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!

On My Desk: Getting Ready For Liberate Your Art 2015!

For those of you who might have wanted to sign up for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, but haven’t yet done so, you still have a couple more days… sign-ups close on Friday, February 13th! Use this link: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

My postcards for the swap have arrived! All 50 of them! Wanna see what 50 gorgeous postcards looks like? Either way, here you go…

50 To The Moon Or Bust postcards

Here’s a closer look at the detail of these To The Moon Or Bust postcards…

To The Moon Or Bust close-up

Sorry for the overload, but this is one of my favorite pieces from the past year. That’s why I chose to print it for the Liberate Your Art 2015 Postcard Swap. Don’t delay! Friday is fast approaching! Get in on the fun!

No, that’s not all I’ve had on my desk recently…

Valentine’s were a big part of my last two weeks. Much like the Christmas postcards, they were fun while they lasted, but I am glad they are over and done. Here are a few of my favorites…

Have Heart Dear Friend Hearts On A String The Measure of My Love For YouFRONT

There have been a few excellent mail art calls in which I was inspired to participate. The first was the Turquoise Mail Art Call…

Mediteranean Queen

Mediteranean Queen, yes I know I spelled it incorrectly. She’s a fake!

 

The second was the Twisted Mail Art Call…

TWISTED

That rounds out the mail art I’ve been creating recently. It must be said that my progress in the Mail Art 365 realm is going superbly! I am currently at 217/365 and eager to see the completion of my first year of 365!

In an effort to de-clutter and use up some scraps, I set myself to stitching up these little gems…

Mini painted canvas envelopes

Not sure what I’ll be doing with them, but they make me HAPPY! Who wouldn’t be happy in the face of the sky blue and cloud painted canvas print? HAPPY, HAPPY!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

On My Desk: Rich Layers

It has become painfully apparent to me, in recent months, how far behind I have fallen in my mail art correspondence. My list of folks to whom I owe mail is growing daily and I found myself stressing as to how I might catch up.

Working in series is not a new concept for me. Rather, I have done so almost from the beginning. Most times my series are limited to twelve pieces or fewer at a go.

It occurred to me that were I to create one large background piece, I could cut it into multiple postcard sized pieces. From there, I could either embellish further, or post in the raw.

The place to start? My local art supply dealer. I found this twelve sheet Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18″ x 24″) for half price! Gotta love that! Some quick math brought me to the conclusion that I’d get eighteen pieces per sheet. The pad would then yield 216 postcards! I was sold!

Strathmore Watercolor Pad (18" x 24")

Back in the studio, I used a common background layering technique. I began by laying in color with with acrylic paint in my chosen palette. Layering stencils over the color, using a spray ink came next, followed by bubble wrap and square punchinella applied with acrylic paint and a stencil brush. I used a large background texture stamp and black Staz-on ink overall and then added a large numeral stamp using red Staz-on ink here and there. Using a cylinder dipped in black acrylic, I stamped out a pattern diagonally across the sheet. Finally, I stamped a rich turquoise acrylic paint using a foam stamp of circles in the center area of every four black cylinder markings.

Whole sheet, rich layers

The above photo shows the final product. Below is a close-up cross section of the sheet prior to cutting.

Close-up rich layers

This view gives a better glimpse of the rubber stamping.

Once the sheet was completely dry, I carefully cut it into the eighteen postcards pictured below.

Sheet (18" x 24") cut into 18 postcards (4" x 6")

Here’s a close-up shot of the postcards, showing the rich detail of the layers.

18 Postcards Detail III

I’m not quite sure where I am headed with these. I’ll sleep on it and see what the ‘morrow brings….

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.

Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap

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.

Kat Sloma Thank You

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!

In the Mail: Postcards from Moo!

As much as I love to stretch a buck, I also love to get maximum performance from each piece of art I create. Scans of everything I make help to ensure multiple appearances.

This time around, scans were used to create these postcards at moo.com. The clock piece was mail art sent to a friend some time ago. The bird was one of the icads I designed last summer for the icad challenge at http://daisyyellowart.com

Moo postcards

My order arrived over the weekend. It was my first experience using moo. Impressed by the quality of the product I received, I found the paper heavy and the finish glossy. It more than suits my purposes for the Liberate Your Art 2014 Postcard Swap. Learn more about the swap here: http://kateyestudio.com/liberate-your-art-postcard-swap

My Valentines came in this order too, but they’re top secret!

If you’d like to try your hand at creating postcards from your artwork or photography use this link to head on over to moo and save 10% off your first order. http://www.moo.com/share/w65wcy

As always, I would enjoy hearing what you think and seeing what you create.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!