Fall Swap: With One Stamp!

You might have seen my posts this summer about the With One Stamp postcard swap. Artists used a single rubber stamp of their choice to place an image on blank postcards and mailed them to the members in their group for completion.

An amazing collaborative effort, it was great fun! So much so, that we opted to take another shot at it before the holidays were upon us.

This is the image I sent out to the members of my group:

OneStampSept2014

She was one of a set of three. I thought she was sassy, mysterious and full of promise. I hoped she would inspire my partners to stretch their imagination. I wasn’t wrong about that. They came up with some splendid pieces…

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

by Terry Owenby and Sandra Connelly

Unfortunately, a piece of one of Terry’s feathers came off in transit, while Sandra’s card from Germany arrived without damage.

by Jackie Davidson and  Veronica Fortune

by Jackie Davidson and Veronica Fortune

Such contrast in these two pieces! A gypsy feel to Jackie’s and a “Boxy Lady” from Veronica.

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

by Tammar Stubblefield and Julia Jacques

Here, Tammar went with a Halloween-ish Witchy Woman and Julia went Vogue. Just imagine me with those competing tunes stuck in my head! (I relate most everything in my life either to song lyrics, commercial jingles, or movie quotes… doesn’t everyone?) The Eagles and Madonna were battling it out.

Think of it like this…

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Raven hair and ruby lips
sparks fly from her finger tips

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Echoed voices in the night
she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

wooo hoo, witchy woman, see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Beauty’s where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it
Soul is in the musical
That’s where I feel so beautiful
Magical, life’s a ball
So get up on the dance floor

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

She held me spellbound in the night
dancing shadows and firelight

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

crazy laughter in another
room and she drove herself to madness
with a silver spoon

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Greta Garbo, and Monroe… Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen… They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katherine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

woo hoo, witchy woman see how high she flies
woo hoo, witchy woman she got the moon in her eye

Strike a pose
Vogue, vogue, vogue

Be honest, you could hear it, couldn’t you?

I’m sure that was more than any of you bargained for on this Monday morning, but there you have it… wrapped in a blanket of honesty, too much information!

Getting back on topic, I even tried my own hand at the image!

Miss Birdie Thanks You

Miss Birdie Thanks You

You might recognize this piece. I printed and mailed approximately thirty of these in appreciation of those who helped to celebrate my 100th blog post here at Trash Bubbles and Life’s Little Bits.

That’s all for today, folks! Bet you’re glad it’s over!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. This week, after this post went live, the final return for the image arrived in my mail box. Thought I should reunite her with her sisters. 😀

From Belinda Dworak

 

 

On My Desk: A Li’l Bit of All Hallows Eve!

Most recently, I have been working on more seasonal pieces. A bit of spooky ghoulishness, if you will.

Retro Cafe Art Gallery (www.retrocafeart.com) ran the Gothic Tombstone ATC swap again. This was my first time participating and I had great fun with it.

Tombstones in progress

Tombstones in progress: humble beginnings

A bit overzealous, much of what I originally planned to include, ended up being swept aside for another time.

They turned out well, I think. Though if I’d had more time, I’d have experimented more and created two sets.

Finis

Finis

Here’s a closer look at each one:

Just yesterday, Kristin Hubick of Retro Cafe Art Gallery posted her photo of my pieces. It’s the best one by far, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

Retro Art Cafe's pic of my 2014 Tombstones

Quite flattering, I think. And I love her use of the stacked carpenter rules!

Mail art was not forgotten in my creepy antics. Quite the opposite, really. Using 6-pack carriers, I cut out twenty-six 4×6 pieces and went to town! This is the result…

Nosferatu (4)

Nosferatu (4)

Sadly, there were only four of the Nosferatu postcards. Bummer, ’cause they’re my favorite!

Saranac Old (6)

Saranac Old (6)

I had two different designs of the Saranac Pumpkin Ale carriers.

Saranac New (8)

Saranac New (8)

Finally, Magic Hat’s Wilhelm Scream carriers, with curved top edges, allowed for odd-shaped postcards.

M.H.W.S. (8)

M.H.W.S. (8)

Look for these to land soon, in a mail box near you!

Not sharing the backs, there’s gotta be some kind of surprise, right?

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

In the Mail: Claire Dinsmore Out Does Herself!

Every once in a while, a piece of mail art is so fantastic, so intricately detailed, that it requires its own blog post.

That is certainly true with this most awesome packet from Claire Dinsmore, aka: CLEO.

Claire Dinsmore I

The custom-size, handmade envelope snuggly contains the contents. The blue and copper metallic papers she used in its construction are much richer than the camera reveals, despite my best attempts with the lighting.

