaps.

It was fun exchanging postcard prints with those folks who had extras and wanted to swap. It always is.

This year, I elected to send out mine first, letting folks receive them and send to the return address, rather than exchanging addresses up front. I did it that way so that I would be held accountable. It is all too easy for things to get away from me these days and I did not wish to let anyone down.

Pictured below are the ten postcards I received back, along with the artist credits.

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Clockwise from the top left: Deanie Houghtaling, Lynne Foerster, Jill Eudaly (The 365 Flowers Project: http://www.jeudaly.blogspot.com) and Patricia Lawrence.

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Left to right: Louise Mamet (dropsofeverything.wordpress.com) and Janice Darby

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Clockwise from the top left: Sheila Delgado (sheiladelgado.com) Julia Jacques, Margaret Henning (www.facebook.com/artbymargarethenning) and Terry Owenby.

This was a mere sampling of the variety and yummy goodness liberated by artists around the globe in this year’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. I count myself fortunate to have been able to swap with so many talented contemporaries. If you haven’t participated, please think about joining us in 2017.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

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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!

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.

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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!