Outbound Mail Art: Mixed Bag

Having just switched to Daylight Savings Time here, Spring is straining to break the bonds of winter. So am I. This post will publish on Saint Patrick’s Day. I will be doing a bit of celebrating, but I hope you’ll enjoy this post in my absence. Beannachtam na Femle Padraig!

This first piece took a very long time to assemble, two years, I think. Using only yellow, orange and green sales stickers tends to limit one. It was built around the Belgian Chocolate label. Dreams of Spring is one of the latest pieces in my Consumer Consciousness Series.

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Consumer Consciousness: Dreams of Spring

Recently, we made a lengthy drive to visit family in South Carolina. There was so much visiting to be had that I only had time to doodle here and there. Follow the Silver Doodle Map to DADA is what transpired.

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Follow the Silver Doodle Map to DADA

Another in my Consumer Consciousness Series, this piece also took ages to complete. I had originally meant it to be an entry for the RED Show mail art call issued forth by Mick Boyle of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania.

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Consumer Consciousness: RED!!!

This next piece is an envelope made from the wax paper I use as my acrylic palette when painting. It was folded, the sides were stitched and it was sealed and reinforced with hand-painted washi tape. I stuffed the inside full of all sorts of goodies.

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A flub-up turns scrap, then becomes mail art in this piece for Moan Lisa:

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That’s all for now.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

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Red is a Chic Partner!

Red is a Chic Partner I Red is a Chic Partner! This is my latest block-style assemblage piece. Limiting my palette provided me with more options than I could have imagined. I played to my heart’s content with all manner of supplies until I achieved a cohesive piece that spoke to my soul. My hope is that it would also speak to the soul for whom it was created. Once again, I sent my work out into the world… this was a birthday gift for a dear friend who shares my affinity for the color red. Red is a Chic Partner II As the wood blocks were untreated, I began with coats of gesso… white where color would be applied, black on all other surfaces.Red is a Chic Partner IIIOnce my color was down, I began picking out background elements. Mostly, I used rubber stamps and black Staz-on ink, but you’ll find printed papers and tissue tape were also used.Red is a Chic Partner IVWords were essential. Some came in the form of rubber stamps, some were stickers (Tim Holtz) and others were magazine cuts.Red is a Chic Partner VStencils weren’t something I intended to use, but when it came to the stark black of the “Embrace Imperfection” side, I went at it with white acrylic and a Tim Holtz stencil. In the end, I was happy with the contrast it provided.Red is a Chic Partner VIA little personalization… “J.” All of the edges were finished using the direct inking method and a black Staz-on pad.Red is a Chic Partner VIIVintage buttons, stacked and glued, popped from the center of the crisp doily stamp image. The heart with wings was a Masonite cut from Retro Café Art Gallery. In fact, a good many of the elements used here were purchased at Kristin Hubick’s online shop which can be found here: http://www.retrocafeart.com/ I love the selection of unique supplies Kristin offers at Retro Café Art. Check it out… I think you will, too!Red is a Chic Partner VIIII topped my stack with a vintage Frozen Charlotte head. Originally, I was entertaining the use of a finial, but I found I could not part with my favorites and those I could have let go, did not seem to do the piece justice. Charlotte to the rescue! It wouldn’t be the same without her.

Hope you enjoyed this piece!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

A Bubble of Distinction: American Dream

It has been many months since the creation of my last Trash Bubble. Getting back to it has been difficult, as I have diversified so much. There are always new mediums to try, new ideas popping up and of course, correspondence to be returned.

This piece was not my usual Trash Bubble. It was created as a unique delivery system for a charm I created for a SwapBot swap. Take a look for yourself.

This is the charm I created for the swap, mounted to a piece of card stock on which I had swiped some left-over paint from another project.

This is the charm I created for the swap, mounted to a piece of card stock on which I had swiped some left-over paint from another project.

 

Trimmed to fit, the card was inserted into an old Velcro  package and secured with tiny staples.

Trimmed to fit, the card was inserted into an old Velcro package and secured with tiny staples.

It was covered in patterned duct tape and washi tape to keep the theme going... American Dream.

It was covered in patterned duct tape and washi tape to keep the theme going… American Dream.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

On My Desk: One Becomes Many

Anticipating February mail art, I was inspired to work on an 18×24 inch mixed-media sheet this weekend. I love working with the layers to see what emerges. The technique I use relaxes me and I can just let go and play! Isn’t that what it’s really all about?

Fun February Layers waiting to be cut into 18 postcards!

Full sheet waiting to be cut into 18 postcards!

A close-up of the detail

A close-up of the detail before cutting.

Eighteen piece Mash-up!

Eighteen piece Mash-up!

Looking forward to working on the individual pieces… until then, I thought I’d share a little more Valentine inspiration with you on this Ground Hog Day…

This year's Valentine Tree

This year’s Valentine Tree

Wherever you are, I hope you’re staying warm and dry!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!