Claire Dinsmore II

Her washi tapes are always unique, many coming from Japan. I have long admired her composition and use of natural color palette/muted colors.

Claire Dinsmore III

The wax paper packet inside is held together with, what else? Washi!

Claire Dinsmore IV

It was so classy, I didn’t want to open the packet. Instead, I simply studied its elements from the outside for days… and days!

Finally, I had to dig in…

Claire Dinsmore V

Wow! The bounty! What a visual feast!

Thank you so very much, Claire!

So much great mail art has been rolling in these days. I finally put together a list of all the folks to whom I owe mail and it is intimidating. As soon I can clear my desk of deadlines and commitments, I’ll be hitting it hard!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

In the Mail: Jackpot!

Recently, time to blog has taken a back seat to spending time in the studio. A girl’s gotta have her priorities, right?

Just now, I’m taking a little down time to let some ideas simmer and give much needed drying time to other projects in various stages. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it, than to share my recent mail with you. I heard from a few of my favorite people, some of them more than once!

The following pieces amount to a months worth of mail…

Portrait of America from Moan Lisa

From Moan Lisa

From Richard Baudet Marseille, France

From Richard Baudet Marseille, France

Special Delivery via NYC from Sandra LeFever

Special Delivery via NYC from Sandra LeFever

Two in two days from Thomas Brown

Two in two days from Thomas Brown

Another bitty package from Sandra Lefever upon her arrival back home!

Another bitty package from Sandra Lefever upon her arrival back home! A miniature Fish windsock!

US Mail piece from Jessica Manack Pittsburgh, PA

US Mail piece from Jessica Manack

Second Mailing in a month from Moan Lisa!

Second Mailing in a month from Moan Lisa!

ANOTHER from Thomas Brown!

ANOTHER from Thomas Brown!

Nothing like a little mail to introduce a new friend! Thanks, Marni Webber!

Nothing like a little mail to introduce a new friend! Thanks, Marni Webber!

I joined a new group at IUOMA, Orange Lovers. I sent a few pieces out and true to form, orange mail is now landing in my mail box!

Dreaming Orange by Jan Hodgman

Dreaming Orange by Jan Hodgman

 

An orange collage from Angie Cope

An orange collage from Angie Cope

An orange collage from Tina Wittmer

An orange collage from Tina Wittmer

Orange mail from Dean Marks

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks Paris, France

And the reverse…

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks, reverse

Round Oranginess from Dean Marks, reverse

PHEW!

Now, THAT’S what I call a JACKPOT!

Thanks to everyone for the great mail art!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: Mail Art 365 Update

The summer has found me lagging in many areas. It’s a lazy time, summer. One just wants to languish.

Recently, I’ve been making a consorted effort to catch-up on my Mail Art 365 postings. I think you’ll agree that I’ve made tremendous headway.

Some of these may look familiar from earlier posts, others are new to the blog.

Enjoy!

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

A Bite of Lunch 009/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Embroidered Floral 010/365

Medusa's Allure 011/365

Medusa’s Allure 011/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

DoOdLe Flowers 012/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

Geometric Dance 013/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Classical Movement in Scraps 014/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

A Cigar Band Sampler 015/365

Big Pharma 016/365

Big Pharma 016/365

It seems I somehow doubled up on the sixteenth piece. I wonder… Does that mean I’ll be finished with my 364th piece? 🙂

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Nymph in Dragonfly Pond 016/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Sunshine on My Shoulder 017/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Vintage Sewing Sampler 018/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Then Why Does Dad MOW the Grass? 019/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

Enchanted Winter Trees 020/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

A Paisley Sampler 021/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Jumping the Grid 022/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Red Ball Tangle 023/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Playing With Shapes 024/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Polka Dot Bounce 025/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Shades of Black and White 026/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Happy Fortune 027/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Favorite Things About Making Art (SARK-like) 028/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Zentangle Dream VI 029/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Natural Elements 030/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Two Women Descend a Staircase 031/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Angels and Daemons 032/365

Liars Club 033/365

Liars Club 033/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

Doodle Flower on Watercolor 034/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL I 035/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL II 036/365

QSL III 037/365

QSL III 037/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Black & White & Red All Over 038/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft I 039/365

Bubbles 040/365

Bubbles 040/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Scraps Gone WIld 041/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Mod Partridge Family Groupies 042/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Measure Twice, Cut Once 043/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Experiment in Black & Kraft II 044/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Cracker Jack Dragonfly Twins Shopping Spree 045/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Floating in White Space 046/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Red & White & Platinum??? 047/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Numerical !*?#% 048/365

Orange Dream 049/365

Orange Dream 049/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

My Orange Garden 050/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

A Movement in Orange 051/365

PHEW!

That’s all for now, folks!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

P.S. If I am estimating correctly, THIS IS MY 100TH BLOG POST!!! Everyone who comments will get a little something in the mail from me! 😀

With One Stamp! (update)

The With One Stamp swap has come to an end. Having received all of the postcards, with the exception of the one I sent to Neha Luhar-Trice, I thought you might like to take a peek at the variety of designs the group created using the simple clock face image I shared.

If you are interested in reading the original post to learn more about this swap… https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/with-one-stamp/

In order of their arrival in my mail box…

Time to Dance by Jackie Davidson

Time to Dance by Jackie Davidson

Time to Create by Veronica Fortune

Time to Create by Veronica Fortune

Polka Time by Bairbre Aine

Polka Time by Bairbre Aine

Time for a Change by Bonnie Linhart

Time for a Change by Bonnie Linhart

From what I have been able to gather, it seems that Neha Luhar-Trice did not receive my piece and therefore has been unable to return it.

Hope you enjoyed these interpretations of the image as much as I did.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

With One Stamp!

A while ago, I joined a great group on facebook called The Studio- a thriving artist community. The folks there are friendly, talented and well… they’re pretty much amazing.

There are swaps and add and passes (or round robins) going on all the time. Inspiration is not short on supply, I assure you.

Although I had been yearning to jump in and participate for some time, it just wasn’t working out, until the announcement for ‘With One Stamp’ popped up!

The idea was intriguing. Participants were to be put into small groups and would send out a rubber stamped image, on a self-addressed 4×6 postcard, to each of the folks in their group. The idea was that each person who received your image was to use it as a jumping off point for creating a piece of art and would mail it back to you. In the end, you would get all of the cards you mailed out, but each would be uniquely designed. Loving any opportunity at a collaboration, I was in!

There were five artists in my group. The following pics show the cards as I received them, along with the photos of my completed artwork.

The image I sent out was a roman numeral clock face, stamped off to one side of the card. These are the two completed postcards that I received back…

Looking forward to receiving the final three interpretations.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Holy ICAD!

This summer has been a particularly hectic one, leaving me wishing that the ICAD challenge was a winter event.

Lagging far behind in both posting and creating ICADs, I’ll pick up here with Day 25 posting those finished pieces from my desk…

Day 25 FLY

Day 25 FLY

FLY was created with rubber stamps and ink, the large butterfly was attached using foam tape.

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Day 26 Circles in Rotation

Watercolor circles provided a jumping off point for stamps and doodles in Circles in Rotation.

Day 27 This is Important

Day 27 This is Important

The hubby picked up a bag of odd savings stamps at a yard sale. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. The colors of these prompted me to use them as a back drop for This is Important.

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Day 28 Dream Sphere

Playing with watercolors, I made a big circle and didn’t know what to do with it. I almost cut it out, but at the last second, opted to fill in around it with a complimentary color. I then stamped and doodled until the Dream Sphere felt finished.

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Day 29 Blue Grid Bounce

Blue Grid Bounce used scraps cut from a quadrille index card and circles punched from a bumper sticker background. Sometimes, simple is best.

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' I

Day 30 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ I

Gold and Silver, Red Wheels Turnin’ is a two-piece set. I used painter’s tape to secure two index cards end to end and then layed in ink. When I thought I liked what I saw, I separated them and added stamped images and doodles.

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin' II

Day 31 Gold and Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ II

The tissue separating layers of vinyl did not escape my clutches in Recyclable.

Day 32 Recyclable

Day 32 Recyclable

Ink and rubber stamps combined to create Jumping the Grid.

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Day 33 Jumping the Grid

Short on time, but eager to create, washi tape gave me the ability to create the Washi Tape Blossom in under three minutes on a previously inked index card!

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

Day 34 Washi Tape Blossom

More quadrille scraps appear in Off the Grid.

Day 35 Off the Grid

Day 35 Off the Grid

Scraps from a previous endeavor were used to create Natural Elements.

Day 36 Natural Elements

Day 36 Natural Elements

A previously painted watercolor background became home to this Doodle Flower when I was short on time, but needed an outlet.

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Day 37 Doodle Flower on Watercolor

Ye Olde Sewing Room is a mixed media piece combining stamped images, stickers and washi tape among other media.

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Day 38 Ye Olde Sewing Room

Again, a piece I’d inked previously provides the background for some rubber stamp play and doodling. Can you guess what song was trapped in my head while I worked?

Day 39 HAPPY!

Day 39 HAPPY!

Don’t worry, Be HAPPY!

Off and running for some more summertime fun… Hoping to get to more ICADs soon!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

In the Mail: What a Haul!

WOW!

Just look at all the mail I’ve received since our last ‘In the Mail’ post and you’ll being saying, “WOW!” too.

Arriving in an envelope made from what looks to be a kitschy, glossy magazine page, Amy Irwen’s packing tape transfer/collage was built on a piece cut from a cracker box. ‘The lone weed will tumble thousands of miles.’ It put me in mind of the movie, ‘You’ve Got Mail,’ specifically the scene where Frank is writing a piece about Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner. He types away… “You are a lone reed, standing tall, waving boldly, in the corrupt sands of commerce.” Thank you, Amy!

Amy Irwen

Reusing an envelope from Google Headquarters, Diane Keys (http://dianekeys.blogspot.com/) mailed me a piece of what she calls, “Toy Trashpo.” It made me smile like only DK’s trashpo can! A sensory delight, it must have been “PRE-PURIFIED” with patchouli because my nose was in Heaven!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys I

The reverse reveals that the piece was built upon a advertising postcard. Nothing goes to waste in the Elgin Mansion. Thank you, ever so, Diane!

Toy Trashpo Diane Keys II

Folks in Germany produce some phenomenal mail art. This piece is from Funf Blanks (http://www.5blanks.com/) It appears to be acrylic on a piece of discarded mat board. Great texture here! That reminds me, I have yet to submit to the Angels and Demons mail art call….

5Blanks Germany

The stamps on the back are awesome too!

5Blanks Germany II

Ana Karina sent me this wallet of goodies inside a brightly painted envelope.

Ana Karina I

Opened, it reveals a cool magazine page turned collage/poem, a 10 Yuan note from HELLBANK ONE (LoL!) and a scrap of signatures containing that of ‘EL FAMOSO RIKY McDONALD.’ Thanks, Ana!

Ana Karina II

Speaking of wallets… this one, filled with FLUXUS BUCKS and scented with more patchouli (Yay! Nose twitching!) came from Julie Jefferies. The slide of Leningrad made for a tremendous photo op! I simply loved that the postage was made up of vintage postage stamps! Many thanks to Julie at Fluxus Bucks International!

JJ Ex Posto Facto

Karen Arp-Sandel (http://karenarpsandel.com/) returned a piece to me from FeMail.

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel I

A pre-printed postcard of a postal collage, the front was nothing in comparison to the back! Karen actually took the time to customize the piece with a bit o’ trash, referencing the piece I’d sent and letting me know she’d taken time to learn a bit about me. Way cool, Karen!

FeMail Karen Arp-Sandel II

Thomas Brown creates some fantastic rubber stamps and this is no exception! The colors aren’t quite true in this photo, but you get the idea. Thanks, Bhomas!

Thomas Brown Everywhere's a Here and There

Gail Anderson used a topographical map to create the envelope in which she sent this unusual collage piece. Layers of doodling, images and tape made this one pop! Thank you, Gail!

Gail Anderson

Last, but not least, Nancy Bell Scott is one of those folks from whom I long to get mail. Her pieces are few and far between, but when they arrive, they are always over-the-top! Check it out… this is the back of the envelope!

DSC_0895

She has been working on “glue-less collages” that are small in stature, large in detail. Her note (written on page 110 from an old copy of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’) tells me “There IS tape.”

DSC_0896

‘Conduit’ is comprised of multiple layers creating rich texture. Thanks, Nancy!

Conduit NBS III

That’s all for now. I’ve got to get caught up on a few things before revealing any more!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

 

 

Outbound Mail Art: The Stars Might Lie, but the Numbers Never Do!

When you exchange mail art within a vast and diverse global network, it can become overwhelming… FAST! Creating one small piece of art at a go is often time consuming. The mail tends to fill your box more quickly than you can return it.

One of the ways I stay on top of the volume is by occasionally producing a series of mail art from one piece. I begin with a large piece of card stock, watercolor paper, or canvas and build on it.

Stars Might Lie I

Recently, I completed one such series inspired by lyrics from the Mary Chapin Carpenter hit, ‘I Feel Lucky.’ One of my favorite lines in the song, “The stars might lie, but the numbers never do.” became my series title.

Stars Might Lie III

Beginning with a page of prepared canvas, I applied acrylics, to give me a brightly colored background. Then, I gathered all the numerals I had laying around the studio. I layered in tissue, stamps and stencils until I had the feel I was going for. I then cut the canvas down into postcard sized pieces and worked on them individually to embellish and finish each one.

Only seven of the nine belong to the original set. When I ran out of  the blue stencil punch-outs, I switched over to using a packaging transparency, giving me the ‘Numbers Curve,’ a set of two.

Numbers Curve I

Do you make a habit of creating small works from a large piece? Or do you create each individually? I’d love to hear a bit about your process.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!